Egg-cellent Uses for Leftover Easter Eggs

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Happy Day After Easter to all my happy couples out there! If you took part in the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs, chances are you may have a lot of leftover eggs around (especially if you had a lot of ambitious little helpers with your dyeing). Now that the bunny has come and gone, it’s time to put those leftover hardboiled eggs to use.

Eggs are nutrient powerhouses underneath those shells. One large egg contains approximately 72 calories and 6 grams of protein. They are one of the few natural food sources of bone-healthy vitamin D, found only in the yolk of the eggs, and phosphorus. They are also a rich source of vitamin B12 to help form healthy cells in our body.  That hearty source of protein also slows down our digestive process, which helps keep us feeling fuller longer- and may even curb those cravings to snack on leftover chocolate eggs.

Before you start adding hardboiled eggs to recipes, just keep iEaster eggsn mind first who has handled those eggs and where they have been. If you hid eggs outside, you may want to dispose of them- especially if they were left sitting in direct sun or extreme heat. And if many hands (both small AND big) were handling those eggs, it may also be wise to sacrifice those eggs instead of taking the chance of getting sick from transferring bacteria from shells to the eggs during the peeling process.

Enjoy one or more of these uses for your leftover hardboiled eggs this week!

    1. Add some slices of hardboiled eggs into your next salad for added protein.

    2. Make a lower-calorie egg salad by using an olive-oil based mayo OR swap out the mayo for plain hummus or avocado instead. Sprinkle in some fresh dill and paprika for added color and flavor- if you like it spicy, add some cayenne pepper. Enjoy as a sandwich, wrap up in a piece of bib lettuce or a collard leaf, or scoop into a hollowed-out tomato. Also makes a great spread to enjoy with fresh cut veggies!

    3. Salad Niçoise is not your typical “girly” salad- make this hearty salad for your next lunch date with your man and you’ll both be satisfied till dinnertime. 

    4. Pack potato salad full of protein by adding chopped hardboiled egg into the mix. Opt for a vinegar or skyr yogurt-based dressing versus mayo to cut down on fat and calories.

    5. Deviled eggs are not just for summer BBQs. Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish at your next meal or party. This low-cal version of the original relies on spice and low-fat alternatives for flavor instead of adding fat from mayo. 

    6. Looking for more meatless sandwich options? Layer slices of hardboiled egg, tomato, avocado and lettuce with a thin spread of spicy mustard or hummus between two slices of hearty whole grain bread.

    7. Check out this spin on the traditional English Muffin Pizza. Use Thomas’ 100% whole wheat English Muffins- they provide 3g of fiber per muffin. Serve with a side of soup or salad for a light meal. 

    8. Take a trip to the Far East by making a curry dish featuring hardboiled eggs. Swap the rice for a whole grain such as bulgar or sorghum for extra fiber. 

However you and your honeybunny decide to enjoy those leftover eggs, post your creations online using #NutritionNuptials and I’ll share your ideas!

Have another way you like to use those leftover eggs?

Sound off in the Comments below! 

Leftover Easter Eggs

Images courtesy of holohololand and digidreamgrafix at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
This post was originally created on April 5, 2015. It has been updated to reflect new images and current food trends.

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