As a kid, I LOVED dyeing Easter eggs. I couldn’t wait to start dipping eggs into the fizzy colored vinegar water with that wire holder that never actually was strong enough to hold up a hardboiled egg. Playing around with dozens of eggs in various color combos was my specialty. Which is why I was always sad when my mom would give away those eggs I worked so hard on to our nearby relatives. And then one day I become an adult and understood why. Because no single household has a need for six dozen colored hardboiled eggs. If you have some overzealous egg dyers in your house (and if it’s YOU and your significant other that’s awesome too!) and have tons of leftover Easter eggs, check out this recipe round-up for some creative uses for those eggs.
Eggs are a great way to add protein into your meals and snacks. Since so many of my clients complain they don’t have time to makes eggs in the morning for breakfast, I always offer the option on hardboiled eggs to them for an easy grab and go protein. If you don’t have time to DIY a batch of hardboiled eggs, I always recommend these ready-peeled hardboiled eggs from Eggland’s Best. I have yet to open the InstantPot I bought in July, but I hear they make the best and easiest to peel hardboiled eggs. Check out this simple 5-minute hardboiled egg recipe from my dietitian colleague Julie.
HOW TO KEEP HARDBOILED EGGS AROUND
Hardboiled eggs aren’t known for their staying power, which now makes sense why my mom always gave so many colored eggs away on Easter. According to the Egg Nutrition Center, hardboiled eggs in their shell can stay up to 1 week if kept in the carton to prevent moisture loss and protection from odors. It’s recommended to wait to peel the egg the day of for maximum freshness. Hardboiled eggs are NOT recommended to be stored in the freezer.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF EGGS
Most folks are well aware that eggs are an excellent source of protein. But that protein also plays a role in weight management by helping keep us feeling fuller for longer periods of time, so we’re less likely to snack, and also helps control blood sugar absorption for longer usable energy versus becoming stored energy. Contrary to prior research, eggs have now been shown to be part of a heart healthy diet. And eggs are a perfect post-workout snack that not only help to refuel us, but also maintain muscle mass.
BUT AREN’T EGG YOLKS BAD FOR US???
As a kid, the only part of the hardboiled egg I would touch was the egg yolk. And then I got older and was told to only eat the whites because egg yolks have too much fat and cholesterol. Fortunately, research has debunked the “whites only” myth and has shown that yolks actually have a ton of health benefits! Don’t ditch that golden center from your eggs, or you could be missing out on some serious nutrition!
- Vitamin D: egg yolks are one of the few natural food sources where we find vitamin D, which is important for bone health and immunity
- Choline: tons of research has been popping up about the benefits of choline, an essential nutrient that has been getting even more attention than folate lately for pregnant women for prenatal development, along with benefits for people of all ages to assist with cognitive function, liver health, muscle maintenance and energy. Egg yolks are the highest natural source in food. Learn more about choline
- Antioxidants: lutein and zeaxanthin are two antioxidants found in yolks that may reduce the risk of developing cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Keep that eyesight strong as you age!
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DIETITIANS TO THE RESCUE FOR USING UP THOSE LEFTOVER EGGS
Looking for some creative ways to use up those leftover eggs? Check out these egg-cellent uses for leftover Easter eggs, along with these more creations below from my dietitian colleagues. There’s so much inspiration here, you may want to color another dozen eggs just to try out more of these recipes.
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Not Your Childhood Egg Salad
Avocado Veggie Egg Salad – Nutrition to Fit
Curry Egg Salad – Live Best
Dill And Tahini Egg Salad Toast – Tasty Balance Nutrition
Easter Egg & Ham Recipes – Karen Buch RDN, LDN
Grown-Up Egg Salad Sandwiches – The Gourmet RD
Mediterranean Egg Salad – Wildtree
Devilishly Delicious Eggs
Avocado Deviled Eggs – Triad to Wellness
Avocado Deviled Eggs with Smoked Paprika – Amy Gorin Nutrition
Buffalo Deviled Eggs – Wildtree
Chirp, Chirp Deviled Eggs – Liz’s Healthy Table
Garlic Shrimp Stuffed Deviled Eggs – Beautiful Eats and Things
Mediterranean Black Olive Hummus Deviled Eggs – Bite of Health Nutrition
Egg on Top
Breakfast English Muffins – Wildtree
Cobb Salad – Wildtree
Nicoise Pasta Salad – Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN
Hyderabadi Tomato Curry With Eggs (Tamatar Ka Kut) – The Delicious Crescent
Quick Soba Noodle Soup – Wildtree
Ranch Potato Salad – Wildtree
Tuna & Kale Salad – Wildtree