Easy hard-boiled eggs

Looking to add more protein to your diet or wondering how to cook hard-boiled eggs? Explore these suggestions.

Have you ever thought of having eggs for dinner? How about lunch? Eggs don’t have to be a breakfast food and are a good way to get protein other than from meats. You can always have French toast or crepes for dinner, but for something quick, cool and easy, try hard cooked eggs.

I often use hard-cooked eggs as a change from my regular chicken, fish and beef. Boiling an egg is very simple and it can make for a quick and easy meal. The American Egg Board gives these directions for perfect hard-cooked eggs:

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Add enough water to come at least one inch above the eggs. Quickly bring to a boil and turn off heat.
  2. Remove pan from burner and let eggs stand, covered, in hot water (15 minutes for large eggs, 12 minutes for medium eggs, 18 minutes for extra-large).
  3. When that time is up, immediately run cold water over eggs or place them in ice water until completely cooled (about 15 minutes).
  4. To remove shell, crack it gently by tapping it all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell.
  5. Start peeling at the large end. Hold egg under running cold water or dip in a bowl of water to help ease off shell.
  6. If you don’t want to use the eggs right away, store in refrigerator, uncracked, until needed. They can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Finding new things to make with boiled eggs is as easy as going on line to the American Egg Board website or using your imagination. When making egg salad for sandwiches, add other vegetables that are in season like chopped peppers or zucchini, and change up the salad dressing. You can use ranch dressing or other things besides mayonnaise. If you’re watching your fat content, only use half of the yolk; if you are using six eggs, keep three yolks. The whites of the egg are protein – only the yolk has fat.

You can add chopped eggs to your tossed salads, eat them whole with a little salt and pepper or even stuff some egg salad into half a pepper! There are many recipes out there, but experiment and create something yourself – and enjoy!