Mix it up with these terrific egg offerings
Not every child loves eggs, or even likes them.
But for those families who eat them, eggs are a cheap and elegant way of getting a solid burst of nutrition. With plenty of protein and a broad range of vitamins and minerals, eggs pack a lot in.
While they do include a large jolt of saturated fat, more than half the fat in eggs is actually fat that we (presently) think is great for us, fat we should seek out rather than avoid (the verdict on saturated fat is less clear these days).
So while raising an eggetarian might be pushing it, don’t be afraid to regularly offer your child eggs. They can play an essential role in little people’s diets — and not just at breakfast time!
But what if your child is resistant to slightly rubbery, boiled egg ovals or even happy-face fried eggs? What if full-on eggyness is just too much for them?
Serve them eggs anyway - at least from time to time. But why not find more interesting ways to offer them? Your child can't possibly dislike them all! (Well, okay, I guess they can.) But in my experience, there are ways to make eggs more acceptable to children who claim they don't like them.
Here are a few less conventional ways of cooking eggs you might not have thought of, or even heard of! The emphasis is on egg dishes that don't look or taste so egg-heavy. I’ll leave it up to you whether you want to even tell them they're made with egg. ( ;
A small caveat: I know a lot of these recipes take more time and effort than cracking eggs into a pan, but try some of them if you can — your child might even discover a new favorite.
Alright, this one might be obvious, but rich quiche filling cradled in a yummy pie crust can feel like a treat (and I guess in a way it is). Some of you may prefer the frittata route, but here's an "easy" and classic quiche Lorraine to try.
Staying with the French theme, I’ve found soufflés are way less intimidating than they sound and way more child-friendly than I realized. As a side or main, fluffy, warm, cheese soufflé can be a hit. Perfect too, for slipping in a few vegetables. This a recipe that (almost) never fails for me.
3. Shirred Eggs
I usually think of shirred eggs as a tomato-based concoction, like making pasta and tomato sauce but quietly switching the pasta for eggs. This rich, cream-based shirred egg recipe though is easier to make than most — and has a lot of child-friendly potential.
Shakshouka, on the other hand, is more traditionally what I think of as a shirred egg, Middle Eastern/Mediterranean style. It's more work, but if your child likes it, there are also greater rewards. And tomato-olive oil dishes are part of what keep Mediterranean people living such long lives (we think).
5. Pasta Carbonara
You could argue that the poor egg-to-pasta ratio here should disqualify this dish. But if you're trying to graduate your child from plain pasta and butter to something more adventurous, Carbonara could be the way.
6. Grilled Cheese Eggsplosion
Just an egg add-on, clearly, but this is still a great way to up the protein content of a perennial kid favorite: the grilled cheese sandwich. Unfortunately, you also take the fat content to near ridiculous levels. But they won't be asking for a snack anytime soon! Recipe here (if you dare).
7. Yorkshire Pudding
Yorkshire puddings make such perfect little breakfasts . . . or snacks, or lunches, or dinners. They’re so easy to make: Eggs baked into little buns or biscuits gobbled up straight out of the oven. What could taste better? For the best Yorkshire pudding, rest the batter first, and pour it into a preheated, prefatted pan.
8. Scotch Eggs
If you're a pork eater, instead of putting the eggs into a batter, you could nestle them in pork sausage! Calling this rich is an understatement, but if you want to offer your child a big bump of stick-around calories, scotch eggs will do as well. They take a bit of handiwork though, and they don't disguise the egg that well.
9. Falafel Scotch Eggs
If you eat eggs but not meat, falafel scotch eggs are a taste-bud-tempting replacement. The eggs are surrounded with, yes, falafel instead of meat. To cut down on prep time, you can use pre-made falafel mix and store-bought dip.
10. Korean Steamed Eggs
Silky smooth, these eggs are easy to make (you can even do them in the microwave), and easy to eat. They’re apparently a popular baby food in Korea. Once you’ve got the technique down, you can play with add-in flavorings like bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini.
Tamagoyaki, or Japanese rolled omelets, are soft treasures that are perfect for school lunch boxes. Here's a particularly easy recipe. You might want to skip or replace the seaweed to start, unless your child is already a fan.
12. Egg Foo Young
An American invention based on Cantonese Fu Yung Egg, Egg Foo Young is basically a Chinese-style omelet, perfect for introducing your child to Chinese-style flavors.
Yes, this is dessert. But dessert with some eggy goodness. And if you cut the sugar in half, I'm sure you can rationalize this as meal food. Can't you?
Okay, this is dessert too. But flan packs an even bigger egg punch than custard. It’s your call on how sweet to make it.
15. Egg Salad
Egg salad is hardly new or innovative for most of you. But don't forget this easy way to serve your child eggs for lunch, at picnics, etc. Experimenting with extra ingredients can help you shoehorn more nutrition in.