by Sarah-Jane Bedwell
Romulo YanesYou may think you've tried eggs in every form known to man -- scrambled, over easy, hard-boiled, fried -- like whatever, you've think you've covered it all, right? But truthfully, there are more ways to crack into the benefits of this protein-rich superfood. With over six grams of the stuff per one large egg and a concentrated dose of the antioxidant lutein in the yolk, eggs are not only health mavens, but also surprisingly versatile -- check out these four ways to egg on.
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Baked Eggs in Avocado: This unusual dish is super simple -- but more importantly, undeniably genius. All you do is crack an egg into a pitted avocado half, sprinkle with salt, pepper and a little bacon, and bake for 15 minutes. You are left with a dish that is not only beautiful with those bright yellow and green colors, but that has an amazing flavor combination as well. [Ed. note: Yup, making this tonight. - RJ]
Tea Eggs: You may have never heard of this dish, but it is actually commonly sold as a snack by street vendors in Asia. Tea eggs are simply hard-boiled eggs that are cracked and then boiled again (inside said cracked shell) -- but this time in tea, soy sauce and spices to give them a complex, savory flavor. The cracked shell creates a cool marbled look since the dark tea seeps in through the cracks, creating a unique pattern with every egg.
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Hidden Egg Meatloaf: Everyone loves a surprise, and when that surprise is one delicious food inside another, there's really nothing to complain about, right? This recipe takes your classic meatloaf from barely finishing a piece to second-helping status by hiding hard-boiled eggs inside the loaf. When you slice it, you are met with a sunny surprise that adds an extra dimension of flavor. To lighten up this recipe, opt for extra-lean ground beef and turkey bacon and use olive oil instead of butter.
Eggs With Yogurt: You may have never thought of combining these two breakfast food faves, but they pair perfectly in this Turkish recipe for cilbir (pronounced "chilber") in which eggs are poached and then topped with creamy yogurt, paprika and chopped mint leaves. Wacky and weird, but totally delicious. What tricks do you have up your sleeve to eat more eggs?
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by Sarah-Jane Bedwell