Time to plan an egg-based meal
The price is dropping, and cheap protein is a real budget-booster.
The Grocery Outlet recently sent out a flier with the following coupon: 18 medium eggs for free, no purchase necessary. You can see where this is going.
Yep: I walked up to "the Gross-Out," as it's lovingly known -- it's actually a swell place to find discount and "overrun" foods -- and strolled back home with a dozen and a half gratis cackleberries. Since then I've had egg salad for lunch, scrambled eggs and a bagel and cream cheese for supper, and a couple of hard-boiled eggs for snacks.
And when I run out, no worries: The egg sales have started. Post continues after video.
I'm seeing them as low as 99 cents per dozen even though Easter isn't until April 24. That's some awfully cheap protein. Isn't it time to plan a few egg-based meals?
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A dozen eggs could feed a family of four when served with toast and fried potatoes or hash browns. Breakfast for dinner is fun.
Create omelets or frittatas with whatever veggies you have on hand, sautéed until they caramelize, plus whatever else is in the fridge: salsa, a bit of cheese, diced cooked meat (especially bacon). Add a side salad and some fresh fruit and you have a nice light lunch or supper.
My scrambled-egg sandwiches are pretty amateur, but a dish like shaksouka might get me out of my lazy-cook rut. This Israeli dish of eggs poached in "a subtly spicy tomato sauce" is easy to make and also an excuse to wipe your plate with some good bread, according to Kris at Cheap Healthy Good.
An international flavor
The blog's collection of egg recipes includes dishes as simple as broccoli quiche and breakfast burritos, and as fancy-schmancy as Golden Delight Egg Salad (with shallot and fresh parsley) and Spaghetti With Asparagus, Egg and Parmesan: A Mutant Freak of Deliciousness (needs no egg-splanation).
Over at Kirbie's Cravings is a recipe for Fried Bacon Eggs, based on a dish the blogger found at a diner. It's made of shelled soft-boiled eggs rolled in bread crumbs and crumbled bacon, then pan-fried. The outside is crunchy but you still get a soft yolk.
Martha Stewart's Everyday Food Blog has a recipe for Spanish Tortilla, a thick omelet made of cooked potatoes and eggs. Despite its name, it contains no tortillas. In Spain they eat it warm or at room temperature, and even make sandwiches out of it.
Here are a few other potential del-egg-cacies, both main dish and snack-oriented:
- Egg curry at A Foodie and Her Cooking Hat
- Guacamole deviled eggs at Blake Makes
- Soft-boiled eggs with dukkah (an Egyptian spice mix) at The Food Blog
- Egg cakes (a "second-cousin-once-removed crepe") at Whisk: A Food Blog
One more thing: You can freeze eggs. The National Center for Home Food Preservation offers instructions. Hint: Don't freeze them in the shell.
More from MSN Money:
I love the idea of freezing eggs in portion sized containers. You can even separate the whites so you have egg whites always on hand.
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