Certain dishes are served with eggs on top and we love it! So much, in fact, we thought we'd pick some other meals, that can be upgraded by putting an egg on it.
If you’re anything like me, then eggs are your main food group. They are my favourite food and it’s rare that a day goes by that I don’t eat eggs in some way, shape or form.
While I’m food-obsessed and a chef by trade, I don’t whip up an Instaworthy meal every day of the week. Sometimes, by the time I get home from work, all I have the energy to do is reheat some leftovers or make a toastie. While that might sound a bit bleak, the best way to upgrade leftovers, toasties or whatever is left in your fridge is to put an egg on it. Whether you prefer them poached, scrambled or fried, eggs can instantly take a meal from middle-of-the-road to filling and delicious.
While the types of food you can top with an egg are endless, these are some of my favourites. Try them out – you won’t regret it.
Risotto is total comfort food and I love to make it every couple of weeks. Usually, I make a massive batch that I can eat throughout the week for lunch or dinner. While it’s usually best straight from the pan, hot and creamy, topping your reheated risotto with a poached egg will add an extra layer of flavour and creaminess. My favourite combination is a mix of green vegetables and bacon – asparagus, spinach, peas, broccoli, spring onions and kale with a spoon of pesto stirred through at the end works so well – which is only made better with a poached egg.
What’s a salad without an egg? Not worth eating, in my opinion. While I really like salad, I’m the type of person that doesn’t like the leaves to be the focus. Instead, I like salads that comprise of lots of different elements, like grains, nuts, cooked and raw veggies. Salads don’t really need much meat, so to finish them off, I’ll usually put an egg on top, either poached, fried or soft boiled with a jammy yolk.
3. Spicy Grains
When I’m feeling organised, I like to prep my lunch for the week as it helps me to keep on budget and stay healthy. My go-to is always some sort of grain bowl, as I can stuff it full of veggies and spices, making it tasty and filling. Usually, I cook off some brown rice with cumin and turmeric, then stir through vegetables that I’ve sauteéd with chilli, coriander and paprika. Once it cools, I divide the rice between enough lunchboxes to do for the week and I’m ready to go. To serve, I reheat my rice, put it in a bowl with some spinach and fresh vegetables, then top with scrambled eggs and hot sauce.
4. Baked Potatoes
The ultimate easy dinner, baked potatoes are nearly as versatile as eggs. When I have time, I’ll throw a potato in the oven to bake while I do other things but if not, then the microwave is the way to go. While my potato is baking, I chop up some spring onions and spinach then cook off some bacon or chorizo. When the potato is fully cooked, I scoop out the cooked potato flesh and mix together with the vegetables, bacon, a little quark or cream cheese and then pack it back into its skin. Then, I make a divot in the flesh, crack in an egg and pop the whole thing back in the oven until the egg is set. For an extra treat, grate some cheese on top of the egg and melt. The result is a delicious and easy dish, with the egg yolk providing some extra flavour and creaminess.
5. End-Of-The-Month Veggie Mix
When it’s coming to the end of the month and I’m living for payday, a roasted veggie mix is my speciality: I poke around in the fridge and presses to find whatever vegetables I have left, chop them into chunks and roast them in the oven with some spices, seasoning and tinned chickpeas. Just before they’re finished cooking, I fry or poach some eggs, then serve everything all together in a bowl with some hot sauce or pesto.
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