Eggs are an incredibly versatile food, but unfortunately, most people don’t know what to do with them beyond having them for breakfast. Lunch with eggs can be quite a treat, especially once you have a few ideas for different dishes you can make with them.
I want to tell you about some simple egg dishes you could whip up, as well as what to make for lunch with eggs that’s a bit more complex.
Hard Boiled Eggs
This is one of the healthiest ways to eat eggs, and it’s really simple to make once you know the process. Everybody seems to have their own little tricks for how to make hard boiled eggs and ensure that they shell properly and harden all the way through and don’t become runny on the inside.
I’ll share my method, but if you find it doesn’t work perfectly for you, don’t give up, and feel free to look up some other methods that you may have a little more luck with. This one’s been working well for me for years, though.
Start by putting as many eggs as you want to use into a saucepan on the stove top. Cover them with about an inch of water and sprinkle in about 2 pinches of salt. You can cook as many eggs as you want at once, as long as they don’t overcrowd the pan.
Heat the saucepan on high heat until it starts to rapidly boil. Once it’s boiling, turn off the heat but leave the saucepan and eggs on the burner. Cover with the lid and allow it to sit for 11-12 minutes.
After that time, you can take the eggs off the stove top, drain out the water, and rinse the eggs under cold running water.
Crack the eggshells gently on the side of the saucepan, just enough to make a small crack. Next, peel the shells off, and you may find a thin membrane layer peeling off as well, which is perfectly fine.
Discard the eggshells and enjoy your hard boiled eggs.
What to eat with hard boiled eggs for lunch? They pair well with fries, a sandwich, ramen noodles, and pasta. You could also slice hard boiled eggs and put them into a salad, including vegetable salad or cold pasta salad.
For a really hearty lunch, try serving up hard boiled egg with boiled diced potatoes and grilled chicken. This healthy, filling meal will give you energy for a long time.
Who says scrambled eggs are just for breakfast? With the right ingredients, you can make a great lunch scramble that’s filling and light on cholesterol. What to make for eggs with lunch when you’re scrambling them?
Try cooking them up with diced tomatoes, onions, spinach, and bell pepper, cooking in olive oil for heart healthy food. Then, add in thyme and parsley for seasoning, with a little pinch of salt and pepper to really bring out the flavors.
This cooks up fast in a skillet on the stove, and it can be a really quick lunch if you already have everything diced ahead of time to just throw into the skillet.
What to make with eggs for lunch that’s not as veggie-centric? If you’re looking to leave out some of the vegetables and have a meal with a bit more starch and protein, try scrambling eggs with potatoes and chopped ham for a really tasty dish.
You can cook the potatoes in the frying pan first, as they take the longest to cook out of all your ingredients. Once they start to brown, add your ham and crack the eggs in.
You can season with chili powder, salt, and pepper and then shred some cheese on top for a hearty dish.
To make deviled eggs, you’ll start by following the directions for hard boiled eggs up above. Then, remove the yolks and crumble them up, adding in mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, and vinegar and mix them together.
Take that mixture and add it back into the egg whites for deviled eggs, adding a dash of paprika on top for color and seasoning.
What goes with deviled eggs for lunch? They pair really well with soup, particularly thick, creamy soups like chowders. The next time you make New England clam chowder, make a side of deviled eggs to go with it and see how well they work together.
They’re also a good companion to sandwiches, particularly tuna sandwiches, and anything with lunch meat. You may not find they pair as well with something like peanut butter and jelly or a burger, though.
They also work really well when partnering up with a hearty meat, like steak, turkey, or ham. Deviled eggs go well with casserole, steamed vegetables like asparagus or carrots, and just about any kind of bread.
In Asian countries, it’s not unusual to have egg for lunch, served on top of noodles or rice. Usually, this will be a fried egg, cooked in oil and prepared sunny side up.
Cook your ramen noodles, stir fry, or rice dish as normal. When you finish cooking your rice or noodles, fry up an egg in a skillet on high heat, cracking it into the center of a tablespoon of heated oil and letting it sit there for about a minute.
Once the edges are crispy and starting to brown but the middle still looks a little runny, you can turn off the heat and scoop the fried egg out with a spatula. Lay it flat on top of your rice or noodle dish and enjoy.
When you break the yolk in the middle of the egg, you’ll have delicious runny yolk all over your dish, giving it a ton of added flavor.
I’ve given you a few ideas for what to eat with eggs for lunch, and whether you choose one of these options or you’re inspired by this list to try something else with your eggs, I will feel I’ve done my job.