Eggs… a very versatile ingredient that can be consumed during any part of the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner or anywhere in between. It is quick and easy to prepare. And best of all, eggs have many health benefits. It is a great source of protein, it is low in calories, and it contains high levels of antioxidants. It is also packed with nutrients, specifically vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium and choline.
To my detriment, however, my picky eater won’t eat them. She baulks at all ways to traditionally cook egg – sunny side up, scrambled eggs, omelettes, boiled egg. So in order to include egg in her diet, I had to get creative.
So here is my list of 7 creative ways to get kids to eat eggs:
1. French Toast. This is the second most popular breakfast choice in our household (the first one is Pancakes, which also contain eggs, but in lesser quantity than French Toast). French Toast is an easy breakfast to whip up. It is filling and could be served with fruit, providing kids with a nutrient packed breakfast to start off their day.
2. Carbonara. Traditionally, Italians prepare carbonara simply with eggs, bacon, onions, parmesan cheese. My carbonara recipe however, contains cream mixed into the eggs and parmesan cheese. The children love pasta and specifically this carbonara sauce, because of its creaminess.
3. Fried Rice. I love making fried rice, especially when I have that odd 1 serving of leftover pork or chicken or sausage sitting in the fridge. I simply dice the leftover meat, sauté it with a bit of garlic (optional), add a cup of mixed vegetables (I always have frozen peas, corn and carrots in my freezer). I then add leftover rice. Once everything is well combined, I create a well in the wok or frying pan, break 1-2 eggs in the middle and continue mixing until the eggs are cooked and well distributed throughout the rice.
4. Noodle Soups. Although I try to limit the times my children to have those 2-minute microwave noodles, I do try to make it healthier by cracking an egg into the hot broth and noodles just before serving.
5. Apricot Chicken Curry. I have added chopped/finely diced boiled egg as a final touch to the sauce of this apricot chicken curry recipe. As a side note, this recipe is a great way to introduce the exotic taste of curry to a child. My kids particularly love this dish, because the sauce is a sweet, non-spicy curry.
6. Chicken and Potato Bake. I have also added diced hardboiled egg into a chicken and potato bake, in between layers of thinly sliced potatoes and diced chicken, topped with a creamy sauce and cheese. My picky eater didn’t even realize there was egg in there.
7. Baked Zucchini Muffins. I occasionally prepare zucchini muffins for my children to take to school for lunch. This recipe is packed with vegetables and eggs, but because it is in the shape of a muffin, and the ingredients are so finely grated or diced that they are hard to make out, it has been well received by my picky eater. Here’s my baked zucchini muffin frittata recipe.
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