Affordable Healthy Food #1: EGGS!

Fresh eggs from my very own hens.

Many people are trying to save money due to inflation. Choosing to cook your own meals and eat more affordable foods is a great way to stretch your paycheck! It’s also important to make sure to get enough protein and nutrients in your daily diet. Eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids!

Eggs are one of the most nutritious and inexpensive protein sources you can get. They are also very versatile and usually not hard to acquire. If you have your own chickens, you may have so many eggs you aren’t sure what to do with them all.

Here are a few suggestions to help you eat healthy, add more eggs to your menu, and save money at the same time. You can add a piece of fruit or bread or cereal to add some carbs to your meal.

Scrambled Eggs. Scrambled eggs are so easy even children can make them with a little supervision. And they are fast to cook. Simply crack as many eggs as you want, 2 to 4 per adult, into a bowl and use a fork to beat them until they are yellow soup. Then pour the beaten eggs into a skillet on medium high and cook for a few minutes until no longer runny.

Add your favorite seasonings such as salt, pepper or Tony Chachere’s Cajun spice. You can change up the taste in many ways. You can add flavor by cooking them in butter, coconut oil, with flavored cooking spray, with bacon grease, or any meat fat.

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You can add other ingredients during or after cooking such as: any kind of cheese, crumbled up tortilla chips, vegetables (peppers, onions, broccoli, spinach, anything), cooked meat, bacon bits, cooked potatoes, cooked rice, or cooked beans.

Boiled Eggs. Cook up a dozen boiled eggs, peel them and put them in the fridge in a container and eat them for breakfast or snacks all week with salt, pepper, hot sauce, or whatever you like. You can cook up them in FIVE minutes in the Instapot!

Quiche. A fancy looking scrambled egg pie that’s nice for lunch or brunch or anytime. Pour beaten eggs mixed with chopped veggies, cheese, and a little cream or milk into a pie crust. Bake in oven.

Egg muffins freeze well and can be warmed up in the microwave for breakfast and snacks. Beat eggs, cook meat if using, chop desired veggies, add to greased muffin pan with cheese and bake in oven. Then freeze any leftovers in plastic zipper bag. Make a double batch!

Pickled eggs sound weird, but they are really good. These are peeled, boiled eggs pickled in a vinegar brine. You can add beets and onions if desired. Super easy to prepare and they last a long time.

Recipe :

My happy husband with his pickled eggs. He loves them!

Omelets are a little more work than scrambled eggs, but not much. The ingredients are very similar, but you don’t stir the eggs while you cook the omelet. You can use an omelet pan or small non-stick skillet.

I hope you like these ideas. Put your favorite in the comments and let me know if you’ve ever tried pickled eggs!

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  1. This is some great advice. I make quiche a lot, and learned many years ago that the secret to an amazing quiche is to coat the crust with a thick layer of Dijon mustard using a pastry brush. Even if you are not someone who likes Dijon mustard, this is an excellent trick. The combination of mustard and crust does not come out tasting like Dijon, but something indescribably rich that tastes fantastic with eggs. One of the best things about making quiches is you can heap whatever you want into them, so it’s also a good way to make use of leftovers. They also freeze really well. You can let them cool, cover them with foil, stick them in the freezer and reheat later. Back in my endurance running days, I ate a ton of egg muffins (I call them egg babies). I’d food prep them on weekends and take them with me to work.

  2. I’ve made pickled eggs by using the juice from the more expensive pickles that are in the cooler section at grocery stores. They tend to have a lot of garlic and other spices that give the eggs good flavor.

  3. Tell John to save me a couple of those pickled eggs!!! I love them, but Anita, not so much (as in she’d rather be bitten by a rattlesnake!) so we don’t get them very often. Most of the grocers here in Kentucky don’t even carry them. 😢
    You may have inspired me to pickle my own! 😋

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