In Praise of Eggs for Dinner (Plus 10 Unexpectedly Great Recipes)

Fact: If you reserve your egg-eating for breakfast and brunch, you’re doing life wrong. Eggs are, without question, in the top five for best busy-night dinner foods. They cook in like two minutes; they can be served a multitude of ways; and they’re nutrient-rich to boot. As a bonus, eggs also serve as a good source of vitamin D—also known as the sun vitamin—which we can all use a little help getting in the winter.

My preferred take on eggs for dinner is simple and about as fast as can be: eggs scrambled in ghee with spinach and onions, served with a crusty bread. Feel free to copy.

For slightly more ambitious nights, below are 10 eggs-for-dinner recipes to try your hand at. Most of them come together in under 30 minutes, some less—and a few can be stretched into more than one dinner.

Soy-Ginger Dinner Scramble
Photo by Chelsea Kyle

Soy sauce in scrambled eggs tastes like how watching an episode of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up feels: You will have emotions. There may be tears. It’s just so unexpectedly good and satisfying. This dinner is simply scrambled eggs that are jazzed with up ginger and soy, served over rice with smashed cucumbers. Not at all complicated, and totally delicious.

Migas

How does one explain Migas? I think the best definition is simply this: a medley of all the best things life has to offer—scrambled eggs, tortilla chips, cheese, avocado. They’re kind of like breakfast nachos, but not. Anyway, you’ll just have to make them for yourself and come up with your own definition. Regardless, it’s a delicious experience.

Southwestern Sweet Potato and Egg Hash
Photo by Greg Dupree

A good hash is warming, can easily be packed with veggies, and can always be doubled or tripled for easy make-ahead dinners. What’s not to love? This recipe, topped with fried eggs and served with black beans for added protein, takes a potato shortcut by steaming the sweet potatoes in the microwave before throwing in the pan. Smart!

Make-Ahead Baked Greek Omelet
Photo by Joe Lingeman

There are few better feelings than coming home from a long day at working knowing you don’t have to make dinner. This make-ahead baked Greek omelet (more of a casserole, really) can be made at the beginning of the week to set you up for a few dinners. Just pop it into the oven to warm it up, and enjoy with a salad, some roasted potatoes or sandwich it between a few slices of bread.

Charred Tomatoes with Fried Egg on Garlic Toast
Photo by Ryan Liebe

Holy cow, this sandwich is a true beauty. It combines gooey fried eggs, sweet quickly charred tomatoes and garlic bread (garlic bread, people!). Need I say more?

Green Shakshuka


This bright take on the usually red shakshuka is full of good-for-you green stuff—rainbow chard, cilantro, peas—and while it may seem intimidating at first glance, it comes together in just 25 minutes. Note: The green sauce for this dish can be made ahead of time and used a few times throughout the week, instead of all at once.

Simple Breakfast Quesadillas


My fiancé and I went through a breakfast-for-dinner quesadilla phase and it was a glorious, glorious time. So easy. So delicious. But eventually we got sick of them. Womp, womp. Don’t be like us: Enjoy these sparingly so you will enjoy them forever. This recipe mixes eggs, beans, cheese and hot sauce, but you can really throw whatever you want in the mix. Think: spinach, mushrooms, bacon—really, whatever you want.

Open-Faced Omelet with Spicy Feta and Escarole
Photo by Christina Holmes

This Middle Eastern-style open-faced omelet (meaning: no tricky flips!) employs ingredients like za’atar, feta, jalapeno and scallion for lots of flavor without too much work.

Shredded Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos


You know what’s better than tacos for dinner? Breakfast tacos for dinner. This take pairs roasted root veggies and greens, like carrots, beets and kale, with fried eggs and avocado for a hearty meal. You can easily make these roasted veggies ahead of time, then simply reheat in a pan before throwing on your tortillas.

Quinoa and Fried Egg Veggie Bowl


If you have some quinoa made from your week’s meal prep, this simple veggie bowl, topped with a fried egg, can come together in a few minutes flat. This take works in bok choy and enoki mushrooms, but you can always switch these out for whichever quick-cooking veggies you’ve got stashed in your crisper drawer.


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