Seven Great Ways to Use Eggs

I went grocery shopping yesterday and was amazed to discover that (in our area anyway) a carton of five dozen eggs is only $2.69. I can’t remember the last time eggs were that cheap.  That’s a LOT of protein for less than $3.  In honor of that smoking hot deal (at Winco for local folks) I thought I’d share seven great ways to use eggs.  (The eggs in this first photo are from our chickens a few years ago.)

Eggs, wonderful eggs

  1. This one is simple as they come.  Boil a dozen or so and stash them in the fridge for an easy protein addition to any meal.  Almost all of my teens will grab an egg to take with them on the way to work, especially if I take a few minutes and peel them.  Since most of them tend to be breakfast-skippers, I call this a victory and try to have a few cooked eggs ready in the fridge as often as I can.  Here’s a recipe if you need the details of making a good boiled egg.Eggs
  2. Here’s a Cobb Salad recipe that I tweaked by adding spiced lentils. Feel free to tweak as you wish.Cobb-Salad-sm
  3. Poached eggs on toast…..yummy! And check out this recipe if you’d like to add a hollandaise sauce to make this even more wonderful.j
  4.  Mexican-Style Migas is hearty enough to be served for breakfast or dinner, and is great in the late summer when (if) you have tomatoes and peppers in the garden.migas
  5. If your family’s interests tend to center more on the dessert end of life, try this super-easy recipe for “Impossible” Coconut Custard Pie.7 Great Ways to Use Eggs (Owlhaven)
  6. Stuffed French Toast Strata-– Here’s another sweet one. We make this on Christmas Eve for breakfast, but there’s really no reason to confine this yumminess to only one day a year.French Toast Strata
  7. And finally, here’s a great back-to-school idea.  Who wouldn’t love a few freezer bags full of ready-made Freezer Breakfast Burritos? 7 Great Ways to Use Eggs

PS– With all of these recipes, you should be able to click on the photo to get to the website featuring that recipe.  And if you’re in the mood for more affordable and family friendly recipes, head on over to Amazon and check out my cookbook Family Feasts for $75 a Week.


  1. Good ideas! I tend to not get more creative with eggs past scrambled so I’ll have to keep this in mind! I also wanted to say I love your cookbook, not only the recipes (the pork is one of my all time faves) but it changed the way I grocery shop to this day and I read it many years ago!

  2. Christina H says:

    Hi Mary ! I really enjoy reading your blog, you give me so many ideas!
    One thing I live to do with eggs is to softboil them and eat with a dipper such as asparagus.
    What are your thoughts on organic, grass-fed and higher welfare?
    Do you prioritize and if so what items?
    Thanks again for a great blog?

    • Good question. For many years we had our own chickens, but when we moved we got rid of them, so it’s no more organic eggs for us. We do however, still have a small garden that’s keeping us in all-you-can-eat tomatoes and cucumbers, and I do like to shop at the farmer’s market. But I’m such a cheapskate that in general I don’t put out the extra bucks for organics. What about you? What do you buy that’s organic?

      • Christina H says:

        Usually just eggs , and meat and produce only when on sale. It’s quite expensive, and even though I know it’s healthier, it just takes such a big chunk out of my grocery budget. So I try not to think about the pesticides too much…..
        I wish it would be more affordable, but where I live (Washington D.C metro area) prices haven’t gone down much.
        Oh, I love your book ” family feasts”!

  3. Thanks Mary! you’ve done a lot of work here! ironically i was doing research for owl eggs and found you. But now I think it’s time for a breakfast burrito lunch!

  4. “Poached eggs on toast, why do you quiver, with such a funny little quiver?” Sorry, but poached eggs on toast always make me think of Russel Hoban’s Frances.

  5. We have chickens, and sometimes, about August, my kids will turn up their noses at eggs. In the summer during peak production, I freeze little square plastic containers of three eggs each, slightly beaten, for winter. As soon as the squares freeze solidly, they get popped into a gallon freezer bag for winter. Other egg -rich deas include stir- fried rice, spaghetti carbonara and crepes. Rolls (think brioche) and cornbread can be loaded with eggs. Any custard, even lemon curd, sneak in eggs. And Toad-in-the-Hole is such fun, they always eat it for breakfast.
    IHad your cookbook for a few years now, and hands down, the Carnitas recipe is the family’s favorite….except we use venison ! Works beautifully!