7 Protein-Packed Recipes That Star Hard-Boiled Eggs

Many consumers think of hardboiled eggs only as a quick breakfast on-the-go; however, the convenient and protein-packed snack can serve as much more. Hardboiled eggs are not only inexpensive and portable, they’re also packed with healthy fats, protein, and important vitamins, keeping you healthy and happy as you graze throughout the day. Here are seven snack and meal ideas that incorporate the easily prepped hardboiled eggs. Make a batch for the week and then enlist the eggs in one of these recipes each day. Say hello to good-for-you omega 3’s.

1. Hardboiled Egg Breakfast Melts

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First up is a breakfast you should indulge in slowly on a weekend or treat yourself to on a weekday. Ronald McDonald has nothing on you when you whip up these Hardboiled Egg Breakfast Melts from Ellaphant Eats. Thanks to the healthy fats and protein in this meal, your breakfast will keep you full through the lunch hour. Just don’t be surprised when you find yourself dreaming of your breakfast again.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Whole Wheat English Muffins, halved
  • Cream cheese
  • 2 Hard boiled eggs
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • Mexican shredded cheese blend, for topping
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • Sriracha (optional)

Visit Ellaphant Eats for recipe directions. 

2. Avocado, Tomato, and Sliced Egg Toast

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This next breakfast recipe from One Sweet Mess is a little simpler, but just as satiating as the aforementioned morning meal on our list. It even enlists many of the same ingredients, including heart-healthy avocado and hardboiled eggs. If you’re looking to upgrade your avocado toast, make this Avocado, Tomato, and Sliced Egg Toast. It only takes 5 minutes to make and is perfect to eat on the go. First make your toast and then drizzle Chipotle Crema over your carbs. You just successfully took your toast up a sophisticated level.

Ingredients:

Toast:

  • 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • salt and pepper

Chipotle Crema:

  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle in adobo
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Visit One Sweet Mess for recipe directions. 

3. Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad

potato salad with bacon and eggs

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Moving on to lunchtime, we come to this Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad from Skinny Taste. The greens are packed with flavor thanks to fresh asparagus, smoky bacon, and eggs, and the salad is dressed with a homemade Dijon vinaigrette. Asparagus and eggs are a match made in brunch heaven, and this dish proves they pair well together for lunch, too. Stud your salad with bacon and you have a healthy meal with a sinful touch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large hard boiled egg, peeled and sliced
  • 1 2/3 cups chopped asparagus
  • 2 slices cooked and crumbled center cut bacon
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • pinch salt and pepper, to taste

Visit Skinny Taste for recipe directions. 

4. English Muffin Egg Pizza

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Pizza, anyone? This next recipe from Real Simple is genius. It makes eating pizza for breakfast acceptable. The morning meal has you taking your English muffins and decorating them with olive oil, tomatoes, hardboiled eggs, and mozzarella. Then all you have to do is broil your “pizzas” in the oven and it’s bon appétit.

Ingredients:

  • English muffins
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato slices
  • hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • Grated mozzarella
  • Oregano
  • Kosher salt

Visit Real Simple for recipe directions. 

5. Ham and Egg Sandwich

Rye Roll sandwiches, ham, cheese

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Next up is a sandwich. Even if you don’t like mayonnaise-laden egg salad, you can still enjoy your hardboiled eggs on a sandwich via this simple Ham and Egg Sandwich recipe from Saveur. This sandwich even tastes like Easter with its Black Forest ham and eggs. Whether or not you like your omega 3’s served with mayo, you’re bound to enjoy this classic lunch combo.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 3 slices black forest ham
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced or quartered

Visit Saveur for recipe directions. 

6. Grilled Halibut Salad Niçoise

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Back to the greens game we come to this Grilled Halibut Salad Niçoise from Eating Well. It’s no secret that hardboiled eggs pair well with tuna, but did you know they also compatibly complement other fish as well? This spin on the traditional French salad proves it. The recipe enlists halibut, hardboiled eggs, olives, tomatoes, and potatoes, and it even comes with its own formula for a homemade vinaigrette. Serve this Grilled Halibut Salad Niçoise for lunch or dinner and you’ll enjoy your hardboiled eggs the sophisticated way.

Ingredients:

Vinaigrette:

  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons fresh orange juice, plus more to taste
  • ¼ cup white-wine vinegar or red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Salad:

  • 1 ½ pounds red potatoes (5-6 medium), scrubbed and halved
  • 1 ¼ pounds green beans, trimmed
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 pound Pacific halibut or striped bass
  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 large head Boston lettuce
  • 1 ½ cups grape tomatoes
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup sliced pitted black Niçoise or Kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Visit Eating Well for recipe directions. 

7. Hard-Cooked Eggs with Herb Mayonnaise

Hard Boiled Eggs

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We all know that you can easily eat hardboiled eggs on their own, but when you add a Herb Mayonnaise to the mix, the snack or side dish all of a sudden becomes fancy. These Hard-Cooked Eggs with Herb Mayonnaise from Martha Stewart can even be served as an appetizer, and they’re (unsurprisingly) easy to make. Simply cook your eggs and then whip up your Herb Mayonnaise by combining mayo with dill, tarragon, chives, and scallion. Whether you’re eating these eggs alone or serving them to company, the appetizer, snack, or side dish will make you feel classy without hurting your wallet or your waistline.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon finely snipped fresh dill, plus sprigs for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon finely snipped fresh chives
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped scallion, white part only
  • 12 assorted radishes
  • 4 slices black bread, cut in half
  • Coarse salt

Visit Martha Stewart for recipe directions. 

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