Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
Be honest: how many dozens of eggs did you decorate for Easter? I always color at least 3 dozen. There are two many fun color combinations and decorating techniques to decorate any less. But after the Easter egg hunt is over, what do you do with all of those eggs? You can peel one or two, sprinkle with salt and eat them plain, but with the remaining 30-something eggs, you’re going to have to get a little more creative.
Deviled eggs are quite an expected use for hard-boiled eggs, but that doesn’t mean the preparation has to be. Go traditional and make Paula’s Southern version, or try adding 4 kinds of peppercorns like Alton does.
Asparagus and eggs belong together like peas and carrots or peanut butter and jelly. It’s just natural.
You’ve got boiled eggs, now boil some potatoes and make a picnic-worthy potato salad.
Spinach salad is commonly made with hard-boiled eggs, though many recipes also call for bacon. It’s tasty, if that’s your thing, but not so vegetarian or Meatless Monday-friendly. Try Alex Guarnaschelli’s spinach salad — the spinach leaves are lightly wilted with a warm, bacon-free dressing and topped with hard-boiled eggs.
Egg salad sandwiches are another expected use for hard-boiled eggs, but appropriate nonetheless. When you’re tired of egg salad, make a French-inspired Pan Bagnat — a savory mixture of tomato salad, black olives and hard-boiled eggs pressed into a baguette.
A note on food safety: Hard-boiled eggs last, refrigerated, in their shells for 5-6 days. If they’ve been sitting out for more than two hours, or 1 hour outside in the heat, then it’s best to throw them out.
What are you making with your Easter eggs?
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