10 Dinner Recipes Using Eggs as the Protein

Posted: March 30, 2022 1:08 pm

With the soaring prices of food these days, you are not alone if you are looking for ways to cut your grocery budget. One of the easiest ways to do this is to replace costly meats with less expensive eggs as the primary protein. Here are 10 great recipes that lean on eggs as the main protein, helping you to save money at the grocery store.

Broccoli, Cheddar & Spinach Frittata

While most people think of frittatas as a brunch food, this hearty egg dish also makes a great weeknight dinner. This broccoli, cheddar, and spinach frittata is filling and nutritious while being delicious at the same time. This one-skillet meal is bursting with heart-healthy broccoli and spinach, making it an easy way to get in your greens for the day. While you may save time buying shredded cheddar, you will also enjoy a richer flavor by grating your own. Serve this frittata with a side of hash browns, a fruit salad, or some greens. The dish will easily feed six people on a budget.

Sheet Pan Roasted Spring Vegetables with Baked Eggs

This baked eggs with roasted spring vegetables recipe is a new take on a sheet pan dinner. With the inclusion of beets, radishes, leafy greens, and zucchini, you will enjoy some of the best flavors of spring. The eggs add the bonus protein. Because it is vegetarian and gluten-free, this is a good meal choice for those with restricted diets. Other than a bit of prep work preparing the veggies, this meal is extremely quick to pull together. Be sure to top the finished product with fresh grated parmesan cheese for some zip.

Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Eggs


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You have never had stuffed peppers quite like this. This stuffed peppers with quinoa and eggs recipe is a real winner. The red peppers are stuffed with onion, eggplant, garlic, tomatoes, quinoa, paprika, and oregano and then baked. Toward the end of the baking process, you will crack an egg on the top of the vegetable and quinoa mixture before sprinkling with crumbled feta cheese. If you do not care for quinoa, you can also use brown rice, farro, or barley in its place.

Egg Salad

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Not all of your egg dishes have to be fancy. This simple egg salad is perfect for quick lunches or times when you want to eat something lighter. The classic recipe includes boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, and toppings such as dill and chives. You can eat this salad in a number of ways. Try it with crackers or between two slices of whole grain bread and some lettuce for a crunch. Feel free to include any of your favorite add-ins for this recipe. Good ideas include crumbled bacon, celery, or diced pickles. For a heartier dinner, pair the egg salad sandwiches with a bowl of your favorite soup.

One Skillet Mexican Rice & Bean Baked Eggs

Consider replacing Taco Tuesday with this one skillet Mexican rice & bean baked eggs recipe. With plenty of protein, grains, and vegetables, this recipe makes the complete meal. You can use black or pinto beans in this recipe or white or brown rice, giving you maximum versatility. Top your skillet with options such as fresh avocado, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, or black olives. This recipe will kick your dinner up a notch with its spicy profile. However, you can leave the jalapeño out if you want to cut the heat.


Shakshuka is a mouth-watering tomato-based dish that includes poached eggs, cumin, coriander, and paprika, delivering an explosion of flavor. This ethnic dish has loads of flavors from North Africa and the Middle Easter. You can customize this recipe to fit any heat tolerance. For those who really want it spicy, add a dash of cayenne pepper. This healthy dish is light in calories but heavy in flavor.

Green Eggs and Ham Soup

This green eggs and ham soup is as fun as it is delicious. Kids will particularly love this easy soup recipe, combining pureed vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach with a poached egg and ham. You will need plenty of bread to sop up the leftover soup in each bowl. This soup goes well with a refreshing fruit salad.

Niçoise Salad

While eggs are not the main star in this Niçoise salad, this dish is a great way to use up any leftover eggs. In addition to hard boiled eggs, this salad entree includes tuna, green beans, tomatoes, and potatoes. You can use either fresh or canned tuna with this recipe with the canned variety saving you the most money. All of this goodness is topped with a vinaigrette made with lemon juice, olive oil, basil, shallots, thyme, oregano, and dijon mustard. Serve this salad with crusty bread and a glass of your favorite white wine.

Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Scrambled Egg Wrap

Tortillas are an ideal vehicle to carry your eggs. Everyone will love this turkey, sweet potato, and scrambled egg wrap recipe. Cooked turkey breast combines with diced sweet potato, and scrambled eggs to create a unique flavor profile. Add some spinach leaves or arugula for a bit of crunch and texture. Serve this wrap with a side of cranberry sauce for dipping.

Artichoke Scrambled Eggs Benedict

Impress your guests with this artichoke scrambled eggs Benedict. This twist on the classic brunch favorite uses roasted artichoke bottoms in place of English muffins to create a fancy yet easy dinner. If you want to make this vegetarian, you can use roasted mushrooms instead of the called for pancetta. All of this is topped with a homemade creamy lemon sauce using mayonnaise, yogurt, and lemon juice.

Your family will never know that you are trying to save money when they dive into these tasty and filling recipes.


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