Which came first, the egg or breakfast? They're pretty synonymous in American cuisine, but you can expand their horizons with these delicious egg dishes that are fit for lunch or dinner. The health benefits of eggs are often questioned, due to the yolks' high levels of cholesterol. But research consistently shows that the cholesterol you eat doesn't necessarily raise cholesterol in your blood. And since egg whites are so high-protein and yolks are full of calcium, iron, B6 and B12, many nutritionists agree that, in moderation, eggs can be part of a balanced and healthy diet.
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by David Rosengarten
Bring a Spanish tapas-inspired meal to your table with this potato-and-egg pie (in Spanish "tortilla" technically means "small cake"). You could serve it in sized pieces on cocktail sticks as an appetizer, or cut larger portions to serve with a salad for supper.
Per serving: 207 calories, 3g saturated fat, 9g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 1g fiber, 244mg sodium
by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner
Fried rice is a delicious comfort food that's so easy to make yourself there's no need to order takeout. This recipe can be made with leftover rice and served with stir-fried chicken or tofu.
Per serving: 255 calories, 1g saturated fat, 46g carbohydrates, 7g protein, 1g fiber, 360mg sodium
by Julia Della Croce
This is a beautiful dish to present, with the yellow and red bell peppers layered beneath the eggs. Bell peppers are low in calories and high in vitamins C and E.
Per serving: 275 calories, 5g saturated fat, 12g carbohydrates, 23g protein, 3g fiber, 926mg sodium
by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
While you could eat these scrambled eggs for breakfast, their flavors (inspired by Indian cuisine and including garlic, ginger, shallots, tomatoes, tumeric, chiles and coriander) are suited to dinnertime. Serve with chapattis or naan bread and a salad.
Per serving: 276 calories, 4g saturated fat, 14g carbohydrates, 14g protein, 1g fiber, 918mg sodium