egg salad

Revisiting Egg Salad

I am proud to admit that I have formed the healthy habit of packing my lunch for work. I began experimenting with delicious recipes last summer that I could bring to work and not have lunch envy of my co-workers who tend to buy theirs.  Last year, I realized the amazing substitution secret of Greek yogurt for mayonnaise, and I’ve stuck to that substitution ever since. I used it in egg salad last year, and tried out a different recipe this year, which I know I’ll make again and again (it’s so addicting).

I also discovered the power of endive leaves- the perfect dipping utensil with a slightly bitter bite and crisp crunch. No need for chips! So the next time you’re in the mood for something creamy, spicy, crunchy and all-around satisfying to bring to lunch, try my Curry Egg Salad with Endive.

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INGREDIENTS (makes 1 serving)

2 hard boiled eggs, slightly mashed

¼ cup chopped granny smith apple

½ head endive leaves

⅛ cup greek yogurt

2 tbs. dijon mustard

1 tbp. white wine or white balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. curry powder

1 ½ tbsp. chopped cilantro

salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS


In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, mustard, vinegar, curry powder, salt and pepper. Make sure it tastes to your liking before adding eggs. Mix vigorously to combine. Fold in apples and cilantro. Just before eating, spoon enough egg salad to fill each endive leaf.

Eggstra! Eggstra!

Cooking for one is hard. Grocery shopping for one… is even harder. I tend to buy an overabundance of fruits and vegetables, and then ending up having to throw some of it out or eat so many blueberries that I might just turn into one (Re: “Violet you’re turning violet, Violet!” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). This week, my ingredient abundance is in the form of eggs. I wasn’t able to find a half carton of eggs and got stuck buying a full dozen. I know eggs keep longer than other items but I still have 12 eggs to use, which is quite a challenge for one person who usually eats Greek yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast. Alas, I found a conclusion… sort of. Last night I made use of four of the eggs, providing me with at least four meals.

For dinner: Favorite Vegetable Egg Drop Soup. As I was eating this I realized it has my three favorite veggies- sweet potatoes, kale and mushrooms. Maybe some subconscious decisions going on there, but I didn’t do this on purpose when I was grocery shopping. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp minced ginger

1/4 cup chopped vidalia onion

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 box low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock

4 cups chopped kale, stems removed

1 medium sweet potato, peeled, cut into discs and quartered

1 cup chopped portobello mushrooms

1-2 eggs, beaten

salt and pepper (and I added smoked paprika and chile powder) to taste

Directions

Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger and saute until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and cook until they begin to soften, 10 minutes. Add the stock and let mixture come to a boil. Once this happens, add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the kale and seasonings. Once the kale is wilted, add the eggs in a slow, steady stream, continuously stirring the pot. Remove the soup from the heat and serve!

I accidentally bought Japanese sweet potatoes but they were so delicious nonetheless!

Next up, lunch: Curried egg salad with basil and peppers

Ingredients

2 eggs

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt- I like Fage or Chobani

1/3 cup chopped red bell peppers

2 tbs chopped fresh basil (for anyone in NYC use Gotham Greens… best basil I’ve ever eaten)

2 tsp yellow curry powder

2 tsp cumin

salt & pepper to taste

Directions

Hard boil the eggs. Place eggs in a pot and cover with water by 1 inch. Turn the heat to high and once the water is at a rumbling boil. Remove the pot from heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs from the water and let cool. Once the eggs are cool, peel and mash with a fork.

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs with the rest of the ingredients until uniformly mixed.

Serve in pita with lettuce and tomato, or just eat it straight from the bowl!

Mmmm… eggciting, eggsquisite… and damn delicious!