Happy #NationalEggDay! When it comes to food, you can't really improve on the humble egg. A nutrient-dense option packed with choline and selenium, it's also an inexpensive source of protein that carnivores and vegetarians can enjoy.
Whether you're snacking on a hardboiled single or serving up a big salad at BBQs, eggs are easy to eat anywhere as long as you take precautions to keep them safe. Believe it or not, it's not the mayonnaise in egg dishes that makes them prone to spoiling. Most recipes employ mass-produced mayo that includes pasteurized eggs, plus plenty of preservatives.
The real risk of foodborne illness comes in the natural bacteria in the eggs and other ingredients in your salads, which multiply when your foods sit at room temperature. That's why it's so important to keep eggs cool on the go, regardless of whether you're eating them chilled or reheating later. (And we know just the method to keep them safe!)
Here, some of our favorite riffs on the almighty egg that you can take anywhere and keep from spoiling in your PackIt freezable bag.
The name doesn't lie. Nothing beats a scoop of this creamy concoction sandwiched between a fluffy roll or buttery croissant. Simplicity at its finest.
If you fancy a lighter version of egg salad that still packs plenty of flavor, this is your jam. The addition of crisp bacon more than makes up for the yolks you leave out in this recipe.
For a more refined take on the egg salad, try this version that adds ingredients from the classic French salad such as tuna, green beans and olives. C'est magnifique!
Avoiding mayo altogether? You'll love this salad that uses creamy avocado to give it a silky texture. Really, you won't miss the white stuff one bit.
This recipe offers all the spice and indulgence of the party favorite, plus the versatility to enjoy it on a sandwich, in lettuce cups or just straight out of the bowl.
Speaking of those devilishly-good eggs, we love this recipe that incorporates seafood laced with the classic Chesapeake Bay blend. Bring them to your next party and revel in the compliments that come your way.
Sometimes only a hearty baked egg sandwich will do. This genius recipe lays eggs, gruyere cheese and pancetta in a bed of sourdough baguette. Let cool thoroughly before packing, then savor anytime, anywhere.
Here's a version of those muffin-tin bites that vegetarians will love. Not just meat-free, it's also paleo-friendly.
The great thing about frittatas is that they can be served at pretty much any temperature. Once it's had time to cool down, you can keep this Mexican option safe in your PackIt Freezable Grocery Bag, then heat up or serve at room temperature at brunch.
Fair warning: This is hardly diet food. It is, however, so. Freaking. DELICIOUS. Packed with cheese yet impossibly light tasting, it's a treat for holidays, picnics and other special occasions that travels exceptionally well in larger PackIt bags.
This Spanish standby is a hardy egg-and-potato dish that goes anywhere and works at any temp. Team it with a light salad for a satisfying lunch or cut into small bites serve as an appetizer at potlucks.