When we are going to be gone for a few hours in the car, I like to pack a healthy lunch, and take it along in a small cooler. It is often a salad with protein, or sliced fresh veggies and hummus, some fresh fruit, and I usually pack a few hard-boiled eggs, too.
But, I am getting a wee bit tired of them and thought I would like a different approach, so instead of hard-boiling my eggs, I decided to bake them.
I used my silicone muffin cups, setting them inside aluminum cups for a bit of stability and then placed them on a rack on a baking tray... I wanted the heat to be about to surround them and thought this might be the best way.
Then I cracked a fresh egg into each one.
I placed them in the oven for 15 minutes and then removed the pan to a cooling rack and let them rest for 5 minutes...
where they cooled a bit, before turning them out onto a plate.
I was really very happily surprised that they popped out of the silicone cups so easily. When they cooled completely, I put them in a storage container and placed it in the refrigerator. Now I will have eggs to enjoy for several outings this week... and I won't have to deal with the shells.
Each baked egg counts as 2P+ on the Weight Watchers plan. Not much for such a powerhouse of nutrition and long-lasting satisfaction.
If I had a regular muffin tin, I would have placed the silicone muffin cups inside that... so if you have one, be sure to use it. I think you could coat the insides with a bit on non-stick spray and break the eggs directly into it, if you like... just a bit more cleanup that way, I would think.
And, if you know how you will be using the eggs, you could sprinkle them with salt and pepper, or herbs before you bake them... but I did mine plain.
So, to review my Baked Egg Method:
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Break an egg into each muffin cup.
- Place pan in oven and bake eggs for 15 minutes.
- Remove pan to cooling rack and let rest for 5 minutes.
- Slide eggs out of muffin cups onto a plate.
- Allow to cool completely before refrigerating.
Do you like eggs?
Do you have any suggestions as to what makes a good take-along lunch for busy days?