5 Easy Ways To Fix Eggs During Your Whole 30 Challenge

do you like these eggs I doodled?
Day 29 of the Whole 30 challenge! In some ways I'm surprised I actually went through with it, and in other ways I always knew I could and would. I know I haven't been the absolute best at writing about it as I went along, but I feel there are so many other bloggers who were more on top of this thing than I was. Not every meal was brilliant. I know I drank non-compliant almond milk and fries which weren't in the spirit of the Whole30 challenge (and later found out were "salted" with a mix of sugar and salt. That was my biggest cheat). But I did it! Besides - can anyone ACTUALLY do a perfect Whole 30? I bet someone can, but she isn't me. All nit-picking aside, I did the thing, guys! And it really does feel good. There is nothing better than knowing that you've been taking good care of your bodies, right? In the past I've definitely underrated this, but I'm growing to love it.

The biggest thing I learned from the Whole 30 challenge was that eating the best, healthiest food does require an inconvenient amount of time in the kitchen, even for a person who loves being in the kitchen. Quick foods will almost always be a carb which is kind of sad but a definite fact. I plan to be a lot more aware of this in the future, and try my best to plan well so that I'm not left grabbing tortilla chips as a go-to snack on the way out the door. Anyone else find themselves in this predicament? Another thing I learned is that it is possible to deny yourself the opportunity to rationalize having dessert yet again. I'm certainly not swearing off sugar forever - there might *hint hint* be a Valentine's Day cake in the works - but I'm far more aware of treating it as a special occasion thing, not a "because it's rainy and I want a cinnamon roll" thing. The third and final lesson of my Whole 30 go-round was that I actually really like eggs! Which was a surprise, as once upon a time I waged severe war on eggs.
I feel like when God looked at the world during the creation of it and thought about what other surprises He wanted to fit into it, He probably thought: "perfect meal, comes in its own case, beautiful golden inside, whites that can be fluffed into almost any shape...yeah, let's make something like that. And let's make it come out of a chicken's rear because that'd be kind of hilarious." I honestly did not get tired of eating eggs, and I had at least one daily, usually two. This means that over the course of these thirty days I've single-handedly eaten somewhere between 30 and 60 eggs and still managed to enjoy and look forward to them. The key to not getting horribly tired of eggs was, of course, to expand my vocabulary in terms of knowing what to do with them! Any of you who are part of the L&G instagram fam will have learned that I can be depended on to record that daily soft-boiled egg split. There are so many amazing cooks online and on Instagram that have completely revamped my view of eggs! Here, then, are all the amazing ways they taught me to make eggs, ranked in order of favorite/most-used down to least-used!

  1. soft-boiled eggs a la Jonny Sun - basically the key to perfect-every-time soft boiled eggs is not to boil them at all, but steam them! I bring to boil 1/2" of water in the bottom of a sauce pan, add a raw egg, put a lid on the pot, and set a timer for exactly 6 minutes. The minute the timer dings I drain and rinse the egg in cold water to stop it cooking! Peel the egg and voila! You've got a stunner. Plus they are just. so. fun to cut in half and watch.
  2. hard boiled eggs - I really don't think you could mess these up even if you try so I'm not going to insult you by telling you how! Boiled eggs were my hardest sell by far, but I found that they effortlessly added protein to salads and breakfasts without requiring me to dirty any dishes. Bonus points if you draw faces on your eggs after boiling but before peeling! I love making film noir faces on my eggs because I'm actually a four year old kid.
  3. omelettes - FAVORITE omelette of the entire challenge occurred just a couple days ago when I threw fresh spinach and sliced sundried tomatoes into my Julia Child omelette right before flipped it out on the plate. I definitely follow Julia Child's method of making omelettes, the basic recipe of which is a tablespoon of butter (ghee for all you Whole 30'ers) dropped into a hot hot pan, then melted till the foam subsides. At this point you drop in 2 eggs beaten with a nice glob of water (about a tablespoon) and some salt and pepper. Swirl the egg around in the pan and shimmy it till your circle of egg is loose in the pan, then get to flipping it over itself, or help it along with a spatula. This all takes, like, thirty seconds. I'd love to do a video sometime for you, but Julia's instructions are plenty thorough once you get the hang of it! Also, speaking of omelettes, you ought to listen to the hilarious Broadway musical, Something Rotten, while making breakfast on such occasions. Yes, it has something to do with omelettes.
  4. fluffy scrambled eggs - okay. I first ran across this type of scrambled eggs on Primal Gourmet's instagram account. The only thing that makes these eggs different from typical scrambled eggs is the fact that you really beat them till quite fluffy before pouring them into a well-buttered (or ghee'd) pan. THEN rather than scrambling them around, you take a spatula and scrape and turn them together starting on the sides of the pan until your eggs are all soft and coagulated and in the center of the pan. It's super easy and they taste like weekend breakfasts. <3
  5. Scotch eggs - I made a big double-batch of Scotch eggs at the beginning of the month but they didn't turn out as well as I wanted, largely due to trying to make them grain-free. The "breading" of coconut flour ended up soggy and cloying and then I left them in the oven too long so while the sausage + herb layer was yummy, the hardboiled eggs were rubbery and just not all that good. I think it's fair to say Scotch eggs are best left traditional and skipped during Whole30. 
I did make a few poached eggs during this month but I found that the soft boiled eggs were so much less hands-on, leaving me extra time to devote to making hashbrowns. Along with poached eggs I made a batch of shakshuka (sans feta) which provided super yummy lunches for a couple days! Eggs eggs eggs eggs eggs. I don't think there's a song about them, but maybe there should be? The heroes of every Whole 30 devotee. 

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  1. Fun fact. When I was in high school, I cowrote a film musical called SAT: The Musical and there is a song about eggs. We had so many hard boiled eggs. If I can find a clip, I will! Haha.