Cutting Back On Dairy? Try Using Grated Eggs Instead Of Cheese

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Eggs are nature’s perfect food. Low in fat, rich in protein and full of flavor, they are ideal for any meal, any time of day. Hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, fried. You can’t go wrong.

So you think you’ve already tried eggs in every delectable form? Well, if you’ve never tried grated eggs, then you’ve been missing a deliciously genius trick that you will kick yourself for not knowing sooner. All you need is a hard-boiled egg and a grater—box grater, hand grater or even a Microplane.

According to Extra Crispy, grated eggs are pretty much the smartest kitchen trick you have probably never heard of, and we couldn’t agree more. The reason this preparation is so genius? It looks just like cheese, and therefore makes your brain think you’re eating cheese, wonderful cheese.

If you’re lactose intolerant or simply trying to cut back on your cheese consumption, grated eggs could be your answer.

Here are some ways to add grated eggs to your next meal:

1. Grated Eggs On Toast

Seriously. Yum. Toast, a little butter, a grated hard-boiled egg and some salt and pepper. The texture combo is perfect, and it all comes in under 200 calories (or even less if you go for a low-cal bread and skip the butter!). Tons of protein, and if you opt for a sprouted grain bread, you are getting lots of fiber and whole grains too. Add a sliced avocado if you’re feeling fancy.


2. In Place Of Parmesan Cheese On Pasta

Yes, really! Grated eggs add richness and depth of flavor. They are also lower in calories and fat than cheese, so you can feel a little bit better when you carb-out on a Friday night. Try this recipe for Cauliflower Pasta with Pecorino, Grated Egg, and Pine Nuts from Bon Appetit.


3. Grated Egg “Quesadilla”

You will never stop for a McGriddle again. Heat up a griddle and lay down a tortilla (spray with a little cooking spray or butter beforehand). Top with grated egg, a handful of cheese (or not, if you’re doing dairy-free), crumbled bacon bits and fresh pico de gallo. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat, then fold and flip. Cook for one minute more. Now, grab that sucker and run out the door! The perfect portable breakfast. Thanks, chickens!

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4. Grated Egg Salad

There is just something so wholesome and comforting about egg salad. Serve it with a crusty piece of bread for the perfect lunch. Grating the eggs will give you a better texture, and no chopping required! Try this recipe from 101 Cookbooks. Easy and eggs-cellent!

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