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The egg is a pretty major player in the kitchen.

But many people only go so far as to scramble them with a bit of added salt. Not the most exciting dish, right?

Considering they cost next to nothing, the egg is a brilliant food that will go with nearly anything. 

So, if you want to spice things up this weekend, look at these delicious egg dishes:

Spring Vegetable, Goats Cheese and Ham Frittata

Fresh veggies make this frittata a breakfast staple during the colder months. And it looks gorgeous too!

 

Egg-Drop Noodle Soup

Use quick-cooking ramen and store-bought chicken broth to get this hearty rendition of the Chinese-restaurant classic on the table in a jiffy.

 

Huevos Racheros Salad

A bright, sunny-side-up fried egg steals the show on this Southwestern salad topped with queso fresco, cilantro, and a citrusy black-bean-and-tomato salsa.

 

Coffee Creme Brulee

To create the signature shell covering this creamy, coffee-infused custard, sprinkle with brown sugar and broil until bubbly and deep brown.

 

The Ultimate Homemade Mayo

Put a tasty spin on this beloved condiment by choosing one of these lively variations.

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A great way to go for breakfast is down the sandwich root as it's big and hearty enough to fuel you right up until lunch time. 

Whether you want to treat yourself at the weekend or you need something for the big day ahead, you won't be disappointed if you try one (or all) of these super sandwich twists:

Waffled Croissant Grilled Cheese

Make the French proud by whipping up this bad boy. Crunchy and crispy – but with a gooey cheese filling. Yum!

 

Egg In A Hole BLT

This sandwich sees your favourite breakfast meeting your favourite sandwich. It's a win-win situation. 

 

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

Consider this an alternative to the breakfast burrito. This delicious sandwich will certainly fill up your morning. 

 

Chicken and Waffles Breakfast Sandwich

Who needs a bun or bread when you have waffles?! This should be kept as a weekend or cheat-day treat because you definitely won't want to rush it. 

 

Eggs Benedict with Shortcut Hollandaise

You're breakfast just got a serious upgrade with this sandwich! Ready in only 15 minutes, it would be a perfect breakfast to treat that special someone. 

 

French Toast Breakfast Sandwich

How dreamy does this look? Eat at home or on the go, it's a great alternative for a sweet breakfast meal. 

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Make your sunday spread as badass as it can get with these delicious treats!

Whether it's a day to stay in because of rain (like, everyday in Ireland), or you want to surprise your other half with your mad cooking skills, these nibbly bits will make anyone's mouth water. 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Whip up this sweet treat with dependable staples right from your kitchen. All you need is pancake mix, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Easy! Find the full recipe here.

 

Baked Eggs En Cocette with Basil

This dish is extrememly easy to whip up if you're in a hurry! Simple yet tasty, it really gives the boring egg a good spin and is perfect for an early Sunday brunch or a late Sunday snack.

 

Banana Crumb Cake

If you want something sweet on a Sunday evening, this crumb cake with notes of honey, cinnamon, and toasted coconut is definitely the way to go. Jazz it up with nuts of your choice or devour it with a hot cup of tea like we plan to.

 

Hash Brown with Leeks and Bell Peppers

Sweet sauteed leeks and tangy peppers contrast well with the earthy flavour of your fave potatoes.This is a great way to stir up a classic and impress your guests.

 

Crustless Brocolli-Cheddar Quiches

In these individual quiches, broccoli gives the creamy cheddar and egg a nice crunch. Taking away the crust cuts down on baking time, which means you won't have grumpy guests waiting for food!

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We’ve all heard of the word superfood – but rather than your carrot with a superman cape on, the term superfood simply means foods that are rich in nutrients and are particularly beneficial to our health and wellbeing.

Here are five superfoods you need in your life:

Eggs
Eggs are a great source of protein, iron, zinc, vitamins and amino acids and they aren’t particularly expensive to pick up.

Garlic
Not particularly good if you are planning on locking lips, garlic is jam-packed with bioactive compounds great for maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol.

Berries
Even if they weren’t a superfood we’d be munching on these anyway. They are full of dietary fibres, are low in sugar, and are full of anti-oxidants.

Dark chocolate
We couldn’t compile a list of good foods without mentioning chocolate. Now we’re not talking about the milk version, but dark chocolate that has at least 60% cocoa content is full of anti-oxidants and is lower in fat than the milk version.

Goji berries
Great for protecting the liver and improving eyesight, goji berries are anti-inflammatory and taste great in smoothies.

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This wedding crasher made an entrance to remember on a bride and groom’s big day.

The giant sea turtle showed up at the beach wedding in the middle of the ceremony taking some, if not all of, the attention away from the bride!

But this wasn’t just any old sea turtle.

She’s a leatherback – the largest living breed of turtles on earth!

The guests at the wedding, on the US Virgin Island of St Croix, witnessed a super cool moment, when the turtle laid her eggs!

Can you imagine the size of the babies!

WED 2

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Most people have a negative knee-jerk reaction to the word ‘fat’. But good-for-you fats promote heart health, keep us feeling full and satisfied and may even help ward off cognitive decline.

Here are a few healthy high-fat foods to get onto your plate pronto:

Avocados
With the nickname ‘butter pear’, it’s no secret avocados are high in far. But most of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated, the heart-healthy kind that actually lowers bad cholesterol. Try replacing butter or cream cheese with avocado spread, or replace the mayo on your sandwich with avocado slices.

Eggs
People often think egg whites are a healthier option than whole eggs because they contain less fat, and while it’s true that the egg yolk contains some fat, it’s also packed with important nutrients. One whole egg contains 5 grams of fat, but only 1.5 grams are saturated.

Olive Oil
Olive oil is commonly used in the Mediterranean diet and we’ve all heard that olive oil reduces the risk of heart disease, blood pressure and certain types of cancer. However, it still packs 100 calories per tablespoon, so moderation is important if you’re watching your weight!

Nuts
Your best bet for nutrition are almonds, walnuts and pistachios. Almonds are the richest in vitamin E; walnuts contain a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid; and pistachios have all the things that are super important for eye health. Research shows nut eaters are generally thinner, less likely to develop type 2 diabetes and have a reduced risk of heart disease to boot.

Fatty Fish
Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and trout are full of good fats, unlike the bad saturated fat you find in most meats.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it can be hard to keep it fun and varied, especially on weekdays!

Here are some fun, tasty and healthy ways you can enjoy breakfast and keep it interesting.

1. Avocado on toast
So simple – an avocado + bread = avocado toast! So tasty and nutritious.

2. Homemade Granola
Granola has a bad rep because of sugar and oil content but if YOU make it then YOU can control what you put in.

3. Healthy Pancakes
Pancakes? Who said pancakes? You won’t believe how easy these are – or how healthy!

4. Chia Seed Pudding
Ok so the texture is a little funny but it is packed with nutrients and goodness. To make just cover some chia seeds with almond milk or coconut milk. Fridge overnight. Add fruit and honey.

5. Baked egg in avocado
Just break an egg into a partially hollowed avocado and bake in the oven until the egg sets.

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Frittatas are great for when you have eggs and a lot of veg that may go off soon.

You can put almost anything you want in your frittata. Got some leftover ham? Throw that in. Rice from lunch? That can go in too! The list is endless.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 150-200 ml milk
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Range of vegetables: peas, broccoli, kale, spinach, leeks, green beans, mushrooms, peppers etc.
  • Meat: cooked ham, chicken, turkey, pastrami, salami etc. (optional)
  • Fresh herbs: parsley, basil, coriander etc.
  • Cheese: cheddar, feta, goat’s cheese etc.

What you’ll need to do: 

  1. In a bowl beat the eggs with the milk and season well.
  2. Add the veg, meat and herbs you are using.
  3. Heat some oil in a heavy base frying pan and add the onion and garlic until they soften.
  4. Pour in the mixture and cook until the bottom has turned a golden brown and the egg on top has mostly set.
  5. Place under the grill and when it is just about golden and bubbling, sprinke the cheese and place back under the grill until it is set.
  6. Serve with some fresh green salad.
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Huevos Rancheros is a traditional Mexican breakfast and can be served alongside tortilla wraps, guacamole, refried beans and some hot jalapeños.

Although it seems like a lot of ingredients, the actual base recipe is very economical.

What you’ll need:

  • 400g tin of tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red or green chilli pepper
  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 chorizo sausage, chopped roughly
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 eggs

What you’ll need to do:

  1. In a cast-iron frying pan (or one you can put under the grill), add some oil and when it is hot, add the finely chopped onion, chilli pepper and garlic.
  2. When they have softened, add the chorizo, smoked paprika and  roughly chopped peppers.
  3. When the chorizo cooks a little and begins to release its oil, add the tin of tomatoes.
  4. Add the sugar and season to taste.
  5. Cook for about 10mins over medium heat or until the chorizo is cooked. Add the torn spinach.
  6. Make two wells in the middle of the mixture and crack an egg in each.
  7. Place the pan under the grill until the egg has cooked to your liking.
  8. Enjoy!
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