Cooked By TFW: Eggs 101

(While I was writing this post Tuesday night, news broke that Washington State University QB Tyler Hilinski committed suicide. I've shared my own mental health struggles on here before, and wanted to remind you all: get the help you need and deserve… YOU DESERVE A HEALTHY BRAIN! If you feel like you may harm yourself and need to talk to somebody immediately, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24/7, 1-800-273-8255 or text 'CONNECT' to 741741. Both are free and confidential. Tyler was only 21 years old; my heart breaks for him and his family.)

Hey kids! It's Uncle Tym Tym, back with another Cooking 101 post. We previously covered cooking rice. Last week we tackled chicken. This week, let's take a look at a staple of my morning meal (most folks call it "breakfast," but I was digging the alliteration of "my morning meal"): eggs. Full Disclosure: I have written and deleted about 17 different "Chicken came before the Egg" jokes about how last week's post in relation to this week's… They were all awful, so you're welcome for not having to read them, but I need to own my mistakes and at least tell y'all that I wrote them… I'm trying to do better… thank you for your patience.

Eggs are an amazing source of protein and several vitamins. They are also a great way to increase your HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol… that's the good one… I'm a doctor (of jurisprudence, not medicine… but trust me) you can trust me (seriously… put your faith in me… have I ever steered you wrong?). I notoriously make omelets for breakfast every day. I used to make three-egg omelets, but nowadays I'm down to 2 eggs. During my last fight camp, I started adding 1/4 Cup of egg whites to my 2 eggs for an extra boost of protein. For those who want to substitute an egg for egg whites only, know that the average egg contains about 1 fluid ounce (2 Tablespoons) of whites. I've tried baking with egg whites and you need to replace the yolk with some sort of fat to work as a binding agent. In the future, I'll show y'all how to make a yummy fruit smoothie using egg whites!

Since I've already shown y'all how to make omelets, lets go over how to make scrambled eggs and fried eggs. As we know, I usually cook up my meals Tuesday night to take pictures. This week, I don't have any pics of these egg dishes, because Tuesday night I was busy in the kitchen cooking a bomb pizza from scratch AND a crockpot chili… It's been brought to my attention that some of y'all hate-read these posts because the food looks so good, so allow me to ruin your day…

 Mmm… pepperoni, sausage, spinach, and ricotta with a crust and sauce from scratch! Be jealy!

Mmm… pepperoni, sausage, spinach, and ricotta with a crust and sauce from scratch! Be jealy!

Now that we've got that blatant trolling out of the way, let's hop into some easy-to-make egg recipes!

Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs (add some egg white to boost the protein)
  • 2 Tablespoons of your dairy of choice (I love me some heavy cream. Most folks use milk. If you're living the fight camp life or just want a healthy alternative, greek yogurt is a great option)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional: add some cheese (I mess with the Feta, we all know this), halved cherry tomatoes, sliced mushroom, and/or some sort of meat (sliced ham, y'all… thank me later) to add some additional flavors

Directions

  1. Crack your eggs into a bowl, add your dairy of choice, and whisk together. Preheat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once it's hot, you can either melt some butter in it, or – the healthy route – use cooking spray to coat the skillet. 
  2. Add the eggs to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low. Using a heat-safe rubber spatula, stir and fold the eggs until soft curds start to form. (At this point, add your optional ingredients as well as salt and pepper to taste.)
  3. Once the eggs start to set, remove the skillet from heat and continue to stir until they reach desired firmness. You don't want to keep them on the heat the entire time, as they will quickly overcook. 

Fried Egg

This one is pretty easy and straightforward. Butter or cooking spray in a skillet over medium heat. Once it's hot, crack an egg and drop it in. For Sunny-Side Up: after about a minute, the white will start to set. When it does, lower the heat and cover the skillet with a lid to let the steam cook the yolk. For a soft yolk, cook for 4 minutes. Medium yolk, 5 minutes. Hard yolk, 6 minutes. For Over-Easy: at that 1-minute, whites-setting mark, use a spatula and a gentle wrist motion to flip the egg over and allow it to cook for another minute or so. For both methods, add a pinch of salt before serving, and enjoy!

And there you have it! You can now cook eggs three ways, four if you count the omelet! I want to try poaching an egg, but I don't trust myself with it yet. Use these simple and – say it with me, kids – VERSATILE recipes to up your morning protein game, share your attempts on all the social medias with the hashtag #CookedByTFW, and – as always – thank me in the morning!

Tym Gooden