For a fast, convenient, and inexpensive dinner, eggs are hard to beat. They’re rich in protein, iron, and lutein,an antioxidant that’s important for eye health. Worried about cholesterol? The prevailing research shows that eating eggs won’t increase your heart disease risk,and choline and betaine in eggs may even protect the heart. So if you’re ready for a healthy dinner in a hurry, get crackin’ with these easy recipes.

Grilled Escarole with Soft-Poached Eggs

Prep time: 2–3 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves 4 / Vegetarian / This simple, nourishing dish marries bitter greens with soft, creamy eggs.  If grilling isn't an option, broil the greens on a baking sheet in the oven.  For heartier appetites, top each plate with two eggs.  view recipe

Egg Salad with Tarragon Ravigote

Prep time: 10–15 minutes to cook eggs; 10 minutes to prep

Cook time: 10–12 minutes

Serves 4 / Vegetarian / If you don’t have champagne or white wine vinegar on hand, substitute lemon juice for a bright finish. You can also add a few pinches of cayenne pepper.  view recipe

Eggs en Cocotte with Mushrooms and Leeks

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25–30 minutes

Serves 4 / Vegetarian / Gluten-free / “En cocotte” refers to the ramekins in which these dishes are baked. Add seasonal vegetables for extra nutrition, or put an additional egg white in each cup for added protein.  view recipe

Egg Curry on Brown Rice

Prep time: 10–15 minutes to cook eggs; 14 minutes prep

Cook time: 18–20 minutes

Serves 4 / Vegetarian / This fast and colorful dish is a creative way to use leftover hard-cooked eggs and cooked brown rice. Substitute cooked asparagus for the peas if you like, and add broccoli and more spinach for extra nutrition.  view recipe

Scrambled Egg and Chorizo Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream

Serves 4 / You can adjust this recipe to suit many tastes; use less-spicy sausage for a kid-friendly meal, or substitute black beans for the sausage for a vegetarian option. Or use precooked sausage to save time; add it to the eggs when they’re finished cooking.  view recipe