How to Prepare Scrambled Eggs

Many people enjoy eating scrambled eggs for breakfast. Besides being delicious, evidence shows that eggs are an excellent way to obtain essential vitamins, minerals and, of course, protein. There are many ways to prepare eggs, and they are an essential ingredient in lots of foods. Eggs are delicious at any time of the day, but in the morning, they offer even more benefits.

Eggs provide lots of good, natural, high-quality protein. Protein is important in order for us to have energy. Eating an egg in the morning is a simple way to make sure that we are able to make it through those long, busy days. It also keeps us full for a longer time, which may help us to eat less later in the day and to avoid junk food throughout the day. Including an egg at breakfast time has helped many to drop a few pounds. For those that want to increase muscle mass, eggs are an excellent way to get quality protein before and after working out.

Eating eggs is a way to get a lot of nutritional bang for your buck. With only 70 calories per egg, you get six grams of protein and 13 minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. When accompanied with whole grain bread or another healthy alternative, it's the perfect jump-start to your day. Contrary to what some believe, the egg yolk contains nearly half of the protein offered by eggs so don't skip out on the yolk.

Scrambled eggs are a favourite of many. For some it's the only way they like their eggs. It is considered by some to be one of the easiest ways to prepare eggs. Even those that aren't skilled in culinary arts can learn to scramble eggs. Some don't eat breakfast because they don't have time. Skipping breakfast, however, is very unhealthy and may lead to weight gain. Scrambled eggs are quickly prepared and very nutritious.

To begin, break your egg into a small mixing bowl. Be careful so that pieces of the egg shell do not fall into the mixing bowl. Most recommend two egg for each person you are planning to serve. At this point, many like to add some type of liquid to the mixture so that the final result doesn't come out tough or rubbery. Some simply add water. For richer scrambled eggs, try adding milk, half-and-half, whipping cream, cottage cheese or sour cream. Each of these will give a slightly different taste to your eggs.

Next, you must mix your eggs with your liquid of choice until you observe one colour and texture throughout. You can add salt, pepper, garlic powder or other seasonings at this point. Some variations include adding onions, bell peppers, oregano, dill, or basil to the mixture. If you want cheesy eggs, add cheese to it. You may also decide to add sausage, bacon, hot dogs, ham, or turkey, cut into small pieces, for a meatier version. Some add a sauce of some kind, such as barbecue sauce, or Worcestershire sauce to change the flavour a little. Ranch dressing has even been used by some.

Now you need to choose a frying pan according to the amount of eggs you have selected. The more eggs you have in the mixture, the larger the frying pan you will need. Heat two teaspoons of butter, bacon grease, lard, or oil in the frying pan. Take the pan by its handle and move it around in order to evenly distribute the melted fat until it coats the whole pan. If you are using a non-stick pan, you can get by with less butter or oil, or even none at all. This will make your scrambled eggs healthier. Nevertheless, butter or good oil adds a lot of flavour to the final product.

Test to make sure it is hot enough by flicking a few drops of water into the skillet. When the droplets sizzle and quickly evaporate, your frying pan is ready for use. It's important to have a very hot frying pan so that the eggs do not stick to the bottom. Pour the egg mixture into the frying pan while you continue to whisk. You might choose to lower the flame just a little.

As the eggs cook, the mixture will start to solidify. Take the spatula and move it around the pan, scraping up the cooked portions and exposing the uncooked parts to the heat. This will assure that the eggs cook evenly and that a leathery brown crust does not form. If you notice your eggs are runny on the top, flip them over and let them cook on that side for just a few seconds. If you want fluffier eggs, don't move them around as much as they cook, only enough so that they don't overcook on the bottom.

If you like your eggs with a drier texture, leave them over the heat until all the liquid is dried up. Most, however, prefer their scrambled eggs a little moist. In order to achieve this, you should remove them from off the heat just before they are done. The hot frying pan will cause them to finish cooking. Some prefer to add the cheese at this stage in small strips. It should be done immediately if you want the cheese to melt over the eggs.

Transfer the eggs to plate and serve with a piece of toast, a bagel, or potatoes. Include a healthy fruit juice and some cheese, and you'll have a nice well-balanced meal.

As we have seen, making scrambled eggs is quick and easy. It gives you the opportunity for lots of creativity since there is no end to the things that can be added to them. Why not start experimenting until you find your favourite way to prepare scrambled eggs? Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. It should be done right. Scrambled eggs have been enjoyed for centuries as a delicious way to get the proteins and vitamins you need.

Barbara Komorek

Barbara is the founder and owner of www.leanhealthyandwise.com. She is a former research scientist with a serious passion for health. She enjoys writing about nutrition, wellness and lifestyle and empowering people to take control of their health.