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[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Posted by janethelm
September 02, 2013
Featured in: Trend Spotlight
[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

~by Janet Helm, MS, RD
(image by gina at runningtothekitchen)

 

Eggs are enjoying a revival on many fronts. First, they’ve been redeemed as cholesterol-raising culprits -- or at least an egg a day is okay for most people.  Now their economical nutrient package, including sought-after protein, is highly valued.

 

Eggs are also trending up in the culinary world -- and not just for breakfast.  Eggs are making star appearances in all sorts of savory dishes.  The American Egg Board and Egg Nutrition Center recently named the top egg trends for 2013, with the help of  trend authorities at the NPD Group and research chef Walter Zuromski, a culinary advisor to the American Egg Board.

 

One trend is Mexican-influenced egg dishes and the egg experts cited examples such as the Chorizo and Egg Tortas from Rick Bayless’ newest restaurant XOCO and Taco Bell’s breakfast debut with the Grande Skillet Burrito and its AM Crunchwrap.  Healthy Aperture bloggers have been whipping up several Mexican-style egg creations.

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Quick and Easy Huevos Rancheros by Jan’s Sushi Bar

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Breakfast Enchiladas by Living Well Kitchen

 

Another egg trend comes from food truck scene. From egg sandwiches on brioche and flatbreads to eggs paired with meat proteins like pork belly and pulled pork or combined with crêpes, indulgent pancakes (red velvet, maple bacon) and donuts, consumers love the culinary exploration, and so do restaurant chains, who often get their inspiration from these trucks.

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Breakfast Sandwich with Fried Egg and Smoked Salmon by Avocado Pesto

 

Fried egg menu items increased 20% over the past year at quick service restaurants and casual dining restaurants.  The egg experts predict we’ll see upgraded quality and ingredients paired with eggs, such as avocados, mushrooms, flavored sausages and upscale cheeses.

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Egg and Smoky Portabella Breakfast Sandwich by Jackie Newgent

 

The combination of eggs and avocado is a trend I’ve spotted on Pinterest, and it’s been a favorite of Healthy Aperture bloggers.  Avocado is another food that has made a complete turn around and is now being praised for its “good fats.”  So it’s a good thing that this pair found each other.

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Avocado Egg Salad by The Corner Kitchen

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Baked Eggs in Avocado with Guacamole by The Pescetarian and the Pig

 

These days, you’ll find eggs topping pizzas, salads and a wide array of vegetable dishes.  

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Breakfast Pizza by Running to the Kitchen   

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Bacon, Eggs and Asparagus Salad by PreventionRD

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Breakfast Salad by Dine & Dash 

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Twice Baked Potato with an Egg on Top by Home Cooking Adventure

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Spinach Bird’s Nest by iFOODreal

 

Eggs are also showing up poached on polenta and pasta, slid into soups and fried on top of burgers.

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Spaghetti with Ramps and a Fried Egg By Culinary Colleen

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Poached Egg and Kale Pasta by BetsyLife

 

Deviled eggs have made a major comeback, but these are not your mother’s deviled eggs.  The scooped out egg yolk is being mixed with all sorts of savory ingredients.  

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Spinach Artichoke Deviled Eggs by Ari’s Menu

 

Quiche might have been an ‘80s icon, but it’s come back strong -- often made in a crustless form.  Somewhat of a couisin to quiche is the frittata, which is increasingly popular as a dinnertime option.

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Kale and Feta Crustless Quiche by Eating Bird Food

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Leek and Cheddar Crustless Quiche by PreventionRD 

[Trend Spotlight] The Outlook for Eggs are Looking Sunny

Butternut Squash, Kale and Garlic Scape Frittata by Kitchen Apparel

 

How have you been cooking eggs lately?

 

 

janethelm

janethelm
Janet Helm is the author of the FOOD TRENDS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian who wears multiple hats – as a public relations executive, blogger and nutrition journalist. Currently, she is the Chief Food and Nutrition Strategist in North America for Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm. Janet is also the co-founder of Healthy Aperture, founder of Nutrition Blog Network and author of The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook. She blogs at Nutrition Unplugged and for WedMD and is a former media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and nutrition, and a master’s degree in dietetics from Kansas State University. Janet lives in Chicago with her husband and 10-year-old twins.
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