Quick & Easy Egg Bites

These quick & easy egg bites are the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Make them in 35 minutes, and store them in the fridge for the busy work week, or freeze and reheat. Keto and Vegetarian.  We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the…

Quick and easy Egg Bites with roasted peppers and basil are the perfect make-ahead breakfast, ready in 35 minutes. Keto, Vegetarian.
These quick & easy egg bites are the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Make them in 35 minutes, and store them in the fridge for the busy work week, or freeze and reheat. Keto and Vegetarian.  We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem,  but the truth is that things don’t...

Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice is an easy and budget-friendly Australian dish featuring fresh zucchini baked into a cheesy egg-based batter.

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If you’re looking for ways to use your summer zucchini, don’t pass up this irresistible zucchini slice. This classic Australian dish is similar to a crustless quiche but with a more dense texture. It’s healthy and perfect for meal prep if you’ve got a busy week ahead. Serve this slice hot or cold for a savory breakfast on-the-go, or a light lunch or dinner.

A stack of slices of zucchini slice on a plate.

What is Zucchini Slice?

Zucchini Slice is a popular Australian dish similar to a crustless quiche but with a more dense texture. It’s universally loved in Australia because it’s very easy to prepare, budget-friendly, and can be enjoyed hot or cold for any meal of the day. You’ll commonly find it in lunchboxes, at kid’s birthday parties, and potlucks.

Tips for Making Zucchini Slice

Don’t skip draining the moisture from the zucchini, or you’ll end up with a soggy slice! Grate the zucchini and either pop it into a colander or a clean kitchen towel to wring out. It’s common in Australia to make zucchini slice without sauteing the bacon and onion first. However, I highly recommend not skipping this step

Two slices of zucchini slice laying against the whole casserole.

Zucchini Slice Variations

Tweak Zucchini Slice with what you have on hand. You can leave out the bacon for a vegetarian version, or you can use ham instead of bacon (no need to sauté first). You can throw in a few veggies too! Corn or finely chopped red bell pepper would be perfect in this slice. You could also add in a blend of cheese instead of just cheddar. Feta or parmesan would be a delicious addition.

What to Serve with Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice is perfect for any meal (or snack) of the day. It can be served either hot or cold and is great for on the go. It’s not uncommon to eat a piece or two on its own or to serve it with a side salad for a light lunch or dinner. It’s also a favorite at potlucks and parties.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Zucchini Slice is great for meal prep! Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Eat this slice cold or reheated in the microwave.

Two slices of Zucchini slice on top of the casserole.
Two slices of zucchini slice laying against the whole casserole.

Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice is an easy and budget-friendly Australian dish featuring fresh zucchini baked into a cheesy egg-based batter.
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Australian
Total Cost $5.31 recipe / $0.66 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 slices
Calories 267kcal
Author Cassie Heilbron

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.11
  • 2 strips bacon $0.52
  • 1 yellow onion $0.37
  • 5 large eggs $0.98
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese $1.25
  • 1 cup self-rising flour* $0.14
  • 1/4 cup olive oil $0.64
  • 3/4 lb. zucchini (2 cups shredded) $1.27
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper $0.03

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a large rectangular baking dish (11×7-inch) with parchment paper. Finely dice the onion and finely chop the bacon.
  • Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and onion and cook, stirring regularly, until the onion softens and the bacon is golden. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Grate zucchini into a colander and sprinkle a little salt on top. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the bacon, onion, eggs, cheese, flour, and oil. Stir well to combine.
  • Using your hands, squeeze excess moisture out of the zucchini into the sink, then place into the mixing bowl and stir to combine—season with a little salt and pepper.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through and firm to touch. Allow to cool, then cut into squares to serve.

Notes

*If you don’t have self-rising flour simply use 1 cup of flour plus 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 194mg | Fiber: 1g

How to Make Zucchini Slice – Step by Step Photos

Baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 11×7-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Sautéed onion and garlic in a frying pan.

Finely dice one yellow onion and finely chop about two strips of bacon. Add 1 Tbsp butter to a frying pan and heat over medium. Add the onion and bacon and sauté until the onion is soft and the bacon is golden. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Grated zucchini in a colander.

Grate about 3/4 lb. of zucchini into a colander and sprinkle a little salt on top. Set aside.

Zucchini slice batter ingredients in a bowl, unmixed.

In a large mixing bowl add the bacon and onion, along with 2 large eggs, 1 cup shredded cheese, 1 cup self-rising flour, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Stir well to combine.

Zucchini added to the batter.

Using your hands, squeeze excess moisture out of the zucchini into the sink, then place into the mixing bowl and stir to combine. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Unbaked zucchini slice in a glass casserole dish.

Pour mixture into prepared tray.

Baked zucchini slice in a glass casserole dish.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through and firm to the touch. Allow to cool, then cut into squares to serve.

Three slices of zucchini slice stacked on a plate.

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How to Make A Frittata

Frittatas are an easy and inexpensive way to use up leftovers in your fridge, and they’re great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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We love flexible recipes around here and Frittatas definitely fit that bill. You can add whatever meat, vegetables, or cheese that you happen to have in your fridge, which not only makes them flexible, but the perfect vehicle for reducing food waste and keeping that grocery bill in check! So here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a simple frittata, so you can whip one up whenever you need a quick, inexpensive, and delicious meal.

A slice of frittata being lifted out of a cast iron skillet.

What is a Frittata?

Frittatas are an Italian dish consisting of cooked eggs with other ingredients added in like meat, vegetables, or cheese. Unlike omelets and scrambled eggs, frittatas are not moved or folded over as they’re cooked. The frittata is cooked whole, without disturbing, in one large piece.

There are different methods for cooking frittatas, some being cooked entirely on the stovetop over low heat and others being finished in the oven. The method we use here starts on the stovetop to cook the add-ins, then finishes in the oven with gentle even heat.

The Frittata Formula

Frittatas are incredibly simple. For every six large eggs, you’ll want to mix in ¼ cup of milk or cream, ¼ cup of cheese, and about 3 cups of meat or vegetables. The small amount of milk and cheese keeps the eggs soft and creamy and the meat and vegetables give you endless options. You’ll also want to add a little salt and pepper just to make sure everything is well seasoned!

Frittatas in Five Simple Steps

This frittata method is so simple that it’s one of those recipes you’ll memorize in no time. Here are the five simple steps to making a frittata:

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
  2. Sauté meat and vegetables in a skillet.
  3. Top with cheese then pour in the egg mixture.
  4. Cook on the stovetop until the edges are set.
  5. Transfer to the oven to finish cooking. Slice and serve!
A slice of frittata on a plate with a side salad.

Avoid Overcooking Your Frittata

One of the biggest mistakes people make when making frittatas is overcooking the eggs. Eggs are delicate souls and when overcooked they become rubbery and they weep with sadness. And no, that wasn’t figurative, they literally excrete water.

To avoid overcooking the frittata, make sure you don’t bake it too long. Keep an eye on your frittata and only leave it in the oven until the center is just barely set. It’s okay if it jiggles just a bit in the center, carryover cooking will finish the job in the first few minutes after the frittata is removed from the oven.

How to Serve Frittatas

Frittatas aren’t just for breakfast or brunch. Because they’re so easy to prepare, frittatas are one of my favorite quick lunch or dinner items. Just check your fridge for whatever needs to be used up, toss them into the frittata, then whip up a simple side salad as it bakes! Dinner is DONE!

Frittatas can be served either warm or cold, which makes them even more flexible. Bake one up on Sunday, then pack up the leftover slices for tomorrow’s lunch!

Other Frittata Flavor Ideas

We kept our frittata simple below with just some onion, spinach, tomatoes, and feta, but the flavor possibilities are endless! Here are some other flavor combination ideas:

Side view of a slice of frittata
Overhead view of a spinach and tomato frittata

How to Make a Frittata

Frittatas are an easy and inexpensive way to use up leftovers in your fridge, and they're great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Total Cost $5.11 recipe / $0.85 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 slices
Calories 159kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs $1.16
  • 1/4 cup milk $0.06
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil $0.08
  • 1 yellow onion $0.36
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (about 4 oz.) $0.99
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes $2.00
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta $0.41

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Set the eggs aside.
  • Dice on yellow onion. Heat a 10-inch oven-safe skillet over medium, then add the cooking oil and onion and sauté until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Meanwhile, roughly chop the spinach and slice the tomatoes in half.
  • Add the spinach and tomatoes to the skillet and stir to combine with the onions.
  • Before the spinach has a chance to cook or wilt, pour in the egg mixture (it's okay if the eggs don't fully cover the vegetables). Top with the crumbled feta.
  • Let the frittata continue to cook over medium just until the eggs are set around the edges (about 3 minutes).
  • Transfer the frittata to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or just until the eggs are set in the center (total bake time will vary). Remove the frittata from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g

How to Make Frittatas – Step by Step Photos

Eggs milk salt and pepper in a bowl with a whisk.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, whisk together six large eggs, ¼ cup milk, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Set the eggs aside.

Sautéed onions in a skillet.

Sauté your meat or vegetables in a 10-inch oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Because the frittata cooks quickly, you can leave some vegetables fresh instead of sautéing, if desired. For this frittata, we sautéed one yellow onion in 2 Tbsp cooking oil and added the rest of the vegetables fresh.

Chopped spinach on a cutting board.

When using fresh spinach, it’s best to roughly chop it into smaller, bite-sized pieces to avoid large, stringy pieces of spinach in your frittata. We used 2 cups of packed spinach (about 4 oz.) for this frittata and one pint of grape tomatoes (sliced in half).

Spinach and tomatoes combined with onions in the skillet.

Add the chopped spinach and tomatoes to the skillet with the onions and stir briefly to combine.

Eggs being poured into the skillet.

Before the spinach has a chance to cook or wilt, pour in the egg mixture. It’s okay if the eggs don’t fully cover the vegetables. Top with the crumbled feta or cheese of choice.

Frittata topped with cheese and edges set.

Continue to cook the frittata over medium heat just until the eggs begin setting around the edges (this only takes a few minutes).

Baked frittata in the skillet.

Transfer the frittata to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or just until the center is set. The total cooking time will vary slightly depending on the type of skillet used and how much the eggs had set while on the stovetop. It’s okay if the eggs still jiggle a little in the center; they will continue to cook through residual heat for a few minutes after it is removed from the oven. Avoid overcooking the frittata.

Sliced frittata in the skillet, one slice being lifted.

Remove the frittata from the oven and let rest for five minutes before slicing into six pieces and serving!

A slice of frittata on a plate with a simple side salad.

Check out these other great egg dishes:

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Olive Oil Mayo

This simple, easy mayonnaise recipe is made with olive oil and can be made in a blender, food processor, whisked by hand or with an immersion blender.  Keep it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks! Here’s a very simple recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise t…

This simple, easy mayonnaise recipe is made with olive oil and can be made in a blender, food processor,  whisked by hand, or use an immersion blender. Keep it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks!
This simple, easy mayonnaise recipe is made with olive oil and can be made in a blender, food processor, whisked by hand or with an immersion blender.  Keep it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks! Here’s a very simple recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise that we’ve been using in dressings, sandwiches,  burgers, etc. It’s...

Menemen (Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes)

Menemen, or Turkish scrambled eggs, is an easy, healthy, and customizable dish that can be ready in less than 30 minutes! BudgetBytes.com

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Ready to up your breakfast game? Try this traditional Turkish scrambled eggs recipe, also known as Menemen. This one-pan vegetarian egg dish is healthy, filling, easily customizable, and ready in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Overhead view of a skillet full of menemen with a wooden spoon.

What Is Menemen?

Menemen is a traditional Turkish breakfast recipe made by cooking eggs with onions, peppers, and tomatoes with a subtle hint of spice. It gets its name from a Turkish town called Menemen, located in Izmir. 

What to Serve with Menemen?

Menemen is traditionally served in the skillet that it is cooked in while it is still hot and bubbly. It is usually served with crusty bread on the side, which is then dipped into the soft scrambled eggs and vegetables for a satisfying bite.

With that being said, if you want to serve it as Turks do then I would recommend a few must-haves on the side:

  • Cheese & olives: You can’t talk about Turkish breakfast and not include cheese and olives. In terms of cheese, you can use feta cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese, or even cheddar cheese. And for olives, serve it with Kalamata olives, green olives, or a mixture of the two with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of dried oregano.
  • Simit: A breakfast staple in Turkey, simit is a sesame-crusted circular bread similar to an American bagel but crustier on the outside and softer on the inside. It pairs wonderfully with menemen and can also be enjoyed with cheese and olives. 
  • Turkish Borek: Borek is made by layering phyllo dough with a filling usually made with cheese and sauteed vegetables. One of the most popular fillings is spinach and feta, which would pair perfectly with this hearty scrambled egg dish.

Ingredient Variations & Substitutions:

The best part of this Turkish soft scramble recipe is that you can easily change it up with whatever you have on hand. Here are a few ideas:

  • Make it without onions: There is an ongoing debate amongst the diehard menemen fans about making it with or without onions. The good news is that it can be made with or without it. Simply omit using onions and sautee peppers and spices by themselves instead. 
  • Peppers: The traditional menemen recipe uses fresh green Turkish peppers, aka sivribiber, which could be hard to find. In my version here I used bell peppers, but feel free to use whatever pepper you have on hand. Seeded and chopped jalapeno, Anaheim peppers, and even Hungarian wax peppers would all work.
  • Tomatoes: I used a canned tomato to make it easy and convenient. However, during the summer months, when they are in season, I prefer using two or three medium-size fresh tomatoes instead.
  • Cheese: Crumbled feta cheese is a very popular topping but you can also add shredded mozzarella cheese on top at the last minute and let it melt on top before serving.

What else can I add?

You can follow the recipe as written or take it up a notch with a few additions to it.

  • Lamb or Italian Sausage: If you are a meat-eater, you can sautee ½ lbs of sausage at the same time as you sautee onions and peppers.
  • Spices: Sprinkle it with Aleppo pepper, Urfa chili pepper, or red pepper flakes if you don’t mind a little bit of heat.
A hand dipping bread into a pan of menemen.
A skillet full of menemen with dishes and bread on the side.

Menemen

Menemen, or Turkish scrambled eggs, is an easy, healthy, and customizable dish that can be ready in less than 30 minutes!
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Turkish
Total Cost $5.36 recipe / $1.34 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 255kcal
Author Aysegul Sanford

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.25
  • 1 yellow onion $0.37
  • 1 bell pepper (any color) $0.98
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (or Aleppo pepper) $0.03
  • 1 15oz. can diced tomatoes $0.79
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten $0.78
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley $0.40
  • 1 cup crumbled feta (optional) $1.64

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add in onion, pepper, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently until vegetables are softened for about 7-8 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Sautee for 2-3 minutes or until tomatoes are heated through.
  • Gently pour the lightly beaten eggs into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until eggs are just barely set yet still soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Immediately sprinkle it with chopped parsley and crumbled feta cheese, if using. Serve with crusty bread on the side.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Sodium: 1086mg | Fiber: 1g
A skillet full of menemen with dishes and bread on the side.

How to Make Menemen – Step by Step Photos

Diced onion and bell pepper on a cutting board.

Begin by dicing one bell pepper (any color) and one small onion.

Onion, bell pepper, and spices in a skillet.

Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the diced onion and bell pepper, along with ½ tsp dried oregano and ¼ tsp red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper. Sauté until the vegetables have softened.

Diced tomatoes being added to the skillet from a bowl.

Add one 15oz. can of diced tomatoes (with the juices), 1 tsp salt, and ¼ tsp black pepper. Stir to combine.

Sautéed vegetables in the skillet.

Continue to sauté for about 2-3 minutes more, or until everything is heated through well.

Beated eggs being poured into the skillet.

Lightly beat four large eggs, then pour them into the skillet.

Eggs and vegetables being scrambled in the skillet.

Cook the eggs, stirring frequently, until they are just barely set yet still soft (about 2-3 minutes).

Parsley being sprinkled onto scrambled eggs.

Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the eggs.

Feta being sprinkled over the eggs.

Top with crumbled feta and more black pepper, if desired.

bread being dipped into a pan of menemen.

Serve with crusty bread for dipping!

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Breakfast Nachos

Breakfast nachos are a fun and easy way to change up your breakfast or brunch routine. Plus, the topping options are endless!

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I love doing a big Sunday breakfast or brunch at home. It’s just such a great way to enjoy my day off without spending the money on going out to eat. …And I can do it in the comfort of my pajamas. 😏 But I don’t always have big energy to do a BIG brunch, so these Breakfast Nachos are a fun compromise. They’re definitely a splurge compared to my regular weekday oats, but still super easy. Plus, I can use up whatever ingredients I have left in my fridge as extra toppings! WIN! 🙌

Overhead view of a sheet pan full of breakfast nachos.

What Makes them Breakfast Nachos?

Okay, so these are pretty much just regular nachos but with scrambled eggs on top, but hey, what better excuse to eat nachos for breakfast?? You can make them even more breakfast-y by adding some browned breakfast sausage or crumbled bacon, but I went with a vegetarian nacho this time around.

What Else Can I Add?

I topped my nachos with eggs, cheese, black beans, tomato, onion, jalapeños, and sour cream, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to possible nacho toppings. Scan your fridge to see if you have any of these other ingredients to add to your nachos:

Tips for Making Nachos

Nachos seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve got a couple of quick tips to really help take your nachos to the next level.

  1. Use sturdy chips. Avoid “thin & crispy” tortilla chips and go for the kind that are thick and sturdy because they need to be strong enough to lift all those delicious toppings!
  2. Layer the ingredients! There’s nothing worse than getting a chip with no toppings or a chip so loaded that it breaks under the pressure, so layer your toppings for the best chip-to-topping ratio.
Close up overhead shot of breakfast nachos.
Overhead view of breakfast nachos on the sheet pan.

Breakfast Nachos

Breakfast nachos are fun and easy way to change up your breakfast or brunch routine. Plus, the topping options are endless!
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American, Southwest
Total Cost $8.04 recipe / $2.01 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 933kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 Roma tomato $0.36
  • 1/4 red onion $0.09
  • 1 jalapeño $0.18
  • 1 15oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained $0.79
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded $1.25
  • 6 large eggs $1.20
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.22
  • 1 15oz. bag tortilla chips $3.49
  • 1/2 cup sour cream $0.42

Instructions

  • Dice the tomato and red onion. Slice the jalapeño. Rinse and drain the black beans. Shred the cheddar cheese.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Whisk together the eggs, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the whisked eggs and gently stir and fold until the eggs are mostly set, but still slightly wet (they'll finish cooking in the oven).
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Spread half of the tortilla chips over the surface of the baking sheet, then top with half of the eggs, half of the black beans, and half of the shredded cheese.
  • Repeat with a second layer of chips, eggs, beans, and cheese.
  • Bake the nachos in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the nachos from the oven and top with the remaining fresh ingredients: tomato, onion, jalapeño, and sour cream. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25batch | Calories: 933kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 50g | Sodium: 1249mg | Fiber: 13g
Close up of a chip with toppings.

Love nachos? Check out my Spicy Baked Black Bean Nachos!

How to Make Breakfast Nachos – Step by Step Photos

Tomato onion and jalapeño chopped.

Prep the toppings first, so they’re ready to go when you need them. Dice one Roma tomato, slice one jalapeño, and dice ¼ of a red onion. Rinse and drain well one 15oz. can of black beans. Shred 4oz. of cheddar cheese.

Whisked eggs in a bowl.

Begin preheating the oven to 350ºF. Whisk six large eggs in a bowl with ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper.

Lightly scrambled eggs.

Heat 2 Tbsp butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium. Once the skillet is hot and the butter is melted, swirl to coat the surface. Add the whisked eggs to a skillet and let them cook, gently folding and stirring, until they are mostly set, but still slightly wet. Do not cook the eggs fully here because they will cook more when the nachos are in the oven.

tortilla chips on a lined baking sheet.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Add ½ of a 15oz. bag of tortilla chips to the baking sheet. The chips do not need to completely cover the surface of the baking sheet.

Eggs, beans, and cheese layered on top of chips.

Add half of the scrambled eggs, half of the drained black beans, and half of the shredded cheddar.

Second layer of chips, eggs, beans, and cheese.

Add a second layer of chips, eggs, beans, and cheese.

Baked nachos on the sheet pan.

Bake the nachos in the fully pre-heated 350ºF oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Finished breakfast nachos with fresh toppings added.

Quickly add your fresh and cold toppings like the tomato, onion, jalapeño, and sour cream (about 1/2 cup total). Serve hot!

Overhead view of breakfast nachos on the sheet pan.

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How to Fry an Egg

There’s more than one way to fry an egg! Learn the techniques and tools needed to get your fried egg exactly the way you like it!

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Let’s take it back to basics, shall we? Eggs have always been my go-to cheap convenience food because they’re easy, quick, cheap, and endlessly versatile, hence the fried egg in our logo. And while frying an egg sounds like a simple task on the surface, there is more than one way to fry an egg. This guide will help you choose which type of pan to use, what type of fat to use to fry the egg, and different techniques you can use to get your fried eggs exactly the way you like them!

Close up overhead view of a sunny side up egg in a frying pan.

What Kind of Pan is Best for Frying Eggs?

Let’s start with the cookware. While you can use any type of skillet to fry an egg, having some sort of non-stick surface definitely makes the job easier. Whether that be Teflon, a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet, or a ceramic coated skillet, an extra slick surface helps. If you do prefer to use stainless steel, making sure the pan is fully preheated is critical to preventing the egg from sticking. It should be hot enough that a drop of water will fizz and sputter on the surface.

What Kind of Fat or Oil is Best for Frying Eggs?

The type of fat or oil you use to fry your egg is all about personal preference. Different fats will produce different flavors and textures in your fried eggs. Here are a few different options and how they will affect your fried eggs:

  • Butter – Butter is my top pick because it adds a TON of flavor and creates deliciously browned edges. Bonus: when the butter itself browns in the skillet you get even more nutty flavor.
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil is great if you want a more neutral flavor or extra crispy edges. I love the delicately crispy deep-fried edges the oil creates on the egg whites.
  • Bacon Fat – Bacon fat is the most flavorful by far. If you want your kitchen to smell like the best breakfast ever made, cook your eggs in bacon fat. Plus, if you’re already cooking bacon with your breakfast, it’s super convenient. Simply cook the bacon in the skillet first, then remove the bacon and cook your eggs in the same skillet.
  • Flavored Oils and sauces – Frying eggs in things like pesto have become viral trends on the internet over the past few years and it can be a fun alternative to the usual. Most oil-based condiments will probably work, with chili crisp being my favorite! Just make sure to fry at a lower heat in order to prevent burning the sauce or any solids in the oil.

How to Fry an Egg

The basic steps for frying an egg are simple:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium or medium-low.
  2. Once the skillet is hot, add your preferred fat and swirl to coat the surface.
  3. Crack the egg(s) into the skillet.
  4. Continue to cook the egg until the whites and yolks reach your desired doneness. Optional: add a lid to the skillet to trap the heat and cook the egg from top-down at the same time (this will create a cloudy surface on the yolk).

BUT, there is more than one way to fry an egg!

Types of Fried Eggs

There are several variations of the basic fried egg, but the most common types are sunny side up, over easy, and over hard. Here’s how they’re different and how you can achieve these different types of fried egg in your own kitchen.

Sunny Side Up

A sunny side up egg on a plate.

A “sunny side up” egg is an egg that has been fried without flipping until the white are set but the yolk is still liquid. This is, by far, my favorite type of fried egg. It’s gorgeous and that liquid gold yolk is perfect for dipping a piece of buttered toast!

To achieve a sunny side up egg, use medium-low heat so the whites have time to slowly set before the edges become too brown and before the yolk cooks through.

Over Easy

An over easy egg on a plate with a fork piercing the yolk.

Over easy eggs are great for those who still like that runny yolk but like to make sure the whites are well cooked. They’re also great for adding to sandwiches, burgers, or other dishes where you want a runny yolk but something not quite as delicate as a sunny side up egg.

To fry an egg over easy, fry the egg over medium or medium-low heat (depending on how much browning you like on the whites), then flip the egg when the whites are about 75% set. Continue cooking the egg on the second side for 15-30 seconds just to finish setting the whites and to set the top of the yolk. The center of the yolk should still be liquid.

Over Hard

An egg cooked over hard on a plate with a fork piercing the cooked yolk.

An egg fried over hard is an egg that has been fried on both sides until the yolk is fully set. This type of fried egg is great for those who do not like runny yolks. It’s also the easiest, in my humble opinion, because you can use slightly higher heat and because you cook on both sides it goes a little faster.

To fry an egg “over hard” simply fry the egg on one side until the whites are about 50% set, then flip and cook on the second side until the whites and yolks are fully set. You can tell when they’re set by pressing lightly on the yolk with the spatula. When it feels firm, it’s set.

Over Medium

Over medium fried eggs are half-way between over easy and over hard. The yolks are jammy in texture. To achieve an over medium egg simply cook the egg on the second side until the yolks are partially set. As with the over hard eggs, you can test the doneness of the yolk by pressing it lightly with the spatula. It should have a little give, but not feel soft and liquidy.

Troubleshooting Fried Eggs

  • Runny whites: if your egg runs all over the skillet instead of staying in a nice compact shape, either your skillet wasn’t hot enough before adding the egg or your egg is not fresh (or both!).
  • Burned edges/uncooked whites: If the bottom and edges of your eggs get too brown before the whites are cooked through, the skillet is too hot. Try using lower heat next time, or adding a lid to cook from the top down at the same time. To save this egg last minute, simply flip it and cook briefly on the second side to finish cooking the whites without continuing to brown the bottom (making it over easy or over hard).
  • Broken Yolk After Flipping: Be gentle, my friend! Flipping too aggressively can cause the yolk to break when you flip the egg. Trying to flip the egg too soon can also lead to a broken yolk. If you’re planning to cook your egg over hard, a broken yolk won’t be an issue, but it can be a bummer if you’re aiming for over easy.
  • Egg Shell in the Skillet: To prevent getting little bits of broken egg shell in your fried eggs, make sure to tap the egg shell on a flat surface rather than the side of the pan, which can push the shards into the egg whites. For extra precaution, you can crack the eggs into a bowl first, then slide them into the skillet after you’re sure there are no shell fragments in the eggs.
Six fried eggs with labels for cooking method and fat type.
A sunny side up egg being fried in butter

How to Fry an Egg

There's more than one way to fry an egg! Learn the techniques and tools needed to get your fried egg exactly the way you like it!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1 egg
Calories 89kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp butter
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet over medium-low, allowing it to fully pre-heat (3-5 minutes).
  • Add the butter (or fat of choice) and swirl to coat the surface of the skillet.
  • Crack the egg into the frying pan and cook until the whites are set and the yolk is still liquid (sunny side up).
  • For over easy, over medium, or over hard, cook the egg until the whites are 50-75% set, then flip the egg and continue cooking on the second side until the yolk is cooked to your desired doneness.
  • Transfer the egg to a plate and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 87mg

How to Serve Fried Eggs

Fried eggs aren’t just for breakfast! You can add a fried egg to just about any meal for a quick and inexpensive protein boost. Here are some delicious recipes that would be great topped with a fried egg:

Other Ways to Cook Eggs

Looking for other ways to cook your eggs? Check out these other recipes:

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Mini Broccoli Cheddar Quiches

Impress your guests with the perfect little mini broccoli cheddar quiches. Great for Easter, Mother’s Day, or any brunch gathering.

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A couple of years ago I made these adorable little mini pecan pies, and then last year I did a pumpkin pie version, and now I’m doing it with a savory pie! Or a quiche, rather. These cute little two-bite Mini Broccoli Cheddar Quiches make a fun grab-n-go meal prep breakfast, or a great finger food for brunch or Easter gatherings. They’re so cute that they’re sure to impress any guest!

Mini broccoli cheddar quiches in a muffin tin.

Can I Make Them Ahead?

These little quiches are definitely best right after baking, although I still enjoyed the leftovers quite a bit. If I were making them for guests, I would definitely make them on the same day as serving. If I were making them for myself, I’d happily eat the leftovers over the span of a few days. The biggest change is that the crust softens as it is stored in the refrigerator. They’ll probably be good for about 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Can You Freeze Mini Quiches?

I did test a couple of the quiches to see if they held up to freezing (mostly for meal prep purposes). I microwaved one straight from the freezer without thawing for one minute and it came out piping hot and delicious, but with a very soft crust. I allowed the second quiche to thaw in the refrigerator over night and then microwaved until warm. That method turned out about the same as the one microwaved straight from the freezer.

Try Different Flavors

You can try swapping out the broccoli and cheddar with different flavor combinations. Here are some other ingredients you can try:

  • Sausage (browned)
  • Ham
  • Onion (sautéed)
  • Bell pepper (sautéed)
  • Bacon
  • Spinach (sautéed)
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Swiss cheese
  • Gruyere
  • Smoked mozzarella
  • Parmesan
Side view of a mini broccoli cheddar quiche cut in half.
mini broccoli cheddar quiches in a muffin tin.

Mini Broccoli Cheddar Quiches

Impress your guests with the perfect little mini broccoli cheddar quiches. Great for Easter, Mother's Day, or any brunch gathering.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.74 recipe / $0.40 each
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 quiches
Calories 213kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 8 Tbsp butter, room temperature $0.80
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature $0.58
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.07

Filling

  • 2 large eggs $0.46
  • 1/2 cup milk $0.10
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan $0.44
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/2 lb. frozen broccoli florets, thawed $1.08
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded $0.58

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Add the room temperature butter and room temperature cream cheese to a bowl. Use a mixer to whip them together until evenly combined.
  • Begin stirring in the flour, about ¼ cup at a time, until a dough forms. The dough should be soft, but not sticky.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal portions (begin by dividing into four pieces, then divide each quarter into three equal-sized pieces). Roll each piece of dough into a ball, then drop each one into the well of a muffin tin. Use your fingers to press the dough down into the center and up the sides of the wells (see step by step photos below for more help).
  • Finely chop the thawed broccoli florets (about 1.5 cups once chopped). Shred the cheddar cheese (about 1 cup shredded). Add the broccoli and cheddar to the egg mixture and stir to combine.
  • Divide the broccoli cheddar mixture between the twelve mini pie crusts. The liquid egg mixture will not fully submerge the broccoli and cheddar in the crusts, but it will puff up and fill the crust once baked.
  • Bake the mini quiches in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until puffed in the center and golden brown around the edges.
  • Carefully transfer the baked quiches to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm, or at room temperature within two hours of baking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mini quiche | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Sodium: 259mg | Fiber: 1g
Mini broccoli cheddar quiches on a wire cooling rack.

How to Make Mini Broccoli Cheddar Quiches – Step by Step Photos

Butter and cream cheese in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Add 8 Tbsp room temperature butter and 4oz. room temperature cream cheese to a bowl.

whipped butter and cream cheese in a bowl.

Use a mixer to whip the butter and cream cheese together until well combined.

Finished quiche dough after flour is added.

Begin stirring in all-purpose flour, about ¼ cup at a time, until it forms a dough (it should be similar in texture to playdough). You’ll need to add about 1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour total.

Dough being pressed into the muffin tin

Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized pieces. To do this, divide the dough into four equal-sized pieces first. From there, divide each quarater into three equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place them into the wells of a muffin tin. Use your fingers to press the dough down and up the sides of the muffin tin wells. Make sure to get down into the corners of the well where a lot of the dough can accumulate and get too thick.

eggs, cheese, and milk in a bowl with a whisk.

Whisk together 2 large eggs, ½ cup milk, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp pepper, and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl.

Chopped broccoli on a cutting board.

Finely chop ½ lb. thawed frozen broccoli florets. You’ll want about 1.5 cups once chopped.

Broccoli and cheddar added to egg mixture.

Add the chopped broccoli and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese to the egg mixture and stir to combine.

broccoli cheddar mixture being portioned into muffin tin.

Divide the mixture among the twelve mini pie crusts.

broccoli cheddar quiches in the muffin tin ready to bake.

Don’t worry if the liquid egg and milk mixture does not come all the way to the top of the broccoli and cheddar. The egg will puff up and surround the broccoli as they bake. Just try to get a fairly even amount in each one.

Baked broccoli cheddar quiches in the muffin tin.

Bake the broccoli cheddar quiches in the preheated 350ºF oven for about 35 minutes, or until puffed up and golden brown around the edges.

Mini broccoli cheddar quiches on a wire cooling rack.

Transfer the mini quiches to a wire rack to cool, then serve. The quiches should just pop right out of the muffin tin if you insert a butter knife between the tin and the side of the quiche. Just be gentle, as they will be slightly soft when hot.

broccoli cheddar quiches on a wire cooling rack, some stacked

Enjoy warm, or at room temperature within two hours of baking. Or, store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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