Abigail Joy Dougherty: Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Expert & Lover of Life
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Happy Meatless Monday!!

Happy Monday to you!!

Fake it till you make it :)

Fake it till you make it 🙂

Guess what today is? (Hint: it’s in the title) YES! It’s #meatlessmonday!!  If you aren’t familiar with this movement  – it is a pledge to go meatless one day a week to improve your health and the health of our planet!  Bonus: It can be cheaper too!! 🙂 Get recipes, learn more and make the pledge here.MeatlessMondayHeader

To celebrate, I thought we’d talk about the incredible, edible egg!! YAYAY!! There has been so much controversy regarding eggs but they really are nutrition powerhouses.  They are a great source of lean protein and have tons of vitamins and minerals!

So let’s talk about my favorite way to eat eggs — hard boiled!! Yes!  Hard boiling eggs was something, that for the longest time, I was a bit intimidated by.  I’d heard so many different ways to do it but it just wasn’t something that I was familiar with, so I didn’t.  When I was in Oregon, visiting my family, my sister made a batch of hard boiled eggs and suddenly I felt comfortable. 🙂 Thank you Kels!

I hear that all the time though – that people (me included) just don’t feel comfortable or are a bit intimidated by preparing certain foods! So let’s just clear it up, just in case hard boiled egg is one of those thangs.

Hard Boiled Eggs 101:

1) Place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan, covered by at least an inch or two of cold water. You want to bring both the eggs and the water slowly to a boil.  This keeps the eggs from cracking during the process –  this totally has happened to me! I made egg drop + egg shell soup! Spectacular….

You'll want to use a bigger pan for more eggs

You’ll want to use a bigger pan for more eggs

2) Once the water and eggs are rumbling/boiling – reduce heat to low but let them sit on the burner and boil/simmer for about a minute.  This works really well if you’re forgetful like me!  It usually boils for more than a minute AND it still turns out perf!

Boil/simmer for 1-ish mins

Boil/simmer for 1-ish mins 🙂

3) After that minute-er-so is up, remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes. I think 12 minutes is a random time but thats what she says works and my eggs always turn out flawless (what I mean is without that funky grey color around the yolk- bleh).

4) I find it easiest to drain the water from the pan, being careful to not lose the eggs in the sink. I’ve never done that…  Fill with cold water, drain again, fill again and add some ice if necessary, until the eggs cool down a bit.  Again, I am lazy and impatient and don’t like to use more than one pan – more dishes, more time, you get where I’m going 🙂



5)  Once cooled, drain the water from the eggs. Store the eggs in a covered container (eggs can release odors – y’all know what I’m talking about) in the refrigerator. And voila! Delicious hard boiled eggs!! PS:Try to eat them within 5 business days.

Look at that lovely yellow, no grey :)

Look at that lovely yellow, no grey 🙂

My two favorite ways to enjoy hard boiled eggs are simply sprinkled with salt and pepper for a snackie or in egg salad.

Open-faced egg salad sammie

Open-faced egg salad sammie

My lovely sister Kelsi and this little lady are responsible for my comfort with eggs – Thank you!!

My recipe for egg salad is super easy

Abby’s Egg Salad:

  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon of finely chopped onion (I say the tablespoon because that’s what I use – Love me some onion)
  • 1 Tablespoon of nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ~1 teaspoon or more of Dijon mustard
  • A pinch of salt and pepper – only what fits between your fingers.


Place all ingredients in a boil and mash until egg is the consistently you desire and all ingredients are combined.  DONE!

It’s obviously good on a sandwich or a great dip for crackers, pita chips and/or veggies.  You can even be super trashy like me and eat it in the car with lunch because you forgot to buy bread… Today I had to eat in the car because I was between meetings/errands and didn’t have time to stop:/I do not recommend this…

Hard boiled egg, half Sunbutter sammie, and carrots - classy!

Lunch in the car: Hard boiled egg, half Sunbutter sammie, and carrots – classy!



1) What is one food that intimidates you?

2) What is your favorite way to enjoy eggs?



4 Comments to “Happy Meatless Monday!!”

  1. I’m trying to start Meatless Monday in my office….these meat and potato folks are killing me though:)

    Hard boiled eggs give me the heebie jeebies. My husband loves them though so I’m saving your technique.

    • Hahaha!! Is it the texture?! I have a few foods like that, so I totally understand! But maybe your husband will benefit!:)
      Yay, that is awesome you are trying to get #MeatlessMonday in your office! How is it going? Thanks for reading!!! 🙂

  2. “PS:Try to eat them within 5 business days.” — so if I boil them on Friday will they last until the following Friday? 😉

    Just pullin your leg! I am so excited to try this egg salad recipe, I HATE mayo and that’s what my mom uses for hers. Love the mayo-free alternative!

    • Hahaha!! Hmmm, I might need to think about rewording that! 🙂 You should definitely try the recipe, it is so nice to have alternatives other than the ol’ mayo thing. I hope you enjoy!! See you soon!! Thanks for two amazing workouts right before vacay!! 🙂

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