Eggless recipes for omelets, brownies and more as bird flu drives egg prices up

Eggless recipes for omelets, brownies and more as bird flu drives egg prices up
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Home cooks are already seeing the cost of many ingredients rise at the grocery store, and it looks like more is on the way. As my colleague Laura Reiley recently reported, “The price of eggs has skyrocketed in recent weeks, in part due to a massive bird flu outbreak that has infected nearly 27 million chickens and turkeys in the United States, forcing many farmers to ‘ depopulate or destroy their animals to prevent further spread. … According to the USDA, the price of a dozen eggs hovered around $1 in November. Right now, that price is $2.95 and rising.”

That’s enough to make you think about the amount of eggs you’re using at some point. You may want to be selective about which dishes you save them for, or you may want to cut them out altogether, at least temporarily. You could also be someone who avoids eggs because of an allergy or because you are vegan. Regardless of your motivation, check out my tips on replacing eggs. But also consider these egg-free recipes from our archives, which are tasty alternatives to versions made with them.

Bird flu has spread to 27 states, driving egg prices soaring

Chickpea Omelettes With Mushrooms, Spinach And Tomato† As food editor Joe Yonan says, “Using chickpea flour, you can make a delicious vegan omelet.” Although it looks a bit more like a savory pancake, the dish has the characteristic crispy edges and slightly custardy inside of an egg omelet, and you can still fill it however you like. Also see Chickpea Pancake With Mushrooms And Apples

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Eggless French toast Ready for another egg-free take on breakfast? (Mine probably isn’t the only family that enjoys French toast for dinner.) Let’s pass it on to Joe: “How do you make French toast without eggs and dairy? It’s quite simple: you make a smooth, creamy custard from coconut milk, chickpea flour, banana and a flax ‘egg’. The latter is a tried-and-true substitute that uses ground flax and water, which together become sticky enough to help act as a binder in baked goods.”

No flour, butter or eggs? We have 6 sweet recipes for that.

Vegan Eggnog CookiesFlax is also an important part of these spiced cookies, which use a still made with cashews and non-dairy milk. Not just for the holiday season, we would love to watch it all year round with a cup of tea or coffee.

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Wholewheat Zucchini BreadThe vegan version of this recipe I developed uses aquafaba, the liquid from canned beans, instead of eggs. While the eggless bread may not be as long, it is still just as soft and moist.

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Gingerbread with oats and quinoa for the holidays Baked oatmeal often uses eggs as a binding agent. This recipe uses chia seeds and oil instead. It’s a great dish to make ahead and have breakfast ready for several days.

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Chewy Vegan Brownies Green banana puree, a favorite ingredient among health-conscious Brazilians, helps replace eggs and butter. The fudgy brownies are especially delicious when eaten from the fridge. Try for another brownie without eggs Brownies with chocolate, red beans and rosesincluding aquafaba.

To make vegan treats, try an ingredient loved by Brazilian fitness fans: Green Bananas

Vegan coconut ice cream base Some ice cream recipes call for eggs in the custard base. This frozen treat makes the most of coconut milk, cornstarch, and agave for a delicious, smooth texture.

Vegan Italian Meringue Buttercream You don’t have to worry about whipping egg whites, because aquafaba does the heavy lifting in this light buttercream.

Trust us. You can use the liquid from a can of beans to make dessert.