Eggs don't have to be boring.

Creative Ways to Cook Eggs for Kids

by Kathy Gleason

Toddlers and preschoolers tend to get into a bit of a rut when it comes to food. If your little one is obsessed with eating nothing but eggs for breakfast, you might wonder what you can do to add some other nutrients to his meal. On the other hand, if your child normally won't go near eggs and you want ways to entice him into trying them for breakfast, there are ways to do that as well.

1. Fried Eggs

There's just something about cute food that makes kids want to eat it. To this end, incorporate eggs into a smiley face for your little one's breakfast. Fry two eggs sunny side up to make the "eyes" -- and use a strip of bacon for a smile. A wedge of wheat toast makes a good nose. Use cottage cheese or cut-up fruit for the hair. Another option is to lightly toast a piece of whole wheat bread, cut a circle in the middle, set it in the frying pan and break open an egg in the circle. Fry until the egg is done. Kids often think it's fun to eat toast with an egg in the middle.

2. Sandwiches

For a healthy breakfast on the go, split a mini pita pocket at one end and fill with scrambled eggs and cheese. This tot-size sandwich is easy for your child to hold and handle -- and it's perfect for those mornings when you're in a rush and need him to eat on the go. You can also add a bit of diced green pepper, mushroom, tomato, or onion to the pita if your child is willing to try new things or likes a bit of flavor.

3. Scrambled Egg Variations

To add a bit of extra flavor to scrambled eggs, consider adding a teaspoonful of chicken or beef broth before cooking -- and sprinkling on a handful of cheese. If your kiddo isn't the type to scream about little colored pieces in her eggs, you can also add a bit of fresh dill or chives cut up very small into her eggs for extra seasoning. Another fun thing to do is add a bit of food coloring to eggs to go along with different occasions, such as green for Saint Patrick's Day or red or pink for Valentine's Day.

4. Hard-Boiled Egg Fun

While hard-boiled eggs are easy to pack and eat, they're not historically "fun" foods for kids. However, you certainly make them fun if you invest in some egg molds. These molds are available in a variety of shapes and animals. To use, simply make a hard-boiled egg as usual -- and then remove the shell. Place hard-boiled egg into the mold while still warm and close the mold. Then place the mold with the egg inside into cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. When you open the mold, your egg will be the shape of a heart, bunny -- or whatever type of mold you chose! This is a cute breakfast treat, or pack it in a plastic container for your preschooler's lunch.

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