Deviled eggs are a warm-weather staple and as our calendar starts to fill up with potlucks and parties, we’ve been having fun making a lightened up version of the classic recipe. This method, which features colorful pureed vegetables and Greek yogurt, is a fun way to make use of seasonal produce while serving a familiar dish in a new way.
Eggs are a great food to include in family meals since they are an inexpensive form of protein and they contain fat, which is essential for brain development in little ones. They are also endlessly versatile, so you can serve them in new ways without fearing that your family will get bored. Eggs tend to be widely available at farmers markets at this time of year and prices for cage-free, organic eggs are often lower than those at the store. We love them in a simple scramble, poached over rice and beans, or turned into Make-Ahead Mini Egg and Cheese Muffins. And sometimes as a treat, I turn them into a rainbow of Deviled Eggs.
For this recipe, it’s best to pick one vegetable per batch to make sure that you have the right mix of flavors. My toddler likes the pea and sweet potato fillings best and I love the beet version. You’ll want to taste the filling mixture before you fill the egg white shells to ensure that there’s enough salt as that may vary depending on your own personal preference. And these are best served right after you fill them (especially the beet filling since if they sit too long filled, the color can bleed into the egg whites), but you can take them to a potluck as long as you pack them in a cooler and fill them on site.
You can also turn this recipe into a nutritious sandwich filling by chopping the hard-cooked eggs and stirring in the rest of the ingredients. Spread the egg salad onto whole grain bread or serve with crackers for a yummy meal for the whole family.
Amy Palanjian is a writer, editor, recipe developer, and crafter for magazines, books, and websites. She’s also mama to a very energetic toddler who inspires her to share wholesome, yet realistic recipes and feeding tips with other parents of little ones at her site Yummy Toddler Food. For more inspiration, check out her website and Instagram.