Eggspand menu usage

When it comes to menu versatility and creativity, eggs are a real winner in school meals. Our 5 Days / 5 Ways program shares real ways menu planners can minimize inventory costs while maximizing egg product use, serving them multiple ways across a menu cycle. The versatility of eggs allows operators to continually customize offerings while enticing students with new eggcellent entrées. Eggs fit easily onto menus and pair perfectly with whole grains, fruit and vegetables for balanced meals. And most importantly, students love them!

So, how are schools fighting menu fatigue and eggspanding menus with Eggs In Schools? We went to the experts and gathered actual menu items currently in use from schools across the country to give you real examples of innovative ways schools are using eggs 5 Days / 5 Ways in their school nutrition programs. Pick a format and eggsplore!


It’s go time! Protein boxes are popping up everywhere from coffee shops to c-stores and airports to mini marts. Now they’re making their way to school menus. Grab n’ Go wholesome, protein-rich, portable foods can fuel students for the whole day – a perfect option for students participating in afterschool sports and activities.

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Pita Perfect Protein Box

Pita Perfect Protein Box

  • 1 hard-boiled egg (1.5 oz. eq. m/ma)
  • 1 oz. eq. m/ma hummus
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
  • 2 oz. eq. wgr pita
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Wrapido Protein Box

Wrapido Protein Box

  • 1 hard-boiled egg (1.5 oz. eq. m/ma)
  • 1 oz. eq. m/ma cheese cubes
  • 1.5 oz. eq. wgr wrap
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Popstar Breakfast Protein Box

Popstar Breakfast Protein Box

  • 1 hard-boiled egg (1.5 oz. eq. m/ma)
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries and blueberries
  • 1 oz. eq. wgr graham crackers
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Salad Bar Sidekick Protein Box (K-8)

Salad Bar Sidekick Protein Box (K-8)

  • 1 hard-boiled egg (1.5 oz. eq. m/ma)
  • 1 oz. eq. m/ma sunflower seeds
  • 1 oz. eq. wgr crackers
  • 1 oz. eq. wgr croutons
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Salad Bar Sidekick Protein Box (9-12)

Salad Bar Sidekick Protein Box (9-12)

  • 1 hard-boiled egg (1.5 oz. eq. m/ma)
  • 1 oz. eq. m/ma toasted edamame
  • 1 oz. eq. m/ma cheese stick
  • 2 oz. eq. wgr roll
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MVP Protein Box

MVP Protein Box

  • 1 hard-boiled egg (1.5 oz. eq. m/ma)
  • 1 oz. eq. m/ma cheese cubes
  • Trail Mix: 1 oz. whole almonds, 1/4 cup dried fruit mix & 1 oz. eq. wgr granola
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Hard-boiled eggs
  • One large egg - 6 grams high-quality protein, 70 calories 2
  • Taste appeal, convenience, great value
  • Eggs fit into the healthy dietary patterns recommended by public health organizations
  • Naturally portable
Market trends
  • Fresh protein snacking continues to grow 3
  • Consumers trying to eat more protein and looking for variety 4
  • Healthier food, simple ingredients and low calorie counts appeal 3
  • Taste always rules!

Sources

1. Egg proteins, like milk and beef proteins are readily digestible and contain all of the essential amino acids
2. http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb
3. Mintel 2015 Snacking Motivations & Attitudes
4. IFIC 2014

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Precooked Omelets Precookies Omelets

Omelets are always a hit with students, so you'll have no trouble fitting them into a 5 Days / 5 Ways menu cycle. Heat n’ serve, precooked cheese omelets are no eggception! Slip them into a slider, push them into a pita, stack them on a biscuit, stuff them in a taco or serve them straight up – cheese omelets are a delicious and nutritious way to power up students for a busy day of learning.

Here are 5 school-ready recipes to get you started:

  1. Western Omelet
  2. Cheesy Omelet & Veggie Stuffed Pocket
  3. Fajita Cheesy Omelet
  4. Top Your Omelet Day
  5. Southern Cheese Omelet Biscuit
Sample MenuSAMPLE MENU Omelets

Tools for Schools

Get Eggs in Schools Logos, Posters, Smart Snack Labels, How-To Videos and other downloadable resources to help promote eggs in your school nutrition programs. All of the files are ready-to-use and available in various formats.


Tool Kits

Back to School Tool Kit
Inspiring ideas & a downloadable library of tools you can use for the school year & beyond...

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Posters

Power Up with Eggs! (PDF)

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Rock Your School Day with Eggs! (PDF)

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Get a Jump on Your Day with Eggs! (PDF)

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EggPop Resources

Celebrate NSBW with EggPops! (PDF)

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Have Fun with EggPops! (PDF)

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EggPop Campaign Yearbook 2017

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How to Make EggPops Video

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Eggy loves “EggPops”

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Eggy Character

“Superhero” Eggy

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“Rocker” Eggy

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“School Spirit” Eggy

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“Confetti” Eggy

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“Straight A” Eggy

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“Pom Pom” Eggy

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Eggy loves “EggPops”

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“Free Weights” Eggy

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“Weightlifting” Eggy

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“Jumpin’ Rope” Eggy

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“Bending” Eggy

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“Just Plain” Eggy

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Postcards and Mailers

Smart Snack Postcard
“Eggs have always been a smart snack”
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Labels and Stickers

Smart Snacks Labels

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Protein Power Sticker
Round Sticker Artwork

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Protein Power Stickers
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How-to Videos

Make EggPops

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Cook Eggs in a Bag

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Use Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Smart Snack Ideas

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Use Frozen Egg Patties

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Marketing Materials

Better Breakfast Infographic

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Egg Nutrient
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Eat Better. Learn Better. Infographic

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Why Serve REAL Eggs in Schools

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Egg Nutrients for Health

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Eggs for EveryBODY

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Lifecycle Infographic

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Shell Egg Handling

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Eggstra Eggstra Research Roundup

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Snack Smarter with EggPops

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Pick 3: MyPlate Breakfast

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Pick 3: MyPlate Lunch

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Fresh Shell Eggs Fresh Shell Eggs

Five days are not enough to showcase the versatility of fresh shell eggs. Shell eggs are an all-natural ingredient for scratch cooking and local-focused school meal programs. Start your 5 Days / 5 Ways initiative with basic scrambled or plain omelets then move on to more complex egg dishes with multiple ingredients, frittatas, quiches, baked eggs–and don't forget hard-boiled. That’s just the beginning. Any of these dishes can be reinvented using different ingredients to deliver fresh menu offerings to your students. And that’s just from a savory perspective. Eggs have a sweet side too–French toast, waffles, pancakes…so many variations, but only five days in a week!

Sample MenuSAMPLE MENU Fresh Shell Eggs

Here are 5 school-ready recipes to get you started:

  1. Open-face Egg & Croissant Sandwich
  2. Bacon & Spinach Quiche
  3. School Spirit Eggs
  4. Bird’s Nest
  5. Made-to-order Omelet Bar

How-to Eggs In School Video Series

Check out our new instructional and inspirational videos on egg preparation for schools. Each video gives a quick overview of the topic and then easy step-by-step instructions. Learn more about cook-in-bag eggs, Smart Snacks, EggPops, egg patties and hard-boiled eggs.

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Scrambled Eggs Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are a familiar breakfast making them a natural fit for 5 Days / 5 Ways. Serve them plain or sprinkled with cheese, or cheese and salsa, or cheese, salsa and chopped spinach, or cheese, salsa, chopped spinach and diced ham or-well, you get the idea. Scrambled eggs are an ideal base for toppings or they can be served as an ingredient in casseroles, sandwiches, tacos, burritos, bowls, wraps and more. Or what about a scrambled egg breakfast bar? Talk about menu appeal and customer customization!

Sample MenuSAMPLE MENU Scrambled Eggs

Here are 5 school-ready recipes to get you started:

  1. Cuban Toast with Scrambled Eggs & Grits
  2. Breakfast Burrito
  3. Cheesy Egg & Potato Breakfast Recipe
  4. Breakfast Bowl
  5. Lowcountry Breakfast

Get tips and inspiration from the video and recipes below.

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Hard-Boiled Eggs Precookies Patties

Whether you make them in-house or get them ready to use–precooked and peeled–hard-boiled eggs are a quick and easy way to make delicious and nutritious meal and snack options 5 Days / 5 Ways. For breakfast, serve them whole in a protein or bento box. Premade boxes are perfect for Breakfasts in the Classroom or After the Bell. Customizable versions let students select components from an assortment of fruit, veggies and whole grains. Cut up hard-boiled eggs can be used in a sandwich, taco, burrito or pizza. And don’t forget, hard-boiled eggs are Smart Snack approved.

Sample MenuSAMPLE MENU Hard-Boiled Eggs

Here are 5 school-tested menu items:

  1. Hard-Boiled Egg, Whole Grain Roll, String Cheese, Fruit Cup
  2. Hard-Boiled Egg & French Toast
  3. Eggy's Favorites
  4. Hard-Boiled Egg & Toast
  5. EggPops

Keep scrolling down for more ideas, using hard-boiled eggs in your school foodservice operations.

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Foodservice Egg Ideas & Resources

No need to wrestle with numbers and calculations, we’ve got meal plans and ideas developed by school nutrition professionals ready for you to incorporate into your menu. You’ll find complete preparation instructions, meal equivalencies and nutrition analysis, provided with every tasty, delicious idea and recipe imaginable. Find fresh, trendy concepts that fit today’s evolving dietary needs and flavor trends, alongside all the resources you need to serve healthy, nutritious meals and snacks featuring eggs!

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Precooked Patties Precookies Patties

Menuing 5 Days / 5 Ways is eggstra easy with frozen precooked egg patties. Just heat them and innovate. Go classic and use biscuits, buns, croissants or plain toast to make a tasty breakfast sandwich. Or mix things up a bit and put egg patties in between a couple of pancakes/waffles/French toast, serve them in tortillas as breakfast tacos, on a bowl of grits or just use them as a base and layer veggies and more on top.

Here are 5 school-ready recipes to get you started:

  1. Egg & Cheese Morning Burger
  2. Bacon, Egg & Cheese Quesadilla
  3. Pancake & Egg Breakfast Taco
  4. Bacon, Egg & Cheese Croissant-wich
  5. Open Faced Egg Croissant
Sample MenuSAMPLE MENU Precooked Patties

Get tips and inspiration from the video and recipes below.

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