When you run out of eggs, your choices for last-minute, throw-together meals become limited. But when you have eggs on hand, the meal possibilities are endless. Eggs cook quickly and they add protein and heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to a meal.

It's also fun to get creative with eggs because you can cook them inside so many other foods. 

Most of us are familiar with an egg fried inside the hole of a piece of bread. Whether you call it "toad in the hole," "hole in one," "eggs in a nest" or "eggs in a basket," the dish is quick to cook up and makes eating eggs and toast a little more fun. But a hollowed-out piece of bread isn't the only food to try. Take a look at these combinations for delicious, quick dishes in which the egg cooks right in the middle.

Grilled cheese

grilled cheese with egg in middle

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Cutting a whole in the middle of a grilled cheese and frying an egg inside of it turns an ordinary sandwich into more of a meal. 

Toast and bacon muffin

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Instead of frying the egg in bread in a pan, bread becomes mini pie crust-like in a muffin tin and is topped with a little bacon and of course an egg. Your can throw some veggies or some cheese in there, too, but the egg gets baked right inside the muffin.

Pepper ring

egg fried in a red pepper ring

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You don't need a store-bought mold to create shapes with eggs, all you need is a ring from a pepper and you have a delicious edible mold that you can throw into a fried egg sandwich. 

Avocado

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The holes left behind after the avocado pit is removed is the perfect place to nestle a couple of eggs and bake the whole thing up. Epicurious recommends placing a drop or two of hot sauce in the hole before adding the eggs, seasoning with salt and pepper, and baking them in a 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Hash

egg in hash

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Hash is one of my favorite throw-together dinners because it uses up leftovers. Cut up potatoes, fry them in an oven-proof skillet, add leftover meat and veggies, maybe some cheese, and then create wells in the whole thing to crack eggs into. Throw it in the oven till the eggs are cooked to your liking, and dinner is done. 

Shakshuka

Shahkshuka has eggs fried in the middle

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Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Tomato, onion, pepper and lots of spices are cooked together and in the end, eggs are fried inside.

Rebel Within

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This one isn't quick and easy, but it's so clever it had to be included. A savory muffin bakes around an egg. How does the egg stay intact? These muffins originated at Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco , and the Follow Me Foodie blog spent a lot of time and used a lot of eggs figuring out how to replicate it. 

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