In reality ALO smelting also requires electricity.
I still like my eggs idea as an alternative to MTP -> MEA; EGG -> BRK (breakfast meal). Eggs would have two recipes using GRN or MAI and some H2O and NS in an IVP. Or maybe it is an engineering/scientist consumable instead of the basic RAT.
I’ll be honest, the market isn’t really big enough for a second recipe… but I love breakfast.