Oh, the Mysterious and Misunderstood Egg
“Oh eggs within thine oval shell, What palate tickling joys do dwell.”
Let Us Consider the Egg.
That simple, oval, package has caused quite a stir throughout history. Who knows where it all started, with the chicken or the egg? (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) We do know that it is an ancient universal symbol of spring, representing new life and rebirth. It is fitting that eggs are a particularly important part of the spring season. Not only do they represent nourishment for a new beginning but also chickens start to lay their eggs again at this time, after taking a break in the darkest months.
Eggs are truly a super food. They basically, put in an eggshell, contain all the minerals that the human body needs to be healthy. They are rich in the B vitamin family, and also contribute vitamins A and D. In particular, egg yolks are one of the greatest sources of riboflavin, B12, and choline, which helps develop the brain in utero, but also helps to stave off memory loss. Lord, knows we all need that! The egg also provides significant amounts of zinc, important for wound healing, and fighting infection; selenium, an important antioxidant; and calcium. I could go on and on, but Ill spare you.
Eggs have suffered a bad rap in the latest part of history due to their cholesterol content. However, recent studies have produced some interesting information. One such research, from a large combined study, has shown that consuming up to one egg a day is unlikely to affect the risk of coronary heart disease in healthy people. It is important to note here that The American Heart Association recommends no more than 4 eggs yolks a week, for a person who has high cholesterol or heart disease.
There is also a current study on happy chicken’s eggs, you know the ones who get to run around the yard and eat grass. The eggs from these chickens have been shown to have 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fats, 2/3 more vitamin A, 7 times more beta carotene, and 3 times more vitamin E! Wow! So support you local egg lady and buy those happy eggs!
I have experimented with many different recipes with eggs, seeming I have a fruitful supply from the back yard. This next recipe is my personal favorite stuffed egg. I always make these on Easter day for new beginnings.
Spring Stuffed Eggs
12 hard boiled eggs
½ cup finely chopped
96% fat free Canadian bacon
2 tablespoons of minced chives or green onions
1 tablespoon of minced fresh parsley
1-2 tablespoons of low-fat mayo
1 ½ teaspoons of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper
Peel the eggs then cut them in half length ways. Lay out the whites in an attractive pattern on a special plate. Place 8 yolks and 2 eggs whites in a bowl and squish them up with a fork and knife until well blended. (Give the extra yolks to the dog or Uncle Harry), add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well. Stuff the egg whites with a spoonful of the yolk mixture. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and serve to some very lucky souls.
Nutritional info per one egg half; 42 calories, 2 grams of fat
This next recipe is a great breakfast for Easter morning.
Banana French Toast
1 cup of smashed bananas
½ teaspoon of lemon juice
4 slices of 1” cut good bread
1 cup of skim or 1% milk
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of cardamom
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
3 large eggs3 egg whites
Mix the bananas with the lemon juice. Cut a pocket into the bread slices and stuff with the bananas. Combine all the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk like mad till well mixed. Place the stuffed bread in a baking dish and pour the egg mixture over them turning to coat well. Cover up those babies and let chill for 45 minutes to an hour. Fire up the griddle, coat with cooking spray and cook about 4- 5 minutes on each side till cooked through. Enjoy with maple syrup and fresh sliced bananas on top.
Nutritional Information per one slice, with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup; 350 calories, 6 grams of fat.
Hoppy Easter, some bunny loves you!