It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where I’m going with today’s post.
Before we get to that, I have to show you something first. I took these pictures on the way back from the gym yesterday afternoon. The weather people said it was going to be sixteen degrees here in Cleveland. They lied. Those bastards.
Back to what I promise will be an “egg”-cellent edition of What I Ate Wednesday.
Let me start by saying, eggs have gotten a bad rap. High cholesterol. Not necessarily. Bad fats. Hardly.
I’m going to share with you what I do know about eggs, and I’m going to do it in bullet points because that’s where it’s at (for me anyway).
- Eggs are a great source of protein.
- Eggs are also low in fat. Two thirds of the fat comes from good fats, and we all need these. At least if we want shiny and glossy hair, like in the magazines. I guess you could take prenatal vitamins too, but wouldn’t you rather eat an egg.
- Eggs help keep your eyes in check because they are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants, which have been shown to ward off macular degeneration.
- Eggs are chock full of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin A, potassium and many B vitamins like folic acid, choline and biotin.
- Choline is great for the health of your nerves and your brain. You might be able to get the same results from a good cocktail, but keep in mind, high amounts of choline has also been linked to reduced risk of breast cancer (Eat an Egg; Save the Tatas).
Here’s the best part. All of this nutritional goodness, or at least the vast majority of it, is stored in the egg yolk. So stop pitching those beautiful babies and instead slurp them down, preferably with a piece of whole grain bread.
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As much as I’d like to say all eggs are equal, it’s simply not true. I won’t get into the nitty gritty and often horrific and grotesque details (not today, anyway), but please try to buy organic and pastured when possible. It’s best for the bird, the planet, and your nutritional needs. I won’t sugarcoat it; it’s not great for the wallet, but in this case, you get what you pay for. You’re buying quality, people.
If you want to know the difference between all the types of eggs you see in stores now, check out Kristy’s post on the topic because she sums it up quite nicely. Now that I’ve yakked your ear off about the glory of eggs, let’s get to it.
Happy What I Ate Wednesday, my nearest and dearest.
I’m pretty sure it’s clear by now. Today’s post is sponsored by my love of eggs, but it’s also hosted by the lovely and animal friendly, Ms. Jenn at Peas and Crayons. Let’s give a warm and welcoming round of applause for Jenn, her WIAW link ups, and her love of all things furry. While I support the incredible edible egg, I also respect the animal behind them. Really, I have a thing for all animals, and since Jenn has a house full of them (excluding Paul, of course), she gets a gold star with pink glitter from me. I may even share my unicorn.
Today I bring you my MLK Day eats because they were pretty egg-centric.
When I don’t have to rush off to work in the a.m., I actually lounge around the house, putz in the kitchen and usually have a pretty big breakfast. I really wanted to relax on my day off too (imagine that), so I did almost all the heavy lifting before 1 p.m. and spent the better part of the afternoon curled up in front of a fire, catching up on my reading. Such bliss, but before my blissed out haze, came breakfast.
Now this is egg-citing because breakfast turned out to be pretty special. I’m going to share something, a rarity really, because it doesn’t come along every day. In fact, I’ve only witnessed this particular scenario on a handful of occasions. Perhaps there was something in the water that day or a seriously frisky chicken.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with the Double Yolk, born from a single egg.
The twins, lets call them Fred and Ginger, came to me by way of a happy hen, who spends the better part of her days running around on her two able legs, munching on grubs by way of her still intact beak, and gossiping with all the other hens in and outside the house. It’s a good life for little Henny, and I, for one, appreciate her efforts.
I also appreciate her double yolks, which I paired with a piece of Zucchini Walnut bread. Mmm, such decadence for a Monday morning.
I’ll be honest, this was a pretty big breakfast for me, so I skipped lunch and just snacked instead: on another piece of Zucchini Walnut bread smothered in butter, an apple with some peanut butter and a chocolate covered peanut butter granola cup.
All this snacking goodness was eaten hearthside, since I’m trying to stay warm here in Cleveland.
Dinner, prepared earlier in the day, was a Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche, starring more lovely eggs and a bundle of greens. The beautiful thing about quiches, other than their straight up prettiness, is they can be prepared ahead, you can do a trillion different flavor profiles, and you generally have leftovers. Two full meals made ahead of time; now that’s what I’m talking about!
This delicious and easy egg pie was really good, but it wasn’t my greatest creation, and I actually measured out all the ingredients (which I never do), so ultimately I’ll have a recipe for you. I just need to perfect it first. I’m sure you can appreciate that, so stay tuned.
I also cooked up some red fingerling potatoes with a glug of extra virgin olive oil, a little salt, some pepper, rosemary and thyme and placed these tasty little morsels, quiche-side. All in all, a simple dinner which lasted two nights.
Normally, I don’t “snack” in the evenings, but I’ve had a hankering for chocolate lately (perhaps my “friend” is near), so I put down another chocolate covered peanut butter granola cup.
While there was no eggs in this bad boy, he was still magically delicious and a pretty decent ending to a delightful day.
What’s your take on eggs, and what kind do you buy? What’s the temperature in your city today?