Saturday night, after a long day of puppy-ing, I had an egg, ham, and cheese sandwich for my “Oh-I-guess-it’s-10 PM-I-should-eat-something” dinner.
This morning, whilst puppy-ing, Eric and I had a new take on my artichoke strata for breakfast. (I subbed in feta for the goat cheese and broccoli for the artichokes and it was bangin’!)
Yesterday at the grocery store, we bought our new standard — a pack of 2 and ½ dozen eggs. (Eighteen isn’t cutting it anymore. And we gave up on just a dozen a while ago.)
Clearly, there is a love affair with eggs going on around these parts.
And actually, we aren’t keeping hens busy just because eggs are cheap and full of protein.
It’s because they are full of fat.
You guys know I love all kinds of healthy fats, but a lot of people think healthy fats just come from nuts or avocados. Umm…those aren’t the only ones. You may have noticed lately that there are a lot of eggs on the shelves that are touting their healthy fats too. Turns out, eggs are a really good way to get essential fatty acids! When chickens are fed vegetarian, all-natural diets that have lots of fatty acids, they actually produce eggs with said fatty acids.
- Health — omega 3s reduce inflammation and in the body and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Happiness — omega 3s have been shown to ward of depression.
- Hair and skin — omega 3s don’t just make you healthy…they make you look healthy, which is more than you can say for a lot of dietary additions. Shiny hair and soft skin are a definite added bonus to the whole maybe-you-won’t-have-of-a-heart-attack thing.
I like eggs as an alternative to fish, another common source of fatty acids, because, well, I like the taste better. I don’t really want to have tuna smothered in cheese atop an English muffin at 7 AM.
And I like the price better. The two and half dozen eggs that Eric and I buy each week costs like $5 — and will turn into several breakfasts, snacks, and dinners. And $5 is much cheaper than one good salmon fillet.
You can also eat eggs every day (sometimes twice a day!) without having to worry about getting sick, whereas eating fish raises concerns about mercury (you can really only eat it a couple times a week, lest you end up like poor Jeremy Piven) and many fish oil capsules (especially the more affordable ones) bring a bunch of nasty poisons along with the good stuff.
I’m partial to them sunny-side up, scrambled in a sandwich, folded into a tortilla, or hard boiled, but if you want to get fancy, let me help you!
- Baked egg casserole
- Poached egg protein plate
- Spring chicken cups
- And if you can’t stand savory, don’t underestimate the power of eggs as ingredients in other breakfasts — they pump up sweet foods like scones and baked French toast!
And let’s not stop here! What’s your favorite way to eat eggs? Do share your recipes below!