Monday, April 13, 2009

Eggs: Day 1


Well after a post on eggs last week I had a few requests to keep the egg recipes coming. So I decided to do a series on eggs this week. I have a overabundance of eggs right now since my ladies (hens) have hit their stride. We go through this every year and especially when we get new hens when they start laying they really start laying!

I wanted to say a little about eggs as far as nutrition since I am trying to lower my cholesteral. They are a very cheap protein. One large egg contains about 6.25 grams of protein a large egg is equivalent to 1 oz of lean meat, poultry, fish, or legumes. Out of the 5 top protein sources eggs are at the top with cow milk, fish, beef, and soybeans falling in after. They are a complete protein and they have the highest quality protein found in food second only to mother's milk. Now the cholesterol surprized me you all hear they are full of it don't eat them etc. Well what I read in the one source said that our bodies produce 80% of the cholesterol in our bodies and food brings in the rest. And that studies have shown eggs don't raise your LDL all by themselves many factors come into play. That said I know their are many sources with all kinds of opinions and you should do what is best for you and your family.

I wanted to start out with little things that we make

Deviled eggs (everyone has a family recipe for these)
mine is just mayo, sweet relish, salt, pepper, and paprika

Egg Salad (we make this for sandwiches especially when we've run out of sandwich meat and I don't want to go to the store.
hardboiled eggs peeled and put in the food processor, blend them up, put the blended eggs in a bowl and add mayo, sweet relish, salt, pepper, paprika, and a little purple onion that has run through the food processor.

This recipe is fun and I just drug it out after many many years of it just sitting in my recipe box. We had this alot when we had milk goats with fresh milk and fresh eggs this is really good. But it is just as good with powdered milk.


Coconut Pie

2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
6 tablespoons butter (I leave this out)
1 tsp almond, vanilla, or walnut extract
2 cups coconut.

Put all ingredients in blender except coconut blend for 10 seconds then add coconut and blend for 2 seconds. Pour into a greased 10 inch pie plate bake at 350 for 50 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Taken from Taste of Home many many many moons ago.

Egg substitutes: I can't tell you to use eggs all the time especially if your buying them
and the last time I bought them they were high. In baking you can add 1tsp unflavored gelatin with 3 tbsp of cold water and 2 tbsp of boiling water to substitute an egg in a recipe.


Egg Fun: Over at The Misadventures of Mub she colored eggs last week that looked so neat. So this is the fun part of eggs. Check out what she did to color her eggs for Easter. Here and here


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link-ups =)

    I hadn't thought to chop up the eggs for egg salad in the food processor, I usually just mash them with a fork. I am going to try that tomorrow though, I need to use these eggs up somehow *L*

    RE the cholesterol thing- I have not noticed a significant increase or decrease in mine when I eat eggs! I -do- think that exercise makes a noticeable difference though (haha unfortunately, if you want to be as lazy as me sometimes)!

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