DENVER - June 2014 - With the protein and nutrients they provide, it’s no wonder eggs are a go-to breakfast food for many people around the world. Eggs provide the long-lasting energy needed to keep people going strong until lunch. And with so many ways to cook them – scrambled, hardboiled, fried, sunny side up – it’s easy to see why so many choose to start their day with eggs. But did you know that eggs could be a healthy, tasty option any time of day? With fewer calories, trans fats and sugars than your typical junk food snacks and fast food meals, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants you to know that eggs are a nutritious alternative for many of your daily meals.
“Eggs are extremely versatile to cook with, making it easy to work them into lunch, dinner and everything in between,” said Dave Turunjian, a Colorado egg farmer and member of CEP. “Though many view eggs as strictly a breakfast food, eggs can add high quality protein and essential vitamins, with minimal calories, to your other meals as well.”
You can easily add an egg to your lunch. Fried eggs and chopped up hardboiled eggs go great on top of many salads and sandwiches. If you do not have time for a sit-down lunch, take an egg burrito or hardboiled egg along with you during your day. Eggs may help to avoid the afternoon lull since they provide long lasting energy to get you through the day. And with summertime around the corner, don’t forget about all of the deviled eggs found at backyard barbeques!
Eggs also make fast, easy and nutritious dinners for the whole family. Egg casseroles, quiches, baked eggs; the possibilities are endless. Unlike beef and chicken, eggs do not need to be defrosted, so they are ready to start cooking when you are! Just throw eggs onto the stove or in the oven for a delicious, high-protein meal. Pair them with other favorite dinner foods, such as grilled asparagus or whole-wheat spaghetti and you’ve got a healthy meal to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Moreover, if you’re family is interested in going “meatless” for one or several dinners during the week, eggs are included in the vegetarian diet and will work perfectly as the protein source for any vegetarian meals.
Looking for a great egg dish to serve at dinnertime? Here’s one recipe that’s easy to make and highlights the incredible edible egg:
Creamy Pasta and Egg Skillet
1 package (7 oz.) small shell pasta, cooked, drained
2 cups cottage cheese
1 tsp. dried marjoram leaves
2 cups frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot vegetable blend (9 oz.), defrosted
1. Coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Combine pasta, cottage cheese and marjoram in skillet; toss to coat evenly. Add vegetables; toss to mix.
2. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is heated through and begins to sizzle, 5 to 10 minutes. Press 4 indentations (about 2-inch diameter) into mixture with back of spoon.
3. Break and slip an egg into each indentation. Cook, covered, over medium heat until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 5 to 7 minutes.
You can find more egg recipes that are great for dinner, lunch and snacks by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To learn more about CEP please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout the state. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Local egg farmers take great pride in providing eggs to Coloradans. Eggs are a gluten-free food and we are proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs, although it is important to note, there is no nutritional difference between cage-free eggs and conventionally produced eggs. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.