DENVER – July 2016 – To celebrate National Picnic Month this July, Colorado Egg Producers Association (CEP) invites you to learn about all the ways you can add eggs to your summer menu when packing a picnic and preparing on-the-go foods. Whether you are planning a family vacation, sending the kids off to summer camp or enjoying a day by the pool, eggs are a delicious and nutritious addition to your day.
“One large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein, plus many essential vitamins and minerals, in only 70 calories.” said Brandy Gamoning, marketing manager for NestFresh and CEP member. “Eggs can fill your picnic basket with the nutritious fuel your body needs, including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, choline and all 9 essential amino acids. Plus, eggs are naturally gluten free, have zero carbs and no sugar.”
By packing a picnic basket of delicious egg dishes, you can “fuel your fun” on-the-go all summer long. Try picnic staples that are good for crowds like deviled eggs, egg salad, potato salad and even corn bread muffins. Pack main dishes, like egg-topped sandwiches, flatbreads and egg bakes, for a satisfying mid-day meal. You can also add a sweet treat to your picnic basket with home-baked brownies or chocolate chip cookies.
As you pack your picnic basket, don’t forget to follow important food safety guidelines when it comes to on-the-go egg dishes. All dishes that contain eggs should be packed in an insulated bag or cooler with ice or freezer packs. Leave the cooler in the shade and open it as infrequently as you can to help keep these foods at 40° F or lower. Hot egg dishes should be packed in thermal containers and kept at 140° F or higher. As always, remember to wash your hands before and after handling raw eggs, and only cook eggs with clean cooking utensils and on clean surfaces.
Here’s one delicious and nutritious on-the-go recipe to include in your picnic basket this month:
Egg White and Turkey Wrap
Serving Size: 12 wraps
3 cups turkey sausage, sautéed
4 ½ cups egg whites
12 slices provolone cheese
1½ cups bruschetta tomato topping, prepared
6 cups spinach leaves, chopped
12 tomato wraps
Cooking InstructionsIn a large sauté pan, cook turkey sausage until fully cooked, breaking into small pieces as it cooks. Set aside and keep warm.
- Cook egg whites in a spray-coated 8-inch nonstick sauté pan until firm and opaque throughout.
- Add in turkey sausage crumbles and cook the mixture until no visible liquid egg is remaining.
- Position wrap horizontally.
- Cover center with ⅓ cup scrambled egg whites and turkey sausage crumbles, 2 tablespoons of prepared tomato bruschetta, one slice of provolone and ½ cup chopped spinach leaves.
- Grill or fry wrap over medium heat just until cheese melts and the wrap is heated throughout.
You can also find delicious on-the-go egg dishes at exciting CEP events this summer. Join us for Westword’s first ever Tacolandiaevent on Sunday, August 14 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Sports Authority Field. Tacolandia will be a festive celebration of Mexican street-style tacos featuring samples for more than 40 restaurants. You can also find us every other Monday all summer long at DTC Eats, an event featuring lunches prepared by Denver's finest food trucks. Look for the CEP logo on food trucks serving specialty egg dishes made with Colorado eggs. For more information, visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing six farms throughout Colorado. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by their regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state and its partnership with the Good Egg Project, an initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people about where eggs come from and to encourage Americans to help conquer hunger in the U.S. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing a high quality, protein-dense food like eggs to citizens in this great state. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy section of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. The six CEP farms are Colorado Egg, LLC; Country Side Pullets; Morning Fresh Farms; NestFresh; Opal Foods and Sparboe Farms. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.