With the school season in full swing, autumn is nearly upon us. Kids are in the classroom, leaves will soon change and the holidays are just around the corner. Meals and snacks don’t have to be a hassle during this busy time of year, especially when using eggs. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association has a few ideas to incorporate the incredible edible egg into meal plans for those with busy schedules.
“As local egg farmers, we like to remind people that eggs are one of the quickest foods to prepare and they also have incredible health benefits. One egg offers nearly every vitamin a body needs and is a model source of protein,” said Derek Yancey, Colorado egg farmer and CEP member. “While other calorie-dense foods tempt us all during the holiday season, eggs are a healthy option that can boost your metabolism.”
Eggs are easy to prepare ahead of time for any meal and are excellent snacks for car rides, shopping trips and more. Eggs are usually associated with leisurely weekend breakfasts, but they can also be served as a quick snack or a meal on-the-go and satisfy hunger at any hour of the day. Here’s a look at how eating eggs can help save time in what can be the most hectic season of the year.
Think you have no time for an egg breakfast in the middle of a busy weekday morning? Think again. You can prepare an egg breakfast in a snap. Some of the following ideas can even commute with you in a coffee mug.
• Scramble eggs in the microwave for a meal in less than a minute.
• Stir a raw egg into oatmeal with milk. Microwave and enjoy with fruit on top.
• Make an egg sandwich with a bagel, English muffin or toast.
Even if you find yourself far from the kitchen during the lunch hour, you can still enjoy eggs for a mid-day meal. An egg lunch doesn’t have to take long to prepare and can be easy to eat at your desk on busy days.
• Hard boil eggs in advance, slice them up and add them to a leafy salad.
• Prepare a hearty sandwich with egg salad or use a sliced hard-boiled egg as a base for a delicious sandwich – include avocado, celery, fresh greens or any other additions you’d like.
Most people enjoy relaxing after a long workday, and preparing a meal can sometimes seem like extra work. Don’t think of eggs as breakfast for dinner; think of them as a quick and inexpensive evening meal that can cook while you’re busy with other activities. Also, many dinner recipes may provide ample leftovers for future meals, which saves prep time throughout the week.
• Use a slow cooker to make an egg bake and let the meal take care of itself.
• Prepare an egg casserole dish ahead of time, refrigerate it and bake it when you get home.
Snacks and appetizers
Eggs are as easy to snack on as any other finger food. Take a tip from CEP and trade traditional carb-loaded snacks for a punch of protein.
• Include a hard-boiled egg in you or your child’s lunch box. To make it even easier to eat, slide the egg onto a popsicle stick.
• Be the hit of holiday parties with deviled eggs. Mix it up by adding tex-mex flavoring, cheese or bacon.
• Make bacon and egg cups by lining muffin tin holes with bacon, cracking eggs inside the holes and baking at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
CEP offers recipes that can be prepared in advance and taken on to work, school or play at coloradoeggproducers.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Another fun meal idea for families on-the-go is the second annual PJs & Eggs, a family
friendly event for charity on Friday, October 11th. Put on your pajamas and join us for CEP’s
second annual PJs & Eggs event benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver. Select Colorado breakfast restaurants will open their doors throughout the day to serve breakfast, brunch and/or “brinner” (breakfast food for dinner) and collect unused children’s pajamas for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver. October 11th is also World Egg Day, one more reason to celebrate eggs!
CEP has partnered with restaurants across the Denver metro area that will participate in PJs & Eggs including: Breakfast on Broadway (Englewood), The Eggshell (Arvada), LePeep (Boulder), McCoys (Denver), Ralston Road Café (Arvada), Syrup (one location in downtown Denver and one location in Cherry Creek), Toast (Littleton) and Wild Eggs (Denver). A portion of each restaurant’s proceeds that day will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver. Attendees are encouraged to wear pajamas to the event.
Those who are unable to join the event but want to support the cause may drop off a pair of new kids PJs or a monetary donation at any participating restaurant leading up to the event. Learn more about PJs & Eggs and buy your tickets in advance at pjsandeggsco.eventbrite.com.
CEP is a membership organization representing seven farms throughout Colorado. The organization is committed to doing what’s right for the Colorado community, as illustrated by their regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Egg farmers throughout Colorado have an unwavering mission to provide high-quality eggs to Coloradans. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy case of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. For a list of where to buy Colorado eggs and more fun facts visit our website at coloradoeggproducers.com.