Eggs – Demystifying Labels

Eggs varieties seem to be taking over the dairy isle these days, have you noticed?  Let’s not even go there with the entire row of frozen pizza options!  Here is a little help with the mystery of labels on eggs these days, and the added cost. Use these to make the best choice for your family and yourself.

 

Cage-Free

This label means that the hens live in large barns.  They don’t have outdoor access, and they get about 1.5 sq. ft. of space each typically.  Not idea for moving about much, but better than the extremely confined corners of a cage.  They can move more and socialize, which makes for happier, healthy ladies!

Free-Range

The hens are often housed in barns, and have limited access to outdoor areas.  These outdoor spaces are required to be at least 2 sq. ft. per hen and have the added bonus of vegetation.  More plants to nosh on means more nutrients for the hens which translates into more nutrients in the eggs.  No guarantee that every hen eats the plants, so a slight toss up on the added benefits in each egg.

Pasture-Raised

These chickens are required to get a minimum of 108 sq. ft. of outdoor space in addition to indoor space for resting and roosting.  The more natural environment results in less stress for the hens and more room to move about and do what they do.  Some studies have even shown these eggs to contain more nutrients and Omega 3s than non-pasture-raised hens.

 

 

 

Turkey, Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Frittata

If you still have a little turkey lingering in your fridge, here is an easy refreshing way to make a last meal of the leftovers.  The great thing is it will double as a great breakfast the next morning.  “BAM” as Emeril would say!

Turkey, Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Frittata

Preparation Time: 20 minutes   Cooking Time: 30 minutes

recipe by What’s Cooking/Mymagazine, modified by eatlivefit.net

Ingredients:

6 large eggs

1 tsp. + 1 Tbsp olive oil, divided

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 1/2 cups cooked turkey, chopped

4 oz. crumbled goat cheese (I used 2 oz as a sprinkle)

Directions:

Preheat broiler, in small bowl whisk together the eggs, 1 tsp olive oil and salt and pepper.  In ovenproof skillet (i.e. a medium cast iron skillet) heat 1 Tbsp Olive Oil over medium heat on burner.  Add the bell pepper and cook until tender, 5-8 min approx.  Toss in cooked turkey and rewarm for 1 minute or so.  Turn burner down to low-medium heat; add egg mixture to skillet and cook until eggs are set on the bottom (approx. 5 minutes).  Using spatula, lift the cooked egg so that some of the liquid in the center runs to the edges of the pan.  Work one section of the pan at a time.  Cover completely and cook until frittata is not quite set, about 5 minutes.

Uncover the skillet, sprinkle on goat cheese.  Transfer to oven; broil until the frittata is golden brown and puffed on top; 3-5 minutes (internal temp 160 degrees).  Serve and enjoy.

 

Curry Ginger Tumeric Muffins

It is rare that I post a recipe before I have tried it myself, however, I am planning on whipping up a batch of these today.  Turmeric has been in the news a lot lately toted with helping reduce inflammation, easing joint pain and supporting overall health.  Step outside your thinking that muffins have to include chocolate chips or blueberries and join me in baking up a batch.

Let me know what you think.

CURRY GINGER TUMERIC MUFFINS

Yield: 1 ¼ qt

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 3/4 c coconut Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 3/4 c Flour (alternative 1 cup flour, 3/4 almond meal)
  • 1/2tsp Baking Powder
  • pinch Salt
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (warmed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Tumeric
  • 1/4 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger, Ground
  • 1/4 cup Candied Ginger, Minced
  • As Needed Sliced Almonds for Topping (optional)

Instructions: 

  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Add eggs slowly
  • Add wet and dry in alternating additions
  • Place batter in baking cups, top with almonds if using and bake at 350 degrees
  • When a toothpick comes out clean they are done (The time will depend on the size of the muffin)
  • Bake 12-14 minutes.

Boring Breakfast Solution #6 – Microwave Banana Bread Mug Cake

Simple yet healthy is the key these months.  Gluten free or not, this one is a great one to try.

Banana Bread Mug Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 1 mug cake

Ingredients:

1 large ripe banana, mashed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk (or almond milk)
1 to 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup (or honey) (OPTIONAL)
2 tablespoons coconut flour (or 4 tablespoons almond flour)
1 tablespoon raw walnuts, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch sea salt

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients and mix.  Place in microwave safe mug and microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Remove and let sit for 1 minute to cool slightly.  Eat and enjoy.

 

As always, let me know what you think once you try it.

 

Boring Breakfast Solution #5: Banana Nut Muffins (nope not pumpkin!)

Breakfast does not have to be boring or time consuming anymore!  A little preparation and you have a perfectly balanced morning meal for the week for everyone.

Protein Banana Nut Muffins

Ingredients:
4 bananas, mashed with a fork (the more ripe, the better)
4 eggs
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
sprinkle of mini chocolate chips (optional)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cups. In a large bowl, add bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil, and vanilla. Using a hand blender, blend to combine.
Add in the coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Blend into the wet mixture, scraping down the sides with a spatula. Distribute the batter evenly into the lined muffin tins, filling each about two-thirds of the way full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or store in the refrigerator in a resealable bag.  For the kids, I added a little sprinkle of mini chocolate chips to the top when I reheated them (20 sec in microwave).
Servings: 12 muffins

Boring Breakfast Solution #4 – 3 min. to finished

No more “I don’t have time” excuses, here is a 3 minute breakfast (perhaps quicker) that can be wrapped and taken on the go to eat.  Keepin it real here (not even a comb through my hair, lol).  Try it and tell me how it goes.

Here’s what you need:Breakfast Burrito Ingredients

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Boring Breakfast Solution #3

I have posted recipes for protein waffles before, but they required protein powder.  Here is a protein packed recipe without a powder.  Try it out!

“Liz’s On-plan Breakfast Waffles”

recipe by Liz from LBC modified by eatlivefit.net

3/4 cup liquid egg whites
1 egg
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup of fruit (I used strawberries)

Additional Ingredients
1 tsp pysillium husk – makes waffles bigger/puffier on the inside) – optional
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 cinnamon
1 packet of stevia or 1/2 tsp of honey

Directions:
Put egg whites, whole egg, rolled oats, 1/2 of the strawberries, baking powder, pysillium husk, cinnamon, and stevia in a blender. Blend for 7-10 seconds.

Pre-heat and pan spray waffle maker. Pour the batter and cook for approximately 2 min (depending on a heat). Flip the waffle and cook for another 2 min. Makes 2 perfectly delicious waffles. Serve with the remaining fruit.

This meal gives approximately 29g of protein, 36.5g of carbs and 8g of fat for around 335 k/cal.