Easy Hardboiled (but not boiled) Eggs!

This will just be a quick post, but I had
To share! Literally my life has been changed. I make hard boiled eggs all of the time. They are a perfect paleo protein snack. I’m in love. What I am not in love with is spending 35 hours peeling them after I’ve boiled them! I’ve tried the salt, baking soda, vinegar, poking a hole, praying, swearing, etc! ๐Ÿ˜Š So anyway to the point….

You will need:
Eggs
Steamer basket
Pot w/ lid

Fill your pot with just enough water to create steam, but not submerge the eggs. Put over med-high heat with eggs in the basket and covered! Steam for about 20 minutes. (Alittle less for softer boiled eggs!) (Also, I fit 9 eggs into my steamer basket) When they’re done, run them under cold water for a few minutes to stop cooking.

The magical part is when you peel them…the shell comes right off!!!!!!!! No swearing or praying (eek!) necessary! My life has officially been made better. That’s all for now!

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Confused by Egg Labels?! ME TOO!

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Eggs are always at the top of my list when I hit the grocery store. We go through like 1-2 dozen a week! I know that when I’m looking at all of the cartons & labels, I’m thinking what the hell does this all mean? Which is the best option? Typically a carton of 12 eggs can go from $1.50-$5.00 depending on which you buy. I just wanted to decode all of these commonly used terms since I know it can be so confusing or MISLEADING!

  • Brown Eggs: Does not change anything being brown or white. This only determines what kind of chicken laid the egg. No nutritional difference between the two.
  • Cage-Free: This simply means that the chickens who laid the eggs were not confined to a cage. This can sometimes be misleading. Sometimes it just means that for portions of the chickens life they were not in cages, or they were not in cages, but still indoors. This is more of a general term. If you want to be SURE that the chickens who laid these eggs had complete outdoor access you are going to want to look for Certified Organic or Free-Range.
  • Omega-3 Enhanced: This means that the chickens have had an omega-3 supplement added to their food. By doing this, the eggs that they lay can have 3-5 times the amount of awesome fatty acids! This is something you’ll definitely want to look for!
  • Free-Range: This is a term regulated by the USDA, simply meaning that the chickens & hens were not caged & given unlimited access to the outdoors with access to food & fresh water at any time. This is a MUST!
  • Antibiotic-Free: This is a tricky term. It’s hard to know what antibiotics are actually regulated & what is questionable. To ensure that you are eating eggs completely antibiotic free, you’re going to want to go with Certified Organic.
  • Grade A: This is a quality grade, AA, A, or B. The difference between the grades is the texture. Grade B is thinner & the yolk tends to be flatter. Grades AA & A are best for poaching. These grades have nothing to do with how the hens are treated or their conditions. Just another term!
  • Organic: These are the eggs you want to be buying & eating!! 150%, no questions asked, $1.00 or $100.00! (exaggeration obviously ;)) Buying your eggs Certified USDA Organic ensures that the chickens have had outdoor access, & are fed a 100% organic diet, with NO antibiotics! unfortunately, this label does not protect these birds from some not so friendly acts like BEAK CUTTING!! (poor little chicky!) More importantly, buying Organic ensures that your eggs have NOT been treated with ARSENIC, yes i said ARSENIC. It’s added to factory-farmed chicken feed to prevent infections & spur growth!!!!!! WHAT THE HECK?!?!?

**Moral of the story is to buy your eggs Organic & hopefully Omega-3 Enriched! If you are lucky enough to know your farmer, you will be safe in knowing that along with LOCAL & ORGANIC, your hens have been treated humanely! =)

P.S. Check out my older blog post “EGGS-CELLENT” for some yummy eggs recipes to try with your delicious, organic antibiotic free eggs =)

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Source: My April issue of Women’s Health & Google!

Eggs-cellent! (I know..lame..but I laughed!!!)

As I’m sure you know, eggs are a HUGE part of a Paleo Diet. They are a staple in my house, & I probably eat them in some form every single day. I know you’re probably saying, OH EM GEE ALL THAT CHOLESTEROL, or all of that SATURATED FAT!? Yeh, they have cholesterol & yeh they have saturated fat, but those are NOT the bad guys!!ย  Eggs are also FULL of protein & nutrients. Not to mention you get all of those awesome components at such a low cost!!!! You can’t beat it! It is not uncommon that my house goes through at least 2 1/2 dozen! Cook them in some olive or coconut oil,ย  I eat them for breakfast, snacks, dinner, bake with them, WHATEVER! ๐Ÿ™‚ My recommendation is to stick with Organic, Omega 3 enriched eggs, if you can. For Doug, he can eat 3 eggs every morning, no problem…for me….I get a little bored & I like variety! (I’m sure you picked that up about me by now!) Then, I get stuck! What do I eattttttt??! Nothing to haveeeeeee?!!? My life is over….WAH! (alittle dramatic?) So I wanted to compile a group of delicious egg variations for whoever gets bored with plain ole eggs sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚ So eat up your eggs,ย  you’ll thank me!!

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**Recipes below: starting from the top & going by rows we haveeeeee…

*Pepper Flowers: Slice peppers thin into little flowers (so cute), put them in a hot pan with a little evoo, let them cook for a minute or so, crack an egg right into the pepper, salt & pepp, flip when cooked & you are good to go!

*Ham & Salsa Roll-up: Whisk 3 eggs in a bowl with some salt & pepp, pour into a small pan, med-high heat, let cook almost all the way through (kinda like an omelette), flip carefully & cook the other side for a minute. Let cool for just a minute. Put on cutting board or plate, add your fixings (i used ham & salsa) Then roll up & eat like a burrito or cut into pieces! Enjoy!

MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE……

*Apple Pumpkin Bake: This is my all time favorite. I make it all the time. Paige says it tastes like pumpkin pie!!!!!! Who doesn’t like pumpkin pie for breakfast?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

5 apples, peeled, cored, chopped

12 large eggs

14oz can pumpkin (not pie mix)

14 oz can full fat coconut milk

1/4 cup honey (optional)

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/4-1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4-1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 425. Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish. Put chopped apples into bottom. Mix all ingredients BESIDES almonds, coconut & raisins. Pour liquid over apples. Top with almonds, raisins & coconut. Bake uncovered about 45 mins. (Wait til you see how gorgeous it cooks & rises!)

*Ham & Egg Cups: Excellent for on the go! I use either Boar’s Head or Applegate sliced ham. Grease your muffin tin, line with a piece of ham. Push it into the cup. Then mix up about 10-12 eggs, with whatever seasonings you would like! Fill up ham cups, not overfill, then put in a 350 preheated oven. Bake about 10 mins until cooked all the way through! Pop out & enjoy!

*Veggie Fritatta: Super Easy! I use this as an opportunity to use everything I have left in the fridge!! Preheat oven to 400, whisk up about 12-15 eggs. Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish. Add whatever veggies & seasoning to your eggs! I like to julienne some carrots, zucchini or sweet potatoes because they look snazzy like that! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Add some spinach or kale, salt & pepp, always onions! Bake for about 35-40 minutes until set. You are good to go! You can even serve with salad for dinner! EASY!

Last but not least……..

*Fruit & Nut Roll-up: Heat a small pan over med-high heat. Whisk 3 eggs, with a splash of unsweetened almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Pour into hot pan, cook until almost cooked fully, then flip & do that same until the eggs are cooked. Put onto cuttingย  board, let cool for a minute, I spread it with apple butter, then layered with 2-3 tbsp finely diced apples, pecans & raisins! Roll up & cut into thick slices! SO GOOD! I then drizzled a little honey & another sprinkle of cinnamon (just to make it picture worthy ;))

Your eggs will never be the same!!!! Let me know what you think!!