Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Incredible...edible!

 Eggs, I love them and literally there are hundreds of ways to serve them.  They are part of recipes and can be the showcase of the meal. But these days eggs are getting a bad rap.  There is misinformation out there about eggs.  But truth be told eggs are anything but unhealthy.  They are full of vitamins, trace minerals, protein and choline which is an important component to brain health.
  There is much debate about the egg out there and sometimes it is hard to sift through the massive volumes of information and find the truth.  Egg whites have almost no nutritional value, it is the yolk that gives the egg its nutrient dense profile.  And contrary to popular belief whole eggs do not raise cholesterol.  Bad cholesterol or low density lipoprotein is the culprit,LDL.  Eggs are rich in high density lipoprotein or HDL the good cholesterol.  Alone cholesterol does not kill, it is heart disease that does. It is inflammation in the body that causes heart disease not cholesterol.  Diets that contain consumption of man made fats and refined sugar cause the buildup of plague in your arteries as well as smoking and stress.
  I can hear those that are watching their weight saying but whole eggs are calorie rich.  Well partly, the calories contained in the whole egg are nutrient dense meaning that they stick with you throughout the day, meaning feeling fuller longer. I myself would rather get my calories from a naturally occurring fat than from chips which is all man-made. Sometimes what we add to eggs make them unhealthy like mayonnaise, butter and salt to name just few.  Including eggs as part of a healthy diet can be beneficial to your overall health.

Mushroom , Caramelized Onion and Swiss Quiche

1 large onion, julienned
2 ounces butter
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 cup grated Swiss
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
2 shakes of Tabasco
pinch of nutmeg
4 eggs
2 cups heavy cream
1 9" pie shell
1 tsp chopped thyme
salt and pepper to taste
Melt butter in a saute pan, and cook onions very slowly until the color of the onions is similar to straw.   Take your 9" pie shell and fill with your ingredients.  Mix your eggs and heavy cream until well incorporated, season with tabasco,garlic,thyme, nutmeg, and salt and pepper.  Bake in 350F oven until the center is set and no longer jiggly.

Soup and fish explain half the emotions of human life.~ Sydney Smith

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