Organic free-range eggs bought in a Sydney supermarket. No, La Diva didn't draw the little smiley face on the egg, she bought them that way and it made her smile too!
I quite often cook eggs for dinner in various forms and find them quite comforting as a meal. Many people in other countries don't eat eggs for breakfast but enjoy them mostly at lunch or dinner. I wonder why Americans only think about eating eggs for breakfast? La Diva loves eggs for dinner and because it's something I always have on hand, eggs can make a cost-effective and filling dinner! A savory omelet, quiche or frittata with a side salad makes a quick weeknight dinner.
Over the years, eggs were given a bad rap and blamed for high cholesterol. I'm glad that is no longer the popular belief. Here's a bit more egg info La Diva found:
- The egg is a low-calorie powerhouse. “The egg is a great source of nutrition and especially brain food,” says Susan B. Roberts, PhD, author of The Instinct Diet and professor of nutrition at the USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University in Boston. “With only 80 calories per large egg and a useful 6 grams of protein, it can be scrambled or even fried with just a dab of butter and still come in at under 100 calories.”
- Eggs have vitamins and other nutrients. Besides providing protein (making you feel full longer), an egg supplies many essential nutrients including vitamin A, the B vitamins B-12, riboflavin, and folacin, and the minerals iron, phosphorus, and zinc, along with choline and DHA, essential nutrients for brain health.
- The egg has less cholesterol than we thought. It turns out early tests measured falsely high for the amount of cholesterol in an egg, unfairly giving it a bad rap. According to recent research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one large egg has 213 milligrams of cholesterol. Testing is also under way in the egg industry to see if that amount can be further reduced.
- Egg whites can be part of your daily menu. It’s best to eat no more than three or four whole eggs per week, but egg whites have only 15 calories per egg, no cholesterol, and no saturated fat, so dieters can eat as many as they want. Not only that, egg whites taste better than store-bought egg substitutes.
- Eggs make a great weekend breakfast. “One great role eggs can play is in making weekend food seem special without overdosing on calories,” says Dr. Roberts. “For example, scrambled eggs and whole-wheat toast or a fried egg and Canadian bacon on Sunday morning can become a special weekend breakfast without adding anything to calories beyond a regular weekday cereal meal.”
- Eggs are an inexpensive protein source. Eggs are economical, especially when compared to steak or even a hamburger.
- Eggs aren’t only for breakfast. “Think like the French and don’t dismiss eggs as a great dinner food,” says Roberts. “It takes a mere couple of minutes to whip up an omelet, so you can keep eggs in the fridge for quick dinners when you get home and are too tired to cook or go out. A two-egg omelet with a slice of whole-wheat toast and an apple or orange is a great weight control meal.”
Skillet Eggs Deuce with Spinach and Potatoes
Simply slice two small potatoes and fry in a skillet with olive oil until brown. (nuke 'em for a minute or two first to expedite the cooking!) Season the potatoes with salt, pepper and a bit of paprika and garlic salt. Once both sides are cooked through, throw a handful of fresh spinach on top. Once it begins to wilt, break two eggs over the lot and cook for another five minutes or until eggs are cooked as desired. Salt and pepper and serve with buttered toast. Mmmmmmm...simple and satistying, a favorite, La Diva comfort meal!
KUDOS TO BUFFALODICK FOR HIS MEATLESS MEAL LAST WEEK: Cheesey broccoli casserole. You can check it out HERE.
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