We always hid Easter eggs when I was a kid. I think my parents must have hidden the eggs before we got up, but with seven kids the eggs got hidden several more times before they finally were stored in the refrigerator. The next few days we ate lots of egg salad, deviled eggs, creamed eggs on toast, etc. As I look back I wonder if we followed the USDA rule that Hard-cooked eggs should be refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking and used within a week. Maybe not…have food safety rules gotten stricter??
I make hard cooked eggs a couple times a month. They are nutritious, inexpensive, quick and very easy to make. I love our featured recipe, Creamy Egg-Salad Sandwich. We show it on whole wheat English muffins, but it is good spread on crackers if you chop the eggs a little finer. We also have a great deviled egg recipe that I often use as an appetizer.
USDA has a web site called Shell Eggs From Farm to Table. It has the answers to about anything you can think of. There is even section called Are Easter Eggs Safe? The answer: Yes, but…..Check it out.
Creamy Egg-Salad Sandwich
- 6 large hard-cooked eggs
- ¼ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 1½ teaspoons prepared mustard
- 1½ teaspoons sweet pickle relish
- ½ cup celery, chopped finely
- Dash salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 whole wheat English muffins
- Prepare eggs as directed – prepare hard cooked eggs.
- Crack and peel the eggs; chop coarsely and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add mayo, mustard, relish, and celery. Mash together.
- Season with salt and black pepper.
- Serve on toasted English muffins, whole wheat bread, or crackers.
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Take a look at our spring dinner. It’s healthy, tasty, easy, and costs less than $30 for 8-10 people. You could save a little more if you switched to another vegetable—like frozen green beans, made your own rolls, and skipped the deviled eggs (they are a little extra treat). Our menu is:
Asparagus with Lemon or Roasted Asparagus
Rhonda’s Deviled Eggs
Fruit Kabobs or Fruit Salad
Fresh Baked Cloverleaf Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
Angel Food Cake with Frozen Whipped Topping and Strawberries
This week one of the national big box stores is advertising less food for twice as much! Their menu is ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, and pie or muffins.
Get the the recipes with nutrition information and grocery shopping list.
-pointers from Peggy
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If your schedule is so hectic that a trip to drive-up seems like the only option, consider stocking your shelves with “Go-To” Meals. These are meals that satisfy hunger, take minimal effort and time, but maximize taste. Nutritional value is fulfilled when you plan for at least one food from each group in MyPyramid. Only a few ingredients are required, so preparation and clean-up is a snap. Plus, they save money on your food bill!
Here are a few ideas to get you thinking…
- Peanut butter and jelly is an old favorite that’s even better when served on toasted whole wheat bread. Add baby carrots, apple slices and milk.
- Pita pocket sandwiches are stuffed with veggies and healthy lunch meat. Its shape is perfect for eating on-the-go. For some variety, try a whole grain bagel sandwich.
- Scrambled eggs or omelets with added onions, peppers, leftover vegetables and cheese need only fruit and toast to make a meal.
- Beans and brown rice cover two of your main energy sources. The protein in the beans fuels your muscles, while the complex carbs in the rice provide lasting energy. To save time, try a quick-cook variety of brown rice.
- Soup and crackers will fill you up fast. Three Can Chili needs only milk, crackers and fruit to make a meal.
- Oatmeal pancakes taste great, no matter what time it is. With a powdered mix, you can be flipping some hotcakes in a flash. Add some fruits to the pancakes—or on the side—and milk to drink. To save more time, make some ahead..
- Chicken burritos are easier to make than you might think. Heat chicken, beans and vegetables, and wrap them in a tortilla. Sprinkle on low-fat cheese, and you’ve nearly hit all of the major food groups with one bite.
-pointers from Peggy
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What I learned about the cost of eggs is interesting. Alan, my son, had a late morning graduation party with egg casserole, fruit and coffee cakes. Almost every coffee cake recipe called for 4 eggs. At the store, I found large eggs to be $1.29 per dozen. Medium eggs cost $ .69 per dozen. A book I have indicated that 5 medium eggs are equal to 4 large eggs. By using the medium eggs, I saved 14 cents for each recipe.
-contributed by Jan Temple
P.S. For more information comparing egg size and cost, see the all about eggs section on the meat and beans aisle of the SpendSmart. Eat Smart. web site.
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