I never grew up saying ‘supper’ but after seeing Juno, whenever I have a typical breakfast meal at the end of the day, I will always think of Pauly Bleeker’s mom.
I love having breakfast for dinner. When I was young, there was nothing better than when my dad would randomly whip up a batch of blueberry pancakes and call it dinner. They always tasted amazing and I think it was partly due to the fact that they didn’t belong there- it was the wrong meal! I mean my dad is no joke in the kitchen, but still, we were breaking the food rules and it tasted gooood.
These days, I love nothing more than having eggs for dinner. It’s a great way to get in a high protein meal at the end of the day and eggs are incredibly versatile. I should also mention that I have the cutest egg pan in all of the land, compliments of mama Clemenza.
The egg actually is pretty incredible. It has to be since a baby chick needs all of those important nutrients- kind of weird to think about but it’s true! Eggs contains things like choline which promotes brain function. While that is not only great for those of us living outside of a uterus, pregnant women should especially focus on getting this nutrient if they want to make smart little babies (you can start forcing your offspring to be geniuses even before the Baby Einstein program!). Then there’s the folate and riboflavins which are B vitamins that help the body convert food into energy. There are also vitamins A and C which help promote healthy skin and prevent damage to the body by those pesky free radicals.
Heavy on the vitamins and light on the calories. Plus, eggs are CHEAP and that makes me smile. It can be confusing, however, to know which egg carton is the best. They are all boasting free range, chemical free, omega 3’s, etc. etc. A lot of times, manufacturers will stamp these buzz words all over cartons in order to trick consumers. Well, I will not stand for such trickery.
Which Eggs Should I Buy?
The best places to buy eggs are from local farmers who raise chickens on wide open pastures with plenty of space. You wouldn’t think NYC would be an ideal place to find such magically delicious eggs, but you would be wrong. Check out LocalHarvest.org, enter your zip, and track down some natural eggs. Chickens kept in battery cages produce a lower quality egg, which is not surprising. If you were sad and concealed in a small box while being fed crap, not allowed to run around and play, you would not produce your best work either. When hens are kept on pastures where they can exhibit natural behaviors, they lay eggs with higher vitamin and omega-3 fatty acid levels compared to commercially fed, caged hens.
Now this might bring to mind chickens pecking away on a sprawling green on a sunny day, free to run around and lay eggs as they please. Often times, cage-free is not as ideal as that lovely country scene I just painted for you. It’s still much better than battery cages but often times the hens are kept in enclosed buildings. This at least means that the chickens can spread their wings and nest in boxes, although it does not necessarily mean that antibiotics have not been used.
Chickens are allowed outside of barns or warehouses but farmers aren’t required to provide any specific amount of time outside and there are no third party restrictions.
Hens are fed organic feed (no pesticides, antibiotics or animal products) and are offered access to the outdoors. Although not guaranteeing that the animals ever go outside, they are not enclosed in cages and annual inspections are required.
Really doesn’t mean all that much, which is pretty standard these days. This basically means that nothing was done to the finished product (the egg) but it doesn’t tell us anything about the life and treatment of the chicky.
These chickens are housed in portable shelters that are frequently moved to give chickens fresh pastures. Again, no inspection is required but your best bet is to buy eggs from hens at a local farm that raises hens organically.
Chickens are not kep in cages but can be kept indoors. The Human Farm Animal Care program sets limits on the number of hens allowed in a certain space but there are no regulations on whether the hen must be fed organically.
You should also know that there is no difference between white eggs and brown eggs. White eggs come from chickens with white feathers and brown eggs come from chickens with brown feathers.
Woo so that’s A LOT of info. But go out and get your hands on some yummy, nutritious eggs. And maybe have ’em for supper if you’re feeling really crazy.