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5 fantastic reasons to eat egg yolks


By Shannon Crocker, MSc, RD, www.shannoncrocker.ca

Don’t skip the yolk!

Creamy, soft poached eggs with whole grain toast and a hot, frothy latte—that’s what my breakfast dreams are made of.

If you love egg yolks as much as I do, then you’ll be happy to know that there is plenty of scientific evidence that they’re super-nutritious.

Ottens Families

What would you like people to know about quality hen care?

“To us, it is all about providing the best care for our birds – it’s the focus of everything we do. It is important to provide water, food and a comfortable environment for our hens. It is our job to make sure our hens live a good and healthy life. When our birds are healthy, they produce safe, high-quality, nutritious eggs for Ontario consumers.”

Why did you choose this housing system?

“We chose different housing systems for our hens to be able to give consumers a choice in buying eggs.”

Corput Family

What is your family history?  

“My grandfather bought our farm in 1967 and he and my father milked cows until 1994. That year, we made the transition from dairy cows to broiler chickens (chickens raised for meat). In 2008, when I purchased the farm from my father, I decided to take on a new challenge - growing pullets.“

Chaudary Family

How did your family become egg farmers?

“Both of my parents were born in Pakistan. Before moving to Canada in the 1970s, my parents moved to Saudi Arabia and then to Denmark. My family settled in the Niagara region and bought our first egg farm in 1977. As a family, we continued to work and grow the farm. Before deciding to farm full time, I briefly moved to Louisiana to work on the resurrection of oil wells. After three years, I decided that being an egg farmer was what I wanted to do, so I moved back to the family farm.”

No eggs-cuses: zero reasons to skip the yolk

Did you hear the news?

When Weight Watchers© recently announced they had created a list of 200 zero points foods, it created some excitement around here. Especially when we discovered this change included eggs.

That’s right. Eggs are now zero points. Talk about eggs-citing!

What that now means is one delicious egg, which contains 6 grams of protein, 70 calories and 14 important nutrients can be added to your meal with no impact on your tracking. Plus, the proteins keep your hunger at bay longer. No more 3 o’clock binges!

Spice Cake

If you’re looking for a simple but flavourful cake recipe, give this one a try! Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg come together to spice up this cake just right, while the cream cheese frosting adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

Pumpkin Bread

This incredibly moist, but not too sweet pumpkin bread gets its flavour from a blend of fragrant spices – cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Cut into the bread and you’ll discover a rich ribbon of cream cheese that compliments the texture of this bread perfectly. Serve alongside a cup of hot tea or coffee for a nice afternoon treat.

Muffin Tin Strata

These flavour-packed muffins combine asparagus, ham and tomatoes for a delicious breakfast experience. This make-ahead recipe is perfect for Sunday brunch or a busy weekday morning.

Monte Cristo One-Pan Bake

A twist on the classic Monte Cristo sandwich, this one-pan bake combines the sweet flavours of French toast with ham and cheese. Whether you are planning a casual meal with the family or a fancy brunch with friends, this version of the “French Sandwich” will surely have your guests asking for seconds.

Egg Calzone

Pizza isn’t just for dinner anymore! This Egg Calzone takes all the wonderful, familiar flavours of pizza and folds them into an omelette “calzone,” making this dish an instant hit with kids and adults alike. Serve additional pizza sauce on the side for dipping.

Egg & Mushroom Tartine

Don’t be intimidated by the fancy name of this easy to make dish. Simply put, tartine means open-faced sandwich. This Egg and Mushroom Tartine combines some wonderful textures and flavours – umami-rich mushrooms, salty whipped feta, and soft egg yolk – all on a simple piece of toasted bread.

Churro French Toast Roll Ups

A fun and easy take on the classic Mexican dessert, churros. Delicious cinnamon butter makes for a sweet surprise in the centre of these rolls which are dipped in egg, fried in a pan and sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar. Served with a side of maple syrup or melted chocolate, this dish is like eating dessert for breakfast!

Chocolate Lava Cake

These decadent and rich Chocolate Lava Cakes are easy to make and even easier to enjoy! Their warm, molten centres make for a melt-in-your mouth experience that will surely impress any guest. Serve with vanilla ice cream for a beautiful contrast in temperatures.

Chicken Egg Foo Yung

Skip the takeout line and try this easy homemade Chicken Egg Foo Yung. This “fluffy egg pancake” combines chicken, mushrooms, bean sprouts and bok choy, topped with a simple and flavourful sauce. A sprinkle of sliced green onions tops it off to perfection.

Butter Tart Squares

A simpler take on the classic Canadian butter tart. These squares feature a sweet and gooey filling that is complimented perfectly by a crisp shortbread crust. Take these squares up a notch by adding chopped pecans or raisins.

Breakfast Burrito

Looking for a breakfast recipe the whole family will love? A savoury mix of scrambled eggs, black beans, corn, peppers and tomatoes come together, wrapped up tight in a whole wheat tortilla - perfect for busy mornings and families on the go. Serve alongside fresh fruit or a glass of orange juice for breakfast, or with a side salad for a quick dinner.

Sweet Potato Hash

This super easy Sweet Potato Hash is prepared, baked, and served on one pan! This complete breakfast is veggie rich and full of protein, making it a hearty and satisfying way to start the day. It makes a great dinner too!

Let's talk yolk colour

We’ve been there too.

You come home from the grocery store to crack open a new dozen of eggs, only to notice that instead of the sunny-side-up yellow yolk you’re used to, you see a pale looking yellow.

So what’s the deal? Why is this yolk such a different colour? Is one colour better to eat than the other? Should I be buying a different type of egg?

These are all valid questions, and luckily, they are all fairly easy to answer.

The most simple and straightforward answer: Go ahead with your breakfast.

Seven slow-cooker recipes that will warm your soul (and stomach)

With fall in full swing and the cool weather taking over, it’s time to celebrate our favourite time of year: slow cooker season!

We love the ‘set it and forget it’ lifestyle, so much so that we wanted to share some of our go-to recipes, so that after a long day of not wondering what to eat for dinner, you can enjoy the spoils of the slow cooker.

Homemade pet treats for the fur baby in your life

Good nutrition is as important for pets as it is for people.

Treats can be a healthy part of your dog, cat or horse’s diet…and they love them as much as we humans do. Most veterinarians recommend that treats make up no more than 10% of a pet’s diet. It is best to offer your pet only healthy, nutritious treats and avoid high fat or high sugar ones.