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Hard Cooked Eggs

Hard cooked eggs are a nutrition powerhouse fast food staple in my house.
Make them once for the week, and you’re good to go!

Breakfast on the go:
-hard cooked egg
-whole wheat toast
-fruit

Lunch:
-sliced hard cooked egg
-spread of soft cheese
-whole wheat toast
-side of veggies

Dinner:
-bowl of salad
-fruits, vegetables
-hard cooked egg, sliced into wedges or finely chopped

I like to have hard cooked eggs on hand for times when I am a.) running late in the morning b.) don’t have any other foods in the house c.) too tired to cook dinner

Of course, I wouldn’t exactly recommend eating eggs for every meal of every day, but you get the point! Did you know? Eggs are PACKED with nutrition including vitamins and minerals which can be hard to find in vegetarian diets, and the majority of nutrients are found in the yolk. (FYI: Research suggests one whole egg/day is perfectly healthy for those even with elevated cholesterol.)

Hard cooked egg TIPS:

1. Use older eggs. Hard cooking fresh eggs will lead to much frustration, trust me. If you can, use eggs a little closer to their expiration date.
2. If you would like to have the yolk perfectly centered, store the eggs on their sides for a few hours before cooking.
3. Steam your eggs in a steamer basket for 12 minutes for the perfect egg. Less time for a more translucent center (I LOVE runnier eggs in salads)
4. Immediately submerge the cooked eggs into an ice bath
with 1 Tbsp baking soda for 5 minutes. This will help stop the cooking process and make peeling easier.
5. Peel the eggs so they are ready to eat at a moments notice! Peeling is easier if it is started at the wider end of the egg, where the air sac is.

Thanks to Alton Brown for some of these great tips. BEST EGGS EVER :-D

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A cure for the Picky Eater

I get this question a whole lot: How can I get my picky eater to try more foods?

The short answer: get them cooking! (See below for cooking opportunities.)

The not-so-short answer: There are different types of picky eaters, but one common denominator is a short time spent in the kitchen, or with food in general. Catch their interest with different smells and recipes–even if they do not eat the food, their curiosity will start flowing!

Picky Eater Dos and Don’ts

Dos:
-Offer multiple choices (Broccoli or carrots?)
-Try to have at least one food they like at a meal
-Get excited about new recipes: magazine clippings, cookbooks
-Experiment with changes/substitutions to old recipes
-Make food shopping fun together
-Emphasize the positives (Like strawberries? That’s an incredibly healthy fruit! Way to go!)
-Reward children for trying new foods, and especially for liking new foods (remember not to use food as a reward)
-Make cooking fun. Designate days for cooking, or use it when you hear “I’m bored!”
-Eat as many meals as a family as possible

Don’t:
-Make eating time stressful, for either one of you!
-Use food as a reward
-Use language such as “ew, yuck, gross, barf” etc in the kitchen–make it a family rule
-Miss out on the bonding experience. Cooking can become a family tradition, and if it does, you’re likely to have a healthy family!

And the last “Do” is to sign up for an in-home cooking class for you or your family! Contact Marina at Ingredients for Health to schedule one on one time in your kitchen. Learn about nutritious foods, healthy eating patterns, and quick & easy grocery shopping. E-mail IngredientsForHealth@icloud.com for more information today! Also, visit http://www.MarinaStauffer.com.

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Photo credits:

http://www.superiorequipmentsupplies.com/culinary-school/childrens-cooking-classes/