Eggs

EGGS

Change your food, change your life.

Yes, it may be as simple as that. We all know that many of us are prediabetic because of our food choices.

Together, let’s share recipes that are common and healthy. Let’s learn from each other—life is much easier that way, don’t you think?

Note: Before making any changes to your diet, talk with your healthcare provider and a nutritionist/dietitian to discover what will work for you.

T = tablespoon

t = teaspoon

EVOO = extra virgin olive oil

c = cup

Egg Muffins

12 individual egg muffins

Prep time depends on which ingredients you put in, and cooking time is 25-35 minutes.

This is one of those recipes that has a lot of variations. What you put in it is up to you, but following are suggestions.

Ingredients

12 eggs, or 7 whole eggs and 5 egg whites. Egg amount depends on filling amount, which becomes apparent as you work through the recipe. Start with a dozen, whisked, and if you see that you don’t use it all, crack 10 or 11 next time.

Meat (cooked): diced bacon, diced ham, crumbled sausage, or any other meat you like.

Cheese: gouda, goat, feta, swiss, cheddar, or any other cheese that suits you.

Veggies: (diced and sautéed or raw, depending on the veg and your preference): bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, onions, cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half or quarters, asparagus, kale, or any veg that you prefer.

Add to eggs your choice of seasonings and herbs to taste: parsley, cilantro, oregano, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, or any other seasonings that are in the pantry.

Toppings: Salsa, avocado, herbs, whatever sounds good!

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or oil a non-stick muffin tin, or use silicone muffin liners. Fill each muffin cup about ½ to ⅔ full with ingredients you’re using (except eggs).

Pour in eggs to fill each muffin cup about ¾ full. The eggs will puff up during cooking.

Place muffin tin in oven and cook for 25 to 35 minutes, but check for doneness at 15 minutes by inserting a knife in a muffin cup to check for uncooked egg. Cooking time varies, depending on how much egg is in each cup.

Eat eggs with toppings of your choice and fruit on the side. Refrigerate leftovers in a closed container for 2-3 days, or wrap and freeze. To reheat in the microwave, warm one thawed egg muffin for 30 seconds on medium heat, or 1 minute if frozen. Timing depends on the microwave.

Shakshuka

4 servings

30 to 40 minutes prep to serve

Ingredients

EVOO (amount depends on size of skillet)

2 large onions, diced

4 bell peppers of any color, sliced into strips or diced, your choice

3 t minced garlic

½ t cumin

1 t thyme

3 T fresh parsley, chopped

3 T fresh cilantro, chopped, plus another 2 T to scatter on top when it’s out of the oven

6 ripe tomatoes, chopped, or 1 (28oz) can plum tomatoes with juice, chopped

Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

8 eggs

water

Directions

Note: If your skillet is not oven-proof, keep it on the stove with the lid on to cook the eggs.

Preheat oven to 375°F. In large oven-proof skillet over medium low heat, add oil to generously coat the bottom and add in onions and peppers. Saute until soft, about 20 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 1 minutes, then add spices, seasoning, herbs, and tomatoes. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste, stir for 10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Should resemble pasta sauce. Add water if it’s too thick and stir a couple of minutes. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Make 8 little wells in the sauce, and crack an egg into each well. Season the eggs with salt and pepper. Put a lid on the skillet and place it in the oven until the eggs are set, about 7 – 12 minutes. When done, sprinkle cilantro over the top and serve with a fresh green salad on the side. Hearty bread may be required to sop up the sauce.

Poached Eggs

This recipe for a simple way to poach eggs is racing across the Internet. We’ve tried it and it works perfectly.

You need a skillet or pot with lid that can hold 2” of water, eggs, a towel, and a slotted spoon.

Put 2” of water in a skillet or large pot and put on a burner at medium heat.

Tip: We’re looking for a simmer. It can be faster to crank the heat up to high and get the water boiling, then turn the heat down until the water is simmering.

When the water is simmering (has lots of tiny bubbles rising and popping, but not big bubbles), you can either crack individual eggs and slide them gently into the water, or you can crack one or more eggs into a container and gently slide them one by one into the water.

The key is to get the container or eggshell on the surface of the water before releasing the egg.

Tip: If placing eggs individually, start at the 12 o’clock position with your first egg, and work your way around the “clock face” so that you know which egg you dropped in first. Remove them in the same order.

Once all of your eggs are in, put a tight lid on the skillet or pot and turn off the heat. Come back in six minutes and gently scoop up each egg with the slotted spoon.

Some of the whites of the eggs will remain in the water, which is fine. Holding the spoon in one hand, tilt it slightly toward a towel held in your other hand, to get rid of excess water.

Place your lovingly poached eggs on a salad, or whole grain toast, or just a plate.

No vinegar, no swirling, no salt in the water. It’s easy!

Play with the timing if you find the yolks are not runny enough, or too runny.

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