Brown or green eggs: These colored eggs can be found with pastured eggs frequently. They do not carry extra nutriton. The color of the eggs is determined by the hen's breed.
Organic eggs: Hens are fed organic feed and not given antibiotics or hormones. The hens are not necessarily roaming freely, though. They could be cooped up (pardon the pun) in very tight quarters.
Cage free eggs: The chickens are not caged but not outside either.
Pasteurized eggs: These eggs have been exposed to high temperatures to ward off microorganisms that could cause infection.
It is important to note that you must not assume favorable hen living conditions with the labeling. For example, even though the label of the eggs may say certified organic or from uncaged or free-range hens, this does not equate with access to the outdoors or to pasture with lots of room to move about.
Which are the Healthiest Eggs to Eat?
- 5 times more vitamin D
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
Where to Find Pastured EggsEven a year ago, pastured eggs could not be found in most large grocery store chains, making it inconvenient for some to purchase them. However, many stores are carrying them because of demand. Farmers' markets almost always have sellers as well that carry them, but they may cost more. How much more depends on where you live. Besides perusing your local farmers' markets, you can check out the Eat Wild and Local Harvest websites to look for pastured eggs in your area that you can easily order from or pick up regularly.
Eggs for One . . . Or a CrowdThis method of cooking eggs is so easy, filling and delicious! Treat yourself one morning (or treat others, too, by multiplying the recipe) and share for a brunch or even a light dinner.
Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Oregano Pita Crisps
One Serving (or multiply as needed)
- 1 pastured egg
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon Parmesan Reggiano
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil, minced
- smidgen of olive oil
- 1 small whole wheat pita bread cut into quarters
- 1 teaspoon butter with a drizzle of olive oil over it
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced or dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon of fresh garlic, minced
Now do this
For eggs . . .
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Coat ramekin with olive oil.
- Pour tomato sauce into ramekin,
- Crack egg and gently slide egg on top of tomato sauce.
- Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan Reggiano.
- Sprinkle with fresh herbs of choice.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until egg white is firm but yolk is soft. Do not overcook.
- Mash butter, olive oil and garlic together.
- Sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt.
- Sprinkle with oregano.
- Spread mixture over whole wheat pita bread and place on foil or small cookie sheet.
- Bake while egg ramekin is baking until golden brown and bubbly.
- Serve with egg ramekin.
Make a Crack at ItIf you cook a lot with eggs or just want to look like you do . . . you may want to master this: cracking an egg with one hand. Watch this for some great tips.
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