Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Upsides to the Down Economy/ On Old Eggs and Iced Tea

Monday Monday... I realize it's not Monday, but Monday mornings I like to get a jump start on the week by preparing food and beverages for the week ahead. I brew some iced tea for my husband Zeke (with the handy dandy Ice Tea Maker Christopher got me for Christmas), whip up a pitcher of Gatorade for Christopher and hard boil some eggs for a quick and easy snack, mostly eaten by A.J..  Sometimes I also, make up a big pot of steel cut oatmeal, which I re-heat for breakfast throughout the week. Although it takes a little time and effort to prepare these items, it's easier to do it all at once, rather than making individual glasses of iced tea or Gatorade.  The hard boiled eggs- the incredible edible "perfect food"- are great to have on hand for an instant, high quality, protein blast.

To hard boil eggs: first try to use "old eggs"; eggs more than a week old peel easier. Place in a pan and cover with at least one inch of cold water. Let the water come to a boil (don't forget about them as I have done). Let boil 1 or 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Cover and let sit in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain, refrigerate and enjoy. You can eat them plain, with salt and paprika, devil them, or take out the yolk (the high calorie part of the egg), and stuff with hummus for a low cal snack. I sometimes throw in a slice of hearts of palm or a cherry tomato, for a little crunch.
   The old egg part reminds me of a story my mother told me about when her sister Cody was getting married in Tuscon, Arizona. She was helping my Aunt Lil was prepare food for the reception. Well, they were trying to make deviled eggs, but the first batch they attempted didn't turn out because the eggs stuck to the shells. So, my mom and Lil went out in search of some more eggs and wound up at a grocery store where the manager told them "Ma'am, I can guarantee these eggs are old."
Kind of like mine. On that note... happy Wednesday.

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