Karen's Eggs Benedict

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Valentine's Day calls for a special breakfast, and we at BC eggs are all over it. This version of a breakfast classic skips the rich ham and goes for something a little healthier-lean turkey and some fresh spinach greens add some great flavour (and nutrition!) to your breakast. Of course we couldn't help but drench the whole thing in blender hollandaise, which makes everything better. If you want to make things ahead, you can poach the eggs even the day before. To re-heat, boil some water in a kettle and pour a bit into a bowl. Slip an egg or two into the freshly boiled water and allow them to sit for about a minute before removing with a slotted spoon, draining, and using as usual. If you'd rather microwave the eggs go ahead, but be sure to poke the yolk a few times or you'll have exploding eggs in your oven!

A healthier take on eggs benedict

Black Forest Dessert Waffles

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We'll let you decide if chocolate waffles are for dessert or breakfast-either way, these are delicious! Not too sweet, they would make a great breakfast paired with yogurt and fruit, but we loved them best topped with chocolate sauce and ice cream. This homemade chocolate sauce from David Lebovitz is a quick, tasty version to make at home. Whip up a batch of these waffles for a fun Valentine's day breakfast and use the leftovers for dessert! You wouldn't want them to go to waste, right?

 

Dark chocolate waffles topped with ice cream make for a decadent dessert!

Vegetable and Cheese Omelette

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Omelettes are one of those versatile dishes that you can customize to individual tastes and make them as decadent or as healthy as you need. This one uses mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and peppers, but you could substitute some wilted spinach or whatever vegetables you like. Feel free to change up the cheese as well or add some chopped herbs.

Folding and turning omelettes can seem to be a little tricky and takes a little practise, but you can do it! The secret is a really good pan, having your ingredients all ready to go nearby,  and being patient. With a little practise you'll be whipping up omelettes in no time!

 

Load an omelette up with veggies for a great start to your day.

Lemon Meringue Cookie Bites

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Sometimes you just need a bit of sweet without the entire pie. These little bites give you a taste of lemon meringue without any guilt! Low calorie and wheat free, you can be sure to enjoy them as a light dessert or take them to a potluck to share with after dinner coffee. Tangy curd and sweet, slightly crunchy meringue melt together for the perfect bite.

Take note of the make ahead tips at the bottom of the recipe; you can easily make the curd one day and leave it in the fridge (or tuck in the freezer), then another day make the meringue shells and fill just before you are going to serve them. This makes things so much easier when you are busy! You can use any fresh lemons to make the curd, but try using sweeter Meyer lemons for best results. Bottled lemon juice just won't do, here.

 

All the flavour of lemon meringue pie without the guilt!

Eggs Tikka

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Need something easy and full of spice for dinner? With a can of tomatoes, a jar of curry paste and some eggs, you're on your way! The sauce is spicy without a lot of heat and using Patak's tikka curry paste makes things quick and easy. The great thing is, you can adjust the heat of the sauce just by adding or omitting a chili or two. Add a little cumin spiced rice and some warm naan on the side for a satisfying lunch or dinner.

When purchasing ingredients, keep in mind that not all canned tomatoes are the same; some are packed in a thick, full of flavour tomato sauce, while others are more watery. I prefer Cortina brand, but honestly any Italian brand is well worth it. If you can't find one and the sauce seems a little watery, a tablespoon or two of tomato paste will thicken things up nicely.

 

 

 

 

Spice up your weeknight with a quick egg curry.

Snowmen Egg Snacks

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These little egg snowmen that I saw over on Roxy's Kitchen were so adorable I had to try my hand at making them too. Snowmen aren't just in fashion at Christmas-if a snow day hits, spend a little time putting these fun fellows together to share for lunch. Roxy used small and large eggs, but if you are like me and don't have two sizes of eggs on hand, I found that using just large eggs worked too.

To make the head of the snowman attach to the body, Roxy suggested that you use a piece of dry pasta. This would be a great idea if you are serving the snowmen to young kids, who you don't want biting into a toothpick. Make sure to poke a hole in the pieces of carrot so that the dry pasta will easily fit. I used toothpicks because adults were consuming my egg snowmen. They work as well, but because my toothpick wasn't long enough to go all the way through the bottom egg, the head fell off occasionally when I moved it around.

These snowmen are really great as a lunch or appetizer, and fun way to get kids to eat something healthy. Watch "Frozen", make a snowman outside, then come on in and eat one, too!

A cute way to give kids a healthy snack

Eggs Florentine For Two

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Healthy eating in the new year doesn't need to be tasteless and boring-this baked version of eggs florentine tastes like a deconstructed version of spanakopita and has to be one of the tastiest things I've eaten in a long time. Garlicky spinach, salty feta and creamy eggs are a fantastic way to ring in 2015!  Instead of using the traditional hollandaise sauce which can be a little trickier (and calorie filled!)  to make, this quick and easy cheese sauce can be whipped up in only a few minutes with 1% milk and only a bit of Parmesan.

Serve these eggs with toast or a soft fresh bun to sop up any bits of yolk and if you are feeling extra decadent, bacon on the side is always a good choice. This dish can be easily doubled or tripled, just use a bigger dish to bake it in!

Spinach and eggs have never tasted so good.

Pasta Carbonara

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When the weather is chilly, sometimes you need something warm, filling, and a little indulgent to fill you up. This pasta is perfect when you only have bits of things left in your fridge and easily halved to serve two people. What I love about it is that the dish is so easy to change-swap out the bacon for ham or some spicy salami, add some sauteed mushrooms or green peas and skip the green onion. It's all up to you, really. Make it your own! The only thing that is non-negotiable is the cheese; make sure to use freshly grated Parmesan cheese, not the sawdust-like stuff in a can for the best results.

 

 

Pasta bathed in a creamy cheese sauce with bacon. How could you go wrong?

Candy Cane Kisses

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Sometimes you have leftover bits of chocolate or candy cane and need a way to use them up. These meringues are light, delicious, and flour-free! They are actually really easy even though they may look complicated. The trick is to use gel paste food coloring that you paint/smear onto the inside of the icing bag. Whip up a bunch for your New Year's party or serve them with chocolate ice cream for a fantastic treat.

Before you start, make sure that your mixing bowl and beaters are very clean and free of any oil or grease. This is very essential when making meringue, because any speck of grease will keep the egg whites from whipping up. This is why it's important to use peppermint extract instead of oil in this recipe.

Smearing food coloring paste inside the piping bag makes for pretty red stripes in your meringue, but you can also skip this step if you wish. If you're feeling adventurous, you can try using red on one side and green on the other, or green instead of red. A small paint brush or butter knife dipped in the food coloring paste works really well for this. Store the baked dry meringues for about a week in an airtight container, if they'll last that long!

Light and minty, these are a great way to use up egg whites

Avian Influenza: You Have Questions and We Have the Answers

At BC Egg, we appreciate that you have concerns regarding the recent Avian Influenza outbreak in the Fraser Valley and we want to provide with some facts to assure you and alleviate some of your concerns.

You may have heard about the recent avian influenza outbreak in British Colombia, and because of this you may have questions. In short, here’s what you need to know: 

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