Did you know that East Indian history indicates that wild fowl were domesticated as early as 3200 B.C. Egyptian and Chinese records show that fowl were laying eggs for man in 1400 B.C. and Europe has had domesticated hens since 600 B.C. There were native fowl in North American before Columbus, but it is believed that he brought the first chickens related to those now in egg production on his second trip to America.
Through the years egg farms have evolved from small backyard systems to provide the family with eggs to the huge commercial egg farms of today.
There were many advances and improvements in how the chickens were housed and fed from the 1900’s to the present. Today there are around 300 million laying birds in the U.S. Each bird lays from 250 to 300 eggs a year which brings the U.S. egg production to around 75 billion eggs per year or 10% of the world egg production.
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods in the world, containing a little bit of almost every nutrient you need. On top of that, eggs are cheap, easy to prepare, go with almost any food and are quite tasty!
How Do You Like Your Eggs?
You can eat eggs for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can be boiled, poached, fried, scrambled or end up in a breakfast casserole, quiche, salad or omelet; the possibilities are huge! You probably have a favorite way to fix your eggs, but may I tempt you with some of these recipes I found?
Freeze and Reheat Breakfast Burritos
Not only do these burritos look good, but I love that you can make up a big batch and pop them in the freezer for those busy mornings when you don’t have much time to fix anything. They have bacon, eggs, frozen hash browns, cheese and flour tortillas. You just cook the ingredients separately and then layer them on large flour tortillas, then roll them up burrito -style, wrap in foil and pop them in the freezer. When you are ready to reheat one, remove the foil and zap it in the microwave for one to two minutes. Check out the recipe by clicking here.
Egg-Drop Noodle Soup
This recipe uses quick-cooking ramen and store-bought chicken broth to make a classic Chinese restaurant favorite. It is super simple to put together for a quick lunch or light dinner. If you can boil water, you can make this soup! Click here to view the recipe.
Huevos Rancheros Salad
Just picture this: fresh salad greens topped with black bean salsa, a fried egg, crumbled queso fresco, more salsa and toasted tortillas. This dish could be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I will be trying this recipe, and I may or may not have a margarita on the side! Check it out by clicking here.
There are many more recipes featuring eggs out there, so please let us know if you have any favorite ways to fix the incredible egg!
– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!