My favorite breakfasts are always centered around farm fresh eggs; scrambled eggs with herbs, a soft boiled egg with lots of fresh pepper, or a fried egg with a simple breakfast salad like this recipe. Nothing keeps me full like eggs, especially when paired with some kind of fresh fruits and/or vegetables.
I first began my journey with fresh eggs was when I read about the health benefits of cage-free eggs and signed a petition to only purchase cage-free. After a drawn-out, non-stop ridiculous battle with my parents when I moved home, I quit eating eggs altogether when they refused to make the switch to cage-free. My days suffered; adjusting from 1-2 eggs per day to none took a toll on my mood, attention span, energy level, and more.
Later, a friend told me that you can actually search on craigslist to find local, farm-fresh, cage-free, organic eggs. I could not believe it! The second that I got home that night, I got on Craigslist, and sure enough I found multiple families near me who kept chickens and were looking to sell the extra eggs. After exchanging a few emails, I found one family who sold their eggs for $3 a dozen, which is the same price or cheaper than organic cage-free eggs from most grocery stores! I seriously was floored, and every time they drop off my eggs at my office, I cannot express enough gratitude.
These eggs are the most beautiful eggs I have ever seen. They come from hens who have names, who have the run of the property each day and are put to bed safely in their coops each night. The colors of my dozen are always a surprise, a wonderful mix of beige, brown, white, green and blue. Sometimes there is even a stray feather floating around. I always sit impatiently through the rest of the day at my desk, plotting the breakfast-for-dinner when I get home with my eggs.
The difference between these fresh eggs and conventional eggs is profound. The farm fresh eggs crack open differently, and the “white” part is very clear, never cloudy. The yolks are often so deep yellow that they almost appear to be orange. There has been research done that shows that the depth of color of a yolk directly correlates with its level of vitamins and other nutrients.
So, now that I’ve gone on and on about my crazy passion for fresh eggs, here is a recipe to help you enjoy them, if you can get your hands on some!
Farm Fresh Eggs with Rosemary Flatbread & Breakfast Salad
Time: about 10 minutes
~2 tsp butter or oil
1 piece of rosemary flatbread (We like Fresh & Easy’s)
1/2 ounce of soft herbed goat cheese
3/4 cup mixed greens
1 tsp apple butter
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
Melt butter or oil in a skillet over medium heat and spread around the pan. Crack the egg directly onto the center of the pan. Allow to cook slowly until the white has set, but the yolk is still soft. Gently flip to cook the opposite side, but allow the yolk to stay soft.
While the egg is cooking, mix together apple butter, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and pepper. Whisk vigorously until all ingredients are combined. Toss your desired amount of dressing with the mixed greens and top with pomegranate seeds.
Spread goat cheese onto the flatbread. To finish, gently place your fried egg on top of the flatbread.
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