Savor Our Seasons: Eggs

EggFlavorful Fact: Humans aren’t the only creatures that are strongly affected by the absence of sunlight in winter. If hens don’t get 12 hours of sunlight a day, their egg production declines. At least 14 hours of light is beneficial for egg development, which is why hens are most productive in spring and summer months.

In my opinion, eggs are the perfect food. They’re versatile, delicious, full of nutrients, and beautifully packaged in a biodegradable shell. However, eggs have received some bad press over the years due to their cholesterol levels. Researchers are now finding that cholesterol in the foods we eat doesn’t have a very great affect on our blood cholesterol levels. Also, not all eggs are created equal. Fresh local eggs from chickens that were allowed to scratch around for bugs have higher levels of omega-3 oils and other beneficial nutrients. Eggs also match perfectly with healthy foods such as leafy greens. One of my favorite speedy dinners is kale sautéed with garlic and a soft cooked egg on top. These spinach squares satisfy that same craving in a bite-sized version that’s perfect to bring to parties or to serve as an appetizer.

Try this Recipe: Spring Spinach Squares