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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Chicken Tracks: Nature's Eggs at Hasty Acres

According to the American Egg Board,

"Eggs are a naturally nutrient-dense food, which means they have a high proportion of nutrients to calories. One large egg has only 75 calories and provides 13 essential nutrients in varying amounts. Eggs are an excellent source of choline and a good source of the highest quality protein and riboflavin. Many of the egg’s incredible nutrients are found in the egg yolk, including choline, folate, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin D. The yolk also includes healthy monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats and almost half of the high-quality protein found in eggs."

Mother Earth News says that hens - such as the spoiled girls at Hasty Acres, may be 'better than the average bear', (in egg-speak!):
"Eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 1⁄3 less cholesterol
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene"

The following American Egg Board site gives egg recipes. One particular recipe looked yummy enough to munch off the page:

Breakfast Biscuit Quiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Makes: 10 mini quiches

What You Need

2/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped ham
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
2 Tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 pkg. (12 oz.; 10 biscuits) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Here’s How
1. HEAT oven to 350°F. COMBINE cheese, ham and green onions in small bowl; mix well. BEAT eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until blended.
2. SEPARATE biscuits; press or roll each into a 5-inch round on lightly floured surface. PLACE 1 biscuit in each of 10 greased muffin cups, leaving the 2 cups in center of pan empty. PRESS biscuits firmly against bottom and sides of cups and form rim at top.
3. SPOON 2 Tbsp. cheese mixture into each cup. POUR IN egg mixture, dividing evenly.
4. BAKE in center of 350°F oven until filling is set and biscuits are deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. REMOVE from pan; serve warm.

Please let us know here on trails of nature, your success (or not) with this recipe. We want to know what our readers think.

We truly enjoy our 'girls' here at Hasty Acres. If you are in an area that allows keeping of hens, give some thought to raising 3 or 4 of them for your improved diet and added enjoyment of life.

Next time on Chicken Tracks, we'll look at some of the popular breeds and their different rates of egg production.

Have to run and throw my pretties some vegetable leftovers from last night's soup.

"HURRY UP! Mom's got scraps!"

"I'm first!"

Til next time, Nature prevails.


  1. That breakfast quiches sounds so good made me hungry just reading the ingredients. I am going to have to try this. carol

  2. I know what you mean Carol. They are on tomorrow morning's menu at Hasty Acres.

    Please let us know how they turn out.



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