Eggs are an amazing ingredient. They are a storehouse of nutrients. This makes them a great choice for the whole family. Eggs provide protein, vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great in fighting off infection. The Brewer Diet for pregnant women recommends starting your day with 2 eggs as a foundation for the rest of your day.
It is wise to choose eggs that are from grass fed hens. This means they have been free to roam and are happily eating bugs and grubs to their hearts content. When eggs from grass fed hens are compared to conventional eggs the difference is obvious. The yolks are bright orange from hens that have had a bug rich diet. Hens that are feeding on soy and grain will produce an inferior, pale colored egg yolk. They may cost a bit more, but the nutrient difference is amazing. It’s definitely a case of more bang for your buck. Even when choosing to pay a bit more for good eggs from grass fed chickens, comparatively they are an excellent inexpensive protein source.
We have really been striving to eat more eggs in our home and have been thrilled to find a local boy that started his own business through 4H raising his own grass fed hens. They are local, fresh and we’re supporting a young entrepreneur. Often a quick search on Craigslist in your area will put you in touch with some fresh, local eggs from grass fed hens.
Well, this week we stepped out of the box and tried something new. Quail eggs. They are beautiful and delicate, tiny little eggs! I had never tried them before and I had recently read how superior they are in nutrition. So I thought I’d give them a try. Like their chicken counterparts, they are a nutrient dense food, but I just learned they are over three times as nutritious and have up to five times the amount of iron as a chicken egg!
We purchased our first dozen of quail eggs at the Asian market. Traditional grocery stores aren’t going to carry them, you can check your local Asian market or if you’re really lucky you can find them from a local supplier. You’ll often be surprised what you can find once you look!
With my trusty 7-year-old side-kick at my right hand, we gave the quail eggs a try for Sunday morning breakfast. She was quite excited about their small size and how they were so delicately painted. Because of their small size you can’t just crack them like a chicken egg. We used a small serrated knife to cut into them from the side near the top, once the knife is half way through you can pry the top off and pour the egg out. We cracked a few into a bowl and got them ready to fry. We used a stainless steel ladle. You can use butter or a bit of olive oil to coat the ladle. Then we warmed up the ladle and slid the egg in to fry. It didn’t take but a minute for the egg to fry up nicely. We liked the yolks to be a bit runny. We made some small toast rounds, using a glass to cut the circle shapes. We butter the toast rounds then slid the fried quail eggs on top. This had been an exciting adventure, but how would they taste? They were delicious! Big Sister gobbled hers down lickety split and little brother ate his up too! They wanted more!! So guess what we had for breakfast this morning? Yup, you guessed it, quail eggs on toast rounds. I wish we had bought more. It was a success and I felt good about giving my family a healthy, nutritious start to their day.
Though you will find conflicting information about when is the right time to introduce chicken eggs to your infant, quail eggs may be a great substitute. Unlike chicken eggs, quail eggs have been shown not to cause allergic reactions. Babies love them because they taste good, bigger kids love them because they taste good and they are cute and tiny, and parents love them because they are nutrient dense. We tried something new and it was a success. It was a win the whole way around.
While we were considering raising our own chickens this spring, maybe we’ll consider raising quail. Hmm..something else for me to research. What do you think?
This post is part of Real Food Wednesday!