Last updated on January 6th, 2020 at 12:24 am
Hello SHJ True Believers!
Posting yet again… Do we call this a groove? Do we care? Did I open this one with a ramble? Either way I’m feeling good and the rust is falling off. This week I have another twist on a traditional favorite utilizing a fairly common superfood. This bout of creative impulsiveness is brought to you by the letter Egg, and my recent experience volunteering for one of those craigslist based human guinea pig for cash deals. They promised me superpowers, but forgot to inform me of my new scrambled look…
Now that I’ve warmed up your appetite, you all know the deal now, I’m a self taught average joe who’s been gifted a superhuman sense for what tastes great and I’m here to share my findings. Each recipe will feature a minimum of one of the elusive superfoods because what else do you think superhumans consume?
Today’s Superfood, that old body building staple. The Egg.
Our recipe today utilized the hard boiled version, I’m sure that picture of my new “look” is enough of a scrambled egg look for today. Be reassured though this will most likely be the first of many egg based recipes. Why do I say many? Well let’s take a closer look at the egg. A single hard boiled egg packs 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of healthy fats, and a loaded balance of micro-nutrients. Eggs also raise your HDLs aka the “good” cholesterol. In fact superhumans sporting a higher level of HDLs are less likely to have heart disease or a stroke. Not bad… not bad at all if you ask me.
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Now if you grew up a 90’s kid like myself you might recall a little bit of see-saw approach to the Egg from the nutrition/medical community. So it might surprise you to discover that eggs are indeed a superfood. This was because of concerns with the high levels of dietary cholesterol found in eggs. Well study after study has shown that while this is true, they’ve also shown that there is no correlation between the dietary cholesterol found in eggs and the levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol in a person’s body. In fact like I previously mentioned, they actually discovered that a diet high in eggs increased your HDLs, the “good” cholesterol. I’ll close out my egg-cellent love letter to our super protein with this final thought, the high quality protein found in eggs also helps with appetite control, leaving you feel fuller longer. Again… not bad… not bad at all
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Nutrition Pillar Info:
Pesto Egg Salad Kale “Tacos”
Ingredients: (Serves 3)
- 6 Hard Boiled Eggs
- 2 Cups Loosely Packed Fresh Basil
- 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Toasted Pine Nuts
- 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
Required Equipment: Either a food processor or a decent blender
- Fill a medium sized pot with water and salt the water and bring to boil.
- Ignore kids mac and cheese diner. Lets start there, it’s outside of your superhuman diet anyways =P.
Back to the important stuff. Once your water is boiling add your basil to the water and cook for approx 3- 5 minutes.
- While your basil is cooking prepare an ice bath. It’s as simple as it sounds, get a large bowl, fill with ice and add water.
- You’ll notice that your basil is done cooking when it darkens slightly. Using a strainer collect your basil, and move to the ice bath to stop the cooking process.
- Let the basil sit in the ice bath for 2 -3 minutes. Remove the basil from the ice bath and squeeze out any excess water. To fully remove any additional water, place the basil on a paper towel and squeeze again.
- Add the basil to your food processor along with your extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Pulse the process until you have a cohesive mix. Boom, you just made pesto. You can use this for a number of other purposes, but today this is your Egg Salad “dressing”.
- Now for the egg salad part, take your pre-cooked eggs and chop them as shown. You can boil them yourself, or buy them pre-made. I’m not judging, you do you, nutritionally you’ll be OK either way.
- Move the pesto from your food processor to your bowl with the chopped eggs, and carefully mix.
- For the “taco” twist, chop up a few cherry tomatoes and select a few kale leaves that you can use as a taco boat. Scoop out the pesto egg salad, and put them on the kale leaves, top with the cherry tomatoes and…
- Excelsior and enjoy 😉
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