What an Egg-cellent Way to Have Fun with Food!
If you live in the Toronto area you’ve noticed that we’re still getting snow. I do not know if someone forgot to let Winter know but its Spring’s time to shine! Today is the first official day of the Spring season. I am looking forward to the warmer weather, lots of sunshine and the wonderful variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Spring is all about new beginnings. Why not try something new in the kitchen?
Eggs are a delicious way to keep you and your children’s bodies healthy. Eggs build and repair body tissue and cells, help to grow strong hair and nails, build and maintain healthy muscles, and fight infections. They are the “building blocks of the body”. Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating 1 to 3 food guide servings of meat and alternatives (eggs!) every day.
I found this recipe on Egg Farmers of Ontario’s website (www.eggfarmersofontario.ca) and think it’s great. This simple recipe allows you and your children the chance to create your own Egg Salad Creatures. Serve crackers and crudité on the side and voila! A delicious snack.
Chef Lisa Ruscica
Chief Food Ambassador
Egg Salad Creatures
Serving: 2 Servings
What you need:
- 4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
- 1-1/2 tbsp (25 mL) low-calorie mayonnaise
- Salt, to taste
- 1 small cucumber, cut into 10 slices
- 2 cherry tomatoes
- 1 baby carrot, cut into thin matchstick pieces
- 1 1-inch (2.5 cm) piece of string cheese
- 2 raisins
- 2 slices of a small pickle
- 2 slices of olive
Egg Salad Creature Garnish
Hair: Grated or string cheese, grated carrots, sprouts or curly lettuce
Eyes: Olives, cucumber, pickle slices or raisins
Nose: Slice of gherkin, pickle, pieces of carrot
Mouth: Wedge of cherry tomato, carrot or celery stick or piece of cheese
Ears: Cherry tomato or sliced cucumber
Whiskers or Antennae: Carrot or celery sticks or sweet pepper strips
What to do:
1) Peel and finely chop all 4 hard-cooked eggs and place in a large mixing bowl.
2) Combine eggs with mayonnaise and salt to taste; stir gently together until combined.
3) Using a large serving spoon mound the egg salad in two round scoops on individual plates. Using slices, pieces or wedges of vegetables, cheese, olives, pickles, etc., make features or body parts, create silly creatures or faces.
4) To make the creature and face in the photo, use cucumber slices for ears or body scales; a wedge of cherry tomato for the mouth; pieces of carrot for whiskers or a tail; a piece of string cheese for a tuft of hair; raisins and sliced gherkins or olives for eyes; and a cherry tomato or small piece of cucumber for the nose.
5) Serve with crackers, pita, maybe even some delicious crudité, and enjoy!