We love eggs in this house. Seriously love them. And we eat a lot them! Like….A. LOT. OF. EGGS. I typically buy at least three dozen a week. (And there are only 4 of us!) We absolutely enjoyed raising our own backyard chickens for lots and lots of years, but since we live in a subdivision, that got a little messy. And we sadly had to let them go. We do miss our girls. They were so fun. They would run around our yard and the kids would play with them. I miss going outside and collecting fresh eggs every day. The kids really liked them as pets, and I loved knowing what I was feeding them and how they were being treated, since they were making us breakfast. They laid the most beautiful, delicious eggs.
Sadly, it’s back to grocery store eggs for us. Which can honestly be pretty confusing. I mean… caged, cage-free, pasture raised, free range, vegetarian. So many words and different label claims can make it challenging for anyone to decide which eggs are best. After hatching and raising my own chickens for years, I feel like I know the lingo, but I still have to pause at the store because it’s so confusing!
Did you know the even though the words “cage-free” sound like the most humane way to raise chickens, these eggs, in fact, are coming from hens that spend their entire lives crammed inside a barn without seeing the light of day. That is so sad!! And I don’t want to eat that egg. Not after I’ve seen and tasted the difference in our own eggs.
So, I’ve been absolutely thrilled to find the the happy egg co.! I hadn’t seen them before, but now I can’t miss them with their pretty yellow carton and their even more yellow yolks! It’s a true free range egg brand. Their mission is to make humanely raised eggs available to EVERYONE and they are committed to clarity and honesty with their consumers!
The the happy egg co. eggs come from hens that live on farms and have access to EIGHT acres of open pasture where they can run, jump, flap and play outdoors every day on grass, dirt, sand and trees. Happy hens lay the best eggs and it is easy to see and taste the difference when you eat an egg from a less stressed, happier hen that has been able to live a more natural life. Just like our sweet girls when we had them.
Since we’re on the go a lot, I love simple, portable and convenient breakfasts, lunches and snacks around here. Eggs are perfect for this, they pack a portion punch that keep this family full longer.
Pro Tip: I always start our week by hard boiling and peeling a bunch of eggs to use for the whole week. (Perfect to chop up over a salad, deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches and quick snacks.)
For perfect hard boiled eggs …. cover them in a pot with cold water. Add some salt and a splash of vinegar. Gently bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover the pot and let it sit for 10 minutes. Stop the cooking by placing them in ice water. Done! Perfect, easy to peel hard boiled eggs every time.
Pro Tip: I keep a container of regular peeled, hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for my people to grab and go. So simple. (My husband takes advantage of this container every morning for breakfast, since he leaves at 5:00 am for work, and doesn’t have time for breakfast at the house.)
OK. So lets get on to the recipe! We’ve been trying to eat less carbs and more protein. I absolutely LOVE this smoky egg salad wrapped up in crunchy lettuce leaf. My kids eat them up and even prefer eating egg salad this way, now.
Smoky BLT Egg Salad Wraps
- 8 hard boiled the happy egg co. eggs
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- Dash of garlic powder
- Dash of smoked paprika
- Dash of liquid smoke
- Salt and ground pepper to taste
- Lettuce leaves
- Grape tomatoes
- Bacon bits (Pro Tip: Buy these from the salad bar section of your grocery store, fresh made and delicious!)
- Peel and chop eggs. Transfer them to a large bowl.
- Add mayonnaise, mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings and mayo to your preferences. Finally add a dash of the liquid smoke. This adds a delightfully interesting and smoky favor. Cover and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Open a large lettuce leaf, add the salad and sprinkle with halved grape tomatoes and bacon bits! So crunchy, smokey, creamy and delicious. This is also great on bread or served with crackers.
For lunch on the go, I took a cue from our local sub place and wrap our egg salad- filled lettuce in a piece of parchment paper. So simple!
How do you like your egg salad? What interesting additions do you add?