Tips for Stress-Free Cooking While More of Us Stay HomePresident's Blog
It’s amazing to watch Canadians support one another during these unprecedented times. I’ve seen and heard so many heart-warming stories about Canadians helping front-line workers with meals, songs and posts of solidarity; grocery shopping for friends or family members who are advised to stay in; donating to food banks to ensure everyone has enough food to eat; and checking on each other with daily calls and video chats to provide emotional support.
Our food supply plays a critical role for Canadians, which is apparent during this crisis. But we’re stronger together, and it’s great to see how much support and love can flow in this country.
We at Burnbrae Farms play an important role in maintaining the distribution of quality eggs to Canadian families. During this time, there’s been an increased interest in cooking and baking at home, and eggs are a central ingredient to so many delicious recipes. Perhaps you are making a weekend brunch quiche; teaching your kids how to scramble an egg; or experimenting with new baking recipes. Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to keep the flow of nutritious eggs moving across our country.
When it comes to food, it seems like everyone is at a different place during these unprecedented times. Some are cooking more often, others are supporting local restaurants by ordering take-out or dining in where it is permitted. And for social distancing, some people are having more backyard or park barbeques to keep everyone safe. . Here are some helpful tips, recipes and ideas that work in these different scenarios:
1. Cook outside! When it’s warm out, keep the oven off and head outdoors for dinner. From a simple outdoor grill in a local park to a beloved backyard barbeque, it’s the season of cooking with smoke and fire. Try some of our favourite backyard BBQ recipes:
2. Keep hard-cooked eggs in the fridge, where they can last a week. You can boil your own, or pick up our Burnbrae Farms EGGS2go! Hard Boiled Eggs , which are available in 2-pack and 6-pack pouches. Hard-cooked eggs are an easy, portable, protein-rich snack and are perfect for carrying to work or eating out of the fridge. And once they are cooked and ready, it’s easy to make:
· Unicorn eggs (a fun project for the kids!)
· Eggs snacks – like pickle-and-egg crackers
3. If you dine out most days, this “new normal” is anything but. You can certainly order in and support local restaurants, or you can try your hand at cooking at home. Here are some quick (under 10 minutes to prep!) and easy recipes for new cooks. From making your own breakfast sandwich to dining on a Morning blender boost smoothie, there are easy recipe here for all ages – including starter recipes to teach children and teens:
4. If you need options that are ready-to-eat right from the fridge or freezer, this is the list for you. You can quickly enjoy breakfast on-the-go; cater these to a loved one; bring these options when you’re heading to work; or have them packed for quick weekday meals. Try one of our varieties of Burnbrae Farms EGG Bakes! Crustless Quiches , frozen savoury quiches that are ready in just 90 seconds. Or, try any of these recipes:
5. From repurposing leftovers to making recipe substitutions, flexibility reigns right now and it’s important to be able to adapt. Did you know that Egg Creations whole eggs are the perfect substitute for shell eggs. They are available in Whole Egg and Fat Free Original, Cheese and Chive, and Garden Vegetable flavours. Or try Burnbrae Farms Naturegg Simply Egg Whites in 500 ml or 1 L cartons.
Stay safe, continue to support fellow Canadians, and know that we will get through this together.
President, Burnbrae Farms
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