I was making brownies when I had a moment cracking eggs that made me marvel about the engineering of that small oval orb. I did a little research.
Did you know that that egg has 8 different components to it? The shell is covered with as many as 17,000 tiny pores that air & moisture can pass through but keep out bacteria & dust.
There is an inner & outer membrane that is surprisingly strong. These also prevent bacterial invasion & keep the fragile eggshell from shattering into pieces.
An air space forms at the end of the egg when it cools after the chicken lays the egg. The air cell rests between the inner & outer layer & accounts for that little crater you often see at the end of a hard -boiled egg. The air cell grows larger as the egg ages.
The egg white contains over 40 different proteins & a separate component of the egg white actually holds the yolk in the center of the egg like little anchors. It keeps the egg yolk from bouncing around inside the egg so it remains intact. Amazing engineering, I think!!
There is a clear membrane that also protects the yolk. This is what cooks up when you like your egg “over-easy.”
Finally, the yolk…that delicious yellow center accounts for much of the nutrition of the egg supplying iron, vitamin A& D, phosphorus, & riboflavin. It also contains an emulsifying component called lecithin. This is what thickens puddings & mayonnaise.
With only 70 calories, the egg is a powerhouse of nutrition & can be cooked in so many ways, I don’t have time to address them in this short segment.
The egg is genius in its design, pointing to the One who created it in the first place.
ANYTIME BREAKFAST TACOS
1 lb. sausage (hot or mild)
6 eggs, beaten
1 (32-oz.) bag frozen hash browns
1 green pepper, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
1 onion, finely chopped
1 pkg. flour tortillas
Butter or cooking spray
1 jar picante sauce
Brown sausage and drain. Add hash browns, peppers, onions, celery, and eggs. Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
Top with cheese and return to oven until melted.
To serve, place tortillas, 4-5, at a time on a plate. Cover with a
damp paper towel and heat for 1 minute in the microwave.
Place a large spoonful of sausage mixture into the tortilla. Add picante sauce, if desired.
Note: Taco filling may be placed in crockpot on warm or low setting if you are making this for a large group or if folks are eating at different times.
You may also place warmed tortillas in a separate crockpot covered with a clean damp cloth on top to prevent them from drying out.