Its "Unprocessed October" I am have been brain-storming ways to make whole-food and delicious lunches. Today I called on an old friend: the egg salad sandwich. Its one of those classics that everyone loves but no one makes. I think this is the perfect time to revisit. Here is my spin: Egg Salad, Pure and Simple.
2 hard boiled eggs
1 Tbsp of Plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp of unprocessed Dijon mustard
2 tsp of fresh herbs (today I used lemon thyme)
2-4 tsps of finely chopped shallots
rock salt and pepper to taste.
1/2 a piece of Trader Jo's Whole Wheat Lavash bread, (or another simply made bread.) For Paleo serve in lettuce cups.
Handful or wild arugula, lettuce, or mache
Home made pickles.
*NOTE: I like crunch in my egg salad so I generally throw in a small dice of whatever veggies I have available: cucumber, bell pepper, carrots, pickles, capers, etc. Chopped nuts can also be a nice addition.
*For an interesting variation try a curry powder, chopped apple and toasted pecans combination.
Hard-boil your eggs (See directions below for a perfectly hard-boiled egg.)
In a bowl mix together shallot, mustard, yogurt and herbs. Add the shelled eggs and roughly chop.
Fold the eggs and yogurt mixture together but allow it to stay course and not get too smooth.
If adding other veggies, fold them in also.
Serve over a salad, in a flat bread wrap or an open face dense rye bread sandwich. Add a spicy lettuce to contrast the creamy eggs and serve with home made (or fresh) pickles.
How To Perfectly Hard-Boil An Egg
1) Place eggs in a pot and cover with 2" of water.
2) Bring water to boil.
3) Once water boils, remove from heat momentarily and bring heat to medium. Place the eggs back on to simmer for 1 minute.
4) Remove pot from heat and let sit for 12 minutes. *NOTE: If cooking 5+ eggs, let sit for 15-20 minutes.
5) Rinse eggs under cold water. Ready to eat or save.
Yogurt has less fat and cholesterol then a vegetable-oil based mayonnaise. It can provide the creamy texture or moistness you are looking to add to a recipe. i.e- on tacos, in eggs, on sandwiches, in oatmeal, etc. Yogurt, unlike mayonnaise is a super food. Yogurt can help improve digestion and immunity with its pro-biotic content; yogurt is a rich source of calcium; yogurt helps increase the bio-availability of other nutrients, yogurt supports healthy re-balance after antibiotics and yogurt is an excellent source of protein.