This quick Pad Thai recipe is so easy to make at home you’ll have it on the table faster than you can order take-out.
Considering how many eggs our small family of 3 goes through in a week, I was beyond thrilled when the American Egg Board asked me to help them celebrate World Egg Day which falls annually on the second Friday of October. Throughout this pregnancy, I’ve been eating eggs almost every single day. In the early months, eggs were one of my primary sources of protein when I couldn’t quite stomach the thought of my usual chicken breasts or pork tenderloin.
To give you a quick background, America’s egg farmers created the Good Egg Project as a way to help educate consumers on where eggs come from. We’re talking every type of egg: cage-free, organic and conventional. Through this project, farmers have donated over 48 million eggs to feed the hungry in America since 2009.
So what is World Egg Day all about? It’s pretty simple: the International Egg Commission coined this day as a celebration of the incredible egg. The holiday gives us a fun excuse to raise awareness about the benefits of eggs and how they are enjoyed throughout the world. For example, Pad Thai, a classic noodle dish full of rice noodles, veggies and eggs.
I’ve been eating eggs my entire life but I must admit I think of them a bit differently as a pregnant woman and a mother of a growing toddler. In the past, I used to throw out egg yolks when making scrambled eggs but the more I became educated the more I realized how many vitamins and minerals are packed in those bright yellow yolks.
Of course, we also know that’s where most of the flavor lives so learning this was pretty much a win-win. Speaking of win-win, that’s a good way to describe this Avocado Egg Sandwich that I could eat every day.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or nursing, you may be interested to know that egg yolks contain choline, a vital nutrient that assists with fetal brain development and helps prevents birth defects. The National Academy of Sciences recommends that pregnant women consume 450 milligrams of choline a day and that nursing women consume 550 milligrams per day. Two eggs with yolks have roughly 250 milligrams which is approximately half of the recommended daily amount.
Need more reasons to consume eggs? They are also a good source of B vitamin, iron and protein – three vital nutrients that pregnant women need most. One of my favorite easy lunches is Fried Eggs with Cheesy Brown Rice, Beans and Salsa.
Friends, I hope you will join America’s egg farmers and the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry® Campaign in their commitment to help fight childhood hunger in America. Take the Good Egg Project Pledge and for every pledge made, America’s egg farmers will donate one egg to local food banks to help alleviate childhood hunger.
What is your favorite way to enjoy eggs?? Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!
Your fork is waiting.
Easy Pad Thai
- 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
- 1 can whole baby corn drained
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
- 1/2 cup fresh straw mushrooms
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 oz uncooked rice noodles OR vermicelli pasta cooked, drained
- 1/2 cup Pad Thai sauce
- Combine bean sprouts, baby corn, green onions and peanuts in medium bowl; toss.
- Coat large nonstick saucepan with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms; sauté until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Beat eggs and garlic powder in small bowl until blended; pour over mushrooms. Cook, stirring to break up eggs, until eggs are still moist but no visible liquid egg remains.
- Add noodles, sauce and bean sprout mixture. Cook, tossing gently with 2 spoons, until heated through.