Did you know that there are currently over 300 million hens in Canada and the US suffering through lives of intense pain and inhumane confinement. All with the goal of putting eggs on your table.
Hens often spend their entire lives in small cages shared with 5 or 6 other birds, working out to a space the size of an iPad to themselves. Compare this to what it would be like for you to live with 10 other humans in a space the size of an average elevator. Cramped and Claustrophobic come to mind.
They are stacked in rows filling big dark warehouses. Hens are intelligent, social animals yet they spend their lives unable to spread their wings or even turn around. This leads to their bones becoming brittle, and they are bruised, battered and some cannot even stand.
This is not the case for Hens lucky enough to live out their lives on cage-free farms. They are able walk around, stretch out their wings and do all the things hens like to do, such as dust bathe, peck at the ground and more. They are happier and much healthier hens. Cage-free flocks even have a much lower incidence of Salmonella contamination.
For more information about why you should choose Cage-Free Eggs please visit the WSPA Choose Cage Free Website and take a moment to Sign the Pledge to Choose Cage-Free!
I wanted to really show off what Hens left alone to do Hen things could make… gorgeous Eggs! What better way to make use of these golden treasures than a delicious Quiche filled with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
I didn’t use any herbs or spices as the ingredients, especially the Eggs, really speak for themselves and come together for a creamy, savoury party in your mouth. It’s also kind of pretty too, don’t you think?
Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Pearl Onion Quiche
1 prebaked 9-inch (23 cm) deep-dish pie shell
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup asparagus, chopped into 1 inch pieces, tops reserved
1 Cup Red Pearl Onions, whole (peeled)
4 oz Goat Cheese, torn
4 Cage-Free Eggs
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) half-and-half (10%)
Salt & Pepper
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Saute Onions until softened, about 3 minutes, then add the asparagus stalks for a further 3 minutes until they start to soften.
Spread the vegetables in the bottom of the prepared crust then sprinkle the goat cheese over the mixture.
Whisk together eggs, half and half, salt and pepper then pour over the vegetables.
Place the reserved asparagus tops on top of the egg mixture.
Bake at 350 F, uncovered about 40 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Allow Quiche to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
- 1 prebaked 9-inch deep-dish pie shell 23 cm
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 cup asparagus chopped into 1 inch pieces, tops reserved
- 1 Cup Red Pearl Onions peeled, whole
- 4 oz Goat Cheese torn
- 4 Cage-Free Eggs
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half 375 mL, 10%
- Salt & Pepper
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Saute Onions until softened, about 3 minutes, then add the asparagus stalks for a further 3 minutes until they start to soften.
- Spread the vegetables in the bottom of the prepared crust then sprinkle the goat cheese over the mixture.
- Whisk together eggs, half and half, salt and pepper then pour over the vegetables.
- Place the reserved asparagus tops on top of the egg mixture.
- Bake at 350 F, uncovered about 40 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Allow Quiche to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Choose Cage-Free is an initiative by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to educate consumers about the real living conditions of hens in cages. They are empowering everyone to commit to cage-free eggs and are working in partnership with farmers and businesses to adopt cage-free practices. By taking action – by making a pledge and buying cage-free every time – we can all create change and improve the lives of millions of hens. Change is possible.
Make sure you Sign the Pledge to Choose Cage-Free, and encourage your family and friends to do the same!
What is you favourite recipe that showcases Eggs?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.