You may or may not be aware of the problems that are going on in the United States of America right now. The problem is Eggs. Yes, eggs. There has been a huge recall of eggs that are contaminated with salmonella and it is a major problem.
Approximately 1,400 people have been made ill with Salmonella Enteritidis that has been linked to eggs produced from farms in Iowa.
So what does that have to do with us here in Australia?
Well this is what will happen in Australia if we do not start eating and demanding free range eggs from safe and healthy farms. Every time you purchase eggs for your family, make a healthy choice and buy free range (or consider looking into egg free options. Vegans will love me for saying this!)
Demanding the best from our food manufacturers is the only way we can be sure our food is safe from contamination.
So with this in mind, here is My Green Australia’s Egg Free Recipes! Enjoy these – they are YUMMY!
Egg Free Delicious Pancakes – thanks to Art Of Dessert
Note – I have made these personally a few times and they are FAR SUPERIOR to any pancake I have ever had.
Makes about 8-9 pancakes, 5 inches in diameter
Allergy Note: contains wheat and dairy ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup melted butter
Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil and orange juice. Slowly add in the melted butter and mix all ingredients together.
Pour about 1/2 cup of batter onto a hot nonstick pan. (This batter is tends to bubble up and thicken due to the baking powder. You can gently stir it to break down some of the bubbles to bring it back to a pourable consistency.) Cook until you see a few bubbles rise to the surface and it’s dry around the edges, then flip over to cook the other side until lightly browned. Serve with lemon and sugar!
Almond Butter Bread – thanks to egglesscooking.com
All purpose flour – 2 cups
Baking powder – 4 teaspoons
Salt – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – 1/3 cup
Toasted slivered almonds – 1/4 cup (optional)
Milk – 1.5 cups (I used 2% milk)
Almond Butter – 1/2 cup
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Combine the dry ingredients and nuts. Add milk to the mix and stir well to avoid lumps.
3. Now add the almond butter.
4. Mix well and continuously stir them.
5. Pour into a 8x4x3 inch loaf pan.
6. Top the batter with some toasted almond slices.
7. Bake for approximately 50 minutes.
8. Have this for breakfast with or without jam. Enjoy!
Moist Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe – thanks Foodtale.com
* All Purpose Flour 1 cup
* Baking Powder 1/2 teaspoon
* Baking Soda 1 teaspoon
* Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 6 tablespoons
* Granulated Sugar 3/4 cup
* vegetable oil 1/2 cup
* Hot Coffee 1/4 cup (1 tsp of coffee in 1/4cup hot water)
* Milk 1/4 cup
* Yogurt (I used plain non fat, measured it with dry measuring cup) 1/4 cup
* Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
Yield: One 8-inch or 9-inch cake.
1. Preheat the oven to 170 C. Lightly grease an 8-inch round cake pan and dust it with cocoa powder.
2. In a large bowl sift together the all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and sugar. Make a well.
3. Add all the wet ingredients one by one.
4. With an electric mixer, beat the mixture on low speed for 2-3 minutes until the dry and wet ingredients are well combined. Do not over beat it (I didn’t use electric mixer but only baking spatula to mix the ingredients).
5. Pour the batter in the prepared pan. Tap the pan a couple of times so the batter is spread evenly and there are no air bubbles.
6. Bake for about 30 min. Check the cake with tooth pick. Toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake should come clean whrn the cake is ready.
7. Once out of the oven, transfer the pan to a wiring rack to cool. After about an hour remove the cake from the pan and let the cake cool completely before frosting.
* Margarine/butter at room temperature 3 tablespoons
* Powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups
* Unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup
* Milk, fat free 3-4 tablespoons
Yield: About 3/4th cup of frosting, enough for one 8-inch or 9-inch cake.
1. In a medium size bowl add the margarine, powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Start beating with an electric mixer on low speed. At this stage it may seem to be very dry. Don’t panic. Wait until you add the milk.
2. Add milk little by little and continue beating the mixture till you get a nice spreadable consistency.
3. Now transfer the cake to a plate and start frosting it.
4. Cool down in fridge for at least one hour (the texture of the frosting will look better after at least one hour in fridge).
Do you want to do more? Here are 10 simple things you can do to change our food system (thanks to takepart.com)
- Stop drinking soft drinks and other sweetened beverages.
You can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soft drink a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably tap water).
- Eat at home instead of eating out.
Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.
- Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.
Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.
- Tell schools to stop selling soft drink, junk food, and sports drinks.
Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.
- Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.
An estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals.
- Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
According to the EPA, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the U.S.
- Protect family farms; visit your local farmer’s market.
Farmer’s markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer.
- Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.
The average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to your dinner plate.
- Tell our government that food safety is important to you.
Each year, contaminated food causes millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths in the U.S. In Australia we are slowly being introduced to GM corn that is unlabelled – so demand proper food labelling in Australia NOW.
- Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.
You can read more about the USA Egg Recall here at USA TODAY
You MUST watch this film to SEE WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM – Food Inc