The ABC’s of Eggstra Easy Breakfast

Now that school has started and is in full swing, we are sharing this information from our friends at Colorado Egg Producers that will help you start the school day with a healthy, easy egg breakfast.

Whether your child is starting kindergarten or high school, all students need a healthy, hearty breakfast to start their day. Packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients, eggs are a healthy and delicious breakfast choice to keep your child energized and engaged until the last bell rings. Help your child crack open their textbooks by cracking open a few eggs each morning. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is proud to offer easy, healthy and kid-friendly breakfast recipes to help you, and your child, get the school day started.

“The start of the school year can be a hectic time for Colorado families. But that doesn’t mean we should forget about nutrition,” said Derek Yancey, Colorado egg farmer and CEP member. “Eggs provide growing kids with important nutrients and vitamins to keep their brains and their bodies strong. Eggs are also one of the most versatile foods. Whether your family enjoys a sit-down breakfast or breakfast-on-the-go, eggs can easily fit into your morning routine. Eggs are also a great option for healthy snacks and meals in schools, according to new guidelines recently issued by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service under its Smart Snacks Rule.”

Think you have no time for an egg breakfast in the middle of a busy weekday morning? Think again. You can prepare an egg breakfast in a snap. CEP and the American Egg Board recommend trying these fast, easy recipes.

Cereal Bowl Egg & Cheese Breakfast Burrito


• 1 flour tortilla (6-inch)
• 1 egg
• 1 tbsp. shredded Mexican cheese blend
• 1 tbsp. salsa

Line a two-cup microwave-safe cereal bowl with a paper towel. Press a tortilla into bowl. Break an egg into center of tortilla. Beat the egg gently with a fork until blended, being careful not to tear tortilla. Microwave on high 30 seconds and stir. Microwave again until egg is almost set, 15 to 30 seconds longer. Remove the tortilla with paper towel liner from the bowl and transfer it to flat surface. Top the egg with cheese and salsa. Fold the bottom of tortilla over egg, then fold in sides. Note: Microwave ovens vary; therefore cooking times may need to be adjusted.

Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble


• 2 eggs
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
• Salt and pepper

Coat a 12-oz. microwave-safe coffee mug with cooking spray. Add eggs and milk then beat until blended. Microwave on high for 45 seconds then stir. Microwave again until eggs are almost set (30 to 45 seconds longer). Top with cheese and season with salt and pepper.

In addition to providing Colorado students with a delicious, healthy breakfast, CEP wants them to learn about our state’s agriculture. Administered by the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture, the Agriculture in the Classroom program provides Colorado educators with fun, free resources for their students, including activity books, posters and new interactive Colorado Readers that cover Colorado’s food system, agriculture, natural resources and nutrition. The online interactive format uses quizzing and other activities to reinforce learning. The Colorado Egg Reader is full of information about eggs and chickens. Students will learn about the parts of an egg, the different housing systems and the various types of eggs that are produced using these systems. The Colorado Egg Reader will also soon be available in Spanish as well. Educators can visit to order materials.

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NestFresh on TV

Our commitment to sustainable, humane egg production on family farms doesn’t just make for happy hens, it also results in delicious eggs. From chefs to home cooks, people who care about the ingredients in their food choose NestFresh Eggs.

We are excited to share some recipes from chefs that love NestFresh. Check out the videos below for some great egg dishes.

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon

Eggs in Purgatory

Red Peppers and Eggs on the Grill

Grilled Burgers with Fried Egg

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3 Magical Ways to Amp Up Breakfast

After a good night’s sleep, the best thing you can do to jumpstart your metabolism is eat a healthy, protein-rich breakfast. But what happens when breakfast turns ho-hum?

Fuel up with nutrition and flavor for a day that’s nothing short of greatness. Check out 3 sneaky ways to amp up your morning protein intake.

#1 Egged Whole Grains

Make a whole grain-rich cup of oatmeal, toss a handful of golden raisins in and top it all with an egg over easy. An average of 6 grams of high-quality protein per NestFresh egg makes this all-in-one breakfast cup as satisfying as all get out.

#2 Nut’in But Butter

Not only do nut butters keep well in the pantry, but they also add a bit of decadence to every piece of toast. Spread a tablespoon of almond, cashew or sunflower seed butter on thick and dig in. We recommend having a few ready-made Mini Veggie Quiche Cups on hand.

#3 Unique Greek

Greek yogurt isn’t just for fruit and granola! Simply top your plate of pancakes with a thin layer of this protein boosting food or use it to replace the dairy in your favorite breakfast recipes. Roasted Beet and Tuscan Kale Quiche with Brie and Fontina Cheese or Whole Wheat Blueberry Coffee Cake, anyone?

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Tips from Our Winner: Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine

We’ve crowned the winner of this year’s Egg-cellent Baking Contest and have heard from so many people that love the winning recipe, so we thought we’d reconnect with the home chef behind America’s favorite Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine.

Get Nancy H.’s tips and tricks, and your Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine might be just as fabulously flavorful as hers!

1. What was the inspiration behind your Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine?

My recipe for Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine is an adaptation of an old church recipe I tried long ago. But because I’m ingredient conscious, I made a few tweaks. I love cooking with curry, so I added it to the recipe and once I did, I knew that fresh lump crabmeat would take the flavor to the next level!

2. During what occasions do you typically serve Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine? How do you serve it? Is it accompanied by any particular side dishes or is it a stand-alone dish?

Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine is perfect for luncheons, special occasions like Mother’s Day brunch, potlucks and casual family celebrations. It’s hot in Las Vegas, which makes it a great summer dish. Serve with a light salad or fruit for simple meal that doesn’t require much oven time.

3. Do you have any baking tips for readers trying your Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine for the first time?

My recipe for Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine is great because it gives you the freedom to really make it your own. If you don’t particularly like Gruyere, for instance, I suggest using Swiss cheese.

Have fun adding fresh herbs and spices you love, but don’t skimp on the curry! The beauty of this dish is that it has been known to convert even the pickiest of eaters who may not yet know they love curry!

4. Why do you choose to use NestFresh?

I usually buy my eggs at my local Whole Foods, and when I pick up a carton of NestFresh eggs, I know that they’ll be fresh. I love that they’re cage free and organic. It’s important to me that I know where my food comes from.

5. What is the value of using quality ingredients, like NestFresh, in your recipes? Do they truly make a difference?

Speaking from a health perspective, ingredients most certainly do make a difference. When you know that you’re putting good in, you can ensure that you get good out. Especially with a crowd-pleaser like Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine, I want to make sure that I’m feeding my friends and family a dish that I trust. A great recipe starts with transparency and truly quality ingredients.

Now that you’ve got the inside scoop, give Nancy’s Curried Crab Quiche Lorraine a try. Trust us, there’s a reason it won this year’s Egg-cellent Baking Contest!

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An Egg-Celent Recipe

Our first Annual Egg-celent Baking Contest yielded some great recipes from home cooks all across the country. We loved seeing everyone’s favorite recipes that use NestFresh Eggs and we loved taste-testing them even more! Now that we have compiled all of our favorite submissions, we can’t keep them to ourselves.

Check out our ebook and see a video of our winning recipe on our YouTube channel.

In our ebook you will find both sweet and savory recipes that will please everyone. Some of our favorites are the gluten free pecan brownies and the pear clafouti. We hope you love making and tasting these recipes as much as we did and we hope you find some new uses for your favorite NestFresh Eggs!

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NestFresh is Colorado Proud

You may know that NestFresh works with family farmers all over the country and that our eggs are available nationwide, but did you know that we had humble beginnings in Colorado? NestFresh was founded in 1991 when a family from Colorado wanted to create a company that reflected their views on animal welfare and sustainability. In our early years, all of our eggs were produced and sold in Colorado and we soon became Colorado’s favorite eggs.

Because Colorado is our home base, we proudly celebrate Colorado Proud Month every August. Here are 3 undeniable reasons NestFresh is Colorado Proud!

#1 We support the Colorado community as a whole.

NestFresh is just one food and agriculture company that is part of the Colorado Proud movement. The agricultural sector in our state contributes more than $40 billion to the state’s economy each year and provides more than 173,000 jobs.

By choosing local food, you are supporting the farms and families in our own state that produce that food.

#2 We support local farms.

Supporting local farms is a value we hold tightly on to. To us, working with family farmers means making a commitment to using farms that do so much more for their communities than produce eggs. They help to develop more self-reliant and stronger food networks, giving their local economy a boost acting as stewards for the land and animals under their care and making a social statement in the process.

Did you know?

By shopping for products you know come from companies built on a model of sustainability, you can make an even larger impression on your own community. NestFresh makes it clear that we care about the quality and health of our hens as well as the quality and health of our eggs, all while keeping our impact on the community in mind.

#3 The first Non-GMO Project Verified egg started right here.

Few topics in the food industry are as hot as the topic of non-GMOs. Non-GMO Project Verified foods are in high demand. Not only does a verified egg support the farming of natural soy and corn, reducing the amount of farmland dedicated to growing such GMOs, but it also ensures biodiversity and food security.

Did you know?

NestFresh pioneered the first Non-GMO Project Verified egg. It’s true! Check it out here.

If you’re Colorado proud, leave us a comment or tell us on Facebook!

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Egg farmers encourage Coloradans to buy local this August

Today, we have a guest post from our friends at Colorado Egg Producers about Colorado Proud Month, celebrated every August.

Colorado Proud Month, which takes place every August, is an occasion to recognize and celebrate all of the fresh food and produce grown by our own local Colorado farmers and ranchers. When Coloradans buy local, they are supporting hard working farmers, ranchers and producers throughout the state. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants to thank Coloradans for their continued support.

“There are many reasons for Coloradans to buy local,” said Vince Ruscitti, local egg farmer and CEP member. “Locally produced products are fresh, high-quality and have less environmental impact. Eggs are a great example. CEP is proud to serve Colorado by producing fresh, nutritious eggs right here in the state.”

The Colorado Department of Agriculture developed the Colorado Proud program to identify food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in the state. Colorado Proud Month is about more than purchasing fresh, local goods – it is also about supporting the Colorado economy. The Colorado agriculture industry is responsible for 170,000 jobs and more than $40 billion to the state’s economy. Specific to eggs, six local farms provide jobs for more 250 families and supply nearly $100 million annually to the state economy.

Every CEP member participates in the Colorado Proud program and is committed to providing Coloradans with many options for buying locally produced eggs. For example, CEP members are proud to offer consumers the choice between conventional, cage-free, organic, nutrient enhanced and brown or white eggs. These eggs can be found at most of your favorite Colorado grocery stores and served up at numerous local restaurants. To see a full list of where you can find Colorado eggs, visit the “Where to Buy Colorado Eggs” page under the Resources section of our website,

Colorado Proud has provided more great reasons to buy locally produced food:

• Seasonal diversity. Buying locally allows you to experience seasonal and regional favorites, diversifying your diet year-round.

• From farm to fridge. Instead of traveling from farms thousands of miles away, local produce is harvested and delivered immediately. Because your food spends less time in transport, it remains fresher longer.

• Support the local economy. Buying locally helps maintain jobs, sustain family farms and ranches and contribute to your state’s economy.

• Invest in the future. Buying local preserves the strength and character of communities for generations to come.

• Preserve open space and wildlife habitat. Buying local is better for the environment because it helps keep Colorado’s farms and ranches profitable, thereby maintaining open space and wildlife habitat.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate Colorado Proud Month with CEP:

• DTC Eats on every other Monday through September 12
You can find us every other Monday all summer long at DTC Eats, an event featuring lunches prepared by Denver’s finest food trucks in the Denver Tech Center. Look for the CEP logo on food trucks serving specialty egg dishes made with Colorado eggs.

• Colorado State Fair from August 26-September 5
Support CEP, Colorado Commodities and Colorado Proud produce and other local farmers at the upcoming Colorado State Fair at the fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colo.

For more information on our events and to learn about CEP, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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3 of the BEST places to picnic you never thought of

Pledge to make summer feel more like … summer #NationalPicnicMonth. Here are three ways to up your game this season by exploring out-of-the-box picnicking destinations that will blow everything you thought about the traditional picnic out of the water.

Destination #1: At the zoo.

For families, there’s no better place to take advantage of the warm weather than at the zoo. Lots of the animals are active and roaming about, there are often times fun family-centric events and it sets the perfect backdrop to an exciting picnic!

Your local zoo likely has picnic tables and shaded areas where you can enjoy a tasty bite to eat in between exhibits.

Destination #2: On the rooftop.

Find a way to escape the hustle and bustle of life with a picnic for two on the rooftop. Pack a Roasted Beet and Tuscan Kale Quiche with Brie and Fontina Cheese, a bottle of wine and watch the sun set as your cares melt away. It’s time to exhale.

Destination #3: At a local festival.

Summer brings with it lots of ways to get involved with your community. From state fairs to festivals that bring the best of your home town to life, they’re a great setting for a picnic!

Gather your friends and share some good times over a heaping helping of Pickled Egg Salad.

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In a rush? Breakfast is a must.

In an effort to help busy readers everywhere make a commitment to breakfast once and for all, we’ve rallied up a few tips to make your mornings run a bit smoother … Plus, one truly delicious recipe to fuel you for greatness!

A great day runs on more than luck. Give these three must-try tips a go:

Tip #1: Pack your bags. Organize everything that will be going out the door with you the night before. Whether it’s your briefcase, backpack or purse, stay organized by taking a few minutes to prepare for the next morning.

Tip #2: Wake up (just a little bit) earlier. By waking up just 10 minutes earlier than you’re used to, you can minimize the stress that sometimes comes with being in a rush. Time is a luxury, so use it wisely! Wake up slowly, enjoy a delicious breakfast (sitting down at the breakfast table!) and beat the morning rush.

Tip #3: Avoid the breakfast rush. Take some time at the beginning of your week to prepare a breakfast recipe that you whip up in a cinch. Read on for a Taco Sweet Potato and Spinach Egg Bake that you can choose to store in the freezer for up to four months or in the fridge for up to a week! What’s better? It’s delicious heated or chilled!

Taco Sweet Potato and Spinach Egg Bake

• 3 small (12 oz) sweet potatoes, coarsely grated
• 6 large NestFresh eggs
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp black pepper, ground
• 1/2 tsp taco seasoning, all natural
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
• 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (optional)
• 1 small garlic clove, crushed
• 1 tbsp jalapeno, seeded and minced
• 2 handfuls of baby spinach
• Cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 8 x 8 square baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl add eggs, salt, pepper, taco seasoning and whisk for 30 seconds.
3. Add milk, cheese, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno peppers and whisk to combine. Add sweet potatoes and spinach. Mix well and transfer to prepared baking dish and bake for 50 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve hot, warm or cold.

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