Mommy Greenest Approved: Blue Sky Family Farms Pasture Raised & Free Range Eggs

free range eggs in a crate held by a woman on a farmWhat’s the difference between caged and cage-free hens? Not much. The animals still spend their entire lives packed into a barn with hundreds of other hens, living their lives in just one square foot of space, on average. But because the public believes that cage-free is better, companies like McDonalds, Starbucks and Costco have embraced plans to phase out caged and heavily market cage-free eggs. As the egg-heavy Easter and Passover season is just around the corner, it’s important to know what you’re buying into when it comes to your eggs–and why pasture raised and free range eggs are better.

It’s important to know exactly why pasture raised and free range eggs are best.

This year, I’ll be buying Blue Sky Family Farms certified GMO-free and organic pasture raised and free range eggs, which are sold in more than 750 grocery and specialty stores nationwide. In contrast to conventional caged production, in which chickens are confined to group cages that give them as little as eight inches of space per bird, Blue Sky’s new 10-acre pasture raised and free range egg production facility in Fort Wayne, Ind. gives them room to move. Each hen lives in about 21 square feet of outdoor space, where they can forage, scratch, perch, nest and flap their wings—natural behaviors for birds that are prohibited in caged and even cage-free environments. Check out these happy chickens!

Proudly trumpeting their “ethical eggs for the humane race” tagline, Blue Sky Family Farms is certified to achieve the highest Humane Farm Animal Care “Certified Humane” standards. Their parent company, Egg Innovations, is the nation’s largest 100% free range and pasture raised egg company, which believes in “moving animal welfare forward and bringing family farming back.” (Love that.) All eggs are certified organic, as well as antibiotic, hormone and GMO-free, and hens are never fed animal byproducts.

But it’s not just altruism that has me hooked on Blue Sky Family Farms free range and pasture raised eggs. With thicker shells, creamier whites and rich orange yolks, these eggs just look and taste better.

Want to try? Enter to win a coupon for a dozen Blue Sky Family Farms free range eggs. And let me know if you taste the difference, too!

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Then, try this delicious recipe I discovered from Blue Sky—perfect for breakfast, lunch or (if you’re a Francophile, like me) dinner!

Mini Spinach, Mushroom, & Goat Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

Quiche is delicious, but it often includes ingredients like heavy cream, buttery crust, and high-calorie meats and cheeses. This mini quiche takes a lighter approach: It weighs in at around 245 calories—not bad! The recipe serves one; simply increase the ingredients to make it in quantity. I made 12 in a muffin tin and they were delicious!

INGREDIENTS
½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
⅓ cup sweet potato shreds
¼ cup chopped mushrooms
½ cup baby spinach
2 Blue Sky Family Farms pasture raise or free range eggs
2 tablespoons goat cheese crumbles

DIRECTIONS
1. Peel a sweet potato, cut it in half depending on the size, and grate it into large shreds.
2. Grease a ramekin with ½ a teaspoon of olive oil and press the sweet potato shreds into the bottom and sides.
3. Roughly chop ¼ cup of mushrooms and steam or sauté them until they are lightly cooked through.
4. In a small mixing bowl, scramble eggs.
5. Add the mushrooms and spinach to the egg mixture and stir until incorporated.
6. Pour into the sweet potato crust and top with crumbled goat cheese.
7. Bake on a cookie sheet in a 350° oven for 15-20 minutes until the egg mixture is cooked through.
8. Season with salt and pepper.

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Comments

  1. capucine says:

    I love an omelette loaded with portabello mushrooms and gouda cheese!

  2. Michelle H. says:

    I love them prepared many ways. Lately, I have been preparing them soft boiled.

  3. Emily Robinson says:

    I’m kind of a scrambled egg fiend (I may be adding some to my portion of the chorizo and potato hash my husband is planning to make tonight – he is NOT an egg person). But I did see this recipe the other day that sounded awesome: http://whisk-kid.com/2015/10/engaged-bacon-cheddar-grilled-cheese-egg-in-a-hole.html

  4. Christa Lopez says:

    I love scrambled eggs!

  5. Laura Royal says:

    I love my sunny side up!

  6. Linda Szymoniak says:

    My daughters would say the best recipe I use eggs in is my stratta that I make on Christmas morning (and have made for dinner and other times, too).

  7. My favorite are ham and cheese omelets. I also like sausage and egg burritos with cheese.

  8. My favorite way to eat eggs is a simple hardboiled egg snack.

  9. Carrie O'Brien says:

    Would love o try these eggs in the recipe above

  10. amybelle2001 says:

    I love making frittatas with different ingredients around the house. My family loves them!

  11. katie klein says:

    I love a good boiled egg. The hard part is eating it without my son stealing it.

  12. Cathy Oppedisano says:

    My fav way to prepare eggs is scrambled with cream or whole milk added to them to ensure they are rich and creamy. I like to incorporate veggies so that they are yumm and healthy.

  13. fried over avocado toast!

  14. over easy

  15. Eggs are such a versatile and economical meal starter. I keep hardboiled eggs in the frig which can make help make a lunch salad great or quickly transform into an egg salad sandwich.

  16. I have purchased these. They are great! I’m not a huge fan of eggs but my kids love them.

  17. My kids love eggs! I’ve never seen this brand. I just looked at the whole foods brand organic eggs in my fridge. They say cage free. 🙁

    • Rachel Sarnoff says:

      I think cage free organic is still better than conventional in terms of your health, it’s just that free range and even better pasture raised are better for chickens. So if we can find and afford to make that choice, let’s do it! But don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t.

  18. christine burd says:

    I like scrambled eggs best but my husband makes baked french toast each Christmas and , oh my, it’s eggy custard good.

  19. Best way to have eggs? In my homebaked organic cookies, of course!

  20. I like mine in a Spanish Tortilla, which is like a potato omelet.

  21. I eat an egg cooked with spinach and topped with turmeric every morning – I can’t imagine not starting my day with an egg!

  22. AminHumpley says:

    I Iove eggs sunny side up with buttered toast and dolloped with a bit of strawberry jam!

  23. My favorite way to prepare eggs is to soft boil them and eat them with a spoon and/or dip thin sliced of buttered toast into them as my family would do when I was growing up. I also love homemade egg salad, adding curry to the usual eggs/mayonnaise.

  24. You really can never go wrong with organic cage-free eggs! My favorite lately is eggs over easy on toast or possibly some egg salad. Yummy! Thank you for this great opportunity 🙂

  25. scrambled because it’s easiest

  26. Thank you for this blog post! I would love to try Blue Sky Farm eggs for free, but I will look to buy them too!

  27. Marlene V. (Enelram) says:

    I love eggs in baked goods!!!

  28. Katrina B. says:

    I LOVE deviled (or angeled as my grandma calls them) eggs! Of course my grandma’s are the best (and I seriously need to get my hands on her recipe), I haven’t met a deviled egg that I didn’t like. I’ve just recently had a “gourmet” version with candied bacon on top…OMG!

  29. sliced avocado on top of onion, leek, garlic, and shallot omelette

  30. That quiche sounds fantastic! Now I have my breakfast menu for tomorrow morn!

  31. leonard cannon says:

    I love eggs & really hope to win a dozen of these & be able to try them out!

  32. My favorite way to prepare eggs is as an omelette – with sauteed onions, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese, especially!

  33. I love eggs any way I can get them. Poached is my favorite!

  34. Sheila Chaffins says:

    I like to scramble eggs with lots of cheese.

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