This post featuring my classic gluten-free huevos rancheros recipe is sponsored by Happy Egg. Happy Egg Co makes premium blue and brown Heritage Breed eggs. All opinions in this article are my own. I also apologize in advance for all the egg puns. I can’t help myself. Please view my disclosures.
I’m excited to announce that Happy Egg is an official Good For You Gluten Free partner for 2019! As you may know, I only work with a select few brands, and I’m thrilled to add Happy Egg to the scramble.
On top of that, I get to share some egg-ceptional content with you today. In fact, in this post, you’ll find two eggs-traordinary things:
(1) You’ll first find information about the new Heritage Breed eggs by Happy Egg. These eggs are light blue and chocolate brown with light speckles. They will WOW you when you see them.
(2) You’ll also find a delicious gluten-free breakfast recipe below. I share my classic recipe for Huevos Rancheros, which is naturally gluten-free. (Please note that I can’t take all the credit for this recipe as it was inspired by my friends. More on that to come.)
First things first, we need to talk about the bold and beautiful blue and brown eggs from Happy Egg. Let’s get started.
Yep, Heritage Eggs are Light Blue and Deep Chocolate Brown!
Happy Egg Co. recently launched a line of free-range eggs that are light blue and deep brown. These eggs are stunning… truly beautiful. When I first time saw them, I was with my daughter at King Soopers and we both gasped. I opened the carton and my daughter loudly proclaimed, “Oh wow, they’re blue!”
Of course, the next question out of her mouth was, “How come they’re blue?”
I wondered this myself.
According to Happy Egg, the light blue Heritage Eggs are laid by a select breed of hens called “Speckled Legbar.” Inside each Heritage Breed Egg carton, you’ll find an assortment of both light blue eggs, as well as the deep chocolate brown eggs, which are laid by another premium hen known as the “Copper Maran.”
Happy Egg also told me that the hens are bred through genetic selection, ensuring that the best hens are bred in order to achieve the best quality eggs. Unlike most traditional egg producers in the U.S., where eggs are bred genetically based on how quickly a hen can lay eggs and which hens create the largest eggs, Happy Egg uses genetic selection to ensure the best quality, not quantity, measures so that consumers end up with the best quality egg possible.
Another interesting tidbit of information about these rare Heritage Breed eggs comes from Michael Kent, a Happy Egg principal. He said the very whitest hens (the ones with the fewest black-spotted feathers) can lay the deepest, darkest brown eggs. That’s because the color of a hen’s feathers does little to predict the color of egg it will lay.
Instead, Kent says the pigment of skin behind a hen’s earlobes is often the best predictor of the color of the eggshell (although still not 100 percent accurate).
And Look at those Amber Yolks!
On top of the new Heritage Breed eggs having different colored shells, the inside yolk is also a sight to see.
When you crack into a Heritage Breed egg (whether light blue or chocolate brown), you’ll find a deep orange-colored yolk.
My daughter couldn’t help but ask, “Why are the yolks so orange?”
Of course, I had no idea why, so I asked Happy Egg.
They told me the color of the yolk is determined by the hen’s feed. Happy Eggs are fed a “proprietary feed mixture custom designed for the health and beauty of the bird and the egg.”
While hens get most of their diet from their feed, Happy Eggs are unique because they are laid by the free-est of the free range hens. This means these hens are raised primarily outside on pastures, fields and forests, and they are free to forage for food and enjoy the great outdoors (they get to roam 8-10 acres of space). Naturally some of their feed will come from pecking for bugs and eating grass (aka, au-natural snacks!), although the majority of what these happy hens eat comes from the feed provided by Happy Egg’s farmer.
Free-range eggs have some nutritional advantages, which I discussed in my prior article.
How Do They Taste?
I know I eat with my eyes first, and that’s why I love that these eggs look dreamy inside and out.
That said, the Heritage Breed eggs taste slightly different, but only slightly. They are creamy and colorful – and they taste like an egg should taste, delicious!
The real story is, however, that when I eat Happy Eggs, I feel good about what I’m putting in my body. I also feel good about feeding Happy Eggs to my family.
I know Happy Egg hens are cared for and healthy, and I want my family to feel cared for and healthy too. I believe that people who eat food from healthy animals will be healthy, and health is the most important asset we have (and should never take for granted!).
Boring Breakfast No More
I love to eat a savory breakfast in the morning. And apparently my friends, Amy and Gerardo, do too. We spent New Year’s weekend with our friends in their family’s mountain home. For our morning breakfast (before skiing), they made us such a simple-yet-delicious huevos rancheros recipe.
I watched Amy and Gerardo at work.
Gerardo cooked up the refried beans using such a simple technique that I’m kicking myself that I didn’t think of it. He simply poured a can of black beans (with the liquid) into a saucepan, turned up the heat on the stovetop, and then began mashing the beans into a refried bean paste. Brilliant!
He then heated two corn tortillas (which are naturally gluten-free; always check ingredient labels) as well as some green chili salsa.
Amy sliced up an avocado and then went to work on the egg. She cooked the eggs sunny side up, first frying them in a pan for about two minutes, then lowering the heat and covering the pan for another minute until a light white film formed over the yolk.
I watched Amy and Gerardo perfectly layer each huevos rancheros creation.
First they put the tortillas on the plate, then they smeared the refried beans on top of the tortillas, then the eggs, then a sprinkling of green chili, and finally they topped it all off with slices of avocado.
I watched my husband and kids gobble up their huevos rancheros in no time, and I devoured my breakfast as well. It was the perfect and oh-so-filling breakfast before our day of skiing.
It didn’t even occur to me that such a savory and delicious Mexican breakfast staple could be 100 percent gluten-free!
Back at home, with a family craving more huevos rancheros, I went to work. I decided to create my own gluten-free huevos rancheros with my secret weapon: Heritage Breed eggs by Happy Egg Co. I knew the amber yolks from the Heritage Breed eggs would add intense beauty to this already colorful dish
Traditional huevos rancheros requires sunny side up eggs, (although if that’s not your thing, feel free to scramble the eggs instead). I scrambled the eggs for my kids and the eggs were so orange we couldn’t believe our eyes! However you hatch it, these eggs will make your huevos rancheros more beautiful and tastier than ever!
Learn more about Heritage Breed Eggs online. In the Denver area, you can find Heritage Breed eggs at King Soopers, Safeway and Sprouts. Across the country, you’ll find Heritage Breed eggs in Kroger in Atlanta and Cincinnati, Ralph’s in Southern California, and all Sprouts. Happy Egg’s regular Free Range and Organic eggs (in the yellow cartons) are at Sprouts, Kroger, Safeway/Albertsons, Publix and in many Walmart and Target stores nationwide. Use the Happy Egg Store Locator to find a retailer near you.
Gluten-Free Huevos Rancheros Recipe
Here is my “official” gluten-free huevos rancheros recipe, inspired by my friends, of course.
Huevos Rancheros is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish made with corn tortillas, refried beans, sunny side up eggs and salsa. I will show you how to make this authentic dish in just a few easy steps.
- 1/4 cup mashed black beans
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 2 large Heritage Breed eggs by Happy Egg Co.
- 2 corn tortillas warmed
- 2 Tbsp green chili salsa warmed
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 Tbsp green onions finely chopped (optional)
First prepare the black beans by emptying the entire can of beans (with liquid) into a small saucepan and heating over medium-high heat. Add Kosher salt. As mixture warms, use a potato masher to mash the beans and continue mashing until you reach desired texture. Set aside.
Heat a non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat. Carefully crack two eggs into the pan without breaking the yolk. Cook for 2 minutes, then lower heat to low and cover eggs. This will help a film form over the eggs. Cook eggs for one minute, then turn off heat and set aside.
Place warmed corn tortillas on a large plate, then add black beans, eggs, salsa, avocado and green onions (optional). Serve warm.
The eggs pictured in this recipe are Heritage Breed eggs by Happy Eggs. They are the free-est of the free eggs raised on pastures. The yolk is amber orange, giving this dish it's bright color.
Sunny side up egg not your thing? Scramble or prepare your eggs over hard. However you crack it, eggs are good for you!
For a lighter dish, serve with only one corn tortilla, or nix the tortillas altogether!