Growing up in Germany, we always had very simple dinners. My family wasn’t very wealthy and dinner was sometimes very little. I remember many nights we ate pasta and ketchup, pudding or just plain pancakes. I didn’t know different, I had no idea that food at the time was expensive until I saw a friend’s Mom looking at the sale ad and telling me that a bag of potatoes, that was roughly 2 bucks at the time, was not in the budget for the week. That’s when I started to realize that all the dinners that my mom dished up were fairly simple and budget friendly as well. I loved them, who doesn’t like to have pudding for dinner, right?
One of the many dishes that she made and turned out to be one of my favorite is the Ham & Egg Pasta Dinner. When I was asked to participate in the “Recipes from Your Heart” campaign from Eggland’s Best, I knew I had to share this very simple, yet filling dinner with all of you.
The Ham & Egg Pasta Dinner isn’t anything I have seen here in Florida, and we usually eat it for dinner, although I guess it could be breakfast, brunch or lunch as well. It’s just one of those comfort foods that reminds you of home and it always does for me. Still budget friendly, lots of flavor and a healthy meal on the table, I bet your family will love it as much as mine does now, too and for me it’s always a trip down memory lane and for you it’s hopefully another wonderful Germany Dinner idea that I could share.
This is what you need for the Ham & Egg Pasta Dinner
- 1 Box of your favorite pasta, cooked
- 4 Large or 6 medium Eggland’s Best eggs
- 1/2 package of ham, cut into strips or cubes
- 1 oz of milk
- Handful of chopped fresh parsley
- Salt & pepper to taste
This is how to make the Ham & Egg Pasta Dinner
Cook your pasta per package instructions; leftover pasta would work great as well
Sautee your cubed ham with a little parsley in a pan, you can add butter or oil if you like, I have nonstick pans and didn’t use anything
Mix the eggs, milk and remaining parsley in a bowl
Toss the Pasta into the pan with the Ham, stir for a minute or two and then add the egg mixture; stir well.
Once the eggs are cooked and the pasta is nicely coated, dinner is done!!
That’s it, simple as that. This is such a budget friendly but flavorful dinner that if you have leftover Pasta can be done in 10 minutes or less and will feed a crowd. I always serve ours with a Salad and Vinaigrette dressing, there is just something about the dressing that is a MUST have with the dish, don’t ask me why, just try it!
Let me give you a few reasons why I choose the Eggland’s Best eggs over ordinary eggs at the store.
10 times more Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect body cells and tissues whether in the heart, skin, lungs, joints or elsewhere in the body. Antioxidants are nutrients in our foods which can prevent, or slow down, the oxidative damage to our bodies. Each EB egg contains 10 times more Vitamin E than ordinary eggs, which is equal to 25% of the recommended daily intake for Vitamin E.
4 times more Vitamin D
Vitamin D aids in the body’s absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. It is important for maintaining muscle strength, healthy body fat levels, and body tissue health. Each EB egg contains 4 times more Vitamin D than ordinary eggs, which is equal to 30% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin D.* (*based on third-party testing of ordinary eggs)
More than double the Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are classified as essential fatty acids because they are important for maintaining good health. Omega-3’s are believed to be beneficial for heart health, brain and eye function, infant development, and alleviating hypertension. Our bodies do not produce omega-3’s naturally, therefore, they must be obtained from food sources.
25% less saturated fat
Reducing the amount of saturated fat is recommended for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular functions.
3 times more Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is important for healthy protein metabolism, as well as cognitive, cardiovascular, and nervous system health. Vitamin B12 is needed for the process of converting carbohydrates, fats, and proteins from food into energy. It also helps form healthy red blood cells.
38% more lutein
Lutein is an important antioxidant that helps maintain healthy vision and overall eye health. Lutein may slow the effects of age-related macular degeneration, and it is an important nutrient for those who may be at risk for cataracts
For more information about Eggland’s Best be sure to visit their website, they have lots of delicious recipes available, too and don’t forget to friend them on Facebook or Tweet along on Twitter and if you are a Pinterest Junkie like I’m, you have to follow on Pinterest for some delicious dinner ideas.
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