The Spring Planting Season will begin hopefully tomorrow for us; this means that I'll be busy in the tractor, or running around picking up parts or seed. Let's just say, I'll be on the move and not at home much. It can be a difficult time to know what to have on hand in the house for food for my family, because I don't know if we'll just pick something up while out in the field, or if it'll rain and I'll be expected to make a meal for everyone. That is why during this time of year I try have quick ingredients in my refrigerator, pantry and freezer to throw together to make on-the-go meals.
One of those easy, on-the-go meals for my family is some type of "salad" sandwich - tuna salad, ham salad, egg salad, etc. This week rather than making my traditional egg salad, I got inspired by my friend Mary, of A Natural Soul's Chicken Salad and AE Dairy's seasonal Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese.
What I love about my friend Mary's Chicken Salad, is that she adds in whatever veggies she has around the house to her mixture. It is such a simple way of adding more vegetables to your diet, plus it helps clean out your refrigerator. What I love about AE Dairy's Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese, is that it's a great spin on a refrigerator staple of our house. It has just the right amount of flavor and zing. I wanted to find another use for it other than substituting it in my family's lasagna, so I thought, why not substitute the mayo in my egg salad for the cottage cheese. It worked out perfectly!
This Veggie Egg Salad is a great protein and veggie packed meal - perfect for quick, on-to-go (tractor friendly) sandwiches. Feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand in your house - carrots, celery, onion, pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. It is a great spring sandwich that also helps you clean out your fridge or use your garden's produce this summer.
Veggie Egg Salad
6 hard boiled eggs, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 of medium onion, diced
Combine the eggs and vegetables in a mixing bowl and then stir in the cottage cheese. You could also put the eggs and all of the vegetables in a food processor and chop til they're the size you'd like; then stir in the cottage cheese. This egg salad goes great on bread, buns, crackers, or my favorite Doritos... Serve immediately and refrigerate leftovers. This recipe makes six servings.
How would you use AE Dairy's Mr. E's Garden Vegetable Cottage Cheese? Share your ideas in the comment section and I'll send a coupon for a free container to one of the commenters at random next week! Remember to Comment for a Cause!