Simple Recipe Plus News on E. coli

Food news – it seems as though there’s something new every day! And, that can be a good thing. The more we learn, the more aware we can be regarding our health. In the Davidson’s Safest Choice newsletter, I came across information about a new E. coli strand, but first we’ll look at the simple, healthy Italian recipe that caught my eye.

Simple Ingredients, Yet Delicious Food

“Looking for a new vegetarian option to add to your foodservice menu offerings? This light & healthy focaccia de bella recipe is made with fresh ingredients and simple to prepare.”

Yields: 12 servings [Serving size: 1/2 focaccia roll]

Ingredients:

  • 12 Safest Choice™ pasteurized egg(s)
  • 1 1/4 c marinara sauce, heated
  • 6 6-inch focaccia rolls, parbaked and split
  • 1 1/2 c low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 oz fresh basil, chiffonade
  • 1/8 tsp red chili flakes

Preparation:

  1. Poach each egg to order and place on a paper towel before plating.
  2. Brush 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce onto each slice of focaccia.
  3. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese over marinara sauce. Place under a broiler to melt the cheese until golden brown.
  4. Place 1 tablespoon of basil chiffonade in the middle of focaccia to make a nest.
  5. Place drained poached egg on the basil and top with a few chili flakes.

You “are sure to love the bright and fresh Italian-inspired flavors. And with more than 20g of protein per serving,” you’ll be full and alert. The red pepper flakes will add a bit of kick to this yummy dish, also. Do you have anything you would add or subtract? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Is 160°F Sufficient for E. coli?

We’ve all been told, and assumed it was correct, that 160°F will make food safe enough to eat. But that may not be the case any longer. “Cooking ground beef to 160°F destroys pathogens and makes the food safe to eat, right? Not always, according to new research from Canada and China, as reported on fortune.com. They’ve found heat-resistant strains of E. coli that survive cooking to 160°F. The resistance traces back to 16 genes in E. coli and may represent 2% of all E. coli strains, say the researchers, and could explain some random outbreaks of E. coli.”

So, always be careful, but make it fun, make it delicious, change your life!

And as always, if you found the information in this article helpful, please pass it along! 

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