I'm not much for processed foods. They freak me out and deep down I think they are the source of all our health problems. My kids eat from scratch every day of their lives whether they like it our not. I'm sure they wish I would buy them Danimals or Lunchables, like our parents did, but I refuse to be a part of the problem and I absolutely refuse to play a role in the demise of my children's health That being said, I don't use food dyes. I have had an aversion to food dyes since the boy's first birthday when I made him a Blue's Clues cake. Diaper changing was not so pleasant that night, I learned the hard lesson that the only people who should poop blue are the smurfs.
With the recent controversy (again) regarding food dyes and it's ADHD behavorial effects in children, I knew I made the right choice that day the diaper turned blue. But making the right choice regarding food dyes really, really screws you on Easter. Food dyes are the heart and soul (sorry Jesus) of Easter. How can you celebrate Easter without the colorful array of hard boiled (dyed) Easter eggs? More importantly, how can you make the eggs without making your children sick?
The answer, like most answers, are right in front of us. This time we find the answer in our Earth. Better yet, we find the answer growing from our earth:
VEGGIES, SPICES, & ONION PEELS!
Hold onto those Easter baskets kids, Chef's Widow is about to blow your mind.
How to make cancer & behavioral problem free beautifully colored Easter Eggs that the kids still
You can use the following recipe with beats, cabbage, turmeric. The only thing that changes is the amount of veggie or spice used.***
Red Cabbage for BLUE Easter Eggs
Cut up a head of red cabbage.
Have an adorable helper add cabbage to a pot of boiling water (about a quart).
Add 3 tablespoons vinegar and one table spoon salt. Bring to a boil again. Then cover and let simmer for 30 minutes.
Strain liquid (this is now your dye) out.
Wait to cool.
Once cooled, find some mini's to help drop the eggs. Let stay in the natural dye overnight. We put ours in the fridge so the kids could actually eat the eggs the next morning.
Again, make sure you let the eggs soak overnight. We did these eggs at 8pm and this is what they looked like at 8am:
Came out pretty nice right? In fact I happen to think they look way better than these freaks of nature.
***For other colors like pink and yellow, use beets (for pink) and turmeric (for yellow).I use about 3 lbs of mini beets and 3 tablespoons of turmeric in each recipe. Be careful with both of these as they seriously stain.
You can also use onion peels to dye your eggs. We haven't tried this recipe yet, but it seems like the eggs come out pretty nifty. ****Update: Today I experimented with the onion peel recipe and I think they ended up looking awesome!
Doesn't it look like a face is on the egg? Totally random design from the peels.