Tomato Cheese Omlet

Omlet

Omlet

As the summer has passed by and most of my friends held the last BBQ’s of the season, I came to realization that with amount of delicious food I’ve have tried over the summer it’s time to cut on calories and start eating healthier.  I am starting a new journey filled with working out more often, eating less, sleeping more and taking care of myself better.  This morning I started with my favorite AM Yoga by GAIAM.  Then followed by some nice stretching and 45 minute cardio on my elliptical trainer.

For a well deserved protein breakfast, I decided to make an omlet with tomatoes and a little bit of cheese.  I also tried eliminating sugar from my black cup of tea (I rarely drink coffee).  This whole breakfast is only about 235 calories which included: 1/2 a large tomato (15 calories); 2 eggs (140 calories); 1/8 cup of cheese (55 calories); 2 tablespoons of milk (18 calories), a little but of sprayed butter for the pan (15 calories).  Overall very filling and delicious.  I know majority of your don’t need step by step to make an omlet, but I know I have some readers who do…so this is for you.

Ingredients:

2 Organic Brown Eggs
1/8 of Shredded Mexican Cheese
2 Table Spoons of Whole Milk
Freeze Dried Chives/Salt/Pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon of butter or PAM Spray
 

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How to make tomato cheese omlet:

1.  Wash and dice half of your tomato, if you are using cherry tomatoes cut them in half

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2.  Break your eggs in a bowl and wisk well, then add 2 tablespoons of milk and mix again.  Finally add you diced up tomatoes in the mixture.

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3.  Heat up a small or average size pan, add a little bit of butter or spray it with PAM lightly.  Pour your egg/tomato/milk mixture and using a spatula keep moving the sides of the omlet for all the liquid to settle.  This will make this omlet cook faster and prevent the buttom of it from getting burned.

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4.  Add your salt, pepper and chives to you mixture right before it sets completely and sprinkle it with cheese.  Turn off the gas and then cover the pan with lid, let it stay for few minutes for the cheese to melt.  The finer the grated cheese the faster it will take for it to melt, this is why finely shredded cheese works best.

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5.  Your omlet is ready, carefully remove it from the pan and put in on the plate.  I turned out very fluffy and delicious. I served with a cup of freshly brewed loose black tea.

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Now that breakfast it over. I have to admit it kept my hunger at bay until lunch…and since I am training to put an end to snacking between meals…overall I am definitely having another one of these omlets again this week.

I hope you like it too…what do you enjoy eating for breakfast?

Natalie

Tomato Cheese Omlet
 
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Tomato and Cheese Omlet
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 Organic Brown Eggs
  • ⅛ of Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • 2 Table Spoons of Whole Milk
  • Freeze Dried Chives/Salt/Pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon of butter or PAM Spray
Instructions
  1. Wash and dice half of your tomato, if you are using cherry tomatoes cut them in half.
  2. Break your eggs in a bowl and wisk well, then add 2 tablespoons of milk and mix again. Finally add you diced up tomatoes in the mixture.
  3. Heat up a small or average size pan, add a little bit of butter or spray it with PAM lightly. Pour your egg/tomato/milk mixture and using a spatula keep moving the sides of the omlet for all the liquid to settle. This will make this omlet cook faster and prevent the buttom of it from getting burned.
  4. Add your salt, pepper and chives to you mixture right before it sets completely and sprinkle it with cheese. Turn off the gas and then cover the pan with lid, let it stay for few minutes for the cheese to melt. The finer the grated cheese the faster it will take for it to melt, this is why finely shredded cheese works best.
  5. Your omlet is ready, carefully remove it from the pan and put in on the plate. I turned out very fluffy and delicious. I served with a cup of freshly brewed loose black tea.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 235

 

Turkey Bacon, Kales and Feta Cheese Omlet

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If you love pork bacon, chances are you wouldn’t go anywhere near turkey bacon.  It’s one of those “just not quite as good” substitutes for pork lovers.  However, I am not that picky and always try to find healthy substitutes, and turkey bacon is one of them.  Because most companies who produce them claim that  it is lower in fat and calories, it can provide a similar flavor profile and works in much the same way.   Also, for those of you who are religious and must avoid eating pork turkey bacon offers a good enough alternative.  But what is really turkey bacon?

Turkey bacon is an imitation bacon usually prepared from smoked, chopped and reformed turkey, commonly marketed as a low-fat alternative to bacon.  The meat for turkey bacon comes from the whole turkey and can be cured or uncured, smoked, chopped, and reformed into strips that resemble bacon. Turkey bacon is cooked by pan-frying. Cured turkey bacon made from dark meat can be 90% fat free. It can be used in the same manner as bacon (such as in a BLT sandwich), but the low fat content of turkey bacon means it does not shrink while being cooked and has a tendency to stick to the pan.  

But does turkey bacon really provide a better alternative?   One ounce of raw bacon contains 128 calories and 13 grams of fat (4 g saturated), no carbohydrate and just 3 grams protein. That’s 89% of the calories from fat. Of course, some of the fat cooks off, but even after cooking in a pan those flavorful strips provide 68% of their calories from fat. We’re not talking healthy fat either, like the “good fats” found in olive oil, seafood, or nuts.

So is turkey bacon lower in fat? Well, it depends which type and brand you buy. The Jennie-O extra lean turkey bacon you mentioned is one of their two turkey bacon products: one is Extra Lean and the other is just Turkey Bacon. There are a lot of other brands though. Check out this chart.

Calories Fat (g) Saturated fat (g)
Regular Pork Bacon (12 g) 60 5 1.5
Jennie-O Turkey Bacon (15 g) 35 3.0 1.0
Jennie-O Extra Lean turkey bacon (15 g) 20 0.5 0
Louis Rich Turkey Bacon (14 g) 35 2.8 0.7
Perdue Turkey Bacon (12 g) 50 3.0 1.0
Butterball Turkey Bacon (14 g) 25 1.5 0.5
Oscar Meyer Turkey Bacon (15 g) 35 3.0 1.0
Morningstar Farms Bacon Strips (vegetarian) (16 g) 60 4.5 0.5
Canadian Bacon (per 15 g) 18 0.5 0.0

 

As you can see, you can buy some types of turkey bacon that do save you a lot of calories and fat, but you can buy some that aren’t all that much better nutritionally than the real thing.   For this recipe I used Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon, I’ve tried it several times and actually like the taste of it.  I also decided to add some healthy Kales instead of usual spinach and my favorite Feta Cheese.  It really tasted great and I would totally do this combination again.  I hope you will like it too.

Sources:
Turkey Bacon, Good or Bad? Retrieved August 2, 2013
Turkey Bacon.  Retrieved August 2, 2013

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Table Spoons of Milk or Cream
  • 2 Slices of Turkey Bacon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Feta Cheese
  • ½ Cup of Kale Leaves

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How to make Turkey Bacon, Kales and Feta Cheese Omelet:

1.  Heat up  a small pan on medium heat add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.

2.  Cut up your bacon pieces and fry them on the pan for about 2 minutes.

3.  Wash and dry a bunch of Kales, and add them to them pan.  Cook them for additional 2 minutes mixing everything in the process.

4.  In the meantime break two eggs in a bowl and add 2 table spoons of milk, mix well.

5.  Pour you mixture in your pan over your bacon and cooked Kales.  Use spatula to slightly lift the edges around the pan, while rotating it slightly until all egg mixture firms up.  This will prevent your omelet from being overcooked on the bottom and make it soft and fluffy.

6.  Then sprinkle your omelet with Feta Cheese and cook for additional 3-5 minutes, until ready and transfer to the plate.

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Enjoy!

Natalie

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Turkey Bacon, Kales and Feta Cheese Omelet
 
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Turkey Bacon, Kales and Feta Cheese Omelet
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Eggs
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Table Spoons of Milk or Cream
  • 2 Slices of Turkey Bacon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Feta Cheese
  • ½ Cup of Kale Leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat up a small pan on medium heat add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.
  2. Cut up your bacon pieces and fry them on the pan for about 2 minutes.
  3. Wash and dry a bunch of Kales, and add them to them pan. Cook them for additional 2 minutes mixing everything in the process.
  4. In the meantime break two eggs in a bowl and add 2 table spoons of milk, mix well.
  5. Pour you mixture in your pan over your bacon and cooked Kales. Use spatula to slightly lift the edges around the pan, while rotating it slightly until all egg mixture firms up. This will prevent your omelet from being overcooked on the bottom and make it soft and fluffy.
  6. Then sprinkle your omelet with Feta Cheese and cook for additional 3-5 minutes, until ready and transfer to the plate.

 

Omlet with Veal Sausages, Scallions and Tomatoes

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Breakfast, the most important meal of the day.  Many of us however turn to eggs for breakfast quite often and probably there is a legitimate reason for it.  ”For more than 5,000 years, humans have enjoyed what may be one of nature’s most convenient and nutritious foods – the egg. Today per-person consumption averages around 300 eggs a year.”  These statics although shocking but seem quite reasonable, since we don’t only consume them for breakfast but also use eggs quite often when cooking other things.

But are the eggs healthy?  Eggs provide high protein content and are relatively inexpensive. They are low in calories – one medium-sized egg contains just 78 calories. In addition, eggs contain vitamins B12, C, D, E, and K, as well as the minerals iron and zinc. They’re also a rich source of choline, important for brain functioning and health. However, while all eggs provide similar nutrient information, not all of them maybe good to eat.

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I personally always tend to purchase organic cage free eggs, especially after watching the infamous movie Food Inc.  But what is really the difference between organic eggs and standard supermarket fare?  Well if you are concerned about toxic, persistent pesticides – which are stored in fats – organic is a wise choice.  When it comes to buying eggs, the best-regulated are labeled “Certified organic.” Organically raised chickens do not receive antibiotics, and their feed is also antibiotic-free, as well as being vegetarian and organic.

Commercial hens are fed processed grains, which are often bioengineered corn. These grains are treated with antibiotics and pesticides to encourage growth and prevent infection in the birds. When the chicken ingests this feed, these chemicals may end up in the egg’s yolk.  I also always look for Cage Free label because commercial hens are crowded into cages and sheds.   These hens also may have no access to the outdoors, as their organic cousins do.

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When shopping for eggs, besides being organic and cage free…I always look for USDA organic seal.  If a cartoon also has the logo “Certified Humane,” that means the eggs were produced in accordance with additional standards for humane farm animal treatment.  So no worries, this omlet was cooked out of veggie fed, Cage Free,  USDA organic eggs!:)

Source: Are eggs Healthy? http://ifitandhealthy.com/healthy-eggs-are-eggs-healthy/ . Retrieved on June 26, 2013

Ingredients
3 Eggs
1 Table Spoon of Half and Half
4 Baby Veal Sausages
5 Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 Cup of Fresh Scallions
1 Teaspoon of Vegetable Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
 

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How to make Baby Veal Sausages with Scallions and Tomatoes Omlet:

1.  Peel the plastic coating from your sausages.  While many prefer to boil them in the plastic coating, I have heard that it’s not a good thing to practice and they release some kind of chemicals when boiled.   But won’t go into this now, perhaps good research project for the next post:)

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2.  Fill a small pot with water and boil your sausages for about 5-7 minutes.

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3.  In the meantime, break your eggs in a small cup or a bowl and wisk them well.

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4.  Add your 1 Table Spoon of Half and Half to your eggs, or you can replace it with milk if you are watching your calories.  But I have to admit adding half and half to your omlet makes it so much fluffier and more tasty.  Wisk everything well.

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5.  Heat up your skillet, add some vegetable oil and pour your omlet mixture on the pan.  One trick of cooking your omlet is moving the sides of it towards the middle using spatula and letting the liquid spread on the sides until all liquid will firm up.  This way your omlet will cook faster, more even and won’t have burn marks on the bottom.

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6.  While your omlet is cooking cut up your scallions.

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7.  Then slice your cherry tomatoes, or regular tomatoes..what ever you have available.

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9.  Your omlet should be ready within 5-7 minutes.  Once it is almost done add your scallions, salt and pepper to taste.  You can also add some cheese if you’d like.  I love using white extra sharp cheddar cheese for omlets, but you can also go with feta, blue cheese, american cheese…your choice.

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10.  By now your sausages are probably ready.  Take them out of the water, set on the plate to cool a little bit and then make the + cuts on the top and on the bottom of each sausage.  Add just a tiny bit of oil on your pan again and put them to heat up for few minutes, so they open up and cook a little bit more.

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11.  While your sausages are cooking, plate your omlet and add some cut up cherry tomatoes on the top.   You also can put tomatoes and onions in your omlet mixture and cook it all at once, but I prefer to fresh ingredients on the top to preserve vitamins as much as I can.

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12.  When your sausages are cooking turn them around few times so all sides get browned.

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13.  Take your out sausages and put the on the top of your omlet and your breakfast is now ready!  I hope you will enjoy this recipe, let me know what you think.

Love,

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Baby Veal Sausages with Scallions and Tomatoes Omlet
 
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Baby Veal Sausages with fresh scallions, cherry tomatoes omlet.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Omlet
Cuisine: Russian
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Table Spoon of Half and Half
  • 4 Baby Veal Sausages
  • 5 Cherry Tomatoes
  • ½ Cup of Fresh Scallions
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
Instructions
  1. Peel the plastic coating from your sausages.
  2. Fill a small pot with water and boil your sausages for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, break your eggs in a small cup or a bowl and wisk them well.
  4. Add your 1 Table Spoon of Half and Half to your eggs, or you can replace it with milk if you are watching your calories. Wisk everything well again.
  5. Heat up your skillet, add some vegetable oil and pour your omlet mixture on the pan. One trick of cooking your omlet is moving the sides of it towards the middle using spatula and letting the liquid spread on the sides until all liquid will firm up. This way your omlet will cook faster, more even and won’t have burn marks on the bottom.
  6. While your omlet is cooking cut up your scallions.
  7. Then slice your cherry tomatoes, or regular tomatoes..what ever you have available.
  8. Your omlet should be ready within 5-7 minutes. Once it is almost done add your scallions, salt and pepper to taste. Top with cheese if you prefer, if you want the cheese melted just cover you pan with lid and let it stand for few minutes.
  9. By now your sausages are probably ready. Take them out of the water, set on the plate to cool a little bit and then make the + cuts on the top and on the bottom of each sausage. Add just a tiny bit of oil on your pan again and put them to heat up for few minutes, so they open up and brown on each side.
  10. While your sausages are cooking, plate your omlet and add some cut up cherry tomatoes on the top
  11. When your sausages are cooking turn them around few times so all sides get browned.
  12. Take your out sausages and put the on the top of your omlet and your breakfast is now ready! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Potatoes with Bacon, Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon

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In my family mostly my grandmother would do the cooking, except for few special occasions:).  National Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8th in Russia was an exception.  This was the only day that all men in our family would cook the breakfast. I remember my grandfather getting up early to do his famous morning omlet, as simple as it was…it brought many childhood memories and yes in our family it was a “special” omlet on that day.  In lieu of Father’s Day today, I thought to dedicate this post for a simple Dad’s breakfast to all fathers out there!

I wanted to thank my grandfather for always listening to me, staying by my side and loving all us for who we really are.  To my daugher’s father and my exhusband Dima, for letting me have my love, my soul, my daughter!  Without you I wouldn’t experience joy of motherhood and thank you for being around when life was getting tough.    To my boyfriend Sergey, who is the most amazing dad I’ve ever met.  For sure, if I was a kid I would wish he  adopted me:), but now I am lucky to have now such a great man by my side.  I also want to say happy Father’s Day to my dad who has tragically  passed away many years ago…Dad  love you very much, you will always be with us.  Finally, want to make a big shout for all Father’s, enjoy this day and thank you for being part of our lives.  Enjoy this breakfast:)

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Ingredients:

4-5 Small Young Potatoes
3 Slices of Bacon 
4 Smoked Salmon Slices
1/2 Teaspoon of Dry Parsley
1/2 Teaspoon of crushed or freeze dry garlic
1 Tablespoon of Half and Half
4 Eggs
1 Tablespoon of butter
1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
 
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How to make Potatoes with Bacon, Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon:

 1.  Wash your potatoes well, boil them until tender for about 20-30 minutes.  Once ready: drain the water, cut potatoes in quarters, add 1 table spoon of butter, crushed garlic and herbs (I added dried and fresh parsley).  Set Aside.
 
2.  Cut up your bacon in strips and cook it until almost ready.  No need to oil up the pan, since bacon will have lots of fat so there will be plenty of oil.  Unless you are using turkey bacon or another kind of bacon with less fat, then you might need some oil so bacon wouldn’t get burned.  Set aside when ready.
 
 
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3.  Break four eggs into a bowl, and add tablespoon of half and half, salt and pepper.

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4. Mix well until blended.

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5.  Oil up your pan, add your eggs and make scrambled eggs by constantly mixing eggs with spatula while they are cooking.  Set aside when ready.

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6.  Take out your smoked salmon and roll it to make rose flowers with it.

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7.  Now you are ready to plate your dish.  Add your potatoes, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon roses; garnish with fresh Parsley and serve with orange juice, tea or coffee.  Enjoy!

Love,

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Potatoes with Bacon, Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon
 
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Potatoes with Bacon, Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon with added herbs and butter.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Eggs
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4-5 Small Young Potatoes
  • 3 Slices of Bacon
  • 4 Smoked Salmon Slices
  • ½ Teaspoon of Dry Parsley
  • ½ Teaspoon of crushed or freeze dry garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of Half and Half
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Table Spoon of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Table Spoon of Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash your potatoes well, boil them until tender for about 20-30 minutes. Once ready: drain the water, cut potatoes in quarters, add 1 table spoon of butter, crushed garlic and herbs (I added dried and fresh parsley). Set Aside.
  2. Cut up your bacon in strips and cook it until almost ready. No need to oil up the pan, since bacon will have lots of fat so there will be plenty of oil. Unless you are using turkey bacon or another kind of bacon with less fat, then you might need some oil so bacon wouldn’t get burned. Set aside when ready.
  3. Break four eggs into a bowl, and add tablespoon of half and half, salt and pepper. Mix them well and then add to the pot and make scrambled eggs, by constantly mixing them while they are cooking.
  4. Take out your smoked salmon and roll it to make rose flowers with it.
  5. Now you are ready to plate your dish. Add your potatoes, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon roses; garnish with fresh Parsley and serve with orange juice, tea or coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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