Home Cooked: Veggie Omelets

ImageAfter eating school food for the last three weeks, I was so excited to go home. My main goal was to go to the local fair to eat pizza, deep fried oreos, and orange juice. This mission was a success. However, Saturday and Sunday were both full of delicious meals. My favorite? OMELETS.

It might not be that complex to make an omelet, I’ll include the ingredients and quantities for the omelets I made, feel free to use different quantities at any point or substitute in other ingredients. There is really no way to mess up an omelet. But, as a warning, I’d like to state now that I take my omelets very seriously.

My Recipe:

  • Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Local Free-range Eggs
  • 3 Organic Portobello Mushrooms
  • 1/2 a Banana Pepper (or any kind of pepper)
  • 1/4 cup of Spinach or Arugula (or another dark green)
  • A Chunk of Hand-Shredded, Hormone-Free, Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese

**Alter quantities to fit your appetite and diet. And I personally recommend using the whole egg. Did you know the whites are used in homemade wall paper glue? Imagine what that could do to your digestive system. Plus the yolk is yummy.**

Directions:

The first step to the perfect veggie omelet is to cook the veggies. I start by chopping up my ‘shrooms and peppers into little cubes so that they spread and cook better. Then I put them into my favorite pan with a small chunk of butter.

While these veggies are cooking, I crack my eggs and whip them up.

There are two ways to get your omelet started. One way is to keep your veggies in the pan and pour your eggs over it. This could lead to crumbling when you try to flip it. I prefer to pour the cooked veggies into a bowl, then pour the whipped eggs into the pan then immediate add the veggies while the egg is still raw. It holds it in and nothing falls apart. Fabulous.

Anyway, after the egg and veggies are cooked and the omelet has been flipped, put a layer of either spinach or arugula over the omelet and your hand-shredded cheese on top. Let the greens wilt and the cheese melt then fold it in half and ENJOY!

Yum-o. Seriously, after being at school for weeks there’s nothing better than a free-range, hormone-free, organic, locally-grown omelet. And yes, I did eat a giant omelet the size of my head. No regrets.

Other Ingredient Suggestions:

  • Tomato
  • Meat (Ham, Bacon, Turkey, etc)
  • Red Onion
  • Herbs (Basil etc)
  • Zucchini (I’m tempted to try this one, shredded)
  • Broccoli (This was available at the “omelet” station at school once, yum.)

Omelet Links:

Wikipedia offers an interesting list of different omelet traditions around the world.
Jamie Oliver has some tips if you’re a first time omelet maker. Plus I love Jamie Oliver.
And here’s the history of egg consumption. Am I the only one who finds this fascinating?

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KIND Bars: Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants

ImageBrand Background:
KIND is the type of brand that I aim to purchase when I’m shopping. The high quality of ingredients and general brand philosophy are exactly what I like in a snack food. I like to vote with my money and my money votes for non-GMO, healthy, delicious snacks.

KIND is unlike the typical granola/protein/snack bars. Their website states “For us ‘being KIND,’ means to ‘Be KIND to your body, your taste buds, and the world.’®” And in my experience, they truly do follow through with this philosophy. They emphasize their use of ingredients that the everyday person could pronounce. You don’t need a degree in chemistry to understand what you’re eating.

KIND is Non-GMO Project Verified according to nongmoproject.org. (For those of you who don’t know, GMO means Genetically Modified Organisms.) I find this to be very important, considering all the progress with GMOs recently. With Proposition 37 up for vote in California, now more than ever it is important to support the brands that don’t use GMOs. What better way for those of us not in California to voice our opinions than to stop buying from companies that are opposing Proposition 37.

KIND also has started the KIND Movement, which encourages individuals to make a difference in their own community. They have KIND Food Trucks that travel across the country to give out healthy snacks as an effort to “spread kindness across the country.’ To read more about their movement visit their website.

Nutrition:
Ingredients:Almonds, dark chocolate (sugar, palm kernel oil, cocoa powder, soy lecithin, milk powder), cherries, cranberries, cashews, peanuts, raisins, honey, non GMO glucose, crisp rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin.
Vitamins: Vitamin A Acetate, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E).

Vitamins and Minerals:Vitamin A (50% DV), Vitamin C (50% DV), Calcium (4% DV), Iron (6% DV), Vitamin E (50% DV), Vitamin B1 (2% DV), Vitamin B3 (4% DV), Phosphorus (8% DV), Magnesium (10% DV), Zinc (4% DV).

One bar contains 180 calories. It has 14 grams of sugars, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber. It has a variety of vitamins and minerals and not a single ingredient that can’t be pronounced.

My Impressions:
Chewy and crunchy. Sweet but not too sweet. Healthy but a treat. As you look at the bar, you see the ingredients themselves. The bar has a chocolate coating along the bottom and a drizzle of chocolate along the top. The bars are absolutely beautiful. It’s so pretty to see the ingredients in their natural state!

This bar was so good! I couldn’t stop eating it, but I didn’t want to finish it either. It kept me full between classes and it satisfied my craving for something sweet. This bar was really even better than I expected and I had high expectations. There’s not much more I can say.

I think that this is a high quality brand. The ingredients are all natural; the brand encourages individual charity work and does community events across the nation. KIND is also non-GMO. This brand is one of a few mass-produced, high-quality brands. I do not have a single complaint about anything.

The bars cost about $1.50 each, depending on your location. I found boxes of four at Walmart for a little over $4, so that is a much better deal. Image

Recommendation:
I loved this bar! I’m excited to try all the different flavors. They may be a little expensive, but the quality of the product is totally worth the money spent. Buying them in boxes will reduce the price a little. Honestly, I think they are completely worth the money.