spinach & cream cheese omelette (#ketofriendly)

I try to be more mindful about my eating choices, and I guess for me it starts with a breakfast. If I won’t have a decent, satisfying breakfast, I become so hungry by lunchtime, that I start eating whatever comes to my mind. It’s like you’re going to the shop when you’re hungry. You feel like you want to eat everything and you end up buying more stuff that you actually need.

I remember years ago I never had breakfast in the morning. I tended to eat something quickly at work around 10-11am, like sandwich or two, and by the time I got home after work, I was so hungry that it was making me dizzy. Now I know that if I won’t have a breakfast that keeps me going for couple hours without thinking about food, I will also make more reasonable choices about the rest of my meals. It might not work for you, some people can have their first meal later during the day. Maybe it’s because my body and mind is the most active in the morning, so I need lots of energy when I start my day.

I encourage you to observe your body and your thoughts about food, if you find hard to keep up with your meal routine, or you feel like you’re hungry all day round and you catch yourself thinking about food constantly. Maybe breakfast is not your thing, but you need a decent dinner or supper? Forcing yourself to fit a certain eating schedule which is not compatible with what your body needs can be really frustrating and make lots of harm. Observing yourself and paying attention to your thoughts about food and how your body acts and reacts after certain meals or foods, takes more time and care, but can bring you great results. If you obviously are willing to change your bad habits 😉

So last couple weeks I’m trying to have a good, hearty breakfast, so I won’t go crazy later on the day 🙂 And I have no idea why I didn’t came up with this breakfast idea. This creamy spinach omelette is amazing! As per usual the best ideas comes when you have an empty fridge with some leftovers only. I had a handful of fresh spinach, that that past its best look and half empty packet of cream cheese – that’s a pretty good start of a delicious breakfast. I wouldn’t be myself without adding garlic to it (that’s the only good thing about wearing a mask at work – you can have garlic for your breakfast;))

If I would make this omelette for my partner I would add tiny bit of goat’s milk camembert, but as I can’t stand the smell I skipped goat cheese and you can do as well. It’s delicious anyway.

Obviously this omelette will work great as breakfast, lunch or dinner if you need something heavier in the evening. It’s keto friendly and gluten free. I decided to add little bit of double cream to eggs to make the taste less eggy and more pancake-ish. Perfect if you’re on low carb, high fat diet.

spinach & cream cheese omelette

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 medium eggs
  • about 2-3 tsp double cream
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp of cream cheese
  • tiny garlic clove or pinch of garlic granules
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp butter
  • optionally: goat’s milk camembert for extra cheese taste

DIRECTIONS:

Melt some butter on the pan and add spinach, sprinkle with tiny bit of salt and pepper and when it becomes soft remove it from the pan and place in a bowl. Add some garlic, cream cheese and give it a good stir so all ingredients combines.

Heat the pan again, whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt and 2-3 tsp of double cream. Pour the eggs on the pan, lower the heat and let it set slightly (cover the pan with a lid it will speed up the process). Then place creamy spinach on one half of the omelette, if you fancy enough put couple slices of goat’s milk camembert and fold the other half with spatula. Cover with lid again and give it another minute or so.

Garnish with some spring onions, add some salad on the side and enjoy.

bacon & egg keto salad

Who said that keto must be boring? Who would resist to this colorful, delicious salad with bacon and cheese? My partner bored with scrambled eggs or omelette for breakfast asked me for something different. He’s a team: “salad for breakfast won’t make me feel full”. You know this kind of people? I’ve managed to convince him only because of smoked bacon 🙂 The outcome? He asked me couple more times to make this salad for him 🙂

We eat with eyes…

Prepare nice big plate, colorful veggies, other ingredients you like (cheese & bacon team), make some aromatic dressing and surprise your other half (or yourself, your kids, your mum or dad) with salad like from the restaurant. You don’t need to have master chef skills, just a bit of willingness and some imagination. Even if you make it for yourself, it’s good to spend two more minutes to place the ingredients nicely on your favorite plate. If you’re worth wearing nice clothes, pretty makeup, you’re worth having a delicious, fresh and healthy food. So make it special, leave your phone in other room, switch off your laptop or tv and focus on your meal you’ve made especially for yourself. Focus on flavour, texture and taste, and you might be surprise that the ingredients you’ve been eating thousands of times before now have brand new quality.

Eat slowly…

We live in a rush and the rush makes every activity we perform regularly automated. In a hurry, we do not pay attention to who we pass by on a sidewalk, to plants and animals around us. Even our conversations are sketchy and insignificant. We pay attention to how we look, fortunately we’ve started to pay more attention to what we eat, but still we don’t focus on how we eat. Focused on daily problems, things to do, errands to run, sometimes we forget to taste what we eat. Eating fast, eating meals on autopilot like it’s just another necessary activity to be done on a given day, often additionally perceived as a waste of valuable time. When we eat, it takes 20 minutes for the signal from the stomach to tell our brain that we are full. If we eat in a hurry, such a signal may appear delayed in relation to the food consumed. Salads are great way to practice mindful eating. You have to put each ingredient on the fork, you can try each ingredient separately or in pairs. You have to chew for a while, so you can focus on the texture. Crispy iceberg salad, firm and juicy tomatoes, salty bacon, sharp and mature cheddar, slightly bland egg white dipped in spicy dressing. So many taste sensations in one salad. I encourage you to spend some special time with yourself when preparing and eating this salad. Even if you think it sound kind of ridiculous giving so much attention to a simple thing like this one.

egg & bacon keto salad

INGREDIENTS (for one giant portion):

  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • couple slices of smoked bacon
  • bunch of iceberg salad
  • handful of cherry tomatoes
  • piece of mature cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 tsp your favorite mustard
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 big garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill (or fresh I you have)
  • pinch of natural rock salt
  • pinch of lemon pepper (or coarse pepper)

DIRECTIONS

Use a small cup or jar to mix all the dressing ingredients: olive oil, mustard, mayonnaise, pepper and salt, dill and finely chopped garlic. Live on a side for all the flavours to combine.

Dice your bacon and fry until golden on non-stick pan. Thoroughly rinse all veggies under running water. Chop some cheddar cheese, slice cherry tomatoes in half. Dice yellow bell pepper.

Thorn some salad on the plate, place bell pepper, tomatoes, cheddar and bacon. Slice hard boiled eggs in quarters and place them on top of the salad. Drizzle with dressing and serve.

Enjoy!