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.

broccoli and cheddar omelette (#ketofriendly, low carb)

I don’t know how it’s possible that time passes so quickly. I remember writing that I’m excited to share some Autumn recipes and I feel like it was yesterday. But somehow two months passed so quickly that I didn’t even noticed that we’re getting closer to Winter.

I had couple small but time consuming projects that engaged me, and to be honest cooking was somewhere at the end of my list. Again. I’m not happy with my eating habits and I keep telling myself that from now on I will pay more attention to what I eat. But as I have quite weak strong will, I keep on coming back on the same track. What can I say – carbs are addictive, especially the processed ones. Cookies, ice creams and doughnuts will always find you at your weakest moment – when you’re hungry, angry, sad or you need a treat.

So today I would like to show you a quick and easy recipe for delicious breakfast that will keep you full for some time, so you won’t feel cravings for cookies and doughnuts 🙂 This omelette is keto friendly, so if you’re on keto diet it’s a perfect breakfast recipe for you.

You will need some young broccoli or tenderstem broccoli, so you can stir fry it in couple minutes. I used 3 large eggs to make this omelette and I could barely eat it. It’s pretty heavy, so you can use 3 small or medium eggs or 2 large ones.

I also added one garlic clove, because garlic (butter and cheese too) makes everything better, but if you need to spend your day around other people you can skip the garlic. Non stick pan will be also very useful, so everything will go smooth and with no problems.

This omelette is perfect for Autumn/Winter mornings – cheesy, warming (hint of chilli flakes makes your blood start circulating quicker in the morning) and delicious. Highly recommend for cosy mornings spent in fluffy pyjamas under the blanket.

broccoli and cheddar omelette

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 eggs
  • handful of young broccoli with leaves and stems (for example tenderstem)
  • handful of grated mature cheddar
  • pinch of natural rock salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • small slice of butter

DIRECTIONS

Wash and roughly chop broccoli, melt a little bit of butter in the frying pan and stir fry broccoli with pinch of salt and chopped garlic. If you don’t like garlicky after-taste just skip it. Also add pinch of salt and stir fry 3-4 minutes on a small heat. If you want your broccoli to become more soft rather than crunchy add a splash of water to the pan.

Grate some cheddar, whisk the eggs with pinch of salt.

Remove broccoli from the pan. Add a little bit more butter if you want, lower the heat and pour the eggs. When eggs starts setting add broccoli and grated cheddar (save some cheese to sprinkle on top). You can cover the pan with lid if you like your omelette to be well done. When it’s ready take the spatula and fold one side of the omelette, sprinkle with cheddar on top and give it a couple seconds to melt.

Gently place on the plate sprinkle with some chilli flakes and your broccoli and cheddar omelette is ready. Enjoy!

omelette with apple cider vinegar inspired by Sophie Dahl

When I’m a bit fed up with scrolling Instagram looking for food inspiration, I go back to my old cookbooks. I feel like going through the pages of a cookbook is much more valuable than scrolling internet, but we got so used to tap on the phone, that we sometimes forget how pleasant is to sit on the sofa with a book. At least I forget. You just move your thumb mindlessly up and down with endless photos scrolling in front of your eyes and it can last for hours. Time spend with a book is more precious, it has its beginning and its end, and when you get to the last page you feel like you were back from a journey. A journey written in a book. Even if it’s a cookbook. That’s how I feel after flipping through Sophie Dahl’s Season to Season. Each recipe is preceded by a short story from the author’s life, so we’re not only walking through the seasons of the year but also through small but important moments from Sophie’s life. Moments and memories filled with food and people. This book shows that every meal has a story, and this story is different for each person. I’m sure that each of the meal you make has its own story to tell.

As I mentioned many times, I’m not a fan of omelettes. Crispy fried egg is not the taste I like. But I like experiments, so if you say: lets make an omelette with apple cider vinegar, I will definitely go for it! My curiosity is greater than my distaste for omelettes.

And this omelette came out better that expected, if you’re not afraid of vinegar smell in your kitchen evaporating from the pan, and furthermore – you like omelettes, without doubt you should try it. I feel like apple cider vinegar took away that slightly bland and sometimes even sickly taste of omelette. And you won’t absolutely feel any vinegar taste in it. I’ve made just one change to Sophie’s recipe, adding more onion (as I’m a definite fan of onion). Recipe required ¼ of an small onion and I added a whole one. Fortunate I had fresh pack of sumac I bought recently without a reason. I only didn’t have fresh thyme, that’s probably makes a big difference, but I had dried one. If you have fresh one, use the fresh thyme.

The process is a bit smelly as I mentioned. First you have to fry some onion (I fried them a little bit to much in this case) which is actually pretty nice smell (I don’t like when I smell like a fried onion afterwords), then you add apple cider vinegar and your kitchen will fill up with the smell of fried onion and apple cider vinegar, which maybe is not the best duo, but you end up with pretty decent omelette. Not bland at all, cheese, without any acidic after-taste. Not bad actually.

omelette with apple cider vinegar by Sophie Dahl

INGREDIENTS for one omelette:

  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ small onion (I added 1 whole small onion)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • handful of grated mature cheddar
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (I used dried)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • natural rock salt and coarse pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Melt one tablespoon of butter on a pan. Chop the onion and fry until soft and golden. Than add pinch of salt and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, lower the heat and let the vinegar evaporate.

Beat eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add second tablespoon of butter to the pan and pour the eggs. Increase the heat, sprinkle your omelette with cheddar, sumac and thyme. When it’s set flip it and fry for bout 30 seconds on the other side, then serve.

Enjoy!