Is there anything better than the humble omelette? Acceptable for any meal time, the humble omelette can be dressed up in any way. Eggs pack a nutritional punch, as a great source of protein and many other essential vitamins. So there is no wonder Jamie Oliver added add this one to his must know recipes for the Food Revolution 2016.
The theme for the food revolution this year is share the power of cooking and show people that is doesn't have to be difficult (or time consuming) to eat healthy delicious meals. It is too often we here people back away from cooking, because they don't have the right ingredients, or the right equipment, or are simply to scared.
I am heading off to celebrate the Food Revolution at a local school in Brisbane, where we will be running activities, games, prizes for the kids, as well as a brand new whole foods based tuck shop menu. I am doing this in conjunction with the Healthy School Lunches program I am running at the school - And we hope this is just the push the school needs to change their menu for good!
The Simple Cheesy Omelette is the perfect place to start. Once you have mastered it, the options really are endless in terms of fillings. When the team over at JamieOliver.com asked me to put my spin on it I was thrilled. Not only did they consider me a food photographer (what?? I only picked up my first camera a year ago), but I was excited to share my favourite combination and demonstrate just how easy it can be to make a delicious nutritious snack in minutes.
But back to the food - because lets face it that is why we are all here. Putting a 'spin' on the omelette was a no brainier for me. I chose my favourite ingredients - that also just happen boost the nutrients on this classic dish. I am loving peas lately - while it is hard to come by fresh peas over here in Australia, they are one of my favourite ingredients to cook with. Then when it comes to peas, a sprinkling of fresh mint and goats cheese are a must. Spinach? well what better way to take this humble omelette to new nutritional heights. As a nutritionist, that is always my second priority - after taste that is....
Green Pea, Spinach and Goat's Cheese Omelette
2 large free-range eggs
2 tbsp green peas
1/4 cup Silver Beat, shredded (Any spinach will do, but I find silver beat more flavorsome)
20g crumbled goats cheese
4 mint leaves
Crack the eggs into a bowl, season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then beat well with a fork until fully combined. Place a small non-stick frying pan on a low heat to warm up. Prepare peas, shredded spinach, and crumble goats cheese onto a small board. Add 1⁄2 tablespoon of oil to the hot pan, then carefully pour in the eggs. Tilt the pan to spread them out evenly, using a fork to swirl the eggs around the pan a little. When the omelet begins to cook and rm up, but still has a little raw egg on top, sprinkle over the spinach, peas and half of the cheese. Using a spatula, ease around the edges of the omelet, then fold it over in half. When it starts to turn golden brown underneath, remove the pan from the heat and slide the omelet onto a plate. Top with remaining peas, mint and cracked pepper.
Serve with a slice of whole wheat toast for a well balanced meal.