Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Omelet with ham, cheese and chili beans
About a year ago I brought to Amsterdam a Greek Tavli game (one of the most popular versions of Tavli is backgammon). Since then me and Stratis established our little weekend tradition. The morning starts with a big cup of Greek coffee (recipe is coming soon and don't you dare calling it Turkish!) and a game of Tavli which could last up to 2 hours (!) and even more sometimes depending on the mood.
Anyways, the problem with this tradition was that we actually stopped eating proper breakfast and would eat a brunch (=BReakfast + lUNCH) instead. So I figured that in order to keep us full till the evening, the brunch should be quite nutritious. Piece of cake! What is more nutritious than eggs?! And since we are not so huge fans of plain eggs I came up with the following simple, tasty and quite healthy omelet recipe. I use 2 eggs per portion. I think in combination with all the other ingredients it's more than enough.
2-3 slices Gouda cheese, chopped (you could substitute it with any other low fat cheese, like mozzarella or Feta)
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1 small pinch baking soda salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 red paprika
2-3 slices smoked ham, chopped (optional but very highly recommended)
1/2 can (100gr) chili beans in their sauce
1. Break the eggs in a bowl and beat them with a whisk.
2. Add the cheese, basil, parsley, lemon juice, baking soda, salt and pepper and mix well.
3. In a large pan heat the oil.
4. Add the onion, paprika and ham to the pan and fry until the onion is golden.
5. Stir in the egg mixture, lower the fire, cover with a lid and let cook until the omelet is solid. Transfer to a plate.
6. In the same pan warm the chili beans and transfer them to the plate with the omelet.
Ready and full with proteins!