Kale, Basil, Ricotta & Pecorino stuffed Egg White Omelet with a fresh White Balsamic Cherry Tomato Salad
Omlete: 2-3 egg whites
3 leaves of baby kale
Filling: 2-3 T low fat Ricotta cheese
1 T Pecorino grated cheese
2 Basil Leaves- cut into thin ribbons
Salad: 4-5 Cherry tomatoes quartered
about 1 T White Balsamic vinegar
Dash of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) about a 1/2 t or less
S&P TT (salt and pepper to taste)
SO who says healthy is equivalent to boring, bland and unfulfilling? We’ll I’m the first to admit I DO! When I hear “healthy” or “vegan” or especially “diet” my nose pinches and my body cringes because I too have this involuntary trained, unconscious bodily reaction to these very popular words in Health and Fitness.
But immediately after that initial reaction, I am reminded that A LOT has changed since my 80’s upbringing of slim fast shakes and thigh masters (lol!). There are so many foodies out and about these days anymore that the home cook is also considered as a renowned chef when he or she creates a YouTube video or makes the cut on Food Networks Worst Cooks and creates a dish that is simple, convenient, Tasty and pretty good for your body.
This omelet I made sounds fancy and its is! Because I made it with love and plated it to appeal to your hungry eyes. BUT its ingredients most of us have in our frig (at some point or another) and is an awesome quick fix when your trying to impress the girlfriend, the girls over for brunch or just something different to enjoy for yourself then your every weekend morning meal of scrambled eggs and toast. And whats great about this dish is it can be whatever you want it to be… you don’t have kale, use arugula; Or whatever green you have (scallion; chives; cabbage; escarole; literally whatever floats your boat). Don’t like ricotta? Easy: Just pick another soft cheese you like. Or you can get really crazy and omit it all together! HA! But you really can think of this dish as a stepping stone of tapping into your “inner chef!” The possibilities are endless. Just add flavors you like and play with it. I mean, its eggs! It costs next to nothing. So if you botch your first batch, no biggie; making a new one won’t break the bank.
But if you would like to try this recipe I created I would love your feedback! Share your favorite “healthy” breakfast meal with me! Tell me what you would do different with this meal? I’d love to hear from you!
*Cooking Instructions: First, we want to make our Tomato Salad. So quarter the tomatoes, place in a bowl. Cut the basil as thinly as you can and toss half of the cut basil leaves in the bowl with the tomatoes; also adding the vinegar, s&p and EVOO. Put the other half of basil on the side. Let that salad sit and marinate while you do the next steps.
In another small bowl, add your cheeses, toss in that second half of cut basil leaves. Add a smidg of s&p tt BUT remember that you have seasoning in your salad so DON’T OVER SEASON. You can always add more seasoning to your dish later.
In a small saute pan spray with a little Pam (or butter that baby up. A 1/2 T of butter is more than enough).
Lay your kale pieces down in the hot pan, medium heat, and let that kale cook for about 3o seconds. Add your eggwhites and move it around a bit to get the kale to stay laying nice n flat at the bottom of the pan. Your pan should be on low heat now and let the egg cook until it looks milky and gets pretty solid around the sides and middle (but still a little wet because it will continue to cook through or next steps)
Add your cheese mix with your hand down the middle (because if you just plop it in it you’ll break the bottom of your omelet trying to spread it around). So it looks like a log in the middle of the omelet.
Now this part you might want to watch a video on how to make an omelet if you haven’t already done this BUT its actually easier than this sounds. You will then flip one third of your omelet in your pan over the cheese log you just placed, then roll the whole omelet onto your plate to get the pretty “rolled” omelet. Just YouTube it 😀
Take your salad, mix it about a little more and lay over your lovely hot omelet.
Done! & Enjoy.