Omelet with Fresh Spinach, Sauteed Red Peppers & Onions, and Freshly-Grated Parmesan Cheese

     Eggs are so versatile. Pair them with herbs, vegetables, or the ever popular bacon. Make them into a quiche or frittata, scramble them, fry them, or do what I do, and make omelets out of them. 
     Some people add milk to their eggs, thinking this makes them fluffier. Honestly, I don't see a difference. I set my heat to medium (about a "5" on the dial), and I lubricate the pan with butter or coconut oil. 
     Then I pour the scrambled eggs (usually 3 of them) into the pan and immediately put the lid over the top. This way, the top cooks a little while the bottom cooks. When the edges come away from the pan, I get my spatula and flip the omelet to let the top cook the rest of the way, only about 10 seconds longer. Transfer to a plate and add shredded cheese, or whatever you want as a filling. Some people prefer to add things to the eggs themselves, but I find it easier to add other ingredients after the eggs are cooked. The only reason I would veer from this is if I wanted to add herbs. The heat brings out their flavor.
     Ever wonder if brown eggs are better than white ones? There's no difference whatsoever. The reason some eggs are brown simply lies with which chicken laid them. Some chickens lay white eggs, some lay brown ones, and some lay green ones! I own chickens that give us all three colors! Very cool.

     My egg-buying advice: get your eggs from a local producer who can tell you what living conditions are like for their chickens. Mine are relatively free range. That means they're allowed out of their cage/roost to feed on insects. When they stay in, like in bad weather, they eat regular chicken feed. So not completely organic, but as close as you can get.
Otherwise, I suggest organic free-range eggs. But what's the difference between that and "cage free"? "Cage free" just means that the chickens were not kept in battery cages. 

"Free range", by USDA definition, only means that the chickens have access to the outside, not that they are ‘grown’ outside.
Straight from the horse's mouth, the USDA trade guidelines for the free range designation (section 10.5, page 13) say: " The birds are raised in heated and air-cooled growing houses with access to the outdoors…"

Wow. According to this, my chickens are going over and beyond their guidelines. Anybody want some eggs?

Until then, you have some educated decisions to make!
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03/02/2012 3:19am

i just came across your recipe for the eggplant (looks yummy by the way) read about the diet.... On a diet myself, goal is 30+ lbs. Thought I would just say hang in there and offer a couple of things that have helped me. I've replaced milk with unsweetened almond milk, it comes in vanilla and unflavored, and has only 35 cals per 8 oz. Also I turn to single mug desserts or red mango frozen yogurt for my sweet attack. Keep it up and good luck :)

03/02/2012 7:47pm

Terry, where do you get red mango frozen yogurt? Who makes it? And yes the eggplant looks great!!


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