Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Spinach Artichoke Omelet

My husband and I have been on a 100 day weight-loss challenge associated with his work.  We have been trying to find yummy low-calorie recipes, and I found this one in a new cookbook by Our Best Bites - 400 calories or less.  This is a quick and easy omelet that has incredible taste.  It is also a perfect meal for one person (which I had while my husband was out of town).  The soft creamy cheese is delightful!  We have had it once a week since we found this recipe :) It has only 202 calories and 20 grams of protein!

 Spinach Artichoke Omelet
from 400 Calories or Less with Out Best Bites

1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 TBSP water
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 wedge low-fat soft cheese (such as Laughing Cow) I liked the garlic herb flavored
1/2 c chopped fresh spinach leaves
2 marinated artichoke hearts, diced
2 TBSP freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Chopped fresh tomatoes (optional)

Heat an 8-inch nonstick frying pan to medium heat.  Whisk together egg, egg whites, water, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Immediately add egg mixture and swirl to coat bottom of pan.  Use a rubber spatula to gently scrape from the outside edge of the omelet inward, letting runny eggs flow to open spaces on bottom of pan, moving around the pan several times.

Cover the pan and turn heat to medium-low.  Cook until top of omelet is almost set, about 2 minutes (I found mine set much quicker than that!) Drop small dollops of the soft cheese on top, along with 1 TBSP of Parmesan.  Add chopped spinach, artichoke hearts, and the remaining Parmesan cheese.

Cover pan again and cook until top is set and cheese is melted.  Slide onto serving plate either folder over or open-faced.  (I added chopped fresh tomatoes on mine for a little extra yumminess!)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

Because our traditional Christmas Eve plans changed this year, we tried to come up with a new idea for a  meal that seemed fun and something the grandkids would enjoy.  We decided to try a waffle and pancake bar with lots of toppings.  It seemed like a good idea, but after the holiday was over, we decided that we definitely didn't need to add more sugar to our diets at Christmas time!  We will have to come up with a new plan next year. (if any of you have a fun dinner for Christmas Eve - I would love to have you share!) 

My daughter-in-law Estee was helping with the meal and she had this wonderful recipe for a healthy pancake that was DELICIOUS!  It has whole wheat flour and oatmeal that make it substantial but they are still light and fluffy and really good!  Thanks Estee!!

Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes   
adapted from Epicurious Gourmet - Andrea Albin

3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups plus 2 TBSP well-shaken buttermilk, divided
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour (I used Whole-Wheat Pastry Flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 TBSP butter, melted
1 TBSP packed brown sugar

-Toppings - bananas, syrups, etc.

Soak oats in 3/4 c buttermilk 10 minutes

Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in large bowl. 

Stir egg, butter, brown sugar, remaining 3/4 cup plus 2 TBSP buttermilk and oat mixture together in small bowl.  Add into dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Cook on medium heat griddle that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray until light brown.  

Makes 8-10 pancakes
Really healthy and yummy way to serve it - sweet sliced very-ripe bananas (no syrup)
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