When the Hubby isn’t home for dinner, I tend to take a sort of lazy route and not cook all that much for myself. Pre-pregnancy my dinner might consist of a bowl of cereal. Now that doesn’t fill me up quite enough, but I do tend to stick with the breakfast food trend. I love breakfast foods and it seems like a treat to me in some strange way to eat breakfast for dinner! Plus, it usually takes less time and results in less dishes, always a bonus!
Last night I made an omelet in a variety that I’ve never tried before. (Actually Steve is usually the omelet maker around here, his turn out way prettier than mine) My omelet was Greek-style and turned out delicious, if not quite as picture perfect as Steve’s! Plus, it has some great nutritional stuff for mom-to-be and the little babe which is an even bigger bonus to the deliciousness factor. I therefore dubbed it the “Eating for Two Greek Omelet” (see original post about this saying if you’re interested)
Disclaimer: Before I share the recipe I should state the following. I know that pregnant women are warned not to eat soft cheeses and I know that feta cheese is a soft cheese… but its tough to go Greek without feta. When buying the feta I was extra careful to check and make sure it is pasteurized. So yes, I am pregnant and yes, I ate feta. I’m not saying you should go ignore all warnings and guidelines about food (certainly not endorsing risky decisions like sushi or downright dumb decisions like alcohol) but I think some common sense goes a long way too. Okay, that being said… see below!
Eating For Two Greek Omelet
- 3/4 – 1 cup chopped spinach (I used frozen, thawed and heated in microwave)
- 6 cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup pasteurized feta
- Canola oil (I used spray)
Beat eggs in small bowl. Add salt and pepper to eggs – I used 2 small cranks on both the salt and pepper grinder. Heat small frying pan on stove. Spray with canola oil. Turn heat to medium and add eggs. Allow eggs to cook until sides are bubbling and majority of the “liquid” egg portion is cooked. I found it helped to scrap a spatula along the sides then tilt the pan to allow excess egg to fill in the sides and cook there.
Along one edge of the eggs, add spinach, tomatoes, and feta.
With a spatula, turn other side of eggs to cover the fillings, no need to flip. Allow omelet to continue to cook until eggs are thoroughly done and filling is heated/cheese is melting slightly. I thought it really hit the spot!
So why is this a good “eating for two” meal?
Well, the eggs give 2 full servings of protein, a key “ingredient” (like my play on words there?) for helping baby grow and generally building and repairing body tissue. Plus its a more filling and long lasting source of energy which is good.
Tomatoes are a winner in the vitamin C category, good for helping form healthy bones, teeth, and gums, as well as keeping your immune system up and running. Vitamin C also helps the body use iron… coming soon!
Spinach is a super food of sorts, packing in three key nutrients at once – vitamin A, iron, and folic acid. Vitamin A helps develop the baby’s eyes, skin, hair, skeleton, and glands. Plus it helps keep mom-to-be’s skin, hair, and vision healthy. Iron is essential because of the increased volume of blood you’re pumping through your system. Many pregnant women can be at risk for anemia so consistent iron intake is key. And folic acid is the oh-so-commonly talked about B vitamin that helps prevent spinal and brain defects as baby grows. Three cheers for spinach!
The cheese adds in some calcium, a bone builder, and using canola oil in place of butter is a good choice as it one of the “healthy fats”.
So there you have it… delicious and nutritious! My apologies if I slipped into teacher mode there a bit with my nutrition facts breakdown! I do love biology/nutrition stuff, and I have just finished off another full week of school, so I can’t quite help myself! Haha!
Happy Friday… hope you enjoy the weekend, whatever it may bring! I know my weekend will bring lots of grading of lab reports. Only one week left of teaching and I want everything to be in order when the other teacher returns. Maybe my weekend will also include round two of this omelet… but actually for breakfast instead of dinner this time!