Recipes

HANGRY Omlette

Have you ever had one of those times when you get home late from work or the gym. Tired, starving and feeling like if you don’t eat something in the next few minutes, you won’t be responsible for your actions?  Well, I certainly have.  This recipe is ideal in those very situations.  Not only is it tasty and satisfying, but it goes from fridge to fork in less than ten minutes.  Enjoy.

Ingredients:

3 Large Eggs

40g Feta Cheese

50g Pancetta (or bacon lardons)

2 Big handfuls of baby spinach leaves

Cost per portion:  €1.34  (I shop in Aldi, prices correct as at 30/01/2016)

Method:

  1. Turn on your grill.  Put your plate in to heat.
  2. In a hot, dry pan fry your pancetta until crispy and sizzling.  This should take about 2 minutes.  Remove from the pan and set aside.  Return your pan to the heat.
  3. Whisk the eggs in a large jug
  4. Chop up the Feta into small cubes and add it to the eggs
  5. Add the pancetta to the eggs, stir and pour your mixture onto your hot pan.  You won’t need any oils as your pancetta will have coated the pan.
  6. Drop the spinach leaves onto the omelette.  Don’t worry if it looks like it’s too much, it will reduce in size.
  7. Fry the omelette for about 3 minutes.  If you lift the edges with your spatula, the underneath should be a lovely golden colour.
  8. Pop the pan under the grill for another 2-3 minutes.  Believe me, this is much easier and safer than trying to flip it!
  9. When the eggs are set and the cheese is melty, you’re done.
  10. Simply fold the omelette in half, transfer it to your heated plate and enjoy!

Nutritional Information:

Kcal per portion – 472

Fat – 35.4g

Protein – 34.8g

Carbs – 2.2g

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It’s really not surprising that people feel this way, an entire industry has grown up around convincing us that it’s true.  You’re too busy to prepare meals, they will tell you, why not let us deliver the food to you, or hand it to you through your car window!

I want to call bullshit on this!  Food is the very foundation on which your life is built.  Your nutrition fuels every function in your body.  I would say to anyone that if you genuinely don’t have thirty minutes to cook and eat a meal, your life is not manageable.  I would argue that the act of cooking goes beyond simply producing a meal, it also has a profound effect on your relationship with food.  It connects you to what you are eating and invests you in your nutrition in a way that dialling a dinner never can.

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Through the years I have read innumerable cookery books and watched countless hours of celebrity chefs on TV.  I still believe that the vast majority of what I know about food and cookery, came from watching my mother as a child.  It worries me greatly that the next generation will grow up never having had this opportunity to learn the basics, because our generation didn’t have time to show them.

Even with the best of intentions, creating a habit of preparing meals at home can be difficult.  With that in mind, I am going to release a series of easy meal ideas on the blog over the coming weeks.  No, the pictures won’t impress your friends on Instagram, but I do promise to make them simple, affordable and accessible.  Each week I will publish a new meal idea together with the nutritional information and the cost per portion.  I am confident that I can provide you will plenty of ideas which will be quicker and cheaper than ordering a take away.

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You may believe that “strong is the new skinny” or you may not.  Building a body that is healthy, happy and confident is what matters.  Work towards your own goals, and if you are  lucky enough to have is all figured out, enable your sisters to do the same.