Recently I made an omelette with some mozzarella cheese and a few slices of pan seared avocado slices. Having seen a few pictures of the process, a friend asked me “Where do you come up with these ideas?” The answer is from my head, my heart, and my gut.
As to the omelette in question… It was fantastic! It was a healthy and tasty breakfast. When I delivered it to my wife in bed on a lazy Sunday morning I wasn’t sure what her reaction would be, but luckily for both of us, she loved it!
For anyone interested attempting this, it’s quick and easy. First and foremost, I recommend a good firm avocado. Slice it into strips that are just thick enough to hold together while cooking in a nonstick pan.
While the avocado slices are searing, crack some fresh black pepper and sea-salt into the pan. Heat the pan and about a tablespoon of oil over medium heat (I used avocado oil, but olive oil would work as well,) Once the pan and oil are hot, sear the avocado slices for about a minute and a half on each side (until golden brown.) Once browned nicely, scoop out and drain for a few seconds on a paper-towel.
Into the same pan pour a few lightly whisked eggs. Once the egg begins to set, drop in a bit of shredded mozzarella, place the avocado in, fold over, and cook for another minute. To really kick the dish up a notch, garnish with a dollop of guacamole! Yum!
The reason for this experiment is a desire to feel better. For much of my adult life my go-to breakfast on a Sunday morning would involve sausage, bacon, probably gravy, biscuits; all in heaping piles on my plate. Now in my late 40’s I’m beginning to place a greater emphasis on how I want to feel later – both later in the day, and later in life. Starting my day with giant piles of grease and carbohydrates just don’t hold the same appeal they used to.
Recently my wife and I were away for a weekend. Knowing we’d be eating in restaurants for lunch and dinner, we packed into a cooler some fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola. When we awoke on our first morning away, we got up and ran down to the hotel gym for a few minutes. Heading back to our room we could smell the hotel’s full hot breakfast wafting down the hallway. “Are you sure you don’t want to run down there for breakfast?” My wife asked.
“Nope,” I replied, “That’s the scent of heart disease and weight gain.”
More and more that’s the way I’m approaching my meal choices.
It’s not to say I don’t still eat an occasional burger, pizza, or other indulgence, but I’m working on something which has taken nearly 5 decades to learn… balance. Yes, my Instagram page is going to have pictures of me smoking pork shoulders, ribs, steak, grilled pizza, etc. However there are going to be a lot of great tasting and healthy choices like Mozzarella-Avocado Omelettes, and those things are fantastic!
Finding a way to make meal choices just as tasty as they are healthy can make for a great experience in the kitchen! They can also leave a person feeling physically better for the duration of the day. A combination for success!