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making omelets

Egg-cellent Omelets


Omelets are a tasty, budget-friendly, and easy meal your entire family will enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Use ingredients you have on hand from your fridge and pantry to make a meal that matches your family’s taste preferences. Simply pair with fresh fruit, and you have a balanced breakfast, lunch, or dinner to serve your family in less than 10 minutes! #BetterPantry

Steps:

Eggs:

Only two eggs from your refrigerator are needed for each omelet! All you have to do is add about 1 tablespoon of water to the eggs and use a whisk or fork to beat the eggs together.

Protein (optional):

Eggs are a great source of protein, but adding more protein is a great way to fill you and your children up. You can add a ¼ cup of leftover meat from your dinner the night before, such as chicken, or you can add canned beans that are already in your pantry!

Veggies:

You can use any vegetables that you already have on hand, and match your family’s taste preferences. About 1 cup of whichever cooked vegetables your family likes is a perfect amount to add in for each omelet!

Cheese (optional):

A sprinkle or two of shredded cheese of your choice!

Now that you understand the many different ingredients that can go into an omelet, check out some of our omelet recipes! You can completely follow these recipes or use ingredients that are already in your pantry or refrigerator!

Veggie-packed omelet

2 eggs

1 dash salt

1 dash pepper

1 Tbsp water

1 handful or ¼ cup of onion, chopped and sauteed in olive oil

1 handful or ¼ cup of red pepper, chopped and sauteed in olive oil

1 handful or ¼ cup of frozen spinach and sauteed in olive oil

1 handful or ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese

Southwest omelet

2 eggs

1 dash salt

1 dash pepper

1 Tbsp water

1 handful or ½ cup canned tomatoes, diced

1 handful or ½ cup canned corn

1 handful or ¼ cup jack cheese

Do you make omelets for your family? What is your favorite omelet recipe? What is your child’s favorite omelet? Let us know in the comments!

Find more resources at:

http://blogs.ext.vt.edu/eatsmart-movemore/

breakfast casserole recipes

Build Your Own Breakfast Casserole

It is easy to prepare a healthy breakfast for your whole family! Breakfast can be simple and budget friendly by combining four food types to build your own casserole! Add protein, veggies, cheese, and your family’s favorite herbs and spices to eggs to make a tasty casserole. Casseroles can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator or freezer to make your mornings simpler. Using leftover meats from dinner and frozen veggies also helps to keep both time and costs down.

Start with your proteins: Start with a base of around 8 eggs. Eggs are budget-friendly and a great source of protein. Then, use lean proteins like chicken breast, ground turkey, turkey bacon, low-fat beef, or beans. This is a great opportunity to use leftover meats from dinner the night before.

Moving onto veggies: Use what vegetables you already have on hand. Spinach, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms all add color, flavor, and nutrients to the dish. Switch between fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables to fit your pantry and preferences.

Add cheeses: Try reduced-fat cheeses to keep it healthier. Mozzarella, cheddar, and feta are all great additions.

Choose herbs and spices: Pick flavors you know your family enjoys! Basil, garlic, thyme, and a little salt and pepper go a long way in making your casserole tasty.

It is so easy to make a casserole tailored to your family’s taste buds! Get the kids involved in helping choose ingredients and making the dish. Kids are more likely to eat food that they have helped to make. Our casserole featured eggs, turkey bacon, peppers, broccoli, cheddar cheese, thyme, salt, and pepper. Our other casserole featured eggs, leftover chicken, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, and garlic. Refrigerate your casserole after it cools for up to 5 days. Or freeze and microwave until heated for a quick and easy meal for next week. A great tip is to freeze it in individual portions or make smaller portions using a muffin tin. Mornings can be hectic, but breakfast does not have to be stressful anymore. For other simple breakfast ideas head to:  http://blogs.ext.vt.edu/eatsmart-movemore/2017/02/09/quick-and-easy-breakfast-ideas/

quick healthy breakfast ideas

Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day. We’ve heard this message from moms since the beginning of time. And they’re right. People who eat breakfast were more likely to have higher levels of important nutrients in their overall diets, better focus and performance in schools and at work, and a healthier weight status. With all these benefits, why aren’t more people eating breakfast? Mainly a lack of time during busy mornings and for some people, not having much of an appetite in the morning. Both of these issues have solutions, so keep reading for quick, healthy breakfast ideas. Continue reading

Healthy egg recipes

All About Eggs

Plant-based proteins are one of the most affordable options for people on a budget, but eggs come in a close second. One egg costs about $0.17 compared to an equivalent serving of beans (¼ cup), which costs about $0.06 for dried beans or $0.08 for canned beans. Not only are eggs affordable, they’re one of the most versatile foods to cook with. And despite shifting views over the past several decades, eggs are a good source of nutrition. So in honor of National Egg Month, let’s learn all about eggs! Continue reading

Day 5 of Julie’s SNAP Challenge

This morning I ate scrambled eggs, toast, and a glass of milk. I forgot to mention earlier that I usually eat organic dairy and meat because of my beliefs on eating hormone free animal products. I don’t mind paying a higher price for these ingredients because I believe they are better for my body. That being said, I definitely could not afford organic milk and meat on a SNAP Challenge meal plan. So when I went to buy the store brand of eggs, meat, and milk, I was SHOCKED at how inexpensive they were in comparison! I seriously haven’t purchased conventional animal products in over 5 years, so I had no clue how much cheaper they were! I was amazed that I could even afford to buy them on a SNAP budget! Therefore, I am really glad to know that SNAP recipients are still able to afford good sources of protein and calcium.

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