Breakfast inspiration. Make your omelette interesting, and healthy.

February 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Are you like me? Long days, too busy to cook and eat right? Meanwhile output is ramped up to maximum wattage? Making an exciting brekky helps keep me honest about making sure I practice what I preach: “always, always eat breakfast.”

Now lets just address one thing right off the bat. Mis-conceptions about “breakfast food” have lead people to think it is what was deemed suitable by Mr Kellogg. This is what I’ve been making for breakfast lately, which don’t have to be relegated just to breakky, try it for a snack, lunch or light dinner.

Parsley & Black Sesame Omelette

This took as long as it would take you to pour a bowl of cereal with milk and make a coffee. Maybe less.

  1. Put a fry pan on medium, add a knob of butter.
  2. Crack 2 eggs in a bowl, season and whisk lightly.
  3. Quickly duck out to your garden and snip off a good fat handful of fresh parsley (alternatively, get it from the fridge!).
  4. Rinse and pat dry in a tea towel. Roughly chop. Little bit of stalk is ok!
  5. Add to the eggs with about 1 x Tblsp black sesame seeds.
  6. By this time the butter is melted and sizzling gently. Pour in whisked eggs.
  7. Let cook for about 1 minute undisturbed. If it seems like it’s cooking too slow (edges aren’t getting brown or crisp), turn up heat slightly. Not too high or you’ll ruin the “puff”
  8. Fold over on itself, cook another 30 seconds or so and flip. You don’t have to be too precise, rustic is good.
  9. Slide on to a plate and serve. On it’s own or with toast, salad, sliced avocado. You get the jist.
What makes this healthy?
Parsley has some serious nutritional clout, notably it’s iron and vitamin C content. It’s also packin’ huge amounts of a group of compounds referred to as Vitamin K. While keeping bones strong, Vitamin K also keeps arteries supple and helps blood to clot normally. Up front it doesn’t sound a glamorous function, but is fundamental to harmonious everyday living. The chlorophyll content (the stuff that makes it green) is highly cleansing and nukes bad breath. Probably why parsley is often teamed with garlic.
We loooove parsley in TCM. Being green, naturally it harmonises the Liver, that naughty little organ that governs anger and frustration. It has a direct effect on the Kidney/Bladder organ pairing and excellent in the treatment of UTI’s. It’s remarkable cleansing properties are said to treat poisoning from meat and fish, and even as a cancer preventative.

Black sesame seeds are unhulled white sesame seeds. More flavorful and containing 60% more calcium than the white variety (which are already super rich in calcium FYI). Found in Asian grocers it’s also used medicinally in Chinese Medicine to “lubricate the bowels”. A great blood and kidney tonic, they are useful as a overall pick-me-up. Just use with caution if you are running a bit loose out of the back (if you know what I mean).

Look out for more inspiration in my breakky series.

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