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Hail to the humble omelette

19/06/2012

The humble omelette has many a time been my saviour. When I’m rushed for time, whipping up a quick omelette can make a tasty, nutritious breakfast, lunch or dinner in under ten minutes.

This popular whipped egg dish has variations found in countries all over the world, including Thailand (kai yat sai), Philippines (torta), China (egg foo yung), Japan (tamagoyaki), Iran (khagine) and France, where the word omelette was born in the mid-16th century.

From a food as medicine point of view, eggs are relatively high in protein when considering their low-calorie value.  Each egg usually contains around 6.3g protein.  As well as being a complete protein source for vegetarians, eggs also contain vitamin B12.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers eggs to be neutral in temperature and nourish blood and ‘yin’ (fluids) in the body.  In people with excessive mucus or fluid in the body, eggs can exacerbate phlegmy and sluggish symptoms.  Some people are allergic to eggs and may take advantage of egg substitutes such as silken tofu in omelettes (but in other types of cookery you might like to try these).

Now, my recipe:

Tasty, quick & nutritious dairy-free omelette

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1 dessertspoon of water for each egg
  • Olive or coconut oil
  • Small onion or shallot (finely chopped)
  • Garlic (crushed)
  • Mixed vegetables – Eg. mushrooms, sweet potato, pumpkin, potato, broccoli, green beans, capsicum, asparagus, corn, spinach, basil, parsley, chives or whatever you like (sliced finely)
  • Freshly ground pepper and a pinch of sea salt

Method:

  1. Beat eggs with water until fluffy.
  2. Heat oil in pan, when hot saute onion, garlic and any hard vegetables (eg. sweet potato) until soft.
  3. Pour beaten eggs over sautéed vegetables.
  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper over eggs.
  5. Turn heat down, cover with a lid.
  6. Remove from heat when cooked through.

For further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health at her Broadbeach clinic and is the Chinese Medicine Senior Lecturer at the Endeavour College of Natural Health Gold Coast campus.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 20/06/2012 12:21 pm

    Hi Sarah

    I completely agree that eggs are the perfect way to start a day. I’m a HUGE fan of poached eggs.

    I also love that the omelette is such a universal food and I’ve eaten them in just about every country I’ve been to.

    Do you have any thoughts on the ideal cooking style? My tastes have changed on that score. When I was younger I loved my omelettes very well cooked, but as time has passed I’ve taken to a slightly more runny consistency. What of the baked omelette? I must confess to only liking a baked omelette when it’s savory – Spanish onion, sliced kalamata olives, basil and sundries tomatoes.

    I also like to theme my omelettes: Asian style with shiitake mushroom, Thai holy basil/coriander and a sprinkling of fish sauce or European style with Camembert, crushed peppercorns and a lashing of Dijon mustard and pomme on the side.

    • 23/06/2012 6:03 pm

      Your omelettes sound amazing! In my travels I think I have liked Thai omelettes best – I love how they roll them as they cook them – mine never look as good when I try to do that. I’m also a fan of poached eggs too. I’m looking forward to authentic Japanese omelettes in a week’s time. I’ll report back.

  2. 21/06/2012 9:48 am

    You’ve inspired me to start my day with omelettes! Shallots, grape tomatoes, hickory-smoked ham: heaven.

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