A Little Taste of Italy Omelet

I love eggs! I love fresh eggs! Have I mentioned that I love eggs? Eggs are also a  wonderful and healthy source of protein. I limit myself on my intake of yolks to help maintain my cholesterol, but at least one morning a week, I thoroughly enjoy an omelet for breakfast. Other mornings, I love to create healthy dishes with egg whites. I am working from home today on this beautiful fall-like morning, which is one of the many perks about being a college professor. My hours allow me more time to work for the Lord with various activities in my church, spend time with my family, read, work in our garden, host my bi-weekly book club, blog, and work on an exciting upcoming novel. Yes, I’m writing a new book, but that’s a story for a future blog. Now, back to a delicious Italian omelet that make you feel like your dining in an Italian bistro!

egg

I use two fresh eggs for an omelet

Ingredients

two farm fresh eggs (if available, if not you can buy organic eggs at most supermarkets)
1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
cooking spray (I prefer coconut oil spray)
1/3 cup diced sweet onion
1 large whole white mushroom
2 fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon of either fresh garlic, or minced garlic
1 teaspoon organic low-fat feta
sprinkle of parmesan cheese
Chives (optional)
turkey sausage (optional)

Process

1.) Heat skillet over medium low heat. Spray with cooking spray and add extra virgin olive oil. Allow oil to heat and add diced onions and ground turkey sausage.
2.) Stir gently with wooden or rubber spatula. Once onions begin tendering, add washed and sliced mushrooms. Add garlic and season gently with sea salt, and black pepper. Keep a close eye on the garlic to prevent it from burning.
3.) Wash two medium size fresh basil leaves. I prefer Italian basil for this recipe. You can cut the basil, but I prefer to use my kitchen scissors and snip it to the size I prefer without bruising it. Add basil and gently stir lowing the heat.

basil leaves

Fresh is better!

4.) Add oregano. I like to use oregano from my herb garden that I have dried, and have used fresh. Either are great.
5.) Crack two fresh eggs into a bowl and add milk. Gently whisk briefly and then add the egg mixture to a strainer to do most of the whisking.
6.) Whisk the eggs through the screen of the strainer. This helps remove any of the membrane or chalazae that may exist in the white of the egg. This also helps your eggs to be more fluffy. When it seems that there is some of the egg that just wont go through the strainer, your ready to add your eggs to the skillet. You don’t need what’s left behind in the strainer.

whisking eggs

Whisking eggs

7.) Add egg mixture with feta into the now browned turkey sausage, tendered mushrooms, and onions. Don’t over stir while cooking. You may add a dash of salt and pepper if desired.
8.) Gently fold with a rubber, or wooden spatula until thoroughly cooked, and slightly brown on either side.
9.) Plate your beautiful Italian omelet, and top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
10.) Serve your Italian omelet with marinara sauce for dipping, or to top your omelet. I also like to add chopped chives to my omelet. My husband enjoys this omelet with garlic toast. I’ll admit, the garlic toast tempts me like crazy!

italian omelet

Delicious Italian Omelet

This is one of my favorite omelet recipes. I love Italian food, clean eating, delicious breakfasts, and that quiet time when I can sit and enjoy my breakfast with hot cup of coffee, and a great book! I love the early morning hours as well, but I think I’ve mentioned that before. If you enjoy Italian foods, I’m sure will enjoy my Little Taste of Italy Omelet! Be sure to check out one of my earlier posts, Breakfast for a King or Queen, another great idea for a tasty healthy and clean breakfast. I would love to hear your feedback.

Quick and Delicious Apple Pie Smoothie

It’s only Tuesday, and it’s been a busy week already! The campus was buzzing with life yesterday as students were rushing about making schedule changes, exploring the campus, and enjoying a brand new start to a brand new year! College life, you gotta love it! As I made my hour and a half commute to work yesterday, I was reminded of one of the reasons that I love smoothies so much! I love their health benefits, their taste, and I love the fact that they are easy and quick to make, and I love that I can drink my power breakfast on the go! It’s also a healthy alternative to the popular fast food breakfast sandwiches, and just as satisfying!

A delicious, clean, and easy apple pie smoothie!

A delicious, clean, and easy apple pie smoothie!

I am a true believer that we should take what could be a stressful situation, and turn it into a positive one. For example, my long commute could be stressful, even though I love arriving at my destination, the drive on the Interstate has its disadvantages.  What better time to forget schedules, multi-tasking, drivers with road rage, speeders, slow pokes, and deadlines… and instead crank up a little K-Love on the radio, meditate, or pray, and sip on a delicious smoothie! The commute passes quickly, and before I know it, I have arrived on campus in a positive frame of mind, and a full stomach! I’m ready to get my day started!

I like to make smoothies that are simple, quick, tasty, clean, and healthy! My apple pie smoothie meets all of those requirements. I find myself fixing this smoothie more often than any of my other favorites. My grandchildren enjoy this smoothie as well. Imagine that…you could replace a milk shake, or any another high calorie snack with a healthy delicious smoothie. That’s good news for the entire family.

Ingredients

1 cup of ice
1/4 to 1/2 cup almond milk (depends on the thickness you desire)
1 tablespoons of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce (optional)
2 tablespoons of raw honey
1 scoop of Pure Protein Vanilla, or French Vanilla flavor
1 medium apple peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated ginger, or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger (I prefer grated, fresh is always better)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Greek Yogurt

Delicious Vanilla flavored Greek yogurt is my favorite!

French Vanilla is great in all smoothies!

French Vanilla is great in all smoothies!

Process

I like to use a Ninja to process my smoothies. I recommend them highly, as they can double as a food processor and a blender. I reach for my Ninja more often than my food processor. However, most blenders will work if you don’t have a Ninja. If you’re interested in purchasing a Ninja, check out the Amazon link titled A Few of My Favorites, for an amazon link to purchase one. Now, back to the simple process of making an Apple Pie Smoothie.

Adding the ingredients in my favorite kitchen gadget, a Ninja!

Adding the ingredients in my favorite kitchen gadget, a Ninja!

Pulse ingredients to the desired texture.

Pulse ingredients to the desired texture.

1.) Add ice to the Ninja
2.) Peel and slice apple add to Ninja
3.) Measure and place wet ingredients in the Ninja
4.) Add dry ingredients
5.) Pulse until you reach the desired thickness and texture that you prefer.

Pour yourself a delicious Apple Pie Smoothie!

Pour yourself a delicious Apple Pie Smoothie!

That’s all there is to it! It’s that simple to have a smoothie ready to drink, or take on the go for a fast and nutritious breakfast. I’ll be honest, when I drink one of these healthy and filling smoothies I feel full until midday, or later. Trust me…it’s that satisfying. I know your family will enjoy this sweet, but healthy treat as much as mine. If  you enjoy this smoothie, be sure to check out my previous post for Almond Butter Fruit Dip. Also, be sure to watch for upcoming fall smoothies in future posts. Feel free to leave comments. I’m anxious to know how you enjoyed your smoothie! Cheers!

A delicious, clean, and easy apple pie smoothie!

A delicious, clean, and easy apple pie smoothie!

Quick, Easy, & Clean Coffee Mug Blueberry Muffin

For me, living a healthier lifestyle consists of healthy delicious food, easy recipes, moderations, decreased stress, exercise, and a positive attitude. We know that it’s nearly impossible to avoid stress in the fast paced world we live today. However, I have found that by simply taking time each day to find a place of tranquility, and enjoying the serenity, the following day of stress is easier to cope with. In other words, take time for  yourself everyday, whether it be that warm bubble bath that you’ve been promising yourself, a walk in the park, reading a great book on the porch swing, or simply enjoying the bounty of nature. For me, church, the mountains, family, a good book, and a little “me time” does wonders.

My husband and I recently took a ride to grab a little evening relaxation. We took a cooler of drinks, snacks, a camera, and a desire for a little peace and quiet, Kentucky style. The scenery of the mountains was breathtaking. and the ride was serene. We traveled for hours and never saw another human being. However, we kept the camera ready for the beautiful wildlife that can spotted at almost any given time along the many trails that wind through the mountains. Truthfully,  you never know what you’ll see in the mountains of Kentucky!

An afternoon ride through the mountains of Kentucky.

An afternoon ride through the mountains of Kentucky.

Two Kentucky elk.

Two Kentucky elk.

Now, if that’s not a beautiful site…I’m not sure what would qualify as beautiful! Not to mention, elk is a great source of clean meat. Our son has been drawn for an elk hunting tag the past two years, which allows for our family to have a years’ worth of fresh elk meat. But these two handsome guys pictured above are primarily for the sheer enjoyment of their beauty! They are safe from hunters.

Okay, enough about the tranquil life in the Kentucky mountains, let’s move forward with a great recipe! Everyone likes quick and easy recipes. I especially like quick, easy, and clean recipes. But, there’s an element that I want all recipes to have, and that’s flavor! This recipe is packed with flavor! I get really excited when I create, or discover a delicious clean recipe that is quick and easy to make…I want to share it with everyone! Clean eating has changed my life in many ways. Not only do I feel better both physically and mentally, but I’ve also lost sixty-eight pounds. My blood pressure is great, cholesterol is down, and my risk of diabetes has decreased tremendously. Okay, enough about me! I am excited to share one of my favorite breakfast recipes…clean, quick, low-calorie, low-fat, easy microwaveable blueberry coffee mug muffins!

Quick, easy, delicious, and clean microwavable blueberry muffin.

Quick, easy, delicious, and clean microwavable blueberry muffin.

The muffins are simple to make, and delicious to eat! You can experiment with a variety of fruits and create different family favorites. For this wonderful breakfast treat you will need the following ingredients;

Ingredients

1/4 cup quick oats
1 fresh, or organic egg
splash of almond, or soy milk
handful of blueberries
raw, or organic honey
1 teaspoon of stevia
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
cooking spray (I like to use organic coconut spray)

A hand full of clean blueberries.

A hand full of clean blueberries.

Stevia is a great sweetener, and can be grown at home. That will be in a future blog!

Stevia is a great sweetener, and can be grown at home. That will be in a future blog!

Quick oats cook faster and taste great

Quick oats cook faster and taste great

Tools

microwave
spoon
coffee mug

1.) Wash blueberries and lay on a paper towel to drain.

2.) Very lightly spray a coffee mug with cooking spray.

3.) Mix oats, egg, stevia, cinnamon, and blueberries in a microwave-safe coffee mug until well blended. You may also add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. (this is optional)

4.) Place in the microwave and bake for one minute intervals. Depending on the microwave your muffin will take between 1 and 3 minutes.

5.) Remove the muffin from the microwave and drizzle with honey.

6.) Allow to cool, if you are going to remove the muffin from the cup. You may also eat the muffin warm from the cup with a spoon.

I love to eat the blueberry muffins warm by the spoonful.

I love to eat the blueberry muffins warm by the spoonful.

Quick, easy, delicious, and clean microwavable blueberry muffin.

Quick, easy, delicious, and clean microwave-safe blueberry muffin.

This is truly a quick, easy, and delicious muffin! I have altered the recipe by using different types of fruit. Apples and strawberries both make wonderful muffins. I’ll share those recipes in upcoming blog posts. For now, happy baking, and bon appetite!