Friday, February 03, 2006

Too Busy To Eat!

I inadvertently took a week off because I've been too busy to eat! Sad but true. What do I do when work takes over my ability to have a decent meal? I eat better not worse. When you're busy (especially out of the house), it's so easy to fall into a pattern of sodas, granola bars (or other "energy" snacks), and pre-packaged convenience food, but most are so carbohydrate and sugar heavy (and laden with nasty processed food chemicals), they make you feel worse not better. If you have fresh stuff in the fridge, it really doesn't take that much longer to cook something healthy. By the time you finish microwaving that frozen meal, you could be eating real food.

My fall back favorite at home for the past couple of weeks has been a mushroom, asparagus and cheese omelet. I add grilled chicken when I have time. Omelets are just the easiest and most healthy convenience food. You can throw in any variety of veggies from the fridge, add some cheese and you have a health, protein-rich dinner. Just saute your veggies in a small omelet pan until they're crisp and green. While the vegetables are cooking, get a separate bowl and add two eggs, some milk, Parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix those with a fork for about 20 seconds, then pour over the veggies in the omelet pan. Let the eggs sit until they start to puff on the top and set up (unless you want scrambled eggs, which are fine , too.) Pull back the omelet from the sides of the pan with a spatula letter excess egg run around the edges. Once the omelet is set up, flip it over (or in my case, inexpertly flip the largest pieces upside down.) Let the underside cook for just a quick second, then add more cheese and plate it. Don't overcook. Undercooked is always better. But remember, extra cheese covers a multitude of sins.

A small non-stick omelet pan is all you need to make this the easiest week night dinner. Fresh vegetables and protein for energy even make this suitable for late night eating. Make sure you use wooden or silicon utensils on your non-stick pan since metal will scratch the Teflon coating.

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