Blending eggs with vibrant green herbs and vegetables like spinach, green onion and basil makes the eggs themselves green, and they remain so even once they are cooked. Besides their hue, the greens also add their nutrients to the dish- a myriad of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. The eggs can be scrambled, baked into a frittata or folded into an omelette. I filled this version with green tomato, avocado, rosemary ham and a few sprigs of land cress, a leafy green from the famously healthy and cancer preventing brassica family. These marbled green tomatoes are a fully ripened heirloom variety with a delicate flesh and sweet, mild flavour. This time of year they are increasingly available at farmers’ and produce markets and even at regular grocers. The thinner the stuffing ingredients are sliced, the better they can be arranged inside the omelette.Adding a side salad makes it into an even healthier full meal. A bit of extra spinach and tomatoes can be the base and then it can be drizzled with a favourite dressing and any extra toppings, like these chives and thyme flowers.Land cress is a very easy leafy green to grow and eat in a range of raw and cooked dishes. It has a nice shape, flexible stem, tender leaves and slightly peppery flavour.
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped (the darkest green parts from the end)
1 well packed tablespoon fresh basil
a couple dashes each of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
Avocado oil (or oil of choice)
100 grams ham, sliced
1 green heirloom tomato
a few sprigs of land cress or preferred leafy green
Preheat an omelette maker or set a small skillet on the stove over medium heat.
Place the eggs, spinach, green onion, basil, salt and pepper in a high powered blender or food processor and blend until the greens are fully liquified.
Spray the surface of the omelette maker or skillet with a thin layer of oil then pour the egg mixture in. If using an omelette maker, follow the package directions, if using the stove leave the eggs to set until the bottom edges are firm and small bubbles start to rise to the surface. At this point flip it over and leave it to cook for another two minutes or so, until fully set.
Place the omelette on a plate, add in the filings over half then flip the other half over.
Frittata muffins can appeal to children and adults alike. This seasonal variation has some sweetness from peas, ham and cooked shallots plus some creaminess from marscapone and butter. A bit of thyme adds some flavour without being too exotic. This recipe can either make 18 muffins or it can be put into a greased casserole dish and baked then cut and portioned after. Continue Reading →
Golden coloured sweet cherry tomatoes go really nicely with tart green tomatillos. Throwing them into a frittata with a few handfuls of sausage makes for a filling meal in which the vegetables (or fruits to be technical) still shine. Continue Reading →
Spiralizing root vegetables is a way to make a slightly different shaped base for egg hash. A spiralizer makes even, thin pieces that cook quickly and uniformly. Here I used yams because of their lightly sweet flavour and smooth, dense texture. Here in Canada we generally call the orange ones yams and the white or cream coloured ones sweet potatoes, but in the US it is the other way around- a great cause of confusion. Continue Reading →
BLT, the classic combination of bacon, lettuce and tomatoes can work beyond the bread. Here, they form the main ingredients in this pasta dish and come together with a creamy avocado dressing. A warm and cozy meal like this is great for winter- it has lots of fiber, healthy fats and protein so it is filling and satisfying. Continue Reading →
A big bowl of meaty chili is a common craving of mine in the winter. It’s a good way to use up leftover bits of meats and vegetables and a can of beans or legumes can be thrown in as well. I like to add in as many vegetables as possible to keep it from being too heavy and make it more balanced. Continue Reading →
Roasted yam rounds are a good substitute for crackers, bread or chips as the base of an appetizer or snack. They are warm and nourishing, easy to digest, dense, sweet and filling because of the complex carbs they contain. Simply slice a yam into thin pieces, roast until the desired crispness is reached and then top and serve. Continue Reading →
This time of year brings piles and piles of squash. One of my favourites to use is butternut; its bright orange flesh is dense and lightly sweet making it flexible enough for sweet and savoury dishes. Baking halves and using them as a bowl for any filling of choice is an easy way to use them and it can be a good method for using up leftovers. Continue Reading →
Using vegetables in place of regular pasta noodles can be a refreshing change for a lighter meal. Zucchini has such a light flavour and perfectly soft texture, making it the best option in my opinion. They can be cut quickly with a spiralizer through which they become “zoodles”, short for zucchini noodles. Carrots, bell peppers and yams are all other commonly used options but I find their flavours can be more overpowering depending on the dish and their texture is farther from cooked pasta. Continue Reading →
Cauliflower pizza has been quite popular in the world of healthy, trendy foods but I have been skeptical to try it- I thought the cauliflower smell or taste would come through too strongly. Happily, it does not at all and the bottom crust pretty much just tastes like cheese, so this kind of reminds me of a cross between lasagne and pizza since there are basically two layers of cheese with some sauce and toppings in the middle. I did find that once the pizza starts to cool down to room temperature it does taste more vegetable-like but as long as it is eaten warm or reheated I bet that not many would be able to tell the main ingredient. Continue Reading →