Open-Faced Egg White Omelet with Quinoa

Hello!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Can you believe we are having a snow storm again?  There’s at least four to five inches on the ground and up to ten inches by tomorrow morning.  I guess we are going to be snowed in again, which means I get to sleep in.  Yay!  🙂

Anyway, I just want to share with you one of my comfort foods for breakfast.  It’s open face egg white omelet with turmeric quinoa, avocado, tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, and pesto.  It’s refreshing and so tasty!

My morning schedule is pretty hectic.  I only get to eat my breakfast when my hubby is off to work and my children are off to school.  When I’m a little hungry and I have the appetite for a hearty meal, this is it.  I get my protein from the egg whites and quinoa, monounsaturated fat from the avocado and olive oil (pesto), fiber from avocado, tomato and basil (at least 4-5 grams of fiber).  A more complete and lighter breakfast compared to a doughnut or a large muffin in my opinion.  I love pesto.  I gotta have it to complete my day.  🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites, scrambled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoonful prepared pesto sauce
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoonful cooked turmeric quinoa
  • 1/8 cup cubed fresh mozzarella cheese
  • flesh of 1/4 ripe avocado, cubed
  • chopped fresh basil for garnish (a must)

Directions:

  1. Heat a small (individual serving) non-stick skillet over medium-low  heat and coat with oil when hot.
  2. Add the egg whites and stir then leave it alone; allowing it to cook.
  3. Tilt the skillet and lift the edge to let the uncooked egg whites flow to the bottom of the pan. Let cook.
  4. Place in order by spreading the pesto first then add the quinoa, mozzarella cheese, avocado, tomatoes and fresh basil on top of the egg whites* (See note).
  5. Carefully, lift with a spatula and slightly tilt the skillet to let the omelet slide right onto a plate.
  6. Serve warm.  Enjoy!

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  • Three egg whites may sound a lot, but it’s actually only 51 calories, 10.79 g of protein, 0.72 g of carbs, 0.17 g fat.   No guilt there. You can check fatsecret.com to verify.
  • For easier removal of the omelet from the pan, you can go ahead and transfer the egg whites on a plate before adding all the toppings since they don’t need to be cooked.  Either way, it’s the same process.  You’re adding the toppings on top of the omelet either  it’s in the skillet or a plate.
  • You can flip the egg whites if you prefer to cook it that way or  you can follow the instructions above.
  • The pesto is enough to flavor the omelet so you don’t need to add salt.  However, you may add black pepper if you prefer.
  • The leftover avocado makes a great addition to a salad or a protein shake for lunch or makes a great salsa.
  • A great alternative is you can boil the eggs and discard the yolks and place all the toppings on the plate and enjoy it this way if your prefer.

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Simple Breakfast

Craving carbohydrates and eggs for breakfast?

I was.  And I was thinking of the tofu salad I made with pesto.  I have weird cravings from time to time.  I would eat food for breakfast that are meant  for lunch or dinner.  While I was mixing the ingredients, I thought well, it would be weird if I put an over easy egg, but why not try it anyway?

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Rice is a staple food throughout Asia.  Eating rice most of your life, makes you crave it no matter how hard you try to avoid it or remove it from your diet.   Thank God there’s quinoa, a healthier substitute.  At least you’re not just consuming empty calories.  It’s now my  fave carbohydrates. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg, cooked to your personal preference
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 14 oz. firm or soft tofu, cubed to bite pieces
  • prepared pesto
  • salt
  • tomatoes, coarsely chopped (optional)

Put cubed tofu in a bowl.  Add prepared pesto in a bowl with tofu.  Season with salt according to your taste and toss to incorporate.  Arrange and layer quinoa, a scoop of tofu with pesto, and the over easy egg.  You can add tomatoes and other toppings if you so desire.  Enjoy.

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Super Easy Tofu Salad

I want to share this super easy vegetarian dish I brought to a gathering three weekends ago.  It was a very light, refreshing, and flavorful salad and everyone liked it.  This salad is also great with spinach or Romaine lettuce, dried cherries and cheese.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 (14 oz.) firm tofu, cubed in bite pieces
  • yellow and red cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup prepared pesto sauce
  • fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to incorporate.    I told you it’s super easy.  Enjoy. 🙂

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Pesto Tomato and Quinoa Salad

Note:   If  this recipe inspired you to use as a guide to make your own, please be considerate and credit annascuisine.wordpress.com.  Thank you!

These tomatoes are so brilliantly red, sweet, and delicious and were handpicked right from the vine.   They looked very ripe, but still have the crunch when you take a bite which is really refreshing.  You can also use this salad as stuffing for grilled cheese sandwich, which by the way, the best stuffed grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had.  See recipe below.

I have been circling around the kitchen trying to look for something to eat for breakfast.  I see oatmeal, pancakes, cereal, just the typical food everyone normally consumes everyday.  But, I wanted something refreshing without leaving me that feeling of “I want something else”.  Then I saw these brilliantly red tomatoes screaming to be eaten.  However, they looked too beautiful to eat.  :D

I normally use tomatoes when I make salsa or sandwiches for my family, but that’s going to be a lot of sandwiches if I have to use all these tomatoes.  I don’t have that many people to feed.  I don’t feel like making salsa today either.

While I was cooking an egg for breakfast,   I remember my mother would always make tomato salad to complement eggs and seafood anytime of the day.  It was so refreshing and I thought it would go very well with the boiled egg.  Then the quinoa and pesto came to mind.  When I’m a bit downcast, I cook and eat rice with anything.  It’s my “go to” comfort food in time like today.  To substitute rice, quinoa would be it.  I bought some “ready-to-eat” quinoa the other day and it would be a perfect addition to the tomato salad and the basil pesto as the perfect seasoning.  A superb outcome.  This would be a great side dish to seafood and chicken or better yet, stuffing in between grilled cheese sandwich.  🙂

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Ingredients for the salad:

  • 1 serving of cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 3 large vine ripe tomatoes
  • 1 boiled egg
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Preparation Methods:

Cut the tomatoes in bite pieces.  Place in a bowl.  Add the basil pesto.

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Mix until well incorporated.

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Add the quinoa.

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Mix well to combine.

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Serve with boiled eggs.   Smile it’s good for you :)

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Stuffed Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:  2 slices multigrain bread, 2 tablespoons pesto basil, 1 slice cheddar cheese, 1 creamy white cheese, pesto tomato and quinoa salad, butter.

Preparation Methods:

  • Butter one side of bread.  Add and layer pesto sauce, white cheese, cheddar cheese, tomato and quinoa salad and another  creamy white cheese.
  • Place the bread with the butter side down on the skillet and cook over very low heat.
  • Put the other bread on top of the cheese.  Press down the bread to flattened (Panini style) while cooking.   When the bread at the bottom turned brown, butter the top side of the bread. Flip over to the other side.
  • Cover the skillet with a lid.  (This will melt the cheese faster)
  • Brown until the cheese is all melted.

I was supposed to give my husband the other half of the sandwich, but it was so good I ended up eating the entire sandwich. 😀

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As I was editing/proofreading my post, my husband saw the pictured above. He asked why I didn’t make one for him.  I scrolled back up and had him read my comment (above the picture).  He said he really wanted one because it looks so good.  To compensate, I went down to the kitchen and made one.  Fortunately, I had one scoop of the tomato and quinoa salad left. I used a slice of white bread and a slice of multigrain bread.  He’s eating it as I try to finish this post. 🙂  Here’s the other half of what I’ve made for him.   This gives me an idea about breakfast tomorrow.  Mmm…I’m definitely making it!  🙂

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Shrimp Pesto Fried Rice

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This is a Euro-Asian inspired fried rice.   Besides the Chicken Congee soup, I found myself making fried rice whenever I am feeling under the weather.  I wasn’t going to blog about it, but I found myself taking pictures just in case.  And I am glad I did because this dish is easy and too tasty not to share.  I almost ate the entire servings.  I couldn’t stop eating it.  😀

Prepare the ingredients.

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*Note:  I decided not to add the egg, but you can add it if you prefer.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 servings of steamed white rice or brown rice
  • 5 jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut in bite pieces or 1 1/2 cups shredded roasted chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup pesto (3/4 cup if you are using chicken)
  • 1/2 medium red bell peppers, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs of green onions, cut about 1/4 inch
  • 1/4 of 1 medium onion, diced
  • Italian parsley leaves for garnish, chopped
  • 1 egg, scrambled (optional)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • lime

Preparation Methods:

Heat skillet over medium heat and coat with oil when hot.  Add garlic, white and green onions, and bell peppers.  Saute for 1 minute.

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Push them to the side of the skillet and add the shrimp.  Sprinkle with a pinch salt and pepper.  Stir-fry until opaque.

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Add the steamed white or brown rice and pesto.

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Mix until well incorporated.

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Transfer into a serving platter and squeeze lime over rice and sprinkle with chopped Italian parsley.  Serve warm.

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Tomato Pesto Spaghetti with Fresh Garlic Bread

Tomato Pesto Spaghetti with Fresh Garlic Bread

We all opted for some comfort food for dinner.  What could be any simpler than spaghetti?  It’s quick and not so complicated and everyone can do it. Right?

This spaghetti dish I made is not the traditional spaghetti most people make.  It requires  extra steps, but it’s worth the effort because it was well seasoned and we all enjoyed it.

The complement?  The garlic bread. I don’t like to buy frozen garlic bread because they put too much butter on it.  I can’t really enjoy it when it’s dripping with oil.  The other frozen garlic breads are soggy in the middle and crispy around the edges after you bake them.

I seldom bake bread.  So, I purchased freshly baked bread at a local grocery store and made my own garlic bread with only two ingredients or three if I want cheesy garlic bread. 🙂

I was trying to compare fresh garlic vs. garlic seasoning and butter vs. olive oil when making garlic bread to find out which one would taste better.  I made one with butter and garlic and herbs seasoning,  and the other with fresh garlic and herbs seasoning lightly drizzled with olive oil.  The favorite?  It was tied.  My husband and I liked the fresh garlic bread with herbs seasoning drizzled with olive oil and the children preferred the butter with garlic and herbs seasoning.  🙂

Gather all ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 box of spaghetti noodles
  • 3/4 cup pre-made pesto sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil strips
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Pour the can of diced tomatoes in a food processor.

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Pulse 30 times or less if you desire a chunky consistency.  Transfer in a bowl.

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Add the premade pesto sauce and salt.  Whisk to mix well.  Set aside.

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Cook the spaghetti noodles 2 minutes less than the required cooking directions on the package and without adding the salt.  Set aside.  Heat a skillet in medium heat and add a teaspoon of olive oil when hot.  Add the ground beef and stir-fry until it turns brown.

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Add the garlic and onions.  Stir-fry until translucent.

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Add the pesto mixture in the skillet with the ground beef.  Stir and cover.  Let it simmer in very low heat for 8-10 minutes.*

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Add the cooked spaghetti in the skillet and stir until the spaghetti noodles are well coated with the sauce.  Cover and let it simmer for about 3 minutes for the noodles to absorb the flavor.

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Add the fresh basil strips and parmesan cheese.

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Serve in a pasta bowl with garlic bread.  You can also drizzle the spaghetti with a little bit of pesto sauce on top if you desire.

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How to make garlic bread:

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Ciabata rolls or Torta rolls, cut in half
  • Herbs and garlic seasoning
  • Finely diced fresh garlic
  • butter or olive oil.

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Directions:

Cut the bread rolls in half.  Brush with butter or drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with herbs and garlic seasoning or fresh garlic.  If you want cheesy garlic bread, you can add the cheese.  Bake in the toaster oven for 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until bread turn lightly brown.

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Serve with the spaghetti.  Bon Appetit!

Image*Note:  Cooking time varies depending on the heat of your stove.

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