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10 Recipes To Show You Making An Omelet Is Just A Breeze

10 Recipes To Show You Making An Omelet Is Just A Breeze

Eggs are great. They’re full of nutrition and cheap; and from a culinary perspective, eggs are both simple to start off with and something which you can experiment with to create something greater.

And if eggs are great for experimentation, the omelet is an innovator’s dream. Here are 10 omelet recipes – and those are just for breakfast! An omelet is something which you can try so many things with, and yet cooking them is still so easy.

Here are ten omelet recipes which show how easy and delicious preparing a great omelet can be:

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    Regular omelet

    Let’s start with the basics. At the most fundamental level, an omelet is a bunch of mixed eggs and water beaten in a bowl and grilled over a pan. But if you’ve never cooked an omelet, you would be surprised how you can mess this up. If you add too little oil, or leave the heat too high, or just leave the egg without turning it, you can have an omelet that is half overcooked and half undercooked.

    Watch over your omelet carefully, and you can have a nice, yellow omelet. But now it is time to spice things up.

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      Omurice

      Omurice, to be fair, is not exactly an omelet. It is a Japanese twist on the traditional omelet, as the name comes from combining the words “rice” with “omelet.”

      With omurice, the focus comes with frying steamed rice along with vegetables, some kind of meat (I prefer chicken, though hot dogs and even bacon can work), along with a sauce generally consisting of ketchup and other ingredients together. Then you fry a plain egg omelet and layer it over the rice.

      Omurice can be pretty sweet, especially since ketchup is used both in the rice and is normally poured over the egg. But it is a great recipe for those aiming for something innovative.

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        Spanish potato omelet

        It would be a crime to talk about great omelet recipes without referring to this tradition. This omelet, often known as tortillas de patatas, consists of nothing more than some onions, potatoes and eggs. The texture of softened potatoes and onions works extremely well with creamy, well-beaten eggs. But make sure to simmer or stew the vegetables first before combining them with the eggs, or you will face the unpleasant scenario of eating half-cooked potatoes.

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          Bacon Omelet Salsa

          Rolling up an egg omelet can seem to be pretty difficult, and I will note I messed up a few times when I started doing so. This is especially so when you are frying an omelet and have to do the roll when the eggs are cooked, but still kind of soft.

          But baking is different, and this bacon omelet salsa can be a great way to roll up your omelet. And there is nothing in this world that cannot be improved with bacon.

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            Chickpea Omelet

            They say you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, but you can make an eggless omelet. This omelet, made with chickpea flour, almost resembles a savory pancake. While the recipe calls to place tomatoes or spinach atop this omelet, any vegetable which will do to improve its flavor can be used.

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              Ultimate healthy omelet

              Eggs have an odd reputation as an unhealthy food, but they absolutely are. And if you can make an omelet with a lot of vegetables, it is a great way to start off your day and lose weight. This vegetable omelet here is a great example, especially because it contains zero carbs but has loads of nutrients and antioxidants to give you energy to start up your day.

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                Egg white omelet

                If you are still concerned about the health effects of consuming eggs, then you can make an omelet with just eggs whites and without the yolk. Egg whites are some of the best sources of protein out there. While you can buy egg whites directly in specialized stores, your best course of action is to just separate the egg whites from the yolk like this.

                From there, you can make a vegetable omelet like the one above to keep yourself healthy. But egg whites are just as flexible in the kitchen as regular eggs, and can be used for all sorts of things. Just don’t eat them raw.

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                  Sweet fruit omelet

                  Most omelets are savoury, filled up with meats and vegetables of some kind. But just like crepes or pancakes, it is possible to make a sweet omelet with sugar, honey, and various fruits.

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                  This recipe recommends mixing your eggs with sugar and water before putting it on the grill, and it will certainly sweeten it up. More than that, it will make them as fluffy as the softest bed, if you like them like that. But I would also note that when you’re making an omelet, you should not cook your fruits with it like you would vegetables. Instead, spoon sliced bananas, strawberries, or other fruits over the omelet after you’re done, along with whatever toppings you like.

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                    Omelet in a bag

                    If you don’t have access to a pan (like on a camping trip) or if you need to make a large number of omelets at once, you can actually make omelets in a bag with some boiling water. Put some eggs into a plastic eggs, add what ingredients you like, and then put them in the boiling water. Don’t worry – the plastic bag will not melt.

                    If you do want to try this, take note to get a very good plastic bag and not some cheap flimsy thing at the grocery store. If you use something cheap, the bag can spill open and your omelet will be ruined.

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                      Meat omelet

                      Healthy options are good and all, but sometimes you may just want something nice and delicious with a load of meat inside. Thankfully, omelets are so versatile that you can do that too.

                      Good meat recommendations are chicken and sausages (as opposed to pork and beef.) You want something with a lighter taste that will blend in with the chicken and whatever vegetables you may choose to add. Pepperoni is another good option as well.

                      Featured photo credit: javierrldn via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                      If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                      One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                      Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                      In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                      Why you can’t sleep through the night

                      The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                      Stress

                      If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                      Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                      We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                      While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                      Eating close to bedtime

                      Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                      Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                      Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                      Medical conditions

                      In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                      The vicious sleep cycle

                      The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                      Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                      You get a bad night’s sleep
                      –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                      –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                      –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                        You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                        How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                        To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                        1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                        What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                        Here are a few suggestions:

                        • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                        • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                        • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                        • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                        • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                        2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                        What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                        • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                        • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                        • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                        • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                        3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                        Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                        Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                        Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                        Sleep better form now on

                        Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                        I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                        As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                        Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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