As I sit in my green office, staring outside my windows (particluarly at this growing spider web that’s been there for 5 days now), I can’t help but notice the leaves changing colors every day. Just this morning, a crusty leaf fell into my coffee mug as I walked to my car (yes, I don’t have a transportable coffee mug, so I have to walk out with my own glassware. Shame, I know).
I have an affinity for green. Green in all forms: clothes, shoes, painted office walls, marble, nail polish (Jade is the new Black is sooo fly!) and food. Have I told you split green peas are my absolute fave “bean.” Oh my Holy word…. Mami couldn’t make me a happier child when she makes me chicharros when I go home.
But, as I child, I hated every and any green vegetable. There was nothing mami could do to make in take that stuff in. No tricks pulled in her tactics. As I get older, I realize and appreciate the importance of greenery in our systems. I like to think my body is a temple and that I need to treat it properly and with respect if I want it to be a full performance. Surely, there are other factors, but the nutrients and vitamins found in most green leaf ingredients.
With a big birthday just two weeks away, I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time thinking about what I put in my body. In the last 3 weeks I’ve lost 7 or so pounds, all caused by the proper elimination of certain dairy (my pobresito café con leche is missing me and starting to Jones me). But, I, feel great! Now, if it were stress-induced weight-loss, I’d be telling a different story. Though in all honesty, no matter the reason, the elimination of heavier foods combined with the physical lightness has given me a bit more stamina and energy… as in I’m dancing a whole lot to Beyoncé songs while I cook and write.
So back to the greens. It’s been a challenge but I’ve been diligently adding any variety to my food whenever possible. I started with steamed edamame twice a week. Then I went on to leafy salads with beets and other goodness (thanks to some local tastings). And, finally, to eggs—because I can eat a dozen a day.
In order to curb the urge to eat 3 single eggs in one sitting, it dawned on me to add other things to it to fill it up, resulting in less eggs.
I’ve always loved omelettes, especially this one, but I don’t always have time to make an elaborate one and quite frankly–I’ve said here before– I borderline loathe cooking for myself. Really, I do. It’s kind of depressing. But, when this chick is hungry, I have to eat!
I made this omelette just an hour ago because I was starving and thought it would fit the bill of something light enough to keep these 7 pounds off. I had some cilantro, jalapeños and Gruyère cheese. An odd combination, you might think, but the heat of the chile paired with the aroma and bite of the cilantro went well with the Swiss cheese, which, if you’re familiar with it, gave it a nutty and mushroomy flavor. Nothing wrong with that at all.
And, while I’m not a fan of heat at all, there are times I can tolerate it. The blend and balance has to be perfect. Almost hidden so deeply that it’s barely detectable. That may take the thrill factor out of eating a heat-packed dish, but if it’s too hot I can’t even begin to enjoy the meal. I get that from my dad. I always find substitutes for chiles, peppers, etc…but in this case, it needed it…simply to kick up the composition up a bit. And it worked.
Perfection, my friends. Simple perfection, rather. Took no longer than 6 or so minutes. After I finished plating it, I ran outside, snapped a few pics of the leaves outside my office and came back to enjoy a perfect breakfast or brunch dish; in this case a spot on pre-dinner filler!
My honest disclosure: I’d have to eat 10 of these omelettes to get my suggested daily green vegetable allowance, but it’s a start and a delicious one at that. They say baby steps, first, right?!
I took no measurements for this recipe because the ravaging hungry woman made her appearance, so the recipe I offer is loosely based on what I felt like chopping and slicing. Surely, you can tweak it and figure out the right proportions for your needs and taste.
(and eat more green!)
Eat well, love unapologetically, pray with true intention, and take care of yourself.
Follow the sexy & delicious fun on
SPICY GREEN OMELETTE WITH Gruyère CHEESE
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp. Gruyère cheese, chopped
- 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
- 2 tsp. jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 1 tsp. butter
- 2 fresh sprigs of cilantro for garnish
- salt to taste