I have fallen in love with kale. Before you go, “Oh no! She has gone down the rabbit hole never to consume bacon again!”, far from it. Especially since bacon, the nitrate-free kind is still on the table. In fact, this recipe includes it. My new website is temporarily on hold till we work out some kinks but I am still planning on posting Mental Healthy Recipes here! This is definitely one!
I am still on soft foods from my oral surgery and since eggs are not only a great source of protein but mixed with a bunch of lovely veggies high in all the things I need, especially calcium since I am off dairy for the most part. Kale happens to be one of these lovely things. I decided a lovely omelet was just the thing for me!
Kale is naturally high in Vitamin A, C and also a wonderful source of calcium. According to WebMD Kale also has nearly 3 grams of protein per cup, 2.5 grams of fiber, which helps mange blood sugar and makes you feel full. It also is one of those power foods with lots of B vitamins and Folate which are good for mood stabilizing. My grandmother used to feed me B12 when I was menstruating or feeling down and I was feeling so much better. People who have any type of gut issues tend to be lacking or having a sever B12 and therefore their health issues are compounded with depression. While Kale has far less than Omega-3 than fish, it is still another way to get some of the healthy fat into your diet. Onions provide fiber, potassium and calcium. They also contain minerals and vitamins important to the health of your nervous system and play a role in supporting nerve cell function. Plus like those carrots it is also great for the eyes, another reason I am going to be chowing down even more.
I have been having a 2 egg omelet every other day and for lunch I have been eating some steamed or sauteed kale for a week and already feel better mind, body and well, who knows about my soul 🙂 ! Now I would be remiss if I did not share with you one of my favorite books. Fifty Shades… of KALE!!! *GRIN* Another book my mom has decided I need to have now that I have professed my desire to do this lifestyle change. All I know is anything that is going to help me mentally, whether it is with brain power, helping my depression and has a side benefit of helping my own health is a bonus.
Kale is brain food, as well as onions. By adding them to an omelet you have the perfect meal to start your day. You can add any manner of lovely veggies but sometimes simple is best!
Serves: 1 two egg omelet.
Kale (one handful per omelet)
2 slices of pre-cooked nitrate-free Bacon
2 TBSP of chopped Onions
1-2 cloves of Garlic, minced
Cock Sauce (Chili Garlic Sauce - Sriracha sauce)
1 pat of butter or a TBSP of Canola oil (both are fine for Paleo and Mental Healthy recipes).
Take a handful of Kale and chop to your preferred consistency.
Slice your onion, about 2-3 thin slices is about right, then chop with the Kale to blend well.
Chop your pre-cooked bacon in the same block as your Kale, I usually chop it with the kale to help blend even more I cook my bacon either under the broiler or in the the microwave for 60 seconds per slice in between paper towels).
Heat the pan to med-low and melt your butter (or heat your oil). Add the veggie mix and saute for 3 minutes.
While you saute your veggies, whisk your eggs adding cayenne pepper and cock sauce to taste.
Add the chopped bacon and garlic and saute another minute.
Remove from pan and add your eggs. The trick to omelets is to watch them carefully, lifting the edges to make sure your eggs cook all the way through. After adding the egg spoon the sauteed veggies onto one side.
When the egg is still wet but not running, fold one side over on top of your veggies, cover for about 30 seconds and then slide onto a pan and... enjoy!