Thursday, September 9, 2010

Back to School Lunches: Spanish Omega-3 Omelette

As Darienne pointed out in her post last Monday, it is very important that the kids get some fun when opening their lunchbox, and are somehow proud and surprised about the goodies they may find in their box (bento or thermos) to avoid comparisons and boredom.

I love the idea of including stickers or a treat, and also love the small plates idea. After dedicating some time to sit and talk with my son about the options, I remembered an old favorite in our home that might work well with our best intentions: tapas.

So here follows an interpretation of one of my favorite tapas I had in Spain and find to be a good option, as it can be served hot or cold. My plan is always to send it in the box with toothpicks so that my kindergartner  will find it irresistible.

Spanish Omega-3 Omelette

I mainly like to use Omega-3 cage-free eggs, which I find to be really a good choice. Also, I added just a touch of smokiness in the recipe, but it is really not needed, with micro-bits of bacon or salmon.
Also, to make the process really easy, I bake the potato in the microwave the night before, so that it is all ready to be prepared in the morning rush. I use organic red potatoes, as they have a better texture for the omelette and can be fried with the peel on, keeping their fiber and vitamins.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon smoked bacon or salmon, micro diced (optional)
1 tablespoon white onions, micro diced
1/2 baked potato, cut in thin slices
2 eggs, beaten

Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add bacon (or smoked salmon) and onions and fry them over low-medium heat. Add potatoes and make them crisp, frying each side for about 3 minutes. Add beaten eggs and close the skillet with a loose lid, plate or even another skillet over low heat for about 4 minutes.

Open pan, making sure that the all eggs are cooked. Now you can turn the omelette with the help of the other skillet or with a spatula to make sure both sides have the same texture.

Wait a few minutes so the omelette doesn't deflate, and when it's almost cold cut it in squares or your kid's favorite shape with a pizza cutter.

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