So, September is National Mushroom Month and September is almost over – but hey! Who needs an excuse to eat mushrooms. Hmmmmm … I wonder if September is Mushroom Month because Bilbo and Frodo’s birthdays are I September … and we all know how hobbits love mushrooms.
One of the great things about mushrooms is that they are one of the few things that are totally delicious and have very, very few calories; only 15 in a cup full, so, go ahead indulge yourself. They also of course have absolutely no cholesterol. Now, here’s a bonus. Another absolutely delectable and sin free food item are sweet, ripe, red bell peppers. And FYI, did you know that most of the calories, and all of the fat and cholesterol in an egg are in the yolk?
“So…?” You may ask. So, that means you can indulge yourself in a scrumptious, huge omelet with no guilt.
Delectable Egg White Omelet
About a tablespoon of olive oil
About 1/8th of a yellow onion, diced
2 or 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and mince
About half a cup of small chopped celery
½ a sweet red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 or 5 fresh mushrooms, depending on the size, sliced
About 1/4 a cup of defatted chicken or vegetarian stock, broth or bouillon.
Favorite fresh herbs or ¼ teaspoon mixed dry herbs, (Italian seasoning)
3 egg whites, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet and add the onion and garlic and gently sauté until the onions are soft and pinkish. Add the celery and pepper and continue to sauté until soft. Add the mushrooms, bouillon and herbs and sauté until they are translucent, hot through and most of the liquid is absorbed. Set aside.
Set a clean skillet or omelet pan on a medium flame and wipe with some olive oil. When the pan is hot, gently pour in the egg whites and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan evenly. When the eggs are almost set, add the vegetables and salt and pepper to taste. Fold the omelet in half and cook to desired degree of doneness. Slide onto a warm plate and enjoy with no guilt.
Yes, it would be great with cheese butthen it wouldn't be fat and cholesterol free would it?