Black Bean Open Faced Omelet

Easy Open Faced Omelet Recipe In a couple of weeks I’m attending The Big Summer Potluck at the home of Pam Anderson. It will be a day full of good food, fun, foodie friends, and hopefully some learnin’ too. Last week finally allowed for some time to sit down and check out one of Pam’s cookbooks I recently picked up, The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great.

By the way, Pam has a new book, Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers that will be available late September this year. Sounds like the perfect cookbook to have on hand for the holidays. Back to The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great...

As someone who’s had more than just a couple of pounds to lose at any given time, I thought I would find another cookbook touting some kind of absurd food combining, or phases to work through, along with a list of “yes” foods, and “no” foods. But I was happily surprised. As I read, I began to realize that Pam was not only telling her story about struggling with a healthy weight, but she was speaking to me, directly to me. She may as well have been sitting across the table from me, over a cup of coffee saying, “Okay Amy, this is what I know, and this is what I did.”

It was the spark of encouragement that I needed to hear. Real common sense advice, and no crazy foods or unrealistic exercise regimen. You’ll have to get the book to read it all for yourself. It’s full of tasty recipes that are simple, and, most importantly, tested and perfected by Pam. And when it comes to testing and perfecting recipes, Pam’s the bomb.

What I like about Pam’s recipes is how she gives you the recipe base and technique to use, along with a list of suggested ingredient options and combinations. Of course Pam encourages you to get creative and come up with your own combos, and that’s just what I did with the first recipe I tried fromThe Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, the Open Faced Omelet.

I’m terrible about eating a regular breakfast, so that’s where I wanted to start. The Open Faced Omelet sounded too easy and tasty not to try. And it seriously takes only 10-15 minutes to prepare and cook. I decided on a black bean, with a low fat Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses, with fresh cilantro combo. It was tasty and perfect not only for breakfast, but lunch or supper too.

Easy Open Faced Omelet Recipe Here’s what you’ll need to get started: an egg, egg whites, chili powder, salt, pepper, olive oil, black beans, cheese, and fresh cilantro.

Easy Open Faced Omelet Recipe Begin by heating oil in an 8-9″ skillet over low heat. (Pam’s recipe calls for a nonstick pan, but I used an iron skillet). While the pan is heating, beat the egg, egg whites, chili powder, salt and pepper together.

Open Faced Omelet Recipe Warm up the beans in a microwave safe dish for 30-45 seconds. When ready to cook, increase temperature for skillet to medium–high. As soon as the pan is ready (Pam says you will see “wisps of smoke”), make sure the bottom of pan is completely coated with the oil.

Next, pour in the beaten egg mixture to evenly coat the pan. Gently pull the edge of the eggs that have set away from the side of the pan with a plastic spatula, and tilt the pan allowing the uncooked egg to flood the bottom of the pan.

Open Faced Omelet Recipe Continue the tilt and flood process until top of omelet is wet, but not runny.

Open Faced Omelet Recipe Top the omelet with the warmed black beans, cheese and cilantro, turn heat to low, then cover and cook for about two minutes or until cheese melts.

Open Faced Omelet Recipe When done, with a spatula delicately loosen omelet around edges and plate “open faced.” My omelet extraction leaves a little to be desired, but regardless of how it looks, it tastes mighty fine.

Open Faced Omelet Recipe

Enjoy!

Black Bean Open Faced Omelet
 
Adapted from Pam Anderson’s The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great.
Serves: Makes 1 omelet.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ancho chili powder (or favorite chili powder)
  • ⅛ salt
  • ⅛ pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oil (I used olive oil)
  • ¼ black beans, drained
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheese (I used a low fat Colby/Monterey Jack combo)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, rough chopped
Instructions
  1. Begin by heating oil in an 8-9 inch skillet over low heat. (Pam’s recipe calls for a nonstick pan, but I used an iron skillet).
  2. While the pan is heating, beat the egg, egg whites, chili powder, salt and pepper together.
  3. Warm up the beans in a microwave safe dish for 30-45 seconds.
  4. When ready to cook, increase temperature for skillet to medium–high. When pan is ready (Pam says you will see “wisps of smoke”), make sure the bottom of pan is completely coated with the oil. Next, pour in the beaten egg mixture to evenly coat the pan. Gently pull the edge of the eggs that have set away from the side of the pan with a plastic spatula, and tilt the pan allowing the uncooked egg to flood the bottom of the pan. Continue the tilt and flood process until top of omelet is wet, but not runny.
  5. Top the omelet with the warmed black beans, cheese and cilantro, turn heat to low, then cover and cook for about two minutes or until cheese melts.

Comments

  1. says

    Amy,
    Can’t wait to see you at Big Summer Potluck! I’ve ordered a copy of this book after hearing you and Kristen both talking about it. Sound like just what I need!

    Hope you have a great week. Talk to you soon.

    Robyn

  2. Sherry says

    That omelet looks delish! Congrats on being the featured blogger for Mingle Monday! Great to meet you!

    Sherry

  3. says

    I’m right there with you, Amy. On the same road, fighting the same good fight against the 15 lbs I’ve slowly gained over the past 4 years. Just started doing something about it a week ago today. Which makes me feel good. And strong. Of course the first step is just admitting there is work to be done. Sounds like we’ve both made that first step. Mom’s book is an amazing resource too. Good luck. We’re here for you! All 3 Anderson girls :)

  4. says

    Sounds like a book I need to get!!…..and this omelet looks SOOO yummy!! but then, you can make ANY dish look AMAZING!!♥
    Thanks for sharing Amy!

  5. says

    Beautiful photos and what a nice healthy alternative. I usually have whites for breakfast as well. Just not all dressed up. Yours look yummy!
    AmyRuth

  6. mags says

    That looks delicious! I’d have to go with parsley instead of cilantro because I’m one of “those” people.

  7. says

    Thanks for the book plug, Amy. What I keep learning on this journey, is that it’s not about the food as much as it’s about me and my relationship to it. We all know that in order to lose weight we just need to eat a little less and exercise a little more, but how do you get motivated–and stay motivated–to do that?

    I think it’s about seeing food and exercise as a way of taking care of ourselves. Most of us overwork and then use food as a vice and say we’re too tired to exercise. Fact is, when we take care of ourselves first, we’re better equipped to take care of those we love. This doesn’t come naturally to me. I go through periods when I forget, so thanks for reminder!

    Look forward to meeting you in person at the Big Summer Potluck in less than 2 weeks!

  8. the country cook @ Delightful Country Cookin' says

    This book sounds great, and that omelet looks fantastic!

  9. says

    no joke…I hope I have some egg whites in fridge b/c this is what I want for DINNER. I’m craving breakfast for dinner right now! :) I have to get my hands on this book!

  10. says

    Think that I could loose MORE weight if I eat this for breakfast, lunch & dinner? Looks yummy enough that I wouldn’t mind!

  11. says

    This recipe looks excellent. Do you use egg substitute? I haven’t tried it and have heard it’s not as tasty.

  12. says

    Oh I definitely want THAT on a plate in front of me at this very minute! Pam’s certainly making me want to eat healthy if I can eat this omelet!

  13. says

    my hubby would LOVE that omelet! I am definitely going to have to check that book out! Stopping by from Mingle Monday!

  14. says

    This open-faced omelet reminds me of a fratata , yet a bit thinner. Ancho chili is a great southwest flavor, and with the black beans and cilantro you have a wonderful omelet!

    Bon appetit!
    CCR
    =:~)

  15. Denise says

    This looks delicious! I really enjoyed looking through Pam’s cookbook while we were relaxing on the beach…lots of tasty and healthy recipes! I made one of the smoothie recipes this morning…YUM! I’m getting this book soon. :)

  16. Amanda says

    I’ve had this recipe marked for a long time. Finally, I made it today. So good! I used two whole eggs and skipped the cheese. The chili powder was a great idea, and of course the beans make it a very filling meal. I’ll be making this again for sure! Thanks for a great recipe.

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