Egg-cellent omelet cups!

So, one of the ways I take the pressure off (Instant Pot® (IP) pun intended ;-)) of cooking at dinner time is by making ‘breakfast for dinner’ (B4D) The great news is that, depending on what kind of traditionally-breakfast foods I use, oftentimes B4D can be full of nutrition! This next recipe is simple, delicious and easy to personalize! Hope you enjoy!

*Instant Pot® Omelet Cups
(Makes 1 omelet cup per each egg used – can fit up to 6 Pyrex souffle cups or 8 ramekins in a 6 quart IP)

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Ingredients
Olive/avocado/canola oil or unsalted butter
6 eggs
1/3 cup milk or cream
1 1/2 cups chopped vegetables, any type (in the picture, I used spinach, tomatoes and onions, but really any veggie you enjoy in an omelet would work well!)
1 1/4 cups shredded cheese, any type (divided into 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup)
Salt & pepper

Instructions
1. Lightly grease souffle/ramekin cups with oil or butter.
2. Whisk eggs and milk/cream together in a medium bowl.
3. Mix in vegetables, 3/4 cup of cheese, and salt & pepper.
4. Pour into 6 small, IP-safe cups (I’ve used Pyrex souffle cups or carbon steel ramekins) and cover with aluminum foil.
5. Pour 1 cup of water into IP and place trivet inside the pot.
6. Place (and layer) cups into IP on top of the trivet.
7. Set the IP for 5 minutes on high pressure. Once the IP beeps, perform a quick pressure release.
8. Remove carefully and sprinkle with leftover 1/2 cup cheese.
9. Place in broiler for 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted and lightly browned.

To round out these lovely little cups, and to continue with the B4D theme, I like to serve them with roasted sweet potatoes and/or a slice of whole grain toast as well as avocado slices.

Definitely excited about today’s Nutrition Highlight. This food/ingredient is versatile, delicious and nutritious! It’s also one of the main players in our ‘Weekday Vegetarian’ lifestyle!

THE EGG

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Eggs contain:

Antioxidants (Lutein and zeaxanthin): protect cells from damaging molecules (‘free radicals’)
Biotin: involved in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, DNA synthesis and cellular communication (though rare, deficiency results in hair thinning and/or brittle nails)
Choline: important for cell membrane integrity, neurotransmitter synthesis, childhood brain development and fat metabolism
Protein: building blocks for blood, bone, cartilage, enzymes, hormones, muscle, and skin
Vitamin A: critical in cellular communication, immunity, and reproduction

Please feel free to ask questions about my experience with the IP, Weekday Vegetarianism, eggs, general nutrition or whatever! See you next time!

References:

  1. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/eggs/
  2. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Biotin-HealthProfessional/
  3. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Choline-HealthProfessional/
  4. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/

*Recipe adapted from here: https://twosleevers.com/instant-pot-keto-egg-cups-on-the-run/

Disclaimer:
Any content you find on Sunny Seeds Nutrition Blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition.

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