Healthy Vegetarian Recipes:
Southwestern Omelet Wrap

This is one of those healthy vegetarian recipes that combines southwestern cuisine and eggs in a delicious and innovative way. Eggs are one of those foods that have had a mixed reputation. Worries have been raised about the danger of salmonella poisoning from eating eggs but, when stored and cooked properly, there is no more danger of this from eggs than from meat. There has also been concern about the amount of cholesterol contained in eggs but actually, only 27% of the fat in egg yolks (the white contains little fat) is saturated fat, and studies have shown that dietary cholesterol has little effect on the blood cholesterol of most people.

On the plus side, eggs are a fabulous source of protein, providing all of the essential amino acids required in the human diet. They also contain many beneficial vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B2, B9 (folic acid), B6, B12, D, E, choline, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Not bad for one 70-calorie food item! Of course, as for all foods that are moderate to high in fat content, moderation in eating as part of a balanced diet is important in keeping the heart healthy. Eating one egg a day will not harm your health.

Cilantro is the leafy part of the coriander plant, something widely used in Mexican, Indian and Asian cooking. Interestingly, in view of the above discussion about eggs, chemicals found in cilantro have been shown to combat salmonella bacteria, so the combination of eggs and coriander is a judicious one, in the unlikely event of contamination! Cilantro also contains a significant amount of antioxidants, which both prevents food from spoiling and greatly benefits the human immune system.

If you have not tried the mixture of wrap, eggs, cilantro and beans before, we can heartily recommend that you begin with this dish that is so tasty it will have you coming back for more!

Photo: Leigh Kelsey

Southwestern Omelet Wrap

Yield 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped scallions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons prepared black bean dip
1 9-inch whole wheat wrap
2 tablespoons grated pepper jack or cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler and set rack 6 inches from heat. In a bowl, combine eggs, hot sauce and pepper and whisk with a fork. Add scallions and cilantro and stir.
  2. If dip is cold, warm it in the microwave 10 to 20 seconds.
  3. Put wrap between paper towels and heat in the microwave 10 seconds.
  4. Place bean dip on the wrap and spread, leaving a 1-inch border.
  5. On medium heat, melt butter in oven-proof skillet. Add egg mixture and cook, lifting the edges to release uncooked egg to the bottom. When eggs are light golden, place the skillet under the broiler. Broil just until set, 20 to 30 seconds.
  6. Slip the omelet onto the wrap and sprinkle with cheese. Fold edges on two sides and roll up in the wrap. Serve with salsa if desired.



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