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Eggs and Hash

Low-Carb veggies for breakfast! Simple, quick, and filling breakfast of eggs and zucchini.

This recipe is hardly a recipe at all but if you eat eggs several mornings every week, it can get boring to have them the same way every day. This is one way to have them and if you like a runny yolk, you can have your lovely over-easy eggs on top and let that yolk run onto the hash. Mmmm mmmm!

Now, I failed to take pictures of cutting the zucchini but it is really easy. I cut a small/medium zucchini into 4 slices down the length of the zucchini. Then cut eat slab into about 4 strips. Then cut those strips into small little cubes. :)

Put it in a skillet with a bit of coconut oil.Zucchini Hash ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeason as desired. I only used a bit of salt and a tiny bit of pepper.

Cook until desired doneness.

Zucchini for Breakfast ~ Lifeofjoy.meThere is a lot here because I did enough for Tiffany and I, so that was 4 zucchini.

Cook your eggs. If you are only cooking for yourself, move the zucchini to on side of the pan and cook two eggs on the other side, however you like them best.

I like my eggs over medium and Tiffany likes hers scrambled and well done.

Fried Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meNo, that is not a pancake! It is how Tiffany likes her scrambled eggs cooked.

Place on top of cooked zucchini.

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Add some nutritional yeast for a nice cheesy taste and lots of vitamins. (It took me a eating the nutritional yeast a few times before I warmed up to it and tasted it as cheesy, so give it a few tries.)

Eggs and Hash ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis one is so simple I hesitate to write up the recipe but here goes.

Eggs and Hash

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put a little coconut oil in your pan or spray it with oil instead.
  2. Add zucchini.
  3. Season as desired, I used some salt and a bit of pepper.
  4. Cook, cook, cook, until desired tenderness/brownness
  5. Move the zucchini to the side and cook 2 eggs on the other side of the pan, as desired.
  6. Place zucchini hash on plate and top with cooked eggs.
  7. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a nice cheesy taste, with lots of vitamins.
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I hope this recipe gets you out of your egg rut. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

PS. I got this recipe from Trim Healthy Mama, just gotta give credit where credit is due. ;)

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Seasoned Eggs

Such a different and tasty way to have eggs. The flavor combinations are endless.

I recently followed Trim Healthy Mama’s Stubborn Losers Menu. When I decide to follow a menu, I go all in! I eat everything the way it is listed, which means taking a chance on different foods.

One of those foods was how to fix eggs. I like an egg with a runny yolk but all the white cooked. I am not a fan of egg whites but the stubborn losers’ menus were designed to help me get the scales moving. In order to do so, the menus do not abuse calories, which I have done more than I can admit.

So I tried their recipe for Big Fried Egg Trick from page 243 of the trim healthy mama Cookbook. The thing I want to share with you today is what I learned about how to season eggs from that recipe.

So, once you get the eggs in the pan, it is really just a matter of sprinkling on whatever seasonings you like.

Seasoned Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used oregano, onion powder, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast. (I store my nutritional yeast in that shaker that I got from Dollar Tree.)

Seasoned Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeasoned Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlipping the large egg is the hardest part but I usually just flip it in pieces.

I cooked it a bit long because I was taking pictures. :p But it was still yummy!

Seasoned Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeasoned Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeasoned Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s really better when the yolks are a bit runnier. :)

Seasoned Eggs

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Oregano
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Nutritional Yeast

Instructions

  1. Spray a skillet with oil.
  2. Add eggs.
  3. Season the way you like
  4. Cook, as desired
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The flavors are only limited by your imagination.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Breakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Breakfast Lasagna

We like to have this filling breakfast as a special treat on a Saturday morning. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, and cheese all in one.

This may not be the prettiest meal but it is good enough that it is requested by my kids. I adapted this recipe from ibreatheimhungry. She used her cream cheese pancakes and a dozen sausage links. I make my baked pancakes and use bulk turkey sausage, since at this time Michael cannot eat pork. I probably use a little bit more cheese than the one cup in the original recipe as well. I make a couple other alterations that I will tell you about in a bit.

The only problem I have with it is that my baked pancakes are clearly thicker than her cream cheese pancakes and it towers over the pan. When I make this I use my largest sheet pan but I may have to divide it into two smaller pans in the future, to get them a bit thinner. ;)

Breakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meBrown the sausage, scramble the eggs, and shred the cheese.

Breakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace a piece of pancake in the bottom of an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish.

Now here’s where I deviated a little from the original again. I butter the layer of pancake because the first time it was a bit too dry and . . .

Breakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd a little sukrin fiber gold syrup.

Next add half the eggs and half the cheese.

Breakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meThan add another layer of pancakes.

Breakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd a little butter and syrup and then the cooked sausage.Breakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meLast layer of pancakes, piece it together as necessary.Add a little butter and syrup.

Breakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meTop with the remaining egg and cheese.

Breakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meBreakfast Lasagna ~ Lifeofjoy.meBake in the oven at 350º for 8-10 minutes.

We have cut this into four pieces for four adults but none of us eats the whole portion until the next meal. ;) So this can be easily cut into 6 servings or even 8 servings for adults and serves even more when children are involved.

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Breakfast Lasagna

Ingredients

  • One batch of pancakes (baked)
  • 8 eggs, scrambled
  • 1 pound bulk sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded.

Instructions

  1. In an 8x8 or 9x9 pan layer as follows
  2. Pancakes (lightly buttered and drizzle of syrup)
  3. Eggs
  4. Cheese
  5. Pancakes (lightly buttered and drizzle of syrup)
  6. Sausage
  7. Pancakes (lightly buttered and drizzle of syrup)
  8. Eggs
  9. Cheese
  10. Bake 350º 8-10 minutes
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit

This is so simple, it is hardly a recipe but maybe a menu idea instead. The delicious combination of sausage, egg, and cheese on a light biscuit.

I have recently been making this wonderful breakfast sandwich using Belle’s Biscuits, which a recipe in Kristie Sullivan’s new Keto Cookbook and on her youtube channel here. It is an easy mixer recipe, that whips up rather quickly. I have also made this with Mug Bread, which I shared here.

So here is how to do this simple breakfast. Start with a biscuit or mug bread, sausage, an egg, and some cheese; I used some mild cheddar.

Sausage, Egg, cheese, biscuit ~ lifeofjoy.meCut the biscuit in half and toast it or just heat it up.

Cut Biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meForm a patty out of some bulk sausage and cook. Cook an egg. Tiffany doesn’t like egg whites, so we scramble up her egg for this sandwich.

Sausage and Egg ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to add butter or mayo to my biscuit/sandwich.

Butter the Biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlip the sausage and egg and cook to desired doneness.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace the egg on the bottom half of the biscuit. (I overcooked my egg today but it was still delicious.)

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext comes the sausage.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd now add some cheese.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then put the top half of the biscuit or bread on top.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt really doesn’t matter that there is some overhang of delicious food. I just eat those bites first or with just a little nibble of the bottom part of the ‘bread’.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meSausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is definitely one of my favorite breakfasts! :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Thick Bacon Hack

Make the less expensive thin bacon into thick bacon, with this tip.

My family has gotten spoiled with the thick cut bacon I’ve been buying at Sprouts lately. It truly is delicious. But it is a tad bit expensive. So I buy the cheaper thin bacon to add to what I buy of the thicker bacon.

However, nobody really cares for the thinner bacon. Although I do have to admit, sometimes it is so nice and thin and crispy that I call it a bacon chip. ;) But  most of the time, we don’t prefer this cut.

Well last weekend when I was baking up some of the bacon for the week, I had run out of space and still had half a package of thin cut bacon left. Then it hit me . . . I can put two pieces together and make it a thicker piece of bacon. And that is just what I did and it turned out nice.

So for today, I thought I’d show you how to do it in a skillet but the same technique applies to putting it on sheet pans and baking it.

Place two pieces on the skillet together. The big ones on the right are two pieces and the little piece on the left is just one.

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey may separate some as they cook but this is okay. :)

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.meJust turn the two-piece piece over as one piece.

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.meI actually prefer it baked in the oven but this was okay too. Now, I’ll admit that this is not as good as thick bacon but it makes it a bit tastier this way.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Baked Pancakes

An unconventional, easy, time saving way to make pancakes.

Being on a low-carb diet, sometimes means that you need to incorporate more fiber. Sukrin has a fiber syrup that we like to use on pancakes – yes, low-carb pancakes. :) Yummo! Anyway, I decided that maybe Sean might want to have some on a daily basis but making pancakes every day is NOT going to happen.

Then I remembered reading on a fellow Oklahoman’s blog, that she made pancakes in the oven. She said it works for any batter that has two cups of flower in it. I wondered if this would work for these low-carb pancakes I’ve been making. (Well, actually, I’ve been using the recipe in her cookbook: Cooking Keto With Kristie: A Journey Worth Taking and it is slightly different than the one in her video, which is slightly different than the one she references on the video.)I decided to give it a try when I wasn’t under pressure; so I attempted it for my breakfast yesterday. It Worked! :) I use her recipe but substitute coconut flower for the pork rinds right now, since Michael cannot have them.

So, here’s how to do it.

Prepare you batter.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meGrease your sheet pan. Mine is about 15″x11″ in size. I used coconut oil.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpread batter into pan.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meSorry about the bad pictures today!

Put in the oven and bake on 375º for 12-15 minutes.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meI cut it into 16 pieces because this recipe is for 8 servings.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meOne serving. :)

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany was in the mood for some chocolate, so she added some Lily’s chocolate chips (they’re sweetened with stevia).

You cannot see my pancake very good but it was delicious.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Baked Pancakes

Ingredients

  • Pancake batter that has 2 cups dry ingredients.

Instructions

  1. Prepare batter.
  2. Grease sheet pan/jelly roll pan.
  3. Pour batter into pan and spread out evenly.
  4. Bake at 375º for 12-15 minutes.
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I hope this makes your life easier. I believe it will mine.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Waffles ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Waffles

Quick to throw together for a filling breakfast. I like mine with eggs and sausage because I need to balance out my sweets with other things.

This recipe says it serves 4-6. Ours made about 10-12 individual squares. If you don’t use it all, it can be set in the refrigerator for about a week; just add a bit of water or milk to thin it if necessary.

Combine all the ingredients in order listed and stir just until moistened (flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla).

Waffles ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe used almond milk today.

Waffles ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Once your waffle iron is hot, pour some batter on and close it up. We like to use a soup ladle.

Waffles ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen you first close it, there will be lots of steam. Depending on how high your waffle iron is set and how crispy you like your waffles, will determine how long your waffles will take to cook but it should be just a few minutes.

As you can see, we didn’t get quite enough batter on the waffle iron, so the squares weren’t all square. ;) But they were yummy!

Waffles ~ Lifeofjoy.meI buy pure maple syrup for these. :) Mmm mmmm!

Waffles ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup flour (whole wheat, all-purpose, or a combination)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in order listed.
  2. Stir until moistened.
  3. Can be used immediately or refrigerated for up to a week. (Thin with a little milk or water as necessary when refrigerated.)
  4. Pour about 2 ladles of batter on hot waffle iron and close. Follow your device's directions for operation. For ours, when the steam is nearly gone, they are done.
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Enjoy!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Amish Cinnamon Bread

I first received this wonderful bread when Michael and I had only been married about three or four years. A dear lady in the church brought us a loaf one day. I loved it so much that I asked her for the recipe. She happily agreed, as she informed me that this bread uses a starter and told me how easy it was to make. She also told me that if I wasn’t going to make the bread for a while, I could freeze the starters. This was good news, because the recipe says it makes three large loaves of bread.

Here’s the deal, you use a one cup starter, stirring it once each day. On the fifth day you add flour, milk, and sugar to it and stir for two more days. Then let it rest for two days.

Day 10 is the baking day but first you add another cup of flour, milk, and sugar. Then before mixing up the batter, you remove three starters, one cup each. These starters can be given away to friends or even frozen.

So here’s the deal, although the recipe says it makes 3 large loaves ours doesn’t because my family doesn’t like the raisins added and only likes the nuts on occasion. As you can guess, this means there is less bulk in the batter reducing the number of loaves it produces.

Years ago, I shared this recipe (and a starter) with a friend. One Christmas she decided she wanted to make a double batch to give as gifts. She did the math and measurements and found that if you take out just one starter, you have two batches worth of starter left and could double the recipe, which is what we do every time.

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I believe you could create your own starter by combining 1/3 cup each flour, milk, and sugar in a container, loosely covered, and leave it out on the counter for a couple of days.

Combine all the ingredients.

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe like this recipe in muffins more than the bread. Although Sean and Tiffany really like there to be a gooey bit in the loaves.

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Amish Cinnamon Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Amish Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour, divided
  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 large box INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-2 cups nuts
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. To use frozen starter or starting with 1/3 cup each milk, sugar, and flour:
  2. Take out of freezer (or sit new starter on counter, loosely covered) for 2 days, on 3rd day start counting as day 1.
  3. Day 1: Receive Starter
  4. Day 2: Stir
  5. Day 3: Stir
  6. Day 4: Stir
  7. Day 5: Place starter in larger container for room to rise and add 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk.
  8. Day 6: Stir
  9. Day 7: Stir
  10. Day 8: Do Nothing
  11. Day 9: Do Nothing
  12. DAY 10: Add 1 cup each flour, sugar, and milk.
  13. Take 3 cups and put 1 cup in each of 3 small containers with lids; these are for your friends, yourself, to start again, or to freeze.
  14. To the remaining batter, add:
  15. 2 cups flour
  16. 1 cup sugar and all the rest of the ingredients beginning with salt, listed above.
  17. Grease and flour pans. Pour batter into pans and bake at 325º. Muffins bake in 15-20 minutes and loaf pans bake in 45-60 minutes. Can wrap and freeze when nearly cool.
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If you try this, let me know what you think, and how making your own starter worked out.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

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Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

The subtle taste of pizza in a muffin.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love pizza! Yep! I sure do! Many diets have failed me because I cannot imagine giving up pizza forever (and sometimes, not even for a few months). So you might be able to imagine that I struggled a bit on the keto diet which does not allow bread.

Naturally I had to find a few recipes to help me through this dilemma. The first is one I have had for several years, Pizza Topping Casserole, which is really quite good. It has all the flavor of the toppings with a hint of the sauce but nothing to substitute for the crust. It works some of the time. The second is the breakfast keto pizza. This one has a crust, yummy toppings, sauce and filling.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, today I bring you Pepperoni Pizza Muffins. This has that bread quality without any wheat, corn, rice, et cetera. It uses lots of eggs, some almond flour and a bit of coconut flour. We got this from lowcarbyum.com. According to them, the muffins have 2 net carbs per muffin, 182 calories, 14.4g fat, and 7.8g fiber. My counts will be a little different because I used turkey pepperoni since Mike is allergic to both beef and pork, and cheddar cheese instead of the recommended mozzarella.

Tiffany first fixed these for us to have the week of the conference as a grab and go breakfast. I decided I needed to make them again to have on hand. Plus, I needed a recipe to share with you today. ;)

Begin by beating the eggs slightly.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen add flours, cream cheese, baking powder, salt, and water.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.mePepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd half of the cheese and the pepperoni.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpray muffin tin. Fill each muffin tin 1/2 to 3/4 full.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meSprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the muffins.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meBake at 400º for 20-30 minutes.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used this cute pan, so they kind of look like mini bundt cakes.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º and spray muffin tin.
  2. Place eggs in mixer and beat eggs slightly.
  3. Add flours, baking powder, salt, cream cheese, Asiago cheese, and water; combine.
  4. Cut pepperoni into quarters. Add it and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Combine.
  5. Fill muffin tins 1/2 - 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 20-30 minutes.
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If you want these for lunch, you might heat up some marinara sauce and dip it in.

Serve right away or refrigerate and reheat later. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Spinach Omelet

Cheesy scrambled eggs with spinach , simple but yummy. Easily customized to what you like or have on hand.

This week’s is a recipe that I’ve been making for Mike and Sean for the past week or so. They are really enjoying it. You can pretty much change this to suit what you like. It is extremely versatile. Of course, since this is a spinach omelet, we are using spinach. I know, shocking, right? :D My guys like some green onion in theirs as well. We have also added some cooked chicken breast and cheese at times.

Start by cracking three eggs into a medium-size bowl. I use my 4-cup measuring cup.

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext add about one tablespoon of heavy whipping cream (or evaporated milk or just regular milk or even half and half).

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.meI use a fork and combine these a bit. Next, cut the green onion or use scissors to snip it right into the measuring cup or bowl of beaten eggs.

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really shouldn’t have used the green cutting board! It really gave these pictures an odd look!

Next grab a handful of spinach and chop it into thin pieces.

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd both of these to the eggs and combine. :) You can add a bit of shredded cheese if you like. I have found that I really don’t taste the cheese mixed into the eggs and opt to just melt it on top for mine.

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.meMeanwhile, if you are watching your fat intake, spray your pan, very well, with oil. If not, heat half a tablespoon each of butter and coconut oil (or simply one whole tablespoon of one of them).

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.me(I’d already used this pan to make this twice today and didn’t realize I was going to need pictures, thus the egg bits still in the pan.)

I like to stir together the two oils as they melt, before I pour in my omelet mixture. When the oil is hot, add the egg mixture and if your add-ins get all lumped together, spread them out a bit.

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs it starts to solidify, mix it up a bit, so all the egg gets thoroughly cooked.

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy family likes theirs a little bit crispy. (I know real omelets are thinner and rolled but I don’t know what else to call these delicious eggs.) When one side is done to your liking and is nearly cooked through, flip to finish cooking the other side. This is when I add my cheese. We are using a mild cheddar here but use what you like.

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.meServe as soon as the cheese is melted.

Spinach Omelet ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I hope you like this ‘recipe’. Use whatever veggies or meats you like.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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