Eggs are a great source of protein and can be made in a variety of ways. If you have a microwave omelette maker, you can have an omelette in minutes. All you need is eggs and your desired filling and you have a delicious way to get the health benefits of eggs.
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Microwave Omelette Makers
There are a number of microwave omelette makers on the market today, but all of them operate in the same basic way. Simply put your beaten eggs and toppings into the plastic omelette maker and microwave for the amount of time as indicated in the directions.
No matter what kind of omelette you want to make, you can do it in a microwave omelette maker. A basic recipe is two eggs, beaten with salt and pepper.
Prepare your filling ingredients. This could be a couple of tablespoons of diced onion, green pepper and cheese. If desired, you can add bacon, diced ham or cooked sausage.
Pour half of the egg mixture into each half of your nordic wave microwave omelet pan. Place it in the microwave and cook on high for 60 to 90 seconds. This allows the egg to start cooking.
Add the filling ingredients to both sides of the pan. Snap the lid on top and heat for another 30 seconds. Carefully remove the omelette pan from the microwave.
Flip the cooked omelet onto a plate and serve immediately. If left to sit too long, the omelette will deflate.
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Reheating an Omelette
While omelettes are best eaten fresh, you can make them ahead of time and freeze them. Then, you can thaw and reheat them when you're ready to eat. According to the USDA, you do not have to thaw the omelette before reheating, but it will heat through much faster if you do.
Add the cooked omelette to a microwave safe dish. Cover with a damp cloth and heat on the lowest power setting for 30 to 40 seconds.
Reheating on the lowest setting with a damp cloth helps reheat the eggs without changing the texture so they don't taste rubbery. Skipping this step may be tempting if you're in a hurry, but may render the eggs inedible.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eggs need to be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and need to be reheated to 165 degrees before serving. You can use a meat thermometer to be sure they've reached the right temperature before eating.
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Nutritional Value of Eggs
The nutritional value of eggs varies depending on how you cook them. For instance, the USDA says a single egg omelette made with one large egg and margarine contains 105 calories, 7 grams of protein and 8 grams of fat.
When it comes to a single large raw egg, the USDA says it contains 72 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. And when the single large egg is fried with oil, the USDA says it contains 99 calories, 6 grams of protein and 8 grams of fat.
According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the majority of fat in eggs is mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. And while they are high in dietary cholesterol, the link between dietary cholesterol and cholesterol in the blood is weak.
Applying heat to eggs denatures the proteins, which makes them taste better and makes them easier to digest, according to the Science of Cooking.