Pepperpalooza July 2014

Denver Omelettes | Mixed Fruit

There were luscious green bell peppers in our CSA share bag last weekend, and the ones we didn’t eat right away are now better suited for cooking than eating raw in salads. A Denver (Western) omelette (or omelet, if you prefer) is a perfect way to use them. If the idea of eggs for dinner seems like it won’t be filling enough for hungry eaters, a Denver omelette will change your mind. It makes up in hearty goodness what it lacks in sophistication. Plus, it’s super easy and adaptable. Serve with some sliced fresh fruit, and dinner’s done.

Love to Cook: This Eating Well twist on the traditional turns the omelette into a sandwich; their pairing suggestion is a tomato salad, which, you remember, is also a fruit.

Weeknight Reality: If you’re looking for the basic Denver omelette, then this recipe (with notes) from Serious Eats is perfect – and ready in 30 minutes.

Need a Miracle: Scrambled eggs, with ham, diced onion, diced bell pepper (both typically available, pre-cut, in the produce section) and a handful of shredded cheese, paired with pre-cut fruit or a salad from the salad bar.


Instead of starting with the ingredients tonight, how about starting with your favorite dishes? What plate (or cup or whatever) looks good on your table, brings you joy and makes dinner a pleasure? Yes, use that one. Here are some ideas for dinners that lend themselves to pretty presentation on pretty plates.


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Smoked salmon (or other fish) crepes with dill sauce and a light spring salad (perhaps with edible flowers)
  • Weeknight Reality: Soft-boiled eggs in egg cups with toasted brioche and salad with fresh berries
  • Need a Miracle: Trio of soups (from the grocery deli) served together in small pretty cups atop a pretty plate

Recipe Links

Parting Thought

He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.

C.S. Lewis