Hurray, it’s almost Father’s Day! What better way to get dad up on the right side of bed and off to a super start than with a hearty, healthy breakfast? With pre-dawn workouts, early morning meetings or just generally being in a time-crunched rush, many men don’t eat as they should for the most important meal of the day. Forget about grab-and-go protein bars or drive-thru fast food; slow things down this weekend and treat dear old dad to a leisurely breakfast or brunch featuring this vibrant and very nutritious Creamy Jalapeno Beef Fajita Omelet.
Packed with southwestern-inspired produce including red bell pepper, onion, corn, and jalapeno pepper for spice, this muscle-making meal is pumped up with plenty of protein thanks to black beans, eggs and beef fajita meat. Many people don’t think of eating beef for breakfast, but it’s a much healthier option than bacon, pork sausage and many other breakfast meats. For example, 2 ounces of beef skirt steak has about 124 calories and 6.5 grams of fat compared to 306 calories and 23.5 grams of fat for an equal portion of bacon! My little time-saving tip is to grill extra fajita meat at dinner for “on-purpose” leftovers that can used on hectic mornings. You can pre-portion 2 ounces of beef in zip-top bags and store in the freezer, ready and waiting to be used at a moment’s notice, for approximately two to three months.
Father’s Day is the perfect time to get kids in the kitchen to help. Little ones can help wash and dry vegetables and older children can crack and whisk eggs, or even try their hands at sautéing and flipping omelets. I’ve noticed smaller-sized chefs are brimming with creativity – it was my middle son who suggested using Litehouse Food’s Jalapeno Ranch Dressing on top of the omelet because it “tastes just like Dad’s favorite sauce” served at the nearby Tex-Mex joint. This final touch with the omelet topping was a winner based on the empty (and maybe even licked-clean) plate left behind by Dad. He said the breakfast was the best gift ever – so much better than a tacky, old tie!