Brunch ‘Omelet’

Traditional breakfast favorites can be made egg-free. Case in point, our plant-based omelet! This recipe has two variations: one uses tofu as a base and the other relies on chickpea flour. Although the ingredients are different, the directions are pretty much the same. Combine ingredients, cook in a non-stick skillet, and then customize by filling the ‘omelet’ with your choice of fresh veggies. This lighter and better-for-you option with be the star of your brunch.

Ingredients

  • Tofu Omelet*
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • 1/2 package (7-ounce) silken tofu, lightly drained (not the vacuum packed kind)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine black salt, plus extra for sprinkling (optional)
  • Chickpea Flour Omelet*
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash white pepper
  • Filling for BOTH Versions
  • Your choice of vegetables, including mushrooms, green onions, spinach, asparagus, bell peppers, tomatoes, Swiss chard, broccoli.
  • PREP TIME 10
  • COOK TIME 10
  • Serves 2

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients. For TOFU omelet, use a food processor, adding the ingredients in the following order: garlic, tofu, nutritional yeast, turmeric, chickpea flour, and cornstarch. Make sure to puree after each addition and scrape the bowl so everything is well combined. For CHICKPEA FLOUR omelet, combine all dry ingredients in a bowl then add water and stir until the batter is smooth.
  2. Heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Pour the batter into the pan, as if making pancakes.
  3. Cook for 3-5 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook an additional minute on the other side.
  4. Stuff omelet with the fillings of your choice and fold over.
  5. Remove from pan and serve.

Note: The tofu omelet will be moister and taste more like regular ‘egg’ omelets. Black salt is optional, but it will give the traditional ‘egg’ taste and smell to the omelet.

For those who cannot eat soy, there are commercial “vegan eggs,” which can be used to make omelet. There are several brands to choose from, but in general, “vegan eggs” are sold as a powder, blended with water, and then
cooked like regular eggs.

*The Brunch ‘Omelet’ can be made using tofu OR just chickpea flour. We have listed ingredients for each version, but the directions are the same.