A few months back I saw a picture of an omelet made in a waffle iron. I was completely fascinated and inspired. Omelets are really stressful for me. I can never get them to flip right, so they always come out looking sad and messy. So this waffle omelet was a glimmer of hope for me. The next day I tried it. Disaster. Egg overflowed everywhere, the mix-ins got stuck to the waffle iron, it was a mess. I managed that night to sell it to my kids as scrambled eggs, but there was a lot of (legitimate) skepticism and I just put it down as one of those kitchen disasters never to be tried again.
Fast forward to last week when my meal plan fell apart and I was scrambling to come up with an idea for a quick dinner. The image popped back into my head and maybe it was due to desperation or maybe it was my increased comfort and confidence with my waffle iron, but I decided to take it on again. My six-year-old remembered the last time and was extremely skeptical. “Mama, don’t you remember the mess from last time?” I was nervous, too. I sprayed the iron with oil and preheated it all the way, but even so as I poured the mixture in I definitely held my breath. And then when the waffle iron started to pop open as the waffle puffed up, I let out a whoop in excitement.
And when it came out of the waffle iron and was on the plate, I might have done a little dance. It was so beautiful that even my 3-year-old who only likes eggs in their purest form, without any add-ins, was willing to give it a try.
These omelets are a great option for getting more veggies into your breakfast, they would work really well made ahead of time and then put into lunchboxes, and they are great as a quick dinner with a side salad and some nice bread or toast.
So try it out! I’d love to hear what mix-ins you use and how it goes!
- Two eggs
- ¼ cup shredded or crumbled cheese of your choice (mozzarella, cheddar, feta, pepper jack, etc.)
- ¼ finely chopped vegetables of your choice (broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, already cooked onions or bell peppers, etc.)
- Salt and pepper
- Cooking spray
- Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray. Set to preheat. If your waffle iron is like mine, it has various heat levels, choose the one you use for regular waffles.
- While the waffle iron preheats, beat your eggs and mix in your cheese and veggies. Salt and pepper to taste.
- When the waffle iron has fully preheated, pour the mixture onto the waffle iron and close. Set a timer for the same amount of time it takes to cook waffles (with my waffle iron this is 3 minutes).
- When the timer is done, pull off the waffle omelet and serve.