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Healthy, Affordable Breakfast: Black Bean Omelet Recipe

Fresh Starts: Black Bean Omelet

Black Bean Omelet
I've been sticking to a double-whammy of a New Year's resolution: to eat healthy as well as on a budget. Every day starts with a wholesome, homemade breakfast — whether it's one that's on-the-go for weekdays, or a more involved (but still relaxed!) weekend brunch.

My latest Saturday a.m. staple is this unusual omelet, filled with cumin-laced black beans and crumbled feta. It's everything one could ask for in a breakfast — salty, creamy, and filling — but it clocks in at under 350 calories and about $1.50 per serving. You can't beat that! Want the recipe? Then read on.

Black Bean Omelet

Black Bean Omelet

Healthy, Affordable Breakfast: Black Bean Omelet Recipe 2011-01-14 19:17:19


  1. 1 14-ounce can black beans, drained
  2. Juice of 1 lime
  3. 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  4. Hot sauce, such as Cholula or Tabasco
  5. Nonstick cooking spray
  6. 8 eggs
  7. Salt and black pepper to taste
  8. 1/2 cup feta cheese, plus more for garnish
  9. Pico de gallo, for garnish
  10. Diced or sliced avocado (optional), for garnish


  1. Pulse the black beans, lime juice, cumin and a few shakes of hot sauce in a food processor until it has the consistency of refried beans, adding a bit of water to help if necessary.
  2. Coat a small nonstick pan with nonstick cooking spray over medium heat. Crack two eggs into a bowl and beat with a bit of salt and pepper. Add the eggs to the pan, then use a spatula to stir and then lift the cooked egg on the bottom to allow raw egg to slide under. When the eggs have all but set, spoon a quarter of the black bean mixture and 2 tablespoons feta down the middle of the omelet. Use the spatula to fold over a third of the egg to cover the mixture in the center, then carefully slide the omelet onto a plate, using the spatula to flip it over at the last second to form one fully rolled omelet.
  3. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make four omelets. Garnish with pico de gallo, diced or sliced avocado if you like, and a bit more crumbled feta.

Serves 4.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 330, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 6g, Sodium 480mg.





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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
Auntie May May, I didn't even notice that the edges look like that! I have no idea how that happened! :shrug:
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
limelindsey, you're not going to believe it, but this was my first time trying the combo. Sooo in love with it right now!
limelindsey limelindsey 6 years
Okay, good to know! I love the black bean/feta combo, so delicious.
MandyWH MandyWH 6 years
Mmm, yes please! That avocado on top looks delish, too.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
Yes! The beans do manage to get hot enough...maybe because they're swathed in a warm comforter of piping-hot egg. And this reheats well, too!
limelindsey limelindsey 6 years
This looks good....but do the beans get hot enough in the pan? I feel like if you didn't cook them ahead of time, you'd end up with cold clammy beans with a hot omelet and the contrast would be too much.
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