What’s the perfect salsa, sauce, dip, or dressing to top off your Freshly omelette?
Whether you’ve got a Garden Omelette or a Valencia Frittata sitting in your fridge, our chef Paul has a few healthy suggestions for the best ways to dress up your breakfast. (Or lunch, or dinner…) We put together his list of condiments and made sure that you can either make these at home easily, or just buy them at a store. (We’re all about convenience, after all.) None of them, by the way, are ketchup.
You can use the well-known sriracha brand that’s pretty much everywhere (Huy Fong), or make your own from scratch. The blog Blue Kale Road has a great recipe that calls for just five ingredients: chiles, garlic, kosher salt, apple cider vinegar, and raw honey. Either way, sriracha is a spicy way to give your omelette or frittata that added kick. Some suggest that the chili peppers in sriracha can boost your metabolism, endorphins, mood and memory, while garlic lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol. Despite these possible benefits, we wouldn’t advocate slathering your omelette in sriracha. As we always say, take everything in moderation.
Pesto is a savory and delicious way to give your eggs more flavor, depth, and Italian flair. Packed with basil and garlic, pesto passes our healthy test since it’s made mostly from healthy fats like olive oil and pine nuts. You’ll find a variety of different pestos out there, and we have a favorite “lightened” up recipe — check out this Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto from the blog Ambitious Kitchen. Whatever you decide, make sure to choose or make a pesto that has no preservatives or added sugars. The fewer ingredients, the better.
Life’s better with guac. Flavorful and clean, the best guacamole is simple and contains the perfect balance of just a few ingredients: avocado, lime juice, onions, cilantro, and a little bit of salt. Sidenote: If you’re short on time or don’t have guac readily available in your pantry, avocados (smashed or sliced into cubes) make a great addition to our omelettes, too.
Salsa is an easy way to upgrade your eggs. You’ll find a lot of different kinds out there with varying degrees of “health-fulness” so choose wisely. If you’re getting a store-bought brand, we suggest a fresh tomato salsa that’s low in salt, added sugar, and unnecessary ingredients like Amy’s Salsa. If you’re making your own, try our own Freshly Mango Salsa, a unique pineapple corn salsa, or a super traditional and easy recipe.
#5 Marinara sauce
If you’re really looking for a hearty breakfast, try adding marinara sauce on top of your omelettes or frittata. (Our Arrabbiata Frittata already has a spread of marinara sauce and a slice of fresh mozzarella. Yum.) The best marinara sauce is low in sugar (preferably with no added sugars at all) and made from just fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and a pinch of sea salt. If you have time, you can also DIY: You’ll find a ton of simple recipes online, some with just three easy ingredients.
A unique choice, but we’ll trust our chef Paul on this one. Caponata is a delicious, flavorful eggplant side from Sicily made from chopped eggplants, onions, celery, tomatoes, olives, raisins, pine nuts, and some herbs. Caponata probably won’t be the quickest or easiest to whip up, but we thought we’d throw it in there just in case you wanted to really fancy-up your omelettes. Here’s a solid recipe from the blog, smitten kitchen.
#7 Romesco sauce
Here’s another way to make your eggs a little heartier. Romesco is a nut-and-pepper sauce originating from the world of Spanish fishermen. Naturally, it goes pretty well with fish and all sorts of meats. One of our Freshly Tastemakers, Zach Jarrett, recently shared his recipe for a creamy romesco, and we’ve tried it with our Valencia Frittata, with deliciously good results.
#8 Cheese sauce
Cheese and eggs. They just go together like milk and cookies or steak and potatoes. We love a simple, creamy cheese sauce on top of an omelette or frittata. Note – we’re not talking about Cheese Whiz. You can whip up healthy cheese sauces in one pot (and in under ten minutes) pretty easily. We like this recipe from the blog, Two Thirds Cup because it uses arrowroot powder instead of refined white flour to thicken the sauce, along with raw cheddar. You can save any extra sauce, store it in the fridge, and heat it up later to slather over your cauliflower, broccoli, and potatoes.
#9 Coconut curry sauce
Coconut curry is a rich, sweet, and lightly spicy sauce that will definitely add another dimension to your omelettes, according to Paul. We scoured the internet for a coconut curry concoction that’s clean and relatively easy to make and came up with this recipe for Easy Coconut Curry from the blog Detoxinista. For a slightly longer, but still relatively simple, recipe, try this 30 Minute Coconut Curry from the Minimalist Baker. If you want to get the most out of your efforts, make it for lunch or dinner and eat it with quinoa or chicken, then heat it up in the morning to go with your eggs.
#10 Tikka Masala Sauce
Got some leftover tikka masala from last night’s dinner or interested in making your own? Whatever your situation is, we say yes to topping your omelette with the stuff. Heads up: Tikka masala is a rich, spicy, savory sauce with chunks of chicken in it, so eating it with your eggs isn’t for everyone. But we’re all about trying new things, and this is one of them. We like this recipe from the blog, the Wanderlust Kitchen but of course, if you’re just taking some from last night’s Indian food, we won’t judge either.
Spicier than ketchup and thicker than sriracha (it’s more of a paste than a sauce), harissa is a rich and flavorful addition to your omelettes. It’s usually made from hot peppers, olive oil, garlic, and spices, and some brands are flavored with mint, cumin, or tomatoes. These days, you can buy harissa at mostly any supermarket (we like the brand Mina), or almost as easily make your own.
It doesn’t get simpler than hummus. You can either make it at home or run to your local store and buy a perfectly healthy tub to go with pretty much everything… including your omelettes. Most brands are quite healthy since they’re a blend of heart-loving olive oil, chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon, and offer some protein and fiber. Choose a brand that has ingredients that you can recognize (and none of that complicated chemical stuff), no additives, real ingredients (we mean garlic not garlic “flavoring”), and olive oil rather than soybean oil (which can be inflammatory).