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What Ingredients are the Best Things to Put in Omelettes? How to Make Omelet Recipes

Updated on September 11, 2016
My breakfast this morning!
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Omelets can be created with so many fillings!

I love omelets! My favorite ingredients are mushrooms and cheese! I also like chopped onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, ham, sausage, bacon--the list goes on. Really, you can use whatever you have on hand and what you're in the mood for. I often put sour cream on top with salsa. This article will give you choices of meat and cheese fillings, vegetable choices, and even toppings to top things off!

Omelet or Omelette?

How is the word spelled? It appears that only American English prefers "omelet" rather than "omelette," which is of French origin. Still, according to Grammarist.com, there are American publications that use "omelette." It seems that both are accepted spellings, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. http://grammarist.com/spelling/omelet-omelette/

How to Make an Omelet

First, before you start filling your omelet, let's make sure you know how to make one. I make mine with three eggs mixed with a little milk (maybe 1/4th cup), salt and pepper. Pour into a small non-stick pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cook a few minutes until most of runny mixture is cooked.

At this point, put all the ingredients you've decided on on one side of the omelet. Fold over the other side and let cook until egg is done and fillings are tender. When I use onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms, I put those in pretty early to make sure they get cooked enough.

Okay, let's move on to the good part--what fillings and toppings to use.

Meat Options for Omelets

Here are some meat options to put on your omelet:

  • bacon
  • ham
  • sausage
  • lunchmeat (bologna, salami)
  • hot dogs? (Be creative!)

Veggie Omelet--mushrooms, bell peppers, scallions, and cheese

I put the heavier ingredients on one side and a few lighter ones on the other. The lighter side cooks faster and is easier to get the spatula under to fold over the other side.
I put the heavier ingredients on one side and a few lighter ones on the other. The lighter side cooks faster and is easier to get the spatula under to fold over the other side. | Source

Vegetable Options for Omelets

Vegetables taste great on omelets. Here are some possibilities:

  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • bell peppers--green, red, orange, and yellow
  • onions--white, yellow, red, or green (scallions)
  • spinach
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • avocado

Cheese and other fillings

Cheese, to me, is a must-have in any omelet. Any kind will do--cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, and Velveeta or other processed cheese. Listed below are some other additions, too.

  • cheese
  • black olives
  • jalapenos
  • pepperoncinis or banana peppers
  • garlic

Toppings for Omelets

Once you've decided on what goes in your omelet, you can decide what to plop on top. Here are some options:

  • salsa
  • green salsa
  • sour cream
  • Ranch dressing

Or try a Microwave Omelet Pan!

Putting it all together in an Omelet

Now, let's put together some of these combinations.

Mushroom Omelet--This omelet, while simple, would have to be about my favorite. I love cooked mushrooms. Use fresh, not canned, and add cheese. I like onions with this one, too, and fresh garlic or garlic salt is another option. I like to top this one with sour cream. I have also made Hollandaise sauce for this omelet, an idea I got from a restaurant. Green salsa is also yummy on this omelet.

Bacon and Tomato Omelet--Crumble cooked bacon, chopped tomatoes, and choice of cheese. Top with sour cream or Ranch dressing.

Veggie Omelet--Load up your omelet with chopped veggies. Best choices are bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and, of course, cheese! Adding black olives and jalapenos are also a tasty addition. This omelet is good with red or green salsa, along with sour cream. Use some or all of these choices.

Spinach Omelet--I love these! Add spinach, along with items such as onions, mushrooms, and garlic. And cheese, of course!

Avocado Omelet--This is a unique omelet that I recently created. Slice an avocado to fill omelet. Add cheese and alfalfa sprouts. Top with choice of toppings. Experiment with this one!

Meat Lovers' Omelet--Fill omelet with choice or a mixture of bacon, sausage, and ham. Add cheese. This is a good simple omelet like this. Loving veggies, though, I would add onions and bell peppers to this mixture, possibly mushrooms, too. Consider jalapenos for spice. Top this hearty omelet with sour cream and salsa for a great meal!

Try these omelet combinations or create your own. Omelets are a meal in themselves!


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    • Victoria Lynn profile image
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      Victoria Lynn 4 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Brunchmaster Flex--I love salmon and cream cheese, and I love omelettes, so I need to try this combination. Thanks!

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      Cooper Harrison 5 months ago from San Francisco, CA

      I love omelettes with salmon and cream cheese - I know it sounds weird, but try it!

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      Victoria Lynn 20 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kristen, I love things hot enough to be spicy, but not so hot that it burns my mouth. Then I feel that I'm not really tasting the food. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 20 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer! Great to see you! Yum--just the mention of bacon makes me hungry! Hope you have a wonderful 2016, girl!

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Vicki. I don't like things spicy hot per sae. Wow! That's right up my brother's alley on hot stuff. lol

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      Victoria Lynn 20 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kristen, I don't like things too hot, but I do like spicy! My favorite hot sauce is Louisiana hot sauce since it's tasty, spicy, and not too hot. (Is that the kind of tip you wanted?) Oh, and I have fallen in love with cooked jalapenos. I've always liked sliced jalapenos in chili and on Mexican food and various things, but I've discovered that cooking them, like with a burger, crisping them up a bit, is to die for! Okay, those are all my tips for the day. :-)

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      Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey Vee..."Happy New Year GF! I wish you all wonderful things in 2016. I love eggs, especially omelets. I order them out and also make them at home often. I pretty much stick to the same ingredients: cheese, bacon or ham or sausage and onions, LOTS of cheese.

      Now of course I am HUNGRY! LOL........Peace Cutey, Paula/Effer

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      You like things hot, lol. Thanks. Any tips?

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      Victoria Lynn 20 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kristen, I love omelets! I've had two in the past few weeks. I just throw in whatever I have. I did have almost a western one recently--ham, cheese, and green onions! I usually put some hot sauce or salsa, plus sour cream or homemade ranch dressing on top! Yums! You've made a great goal!

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great recipes, Vicki. I love Western omelettes with a bit of ham inside with green peppers and cheese. I haven't conquered making omelettes yet--my goal for 2016 is to learn how to make them and scrambled eggs too. I'll try your recipes real soon.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      vickiholder (Vicki is my name also!)--did you go make an omelet? Gosh, I love them. Besides these recipes, a person can just be creative and put all kinds of things in them and on them! Thanks for commenting!

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      Vicki Holder 2 years ago from The beautiful Ouachita Mtns. in Arkansas

      I agree that omelets make the perfect meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You have an endless variety to choose from, they are a great use-up for things you already have on hand, they are inexpensive, and quick to make. What more could you want! Sorry---gotta go--suddenly hungry.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      trusouldj--Just your mentioning the tomato and bacon makes me want one. I could always have an omelet. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

      They all sound great, but especially the tomato and bacon.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ElleBee--Omelets are about my favorite! Hope you find time to have one!

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      Now I really want an omelet! Don't have time today, gues it will have to wait til weekend :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      TycoonSam--I'm sure yours is great with just egg whites. Spinach and onion--yummy! Thanks for reading!

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      TycoonSam 5 years ago from Washington, MI

      Great Hub! I'm craving an Omelet now. My favorite are the 3 egg spinach and onion. I make an egg white omelet though to help keep the cholesterol down.

      Voted up and useful

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Milli. I appreciate your reading and your thoughtful comments!

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      Milli Thornton 5 years ago

      We love breakfast (and brunch) and omelettes are a favorite. I'm with you on adding sour cream and salsa on top. Salsa verde is my preference.

      Your finished omelette photo is beautiful! Wish I was having that tomorrow morning for breakfast. Great tip, too, about putting the lighter ingredients on one side to make it easier to fold. Beautiful Hub.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, lovedoctor! Go make yourself an omelet!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Angela, thanks. Better go feed that tummy!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      This is simply delicious~! It's making me hungry just looking at it. vote up awesome!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is great thank you! I will share while my tummy growls!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yum, ElleBee. Feta in an omelet sounds great!!!

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      I've never had an avocado omelet! That sounds delicious. My personal favorite is a greek omelete, with feta cheese, spinach, black olives and mushrooms. I make mine with egg whites :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      KD--I adore spinach omelets. Haven't had one in a while. May have to soon. Thanks for the comments!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      The spinach omelet sounds great! THank you for sharing :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      dinkan--I like your omelet suggestion, too. Simple yet very tasty! Thanks!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Your filling suggestions are great. Me for example like simple omelet, that is with chopped onions, garlic, some chillies and curry leaves. I will try someday to make omelet as per your list. Thanks.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      greatstuff--Bananas and cinnamon in an omelet! Wow--that's different. I will have to try that. Very cool! Thanks for voting up and sharing!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Just came across this hub and I too loved omelet. Sometime for breakfast, I will use bananas and cinnamon in my omelet. Voted up and SHARING.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      SilentReed--You are so poetic in your comments. An artist creating a masterpiece... so true of an omelet! I did get a comment about using shrimp. I hadn't thought about using seafood, but I bet it's good!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ghaelach--Morning! You can still go to your account and pull up your bookmarks and save them elsewhere. Someone from HubPages is supposed to let us know how we can do that so that we don't lose them all. I have a lot saved, too! :-)

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      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      The lowly omelet, with so many ingredients the possibilities are endless. Upon it's yellow canvas one has the opportunity to be an artist creating a masterpiece:) Thank you for an interesting hub...how about using seafood?

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Morning Victoria.

      Thanks for letting me know about the Bookmark Bummer.

      So now I have lost all my bookmarks of my favourite recipes and the other special hubs I saved or have HQ stuffed them somewhere else??

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, random! I've never met an omelet I didn't like!! :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      My husband and I love omelets. I usually include onions and peppers with a little garlic, salt, and pepper, but there are so many great options. I haven't had an omelet yet that I didn't like. Thanks for the great tips and suggestions!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Exactly, Riverfish! Just differences in location....:-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, alocsin, onion and garlic are awesome! Thanks for the votes!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      cookies--I LOVE green salsa! It IS great on eggs!

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      That's right- it is simply British vs American English...just like favour vs favor or labour vs labor and programme vs program. :) Both are correct.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I would need to include onion and garlic as necessities for my best omelet. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      cookies4breakfast 5 years ago from coastal North Carolina

      This is a delicious hub! Thank you for sharing your unique combinations. Now, I just want to run to the store and get all of those things for an omelette dinner. They all sounded fabulous, but I'm really crazing the tomato and bacon omelette. The green salsa sounds good, too. Next time I have a ham, cheese, and jalapeno omelette, it's going to be smothered in green salsa!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cardisa--I've never had chicken or pulled pork in an omelet. Perhaps I'll branch out some more! Any combination would probably be great!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Keep trying, Eddy! Omelets are so worth it!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, teaches, it IS a meal!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, Ghaelach! Yes, mushrooms and cheese! And the bookmark is gone. You're not blind. HubPages took off that feature. Bummer!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, Rosemay! I loved the hollandaise sauce. I just made it from a packet. Shrimp and salmon--that sounds good, too! I love omelets!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, vellur! Good to see you again.

      GoodLady is correct. The US uses omelet, although I've seen it spelled the other way, too. That's why it's confusing. I think sometimes the spellings are intermixed.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Goodlady--Your fave omelet sounds wonderful! Thanks for the idea!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I love omelette, even the egg white omelettes can be spruced up to be a little more interesting. I must say chicken, ham or pulled pork might be my favorites. I also like vages like callaloo (vege similar to spinach). Heck, I love all omelettes.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for this one;I do a lot of cooking and on the whole maybe not a bad cook;but for the life of me I cannot make a really good omelette;in fact they are worse than; they are 'BAD'.Anyway you never know my next one may be reasonable after reading this gem.

      Take care,

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      My husband and I enjoy omelettes on occasion with the veggies you have listed. They are so filling and a complete meal in itself. It is also a good dish to serve to guests in the morning. Wonderful hub and so yummy! Voted up.

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Hi Victoria.

      You're quite right omelette's are so versatile and I can say are tastes are the same when it comes to an Omelette with muchrooms and cheese.

      Q. where has the bookmark gone to??? or am I just blind

      Take care.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Voting this up, I love omeletes, especially with mushroom, I had never thought of using Hollandaise sauce so I will definitely try this next time, maybe even tomorrow :)

      I have never used avocado in them either, so I must try that, maybe even add a few shrimps or some smoked salmon. definitely omelete to morrow, the question now is with which filling. Lol

      Thank you for the tips.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Vellur...I checked the spelling too. It's omelet in USA and omelette in Europe!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub. Tasteful delicious recipes. Voted up as always.The spelling of omelette always confuses me. This is a case of a simple dish with a difficult spelling.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      My favorite omelet has finely sliced mozzarella cheese and a few leaves of finely chopped basil!

      Your Hub is infectious and full of great recipes. Thanks. I bet the avocado omelet is wonderful. What an exotic idea!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Deb, that's a perfect combination! I love omelets! Had one this morning! Thanks for the read and the vote!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      My favorite omelet is spinach and lots of cheese.. oh yes mushrooms.. MMMMMM

      Great hub.. I love recipes and I am bookmarking this.

      voted up

      Debbie

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, Angela! Cheese is a must with omelets!

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      Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I try to put a little of everything in my omelet from vegetables, meats to sauces. The one thing I must always have is cheese.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Weestro--Feta sounds heavenly! Great idea! I may steal that one. Thanks for the vote up!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub on one of my favorites! I think we'll try some of the toppings listed...We do feta cheese, spinach and tomato. Voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Barbara--Oh, real butter is the best! I'm sure you burn it off as you go about your day. Thanks for commenting!

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      Barbara Vell 5 years ago from Florida

      Victoria, ah delicious! A favorite of mine is Onion Omelette. I cook the onions lightly first then join them with the cooking eggs. Beside the calories, the butter I use is well worth it at breakfast. Always a good start to my day.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good idea, Susan! Make one and share! I actually shared with my brother the one I made for this hub this morning! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love 'em too, Sally's Trove. I think whatever you put in them will be great! They are fun to get creative with!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Omelets are delicious and a great way to fill up. Sometimes I'll make a huge one in my electric frying pan and we'll have it for dinner.

      Now you have me craving one :)

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Delicious! I adore omelets, no matter how they are spelled. :) But lately, I've been gravitating away from the traditional filled version toward just lightly scrambling eggs into whatever meat and veggies I've cooked, so you get more of a creamy scramble than an egg "package". Love the avocado version. Definitely will do that one. Up, useful!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, Riverfish. Omelets are healthy and filling--a great way to start the day!

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Couldn't agree more! I love omelette's and am always imaginative about the fillings. I even add chopped Avocado to the omelette once it is full cooked. It tastes heavenly. Not forgetting the nutrition value is so high, fantastic way to start the day!