Friday, 19 October 2012

CLASSIC SPANISH OMELETTE RECIPE -light, nutritious and a hit with all the family!

Spanish omlette or tortilla espanola

In the wake of this week’s events (see my last post), I have been searching for immune boosting foods to help kick start Teen V’s recovery from Glandular Fever.

At the moment she’s not really interested in food, but I have been collecting a variety of interesting tasty things to tempt her.

Luckily there are some delicious things that aid the immune system including salmon and sardines as well as foods rich in magnesium like spinach, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate. 

So lots of options. Phew!!

Also, according to Phyllis A. Balch, author of the book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing, eggs are great as they are “rich in vitamin B-12, a water-soluble vitamin that can regulate the nervous system, ease glandular fever symptoms, improve immune system function and increase red blood cell production.”


 So a healthy egg omelette can help alleviate symptoms associated with glandular fever.

Eggs from my neighbours hens

Local eggs

On hearing this we decided that maybe a Spanish omelette would slip down nicely and the potato would add an extra helping of vitamin C.

The good thing about a Tortilla Espanola, or Spanish omelette, is that if anyone is craving meat you can easily add a bit of ham or chorizo for them and its is equally delicious.  It is a great light lunch or supper, adaptable and best of all highly nutritious!!




Serves 4
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes


4 Medium potatoes
1 whole onion
5-6 large eggs
2 lager dollops of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic sliced
Salt to taste

1.     Peel and cut the potatoes in half length wise then cut into crisp like pieces that are not too thick and slice the onions and garlic.
2.      Toss them all in the olive oil then tip the oil into a large pan fry and gently fry until cooked, soft to touch, this will take about 15-20 minutes depending on how thick the slices are.
3.     Whilst this is cooking crack the eggs and whisk in a bowl.
4.     Remove the potato and onion mix from the pan, drain the oil, then add them to the egg mix.
5.     Heat the remaining olive oil in a smaller pan then add the egg and potato mix and cook slowly until the bottom turns golden brown. This takes a few minutes. 
6.     When it is cooked the top will still be slightly runny but you need to turn it over for a final 3-4 minutes. Try using a dinner plate to help you turn the omelette.

Spanish tortilla

This is obviously a great recipe for the vegetarians, but should you fancy a meat hit you can add chorizo or ham at stage 5. We lightly fried chorizo in a separate pan and then poured the potato and onion mix over it all to cook. 

Just divide the mixture into the appropriate portions for the number of people wanting meat and cook in two separate pans.... nothing too tricky just means you’ll have 1 extra pan to wash at the end but all eating will be happy.

  It was a hit with all the family, not just the poorly, and was even asked for again 2 days in a row..

so must be good! 

1 comment:

  1. Great! Spanish omelette is not only a comfort food, it's also rich in nutrients that will help boost your immune system. With its rich flavor, it's no surprise that it's a hit in your family. Austin Black @ El Toro Restaurant