egg whites and your breakfast

an egg white omelet

an egg white omelet

Eli: I am currently the sous-chef at a nice little breakfast place called Sanborn’s. We make great food from scratch with quality ingredients and I pretty much love it most of the time. Being that we serve a lot of eggs, we do get some orders for egg-substitute and egg whites.

Now, I know there is a place for egg whites and egg substitute (which I call Soylent Yellow), but I am still amazed at some of the orders I get involving these as either a means to lower cholesterol–or because people are downright squeamish when it comes to eggs and their yolks. Here are some of the examples of orders people put in that boggle my mind:

  • Egg White Omelet With Spinach, Mushroom, and Cheddar.

Not too bad, but if you’re watching your cholesterol, you might want to forget the cheese.

  • Egg White Omelet With Ham, Spinach, and Cheddar.

Come on, ham and cheese?

  • Egg White Omelet With Ham, Bacon, Cheddar, and Monterey Jack Cheese.

You’ve got to be kidding. What the heck are these people thinking?!? I’m sure your doctor mentioned something about avoiding greasy meats and cheeses when they told you to cut out egg yolks from your diet. Right? It’s simple logic that this is a bad idea not to mention, what’s the point at all of getting egg whites. Egg white people tend to annoy me anyway for the pure fact that the yolks have to go somewhere. Do they think we through them away or eat them ourselves? Actually we use them to make Hollandaise, but I know these people really don’t give a damn where the yolks go, as long as they’re not eating them. And speaking of Hollandaise:

  • Eggs Benedict Sub Egg Whites For Poached Eggs

*tries to maintain consciousness*

*loses consciousness*

*regains consciousness but loses it again after reading “Eggs Benedict Sub Egg Whites For Poached Eggs.”

Unbelievable! I had joked about this possibility, using it only as an example of extremely erratic behavior. This order actually got back to the kitchen though. Our Hollandaise consists of three egg yolks and three ounces of clarified butter. Did these people think that they might break even cholesterol-wise, if they skipped the two other egg yolks? Did they choose the lesser of two evils? Arrrgh!
People. Please don’t order egg whites with cheese, bacon, ham, sausage, or butter if you are actually watching what you eat.

Schatzi: Now, though science is now demonstrating that cholesterol is not the dietary Boogeyman it’s been made out to be in years past, people still need to keep an eye on the level of saturated fat in their diets–like that in butter, cheese, and fatty meats.

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