I like breakfast for dinner. I do. I have James Bond’s fetish for scrambled eggs. Give me scrambled eggs, an omelet, or frittata any day of the week and I am a happy guy. So, tonight, we make breakfast for dinner. I have picked up some tester / samples from various vendors and I am going to start cooking with them so that I can get a handle on how hard or easy it might be to work with the preps in an emergency situation.
That said, tonight we make breakfast, for dinner. We’re going to make a three egg omelete with some powdered eggs from Auguston Farms, and Hamish Bits from Harmony House Foods. If you don’t know what Hamish Bits are, they are a soy protein product that has been flavored with a ham-like flavoring. I liken them to the fake bacon bits you get in the grocery store.
That said, a three egg omelet this evening with a portion controlled portion of Hamish Bits will yield the following results; First, the ingredients and nutritional data:
Two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Calories : 240
- Fat: 27 / 8 grams saturated fat
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Fibers: 0
- Protein: 0
Three powdered eggs reconstituted (six tablespoons of powdered egg and nine tablespoons of warm water)
- Calories : 180 / Calories from fat : 105
- Fat: 12 grams / 3 grams saturated
- Cholesterol: 495mg
- Sodium: 255mg
- Carbohydrates: 6 grams
- Fibers: 0
- Protein: 12 grams
One serving (1/4 cup) of Hamish Bits. Soaked in warm water for five minutes to add softness to them.
- Calories : 107 / Calories from fat : 49
- Fat: 5 grams / 1 gram saturated
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 226mg
- Carbohydrates: 8 grams
- Fibers: 3 grams
- Protein: 11 grams
Now, why is this important to me. Well, if I am in a SHTF, and portion controlling my food, and I plan on it, this will allow me some basic measure of what my caloric intake as well as fat, and protein is for basic survival purposes. What I see is lacking in this recipe is fibrous vegetables, which would add some additional nutritional value and fiber as well like broccoli or spinach.
Important values to me:
- Calories: 526
- Fat: 44 grams / 12 grams Saturated Fat
- Protein: 23 grams
The fat to me is on the high side, but in a situation where you are humping a pack, chopping wood, some other manual labor, or just need the fat as energy to stay warm on a colder day, the fat becomes your body’s energy. In addition only 8 grams of the total fat content is saturated fat, making most of the fat unsaturated fat. So, not too shabby, if you ask me.
So you are aware, I am testing before I buy. I bought the samples from both Harmony House as well as Auguston Farms. I will be testing additional foods in the near future and writing about them as well. So stay tuned.
How did they taste? I’m just going to say, wow! The scrambled eggs were great. The addition of the Hamish Bits added a punch of flavor. ALthough, I think soaking them first took a little flavor off of them. Not as “hammy” tasting as I had hoped. I did soak the Hamish bits for 5 minutes in warm water to soften them up, prior to adding them to the eggs. But the consistency and the flavor of the eggs were spot on. In fact because of the milk that is in the egg powder (according to the label), I believe it added an additional flavor as well. I added no salt or pepper, and felt it tasted better than fine as is. You can also see a bit of sodium in the ingredients above so, you shouldn’t have to salt them. You may want to add your hot sauce to give it a punch of flavor or ketchup. But I liked them just fine the way they were.