Mediterranean omelette named winner of inaugural March Madness recipe contest

Country Terrace nutritional care team member Josephine Goddard created the recipe after being inspired by an omelette she had in a restaurant

Country Terrace nutritional care team member Josephine Goddard is the winner of OMNI Health Care’s first annual March Madness recipe contest for her entry, a Mediterranean omelette bursting with flavours.

Josephine says she got the idea for the omelette, which is a medley of spinach, eggplant, red pepper, mushrooms, onions, feta cheese and garlic, after ordering something similar in a restaurant once.

She says she liked what she tasted but thought it could be improved, so she got to work creating her own version, which has been a hit with residents at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home.

“When I saw the recipe contest, I immediately thought about the Mediterranean omelette; (it’s) such a great recipe,” Josephine says, adding this savoury egg dish has great versatility.

“(There are) a lot of flavours, and it can be used at breakfast and lunch.”

Chris Weber, OMNI’s operations manager of nutrition and food service, says the March Madness contest, which saw 16 recipes compete in a bracket contest where votes were cast each week between April 14 and May 6, was close, and the Mediterranean omelette won “by a very thin margin,” he says.

OMNI launched the first annual March Madness recipe challenge in March in recognition of Nutrition Month in Canada.

Chris came up with the idea to encourage nutritional care managers and cooks to showcase their most-loved recipes and to highlight the high-quality meals served in OMNI’s 18 long-term care homes.

Throughout March, nutritional care managers and cooks prepared their favourite meals, plated them and took photos that were sent to head office. The photos were accompanied by the name of each meal and its recipe.

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