Cooking on the Edge: Pepperoni pizza omelets and banana-cherry-berry smoothies

By Jesse O. Walls
Managing Editor

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes, with the less-than-exciting choices we have, we tend to skip this meal altogether. Looking forward to lunch or dinner, meals that are a bit more exciting, breakfast seems to pale in comparison. 

For those of you who skip breakfast or are looking for something to make your taste buds jump for joy, I have the perfect breakfast recipe to not only jump-start your morning, but make you look forward to that first meal of the day. 

Pepperoni Pizza OmeletPepperoni Pizza Omelet

Ingredients (per omelet)

  • Deli sliced pepperoni (3 slices)
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. Mama Francesca’s parmesan aromatico grated cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • pinch of parsley




  1. In a small bowl, beat eggs.  Pour into a nonstick skillet, cooking over medium heat, and let eggs set. 
  2. When eggs have set, sprinkle on grated cheese.  Add 2-3 slices of pepperoni to one side of omelet, cover with shredded cheese and fold over.  Let sit for one minute to allow cheese to melt.  Garnish with parsley. 

To further jump-start your morning, try a banana-cherry-berry smoothie.  Bananas are known for their high source of potassium, which helps boost energy levels to make you feel more invigorated and ready to face the day ahead of you.  Add berries to the mix and you have a treat worth savoring with any meal. 

Banana-Cherry-Berry SmoothieBanana-Cherry-Berry Smoothies

Ingredients (makes two servings)

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup fresh black cherries
  • ¼ cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup orange juice





  1. Place all ingredients in a blender; cover and blend until smooth.  Pour and enjoy. 

Add a side of bacon or hash browns to your meal and you’ll have a breakfast fit for a king.  So if you need a reason to look forward to waking up, look no further than the pepperoni pizza omelet and banana-cherry-berry smoothie which makes breakfast not only a treat, but an essential part of your morning.

Bon appétit.