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Omelets with Caramelized Onions and Bacon Crumbles – $5 Dinner Challenge

Here’s a pantry/freezer challenge meal that I made earlier this month. This was very much an experiment…

And when I make it again, I’d use Swiss cheese. Not Feta.

As part of making a little more room in the pantry and freezer, I have found myself rummaging through each every afternoon looking for something to concoct.  Sometimes it’s an old recipe from the site, other times it’s using up the spaghetti sauce that I find.

And this meal was a concoction. I found Feta in the freezer. Cooked turkey bacon in the freezer. Onions in the cupboard and a red pepper in the fridge. Throw it all together…a breakfast for dinner.

Omelets with Caramelized Onions and Bacon Crumbles

Yield – 4 omelets

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes for onions, 5 minutes each omelet


  • 2 white onions, sliced ($.40)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.03)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar ($.01)
  • 12 eggs, or 3 eggs per omelet ($1.19)
  • 1/2 cup milk ($.05)
  • Oil for the omelet pan ($.10)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled ($.20)
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced ($1)
  • Feta cheese, about 4 ounces ($1) Coupon for Atheno’s Feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh fruit as side dish, we had cantaloupe wedges ($.75)


  • Place the onion slices in a skillet over low heat with the olive oil and sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring often, for about 30 minutes to caramelize the onions.
  • Whisk together the eggs and milk with some salt and pepper.
  • Add about 1-2 Tbsp oil to a small skillet or omelet pan.  Cook the omelet.  Add the Feta, bacon and red pepper to the middle before folding over to serve. (Omelet How To Photos here).
  • Slide the omelet onto the serving plate and top with caramelized onions and some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve Omelets with Caramelized Onions and Bacon with side of fresh fruit.

Cost $4.73