Frittata, any way you like it

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Do you have those days, when you come home from work/school/practice/stalking, when you. just. can’t. even. ?  You are completely spent.  There is nothing left of you.  There is no way you can begin to tackle anything on your to-do list.  Do you have things on that to-do list that seem to carry-over from sleepy evening to more sleepy evening, shuffling around, waiting to one day, maybe, eventually getting done?

I feel ya.

I have a lot of days like this.  I am drained by the time I drag myself up my many flights of stairs and into my home.  I want to be productive, but there’s no way anything on my list is getting completed.  Noooope.  I have  a crate to prove it:  I have a large plastic crate, chock-full of CD’s, that I have been meaning to burn and save to my computer for ages now.  Shoot, I don’t even have a CD player anymore, how sad is this?  Yet, that crate still follows me around from apartment to apartment, collecting dust and taking up precious floor space, waiting for me to dive in.  Tomorrow.  Tomorrow sounds like a great day to tackle that.

So, I’m all clean from the grit and grime of the day, I am adorned in my cozy sweats and slippers, I have my various face and hair creams on.   I am hungry, and T-I-R-E-D.  The idea of diving into prepping a full-on meal makes me want to curl up under the sheets (at 7:30pm), but there is no way I am going out to one of the dozens of restaurants within a 3-minute walk looking like this.  Besides, trying to treat take-out to a treat, keeping it healthy.  So, what’s the answer to my hunger for something warm, easy, comforting, and healthy?  The frittata.  Easy, healthy, packed with protein.  The best part, totally customizable for your personal preference, and/or whatever you have available.

Before we dive into the recipe, I just wanted to clarify the differences between an omelet, a quiche, and a frittata:

  • omelet:  the most challenging to make.  You start with a thin batter of eggs and milk (or just eggs) in a skillet.  When the eggs are almost set, you add your “toppings” (cheese, meat, veggies).  Then, gently fold over itself and finish.
  • Quiche:  although this can be omitted, this is traditionally made with a pastry crust.  The crust is filled with an egg-and-cream mixture, then the “toppings” of choice, and is baked until eggs are set.
  • Frittata:  the easiest and healthiest option.  There are two ways to make this:
    • Start with your toppings in a skillet.  Then, pour eggs over the toppings, but do not mix.  Saute for a few minutes, then move the skillet to the oven to finish.  This is the traditional way to cook a frittata.
    • Same as above, except we go start to finish in the oven:  the toppings, then the egg mixture poured over, then leave alone to bake ’til we are done.  This is what I did today, and it was super easy and awesome.

I made mine with tomato, chicken sausage, and feta, because that’s what I had, and that just so happens to be how I love my omelets (they taste eerily similar…).  Feel free to add plenty of veggies to yours to really pack in the nutrients!  Just let them cook a little longer first, before you add the egg (like I did with my tomato).

Enjoy!


Materials:

  • oven-safe baking dish, such as an 8″ pie dish
  • whisk
  • mixing bowl
  • skillet (optional)
  • spatula

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • fillings/”toppings” you normally enjoy with eggs:  cheese, meat, and veggies.
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  If necessary, cook veggies and meat (if not already cooked) in a skillet.  I did this with my tomatoes.  FullSizeRender-3
  2. Spray your baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Spread all of your “toppings” in an even layer in your baking dish.  FullSizeRender-2  I used feta, pre-cooked chicken sausage, and tomatoes.  IMG_2773
  4. Whisk the eggs together, then pour evenly over “toppings.”  Do not mix.  IMG_2774
  5. Carefully transfer baking dish to the oven.
  6. Bake until eggs set, meaning that when you move the dish (USE AN OVEN MIT), the eggs don’t jiggle.  IMG_2777
  7. Serve warm.
  8. Enjoy!  FullSizeRender-1

 

Frittata

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • oven-safe baking dish, such as an 8″ pie dish
  • whisk
  • mixing bowl
  • skillet (optional)
  • spatula

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • fillings/”toppings” you normally enjoy with eggs:  cheese, meat, and veggies.  I used feta, chicken sausage, and tomatoes.
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  If necessary, cook veggies and meat (if not already cooked) in a skillet.  I did this with my tomatoes.
  2. Spray your baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Spread all of your “toppings” in an even layer in your baking dish.
  4. Whisk the eggs together, then pour evenly over “toppings.”  Do not mix.
  5. Carefully transfer baking dish to the oven.  Bake until eggs set, meaning that when you move the dish (USE AN OVEN MIT), the eggs don’t jiggle.
  6. Serve warm.
  7. Enjoy!

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