Eggs are smelly. I’ve never been a fan, no matter how they are prepared. However, they are an enriching source of protein and a whole lot cheaper than meat, so I incorporate eggs into weekly my menu as a meatless option.
I typically stick with my favorite Easy Egg Pancakes, but I was feeling something different last night. I’m sure you can relate to wanting fresh meal ideas! (What did we do before Pinterest?)
My grand invention: a frittata. Well, I didn’t invent a frittata, but I invented this particular recipe! Keep in mind, I don’t love eggs. But this dish is bursting with flavor and offers such depth of texture that I wasn’t turned away by the eggs.
I had an abundance of kale in my fridge, almost as if it was growing there. I reached for this ingredient first. My family puts cheese on everything, so I grabbed that out of the fridge too. Why not toss in some quinoa for substance and a bell pepper for color too? Ta-da.
I let the veggies sauté while I grated the cheese and frothed the eggs. Fun fact: Eggs can be frothed up to 8 times their size! And room temperature eggs froth better than cold ones.
Combine the veggies, cheese and eggs; cook on the stove top and finish under the broiler. This meal took me a grand total of 25 minutes start to finish. Not bad for a filling and healthy weeknight dinner!
- 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced (any color)
- 2-4 cups kale, roughly chopped
- 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
- ½ cup parmesan, shredded
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked
- 8 eggs, frothed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the quinoa. Preheat the olive oil in an oven-safe skillet (like cast iron) on the stove over medium heat.
- Dice the onion. Add to skillet.
- Chop the bell pepper and kale. Add to the skillet. Stir frequently and cook for 5-10 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
- While cooking, crack the 8 eggs into the Vitamix Aer container. Froth over variable 3 for 60 seconds (you should be able to see them expanding in volume).
- Add cooked (and drained) quinoa, cheese and seasonings to the skillet. Stir.
- Add the eggs to the skillet with the vegetables and immediately stir to incorporate all ingredients.
- Cook on the stove for 5-8 minutes. Then transfer to the oven and place under the broiler for an additional 5-8 minutes until the eggs are firmly set.
For a quick reference: boil ½ cup quinoa in 1 cup water for 15 minutes to get 1 cup of cooked quinoa.
Check if the frittata is done by tilting your skillet. If it holds its form, then it’s done! But if it begins to move/looks runny, then it needs a few more minutes to cook (either under the broiler or on the stovetop).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 228 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 197mg Sodium: 298mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 14g