So this boyfriend of mine, he really loves meat. Most often when he comes home from the supermarket he has things like a block of cheese, bacon, tater tots, steaks, meat lovers pizza….well…you get the picture. SO his girlfriend (that’s me) is trying not to be 300 lbs, and so when he’s out of town, I eat vegetables, and lots of them. I found this recipe a few months ago on one of the many many food blogs I read obsessively. I had been dying to try it, and I finally made it the other night. Of course, I modified it slightly, and it turned out to be everything I hoped for and then some. One of the things I love about this recipe is her use of eggs and egg whites, it’s a great way to lose some of the fat, but keep the flavor.
Vegetable Frittata modified from iowagirleats.com
3 whole eggs
4 egg whites
1/4 parmesan cheese (or asiago)
1 sweet potato peeled and cubed
1 small yellow squash cubed
1 cup of broccoli chopped
1 handful of cherry tomatoes
1 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp of seasoning (any blend will do, I used this, spicing is optional of course)
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup of water (+ or minus depending on your cooking methods)
1 small bunch of scallions, chopped
3 oz goat cheese
Preheat broiler to 400
Peel and cube the sweet potato, cook until fork tender but still slightly firm (since it will cook more in the frittata). You can boil them, cook them in the microwave, whatever you like; I boiled them for about 8 mins. Meanwhile, chop the other vegetables, set the scallions aside. Add the cooked sweet potatoes to the other vegetables in a large bowl and toss with olive oil and spices.
Toss the vegetables into a 10 inch oven safe skillet (size is important). Turn the heat to medium and lightly sauté the vegetables for about 3 mins, then add 1/4 cup water, cover and turn the heat to low. Steam the vegetables for another 3 mins or until slightly softened. Meanwhile whisk the eggs, egg whites, and parmesan cheese.
Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables; turn the heat up to medium low. Cook until the bottom is set and the top is still slightly runny. Crumble the goat cheese over the top and sprinkle the scallions over the top.
Bake under the broiler for 3-4 mins until the frittata puffs up, the cheese is melted, and the egg is lightly browned.
Slice and serve immediately.
One small note- be sure to use a 10 inch skillet, or increase your number of eggs (by at least 2) If you use a bigger skillet you will end up with a thin frittata…no one wants that!
Ok so seriously, I think even my meat loving boyfriend would enjoy this. This is an excellent way to turn vegetables into complete meal. This really would be delicious any time of day. You could also do this with pretty much any vegetable you have laying around…and if you really wanted to, I’m sure you could toss in some ham or bacon.