Quick and Easy, Vegetarian, Dairy free, Gluten free, Nut free, Soy free, Kid friendly
Recipe by: Jennifer Coatanroch
Frittata's are definitely one of my favorite quick, healthy meals to throw together. For SO many reasons.
They are healthier than a quiche since you don't have the added calories of the crust (granted, I LOVE quiche, but it's more of a treat).
It is relatively quick and easy to pull together and cook.
ANY vegetables work. Use what's in season and looks good at the market. And if you don't have fresh veggies on hand, frozen veggies work just as well!
It works for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
It's low maintenance, but also fancy enough for a brunch party!
Broccoli is one vegetable that I always have on hand, since it's the main vegetable my son likes. And if it's not in season, I always have it in my freezer. So my go-to vegetable for most recipes is broccoli, with something else added for variety. Out of the blue, he started liking mushrooms last week, to my amazement! So I always ask him to try things he didn't like in the past.
If you're in CT, check out the CT Crop Calendar that SNAP put together as a guideline for what's in season. It's a great way to get meal ideas. For what's in season in other parts of the country, PickYourOwn.org has all of the states.
I have been obsessed with leeks since my first experience with them when I had just started at Luc's Cafe 10+ years ago. I can't believe it took me so many years to find them! There is nothing better than the smell and taste of melted leeks.
I chose to do broccoli and leek for this recipe, but some other great combos are spinach and artichoke; roasted cauliflower and caramelized onions; mushrooms and peppers; zucchini, tomato and basil...the options are endless!
Sweet potatoes are another common occurrence at my house. My son actually prefers them over white potatoes! So I cut them in the shape of fries, and bake them in the oven. Quick, easy, AND healthy!
Just recently, my son and I made the frittata for a Danbury Farmers' Market presentation. Bummed we can't present in person this year at the market, but still happy to present online. Check us out on YouTube!
And remember to support your local farmers' markets!
Vegetarian, Gluten free, Nut free, Soy free, dairy free option
Kid friendly, Quick and easy
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25-35 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings _________________________________________
1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small onion or two shallots
1 leek*, sliced into half moons (about 1 cup)
2 heaping cups broccoli* (about 2 crowns)
2-3 cloves garlic
basil (1 teaspoon dried, or 1 tablespoon fresh)
thyme (1 teaspoon dried, or 1 tablespoon fresh)
¾ tsp salt, or to taste
1 large tomato, sliced
½ cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
¼ + 2 tbsp shredded cheese (dairy or nondairy)
¼ cup salsa
*Use any vegetables that you have or that your family enjoys. In total, you want to end up with 3-4 cups of vegetables.
Other vegetable combination ideas: spinach and artichoke; roasted cauliflower and caramelized onions; mushrooms, onions and peppers; zucchini, tomato and basil...
Other topping ideas: fresh herbs, asparagus spears, caramelized onion...
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
In a medium mixing bowl, add the eggs and whisk until combined. Add the milk, ¼ cup of cheese, and salsa to the bowl, and whisk well. Set aside.
Heat the oil in an oven safe sauté pan** on medium low heat. Add the leeks and onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they become soft and slightly brown. Then add the broccoli, and sauté for an additional 3 minutes (until it turns bright green and mostly cooked).
Add the garlic, herbs and salt, and cook for an additional minute.
Keeping the pan on medium low, add the egg mixture. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, mix the frittata mixture as if you were going to scramble the eggs. You want them to start cooking to reduce the time in the oven. Stir for about 1 full minute, then turn off the heat.
Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the frittata, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Place in the oven, and cook for 25-35 minutes, depending on the depth of your pan. The frittata is cooked when the egg on top is cooked through.
Let cool for a few minutes, and then enjoy!
Enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
** If you don’t have an oven safe pan, follow directions through step 4. Then, add the frittata mixture to an oven safe baking dish. Place the tomatoes and remaining cheese on top, and cook for 25-35 minutes.