Sunday, April 10, 2011

sneaky healthy breakfast!!!

if your kids are anything like mine, vegetables are sometimes a hard sell. this frittata sneaks in your veggies in a very kid friendly and adult palate pleasing way. the best thing is once you learn the method you can fill them with endless varieties of filling and they are great for breakfast, brunch or dinner.
spinach and veggie sausage frittata

6 eggs beaten
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach
3 patties/4 links of veggie sausage
(i use morning star, but use your favorite)
1/4 of shredded cheese any kind
salt, pepper to taste and a pinch of nutmeg

preheat broiler with rack 4-5 inches from top.
lightly heat, over med heat, a sprayed or lightly oiled (i used garlic oil) nonstick pan. mix your beaten eggs and milk and pour into heated pan. sprinkle the egg mixture with spinach and sausage evenly covering the mixture. season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and slowly allow the bottom to set. 2-3 mins. when the egg mixture starts to set (you should be able to slightly run a spatula around the edge of the pan) sprinkle mixture with cheese, remove from heat and place under the broiler, approx 2-3 mins till golden brown and eggs and cheese are set. the tricky part here is not to walk to far away and keep an eye on the broiler to ensure the top doesn't burn. when set, remove from oven and allow to sit for 1 min, before running the spatula around the edge and sliding out of pan onto a plate. cut and serve.
i like to put a mixture of arugula with a bit of oil and vinegar on the top, my hubby likes to put some hot sauce on it and the kids just eat it plain. however you decide to eat it, i bet you love it!

you can't get an easier meal than that. between the eggs, cheese and sausage my kids have no idea they are eating spinach, and veggie sausage gives them another serving of veggies.
we substitute all the ingredients with the kids choosing the filling all the time, bacon and broccoli, all cheese, tomato, basil and pancetta and even prosciutto and apples with swiss cheese! the possibilities are endless. so the next time you don't know what to have for dinner after a long day of work, serve with some crusty bread and your set. with breakfast serve with cinnamon toast or your favorite bread recipe, we did zucchini bread and what do you know that gave us even more veggies! as my son says "i can eat my veggies this way anytime!"

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