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Recipe of the Week: Make-Ahead Mini Frittatas

I admit, I’m not a meal-prep-for-the-entire-week-on-Sunday type of person. But, I do like to cook a few dinners ahead of time when I can. This week I mixed up my meal prep by making these simple, versatile, frittatas to help up my breakfast game. Some mornings I have time for a quick breakfast, and the other days lunchboxes are zipped into backpacks as we’re walking out the door. These frittatas add satisfying protein and a few extra veggies into my morning to help keep me full until lunch. One of my favorite parts about this recipe is the endless number of flavor combinations!

Make-Ahead Mini Frittatas (makes 9 frittatas)

Ingredients

6 large eggs

1/3 cup milk (or non-dairy milk)

2/3 cup grated cheese (I used cheddar)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup of your preferred combo of fillings (spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, scallions)

Fresh herbs that complement your vegetable flavors – chives, basil, parsley, cilantro, etc.

 

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray

3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cheese, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

4. Divide vegetables and herbs equally among the muffin tins and pour in the egg mixture. Do not fill all the way to the top as the frittatas will rise during cooking.

5. Bake for 25 minutes or until set. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack.

The frittatas will keep up to three days in the fridge and can also be frozen up to 1 month. To reheat, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 30-60 seconds.

To make a vegan version use a non-dairy milk and omit the cheese.

Recipe of the Week: Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower with Arugula and Almonds

This pasta recipe* has been on my list for a while, and I have to admit, I expected a bit more. But, instead of writing it off, I’m writing about how to make it better. It was quick enough for a weeknight, which is always a plus, and the roasted cauliflower can be made the day before.

I followed the recipe exactly and I think the key ingredient is the lemon juice or lemon zest at the end- it really brightened the flavors. A little more salt, more peppery arugula and olive oil would also help give it depth. It would be good with fresh ricotta and (more) lemon zest or as the base for a flaky white fish. This dish can easily be made with chickpea pasta to add protein, reduce carbs and add extra fiber.

*scroll down the website to see the recipe in English

Recipe of the Week: Walnut Parsley Pesto

parsley walnut pestoDid you buy the wrong herb? Do you have most of a big bunch left over from a recipe? Don’t worry, there’s a pesto for that. This recipe from Simply Recipes is a good, cold weather pesto – heavy enough to have on steak (or steak sandwiches) and light enough to pair with roasted vegetables or with veggies and pasta. All in all it’s a good way to get in your greens from the herbs and healthy fats from the walnuts.

Recipe of the Week: Chickpea Salad

I don’t know why it took me six years to make this chickpea salad, but now that I did, I’m certainly not going to wait six years to make it again! This delicious blend of chickpeas, herbs, salty cheese and tangy lemon juice make for an addictive and versatile dish. Chickpeas provide filling protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates as well as potassium and folate. The ease of preparation makes this a quick side dish or a last minute afternoon snack to take to work or on a road trip. It will keep for a few days in the refrigerator if you don’t eat it all the same day!

Recipe of the Week: Shrimp and Ginger Vegetable Stir-Fry

shrimp and vegetable stir fry These days I’m all about quick dinners. Besides the usual after work time crunch, who wants to spend extra time in the kitchen on these beautiful (and sometimes hot!) summer evenings? Stir-frys come together fairly quickly and are perfect for using all the veggies in your fridge. This recipe packs a fiber punch from the veggies, and the amount can be increased even more with a high fiber base such as brown rice. For this recipe I chose to use a Jasmine rice instead to add a layer of flavor. On the other hand, the canola oil is a neutral flavor and better for high heat cooking than olive oil, which is why I’m using it here. I’ve found shrimp to be a good, quick-cooking protein (~3 minutes and you’re done!) and makes any meal feel a little more fancy. The shrimp can easily be eliminated for a delicious and nutritionally complete vegetarian or vegan meal.

 

 

 

 

Shrimp and Ginger Vegetable Stir Fry (serves 2 adults and 1-2 pre-schoolers)

Ingredients

1/2 container baby Bella mushrooms, sliced

1-2 stalks of broccoli, cut into small florets

1/4 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 scallions, thinly sliced white and light green parts

2 large carrots, cut into thin rounds or matchsticks

1 inch peeled and minced ginger

1 tablespoon Canola oil (have extra on hand)

1-2 teaspoons sesame oil

1/2lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 cup dry jasmine rice

Salt and pepper to taste, red pepper flakes or hot sauce if you want to spice it up
Directions

1.  Heat the canola oil in a pan. In a separate pot cook the rice according to package directions.

2. Toss the carrots and broccoli into the pan with the oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper. After they begin to soften add the mushrooms and asparagus. Add more oil as needed to ensure the vegetables don’t burn.

3. When all of the vegetables are soft add the scallions, sesame oil, ginger and shrimp and cook until the shrimp are opaque white in the center, ~3 minutes.

4. Place the rice in a bowl, spoon the stir fry on top and enjoy!