Thursday, May 10, 2012

"long day at the office" frittata

Today was one of those endless office days. Our company car had a very low back tire after I retrieved it from the shop, so I put on my fix-it-skirt and filled the tire to prevent any accidents. One hour later, one of our company members drove over something in the road... causing a different tire to blow out, ending my day as I started it: tending to the car and its finicky tires. Ah well. Sometimes the best laid plans are completely useless, and a shrug and a good meal are all that can and should be the answer to the problem. That's where my "Long Day at the Office" frittata enters in. Frittata is easy, cheap, healthy, delicious, and very pretty (the pretty is just a bonus, really). Another bonus is that it takes 30 minutes, tops, and you can eat it with salad, more vegetables, or roasted potatoes for a filling, calming meal.

Eggs are good for you! I know there was a long time in the press where they were lambasted for their cholesterol content, but at the moment, the Harvard School of Public Health states that eggs, in moderation, have nutrients that may help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate ( Of course, if you have high cholesterol and don't want to stress out even more after your stressful office day, you can always substitute some egg whites into the mix.


6 eggs
One tablespoon of half and half
One sweet potato or yam
One green pepper
Two scallions
1/2 cup of crumbled goat cheese
Olive oil
Pinch of salt

Step 1:
Heat the oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. 

Step 2:

Put enough olive oil in a saute pan to lightly coat the bottom, and turn the pan on to medium heat. Cut up the sweet potato into thin coins, and add them to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally to avoid potato stick-age, until the sweet potatoes are soft (10-15 minutes).  As the sweet potato cooks, slice up the green pepper into bite size pieces and the white part of the scallion into small coin size pieces. Add them to the pan too, and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Step 3:
As the vegetables cook, mix the eggs and half and half together, whisking in salt as you go.

Step 4:
Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables. Crumble the goat cheese on top, and stick the whole shebang in the oven for 15 minutes. When the frittata is no longer jiggly, it's done! If you like extra salt or pepper in your food, now's the time to add it!

Serve with green salad, fresh vegetables, or potato wedges, and watch your office cares melt away. 

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