Easy Vegetable Frittata

Vegetable Frittata with loads of garden veggies and a bit of melty cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Easy Vegetable Frittata. What’s a Frittata? It’s like an open face all-mixed up or even an “upside-down” omelet! Frittatas are popular for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My favorite frittata is a Vegetable Frittata.

Vegetable Frittata with loads of garden veggies and a bit of melty cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Vegetable Frittata with loads of garden veggies and a bit of melty cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Frittata loaded with veggies and served with buttered toast (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Frittata loaded with veggies and served with buttered toast (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

You can use any vegetables you like in your frittata. It’s also a great way to use up lone egg whites or egg yolks from baking activities. In a recent frittata, I used 6 egg whites and 2 large eggs. The whites were left over from a lemon curd recipe that used 6 yolks.

Vegetable Frittata with huge chunks of goat cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Vegetable Frittata with huge chunks of goat cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

A vegetable frittata is a great way to use up the abundance of summer vegetables that will make their way into your kitchen. My favorite vegetables to use for a frittata are mushrooms, shallots, red or green bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, scallions, onions, and even some garlic. Just chop or slice. Stir in some fresh herbs, too.

Diced zucchini and red bell pepper (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Diced zucchini and red bell pepper (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Chopped Kumato tomatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Chopped Kumato tomatoes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Sliced cremini mushrooms (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Sliced cremini mushrooms (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Start with some chopped onion and red bell pepper. Saute in olive oil.

Saute the onions and red bell pepper in the olive oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Saute the onions and red bell pepper in the olive oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Then add the rest of the vegetables.

Spinach, mushrooms, tomato, zucchini, onion, red bell pepper, and parsley are sauteed for the Frittata (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Spinach, mushrooms, tomato, zucchini, onion, red bell pepper, and parsley are sauteed for the Frittata (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

I like to add some melty cheese like goat cheese crumbles or shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Try your favorite cheese or omit if you prefer.

Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Add the melty cheese to the vegetable mixture.  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Add the melty cheese to the vegetable mixture. (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the egg mixture.

Add the egg mixture to the pan over the vegetable and cheese mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Add the egg mixture to the pan over the vegetable and cheese mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Then place in a preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven and bake for 10 – 12 minutes until the frittata puffs up.

Frittata puffs up in the oven (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Frittata puffs up in the oven (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Remove the frittata from the oven and let sit a minute or so.

Just baked frittata (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Just baked frittata (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Veggie Frittata is chock full of vegetables and also tastes great cold (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Veggie Frittata is chock full of vegetables and also tastes great cold (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Then cut, serve, and enjoy! Offer with some buttered toast. Refrigerate any leftovers and take a wedge to work with you for lunch.

Baked Veggie Frittata with Walnut Raisin Toast (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Baked Veggie Frittata with Walnut Raisin Toast (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Vegetable Frittata

Ingredients:

2 T olive or canola oil
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, peeled and diced
1/2 zucchini, diced
1 tomato, diced
4 cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 c fresh spinach leaves, stems removed
1/4 c chopped parsley, reserve 1 T for garnish
1/2 c easily meltable cheese such as Monterey Jack or goat cheese crumbles/chunks
8 eggs
2 T heavy cream or milk
Salt and pepper

Method:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Warm oil in a non-stick oven proof skillet over medium-low heat.
3. Saute onion and red bell pepper in oil until translucent.
4. Add zucchini, tomato, and mushrooms and saute a few minutes.
5. Stir in spinach and cover pan for 2 minutes or until spinach wilts slightly.
6. Whisk eggs and cream together in a medium bowl until airy, light and frothy.
7. Add cheese evenly to vegetable mixture in pan, then stir in egg mixture. Cook 2 minutes.
8. Remove pan from heat and place in oven.
9, Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until eggs start to puff up, center is set, and frittata has browned slightly.
10. Remove from oven and turn out onto a serving plate. Cut into four pieces and serve.
11. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Serves 4 as a main course. Serve along with a green salad, roasted potatoes, a slice of toast, or fresh fruit. Can be served hot or cold.

Variations: Add or subtract whatever vegetables are your favorites or whatever is in season. You can omit the cream or milk and add some water instead. And you can omit the cheese if you wish. And you can use only egg whites or a combination of egg whites and whole eggs. Just have fun with whatever ingredients you have on hand.

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