Not only is this vegetable frittata meatless, but it is low in calories and provides several servings of vegetables. I suspect it might especially appeal to my Canadian readers, after a heavy turkey dinner on Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, by the way!
What is Meatless Monday, anyway?Meatless Monday is a concept I became aware of about a year or two ago. I am not always good at observing it, but lately have been trying to be sure we have at least one meatless dinner some time in each week - if not always on Monday.
The idea of Meatless Monday is not new - according to the Meatless Monday website, it actually originated back during World War I. The US Food Administration encouraged Americans to "do their part" to help win the war, by observing "Meatless Monday" and "Wheatless Wednesday." The idea resurfaced in 2003, as a public service campaign, suggesting a "way for individuals to do something good for themselves and for the planet."
Again according to the Meatless Monday website, eating less meat is better for our health and our wallet. It is good for the environment as well, because the farming of vegetables and grains uses less water and fuel, and produces less greenhouse gases, than does the meat industry.
At least right now, I have no intentions of becoming a vegetarian. But, that doesn't mean I can't at least reduce the amount of meat in my diet. Since every little reduction helps my health and the planet, with recipes like this - why not?
Are eggs okay on Meatless Monday?There has been some conversation as to how eating eggs can be allowed on meatless Monday, since eggs come from chickens - but as there are egg recipes on the Meatless Monday website, I am considering it to be okay.
This fritatta was easy to make, used up a variety of vegetables in my vegetable bin, and really tasted yummy. Made with mostly egg whites and just a small amount of cheese, it is really healthy. Served with a big salad, it was a satisfying dinner - even for my hungry teenager.
A satisfying meatless meal - even for a hungry teenager
Here's the recipe - enjoy!
Meatless Monday (or Any Day) Healthy Vegetable Frittata
With a green salad, this frittata is perfect for a delicious low-calorie meal. A crusty baguette would go nicely with it, as well.
Ingredients:2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup red, yellow or orange pepper (or combo), chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/3 cup kale, chopped
1/2 - 1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper,
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 TBSP fresh basil, chopped - or 1 tsp. dried basil, if fresh is unavailable
2 large eggs
8 egg whites
2/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese.
NOTE: Feel free to substitute any vegetables, just be sure they have similar water content and cooking times to the ones listed here - and have similar water content.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk eggs and 1/3 cup cheese together in a mixing bowl.
- Drizzle olive oil down sides of pan (preferably a well-seasoned cast iron skillet or 10 non-stick frying pan) and swirl to coat entire pan.
- Heat pan over medium-low heat until oil is just beginning to smoke, add chopped onion and peppers. Cook until translucent, about 8 minutes.
- Add zucchini, mushrooms, kale, and salt and pepper. Continue to cook, increasing heat to medium high, until soft.
- Pour egg mixture over vegetables in skillet, keep heat at medium high. Be sure to pour it so that all vegetables are submerged.
- Sprinkle tomatoes and basil evenly across the top - they will sink a little.
- Cook a couple minutes, until edges just begin to set, reducing heat if needed to prevent over-browning.
- Sprinkle the reminder of the parmesan cheese evenly on top. Place pan in oven, uncovered.
- Cook 15 - 18 minutes, or until frittata is completely cooked. It will be firm, puffed up, and when a thin skewer is inserted in center, it will come out clean.
- Cut into pieces and serve warm.
Note: While developing this recipe, I read a number of different frittata recipes. My favorite version (which resembles this recipe) was found on the blog, Confessions of a Fit Foodie. Not only did I like her recipe, I really liked her blog as well!
And one more photo of the finished product ...
What is your favorite meatless meal?
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Note: Hours after this recipe was published, I realized I forgot to include kale in the ingredients. I have corrected my mistake, and I apologize for it! Even without the kale, it would be delicious. Feel free to subtract or substitute any ingredients you don't like.