So my computer has been acting totally off... I think I have a virus, but I don't know how to fix it... so all my personal settings are gone, as well as a lot of pictures that have disappeared somehow... including a bunch of food pictures. :( I'm hoping to find some way to fix it and restore everything!
Anyway, I just thought I'd put up a quick posting of a weekly staple for me and Curt. Breakfast frittata! It can be hard to find a quick breakfast that's paleo friendly. I tend to wake up early and make an omelette of some sort. Curt, however, prefers to get on the road early and eat breakfast at the office, so I've started making him these little egg concoctions to just heat up and eat! They are SUPER easy and very versatile... I change up the ingredients every week!
* 1 dozen eggs
* 1 package of bacon (I don't know how much bacon is in a package... half a lb?)
* 1 box of frozen spinach (you could use fresh)
* 1/2 lb of breakfast sausage
* 1/2 onion, diced
* salt and pepper to taste
First, I browned all of the sausage in a pan... this only took a few minutes. After it was cooked all the way through, I removed it, but left the oil in the pan. You have to cook all of the ingredients first, or else they won't cook all the way when you bake it later!
Next, I added in the bacon. I let it crisp up (I like CRISPY bacon). Again, after it was cooked, I removed it, crumbled it, and put it aside. I drained most of the bacon grease, but left about a tablespoon in the pan so that I could cook the onions in it, rather than have to add butter or something similar.
I threw in the onion and sauteed that until it was soft - remember Curt doesn't like tasting the texture of onions! :) haha... cook them as much or as little as you like!
Once the onions were browned, I added in the frozen spinach. You could take the time to thaw it all out if you would like... but the water would eventually evaporate anyway, and I didn't think ahead when making this and hadn't thawed it out yet! Basically, you just keep pushing it around and poking at it with a wooden spoon until it thaws, cooks, and the water evaporates.
Then, I added the sausage and the bacon back in and mixed everything up so that it was all nice and combined. I added in a pinch of two of pepper (my new favorite and highly underrated spice!) I didn't really add in any salt because the bacon and the sausage already have enough in it.
Once everything was combined thoroughly, I put in evenly into a baking dish. I don't remember how big it was, but use your judgement. I've seen people put them in cupcake tins so you have individual little egg cupcakes, like my good friend Caroline did Here But for Curt's sake, I just bake it all together and then cut it into big serving sizes.
I then cracked the whole dozen eggs into a big container and whip up the whole lot of it. Again... I add in some pepper, just for fun!
Then, I poured the egg mixture over the "toppings" and used a fork to swirl everything up. You don't want to have all the yummy stuff in clumps on the bottom and just egg on top (I don't think you do at least). So just mix it all up and pop it in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. You just let it cook until you can stick a toothpick in it and have it come out clean - like you would for a cake. :) When it cooks, it will get all big and puffy, so make sure that whatever pan you use, there is at least an inch between the top of the egg mixture and the edge of the pan or else you might have some messy overflow!
I took it out of the oven and voila! Deliciousness.
Here's a picture of what Curt eats almost every morning for breakfast while reading the Wall Street Journal. Now, you can have it with fruit, or veggies... whatever you'd like. I tend to get full on just this. I break each of these "pans" down into 4 servings, so on average, it's about 3 eggs a day with a bunch of veggies and meats mixed in.
This is really a super simple recipe. You can mix and match ingredients, spices, and amounts and it almost always turns out great. Here are a few of my favorite combinations:
~ crab, asparagus (Curt wasn't a fan of the asparagus in it though)
~ chicken, spinach, mushrooms
~ spinach, mushrooms, onions, feta cheese, bacon, oregano (Greekish)
~ spinach, sweet potatoes, bacon
~ bacon, mushrooms, onions
~ broccoli, spinach, and bacon
~ tomatoes, oregano, basil, chicken (Italiany theme)
Get creative! You can almost have a different fritatta each week!