Friday, September 26, 2008

Leftover Wars part II: Frittata


Here's news you can use:  the Frittata.  If you like quiche, or omelettes, you definately want to have fritatta in your repertoire.  All you need are eggs, a nonstick saute pan, something for filling, and about 10 minutes.

When I last posted I was wading through an unappealing sea of insipid leftovers.  Pizza made a dent, but I was left with this cast of less than appetizing characters for Thursday night's dinner:


That's corn and black bean salad, fresh salsa, grilled chorizo pieces, and a baked potato (I managed to wedge the tortillas in the freezer).  Now might be a good time to mention that I am back on the diet wagon, determined to lose that damn 5 pounds I gained back this summer.  That plays a big role in what I make for dinner, since calories count, Ladies and Gents.  So something like a gooey, cheese quesadilla was out.  I considered a chili/stew type dish, but if there's one thing I hate more than leftovers, it's when the leftovers have leftovers, and chili definately runs that risk.

 I decided to grab some eggs and an onion out of the fridge and make frittata and green salads for dinner. Frittata is a great use for leftovers.  It's also known (in some places such as Tapas bars) as Tortilla Espagnole.  Its similar to a quiche filling but without all the cream- and no crust either which makes it much faster, easier, and healthier. Some good filling suggestions are spinach, cheeses, broccoli, smoked or leftover salmon, mushrooms, bacon or Italian sausage- basically little bits and pieces of anything!

  The corn salad and fresh salsa were dumped into a saucepan and simmered until they coalesced into a chunky fresh tasting sauce.  The onion, potato, and chorizo were browned with a bit of olive oil in my trusty nonstick saute pan:
Then you just add 6 lightly beaten eggs, scramble them until they start to solidify,  throw the whole thing under the broiler just until firm- about 4 minutes cooking time total once you add the eggs.
Sliced and topped with the sauce, it wasn't the best thing I've ever eaten but it was a satisfying, reasonably healthy,  light dinner.  The kids ate it, too.

That plate was about 350 calories, freeing me up for some wine.  One of my favorite websites for figuring calories is www.calorie-count.com

1 comment:

Amy said...

hey, post my inspired frittata! i even sent you a photo. yum.