Easy Dinner Tonight: Asparagus Frittata

19 Jul

I was talking to a friend the other day and she said something like, “Maybe you should post some more healthy food on your blog.”

I totally agree.  I have decided to not only post more healthy foods but more of our regular whipped up kind of meals—rather than only sharing the cooking adventures that require  7 hours, I’ll also share the weeknight dinners I throw together in 15 minutes.  Usually, my family eats pretty healthy and simple throughout the week–and on the weekends, I kind of go crazy.  I start to plan on Friday night what delicious things I should bake.  This poses a problem though—me and the baked goods are home together throughout the weekend–and no amount of running can make up for me left alone with chocolate cake.  (I blame my mother—more on that later.)

Speaking of my mother—she is here!  She called me Saturday morning while I was out for a run and said, “Can you pick me up in Tampa tonight?”  It is always great when my mom is here…..she does ALL of our laundry, she helps clean the house,  she never gets tired of playing board game after board game with the kids, and if I ask, she will give me a massage.  Isn’t my mom great?   Everything just seems a little easier when she is around…….

So, like I said, my mom is here.  We are trying to stay out of restaurants and eat a bit healthy.  Yesterday evening, we all had something to do at the gym and time was very limited–but I wanted to make something special for my mom.  She had folded piles upon piles of laundry so nicely!  I had asparagus and eggs.  I decided to make a frittata.  It is simple and fast–yet fancy enough to impress my mommy.

Here is what you need to do:

1) You will need:  7 eggs (Oh, how I wish we could have chickens!),  a bunch of asparagus (snapped in half), about 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan, 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, and 1 tsp of smoked paprika. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and get out your trusty old cast iron pan.

2)  On the stove top, heat your cast iron pan (medium heat) and add a bit of olive oil.  Toss in the asparagus to warm’ em up a little. You don’t really want them to cook at this point…just a little warming.  This should take about as much time as it will take you to get your eggs crackin’ and frothin’.

3) Crack eggs and whip them up good. I used my immersion blender—but you could use your arms, if you wanted to get a workout.

4) Add Parmesan, salt and pepper.  Whip up a little bit more.

5) Pour frothy egg mixture over the asparagus in the cast iron pan and sprinkle with the smoked paprika.  (Aaron thought there was too much paprika so you might want to reduce that down a little.)

6) Bake for about 5 minutes.  Really, it doesn’t take much longer than that. See how pretty and puffed up it is!

Serve it up with a big salad of mixed greens and cheese straws (cheese straws post coming soon).  Easy, Peasy!

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2 Responses to “Easy Dinner Tonight: Asparagus Frittata”

  1. kellie July 21, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    I will happily read your everyday dinner ideas and go along (for the most part) with the ‘healthy eating’ slant you are working on. But I by no means support a lack of your decadent desserts and treats with all the accompanying pictures. My tastebuds live vicariously. Write accordingly.

    • kgracie71 July 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

      I really don’t think puff pastry and eggs and cheese count as “healthy”–but I suppose they are healthier than a triple layer cake (which I plan to make this weekend).

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