Monday, February 22, 2010

Meatless Monday

There's been a lot of talk about "Meatless Mondays" as a healthy way to make dietary changes. I have found that for me to feel full I need to have protein, not carbs. The following recipe contains high quality egg protein and milk protein in the Cheddar cheese.

Studies show that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol levels to a greater degree than ingested cholesterol and eggs are again a part of healthy diets. Use Cheddar cheese made with 2% milk to decrease fat if you like. When I use a small amount of cheese I find that full-fat tastes best, but I also like the 2% cheddar.

What do you serve for Meatless Mondays?

Spinach Frittata

Makes 2 servings

1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup diced red pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the butter and olive oil in 9-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper and cook 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add the potatoes and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until the potatoes begin to brown. Add the spinach and garlic and cook until the spinach is wilted.

Beat the eggs, milk salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Pour over potatoes. Cook, 2 to 3 minutes, lifting edges and allowing uncooked egg to flow underneath.

Sprinkle with cheese and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until set. Cut into 4 wedges to serve.

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