Dinner in One Pan

Everyone needs a meal they know they can make in no time at all and with minimal clean-up. Even better if it's packed full of healthy ingredients! Now that I am eating eggs again, as long as they're organic free-range, we've been making a frittata for dinner each week. It's so simple, takes little time or fuss to prepare, and involves whatever you happen to have in your fridge as a filling. We gathered some beautiful asparagus at the Saturday farmer's market, along with some fennel, parsley, and fresh soft goat cheese, which all went into this springtime frittata. If you don't have a cast-iron skillet, any metal-handled pan will do - one that can be used both on the stove and in the oven. And that's the real beauty of this dish - it involves one pan from start to finish. I do love a recipe that is light on the clean-up.

Frittatas aren't just for dinner. They are great for pretty much any meal of the day - breakfast, brunch, lunch - and they're delicious when served cold, straight from the fridge, on top of a bed of something green and leafy.

When I give talks or meet with clients, I recommend they have at least 5 servings of vegetables each day. So what does that mean and how can they do it? I define a serving as 1/2 cup of crunchy vegetables (such as carrots, broccoli or celery) and 1 cup of leafy vegetables (such as spinach, kale, and parsley). That's a lot of veggies! However, dishes such as a frittata provide a nice and easy way to get 3 or 4 servings into just one meal. Finding recipes where you can add in extra vegetables is essential to getting them in each day.

Other ideas to boost your veggie intake:

  • Green smoothies - leafy green vegetables
  • Pasta sauces - chopped veggies, like garlic, mushrooms, peppers, etc.
  • Soups - so many options!
  • Grain salads - wonderful way to incorporate seasonal vegetables into lunch or dinner
  • Stir frys - make it beautiful with a rainbow of colorful veg!

Spring Veggie Frittata

by The Particular Kitchen

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Keywords: saute grill entree breakfast gluten-free wheat free vegetarian nut-free soy-free spring