No More Beans!

Being a vegetarian necessarily means eating a lot of beans and legumes.  Vegetarians have to.  Beans combined with grain make a complete protein and beans are high in fiber, minerals, as well as being low in fat and calories.  I learned to love beans after I decided to go vegetarian because you cant survive on Mac&Cheese, frozen pizza, ramen noodles, spaghetti, and fish sticks.

Not tonight.  Tonight, No More Beans!  I’ve eaten beans once a day, every day, for 3 days.  I need change!

Frittata to the rescue!  Something simple with high quality protein, B vitamins including B12, other vitamins and minerals from leafy greens . . . Sign me up.

Frittatas are easy to make.  It’s basically a crustless Quiché.  It has eggs, herbs, salt, pepper, milk or cream, cheese, and is easy to customize.  Tonight mine has eggs, cheese, onion, garlic, chard, and olives.  If I had a real camera I’d take a picture for you but I’ll leave the recipe:

Made up weeknight frittata, enough for 2-3ish servings

6 eggs

Grated Parmesan cheese

3 large chard leaves, sliced in half and chopped

5-7 olives sliced.  I’m very spoiled.  Up the street is a grocery store with an olive bar.  Sure, it’s a dirty hippie, granola type grocery store, but they have an olive bar.  They also have high quality produce to which is a must for any vegetarian.

Small handful of chopped parsley

1/4 onion chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper.  Quick note:  Both Parmesan cheese and olives have a lot of salt so go easy on the salt.

Olive Oil

In an oven proof smallish skillet (I think mine is about 8 inches) heat some olive oil over medium heat.  Add the chopped onion and sauté for a few minutes or until the onion is translucent.  Add the minced garlic and sauté a couple of minutes more.  Add the chopped chard, sauté until just beginning to wilt then add the olives.  While you are waiting for the onions to cook, make the egg mixture and turn your oven to broil.  Combine 6 eggs, small handful of parsley, cheese, salt, pepper, and a little milk or cream.  Mix in a bowl until combined.  Once the chard has wilted, pour the egg mixture and turn heat to medium low and give a little stir.  When the eggs are nearly all the way cooked (shake the pan and see how wobbly it is) put the skillet under the broiler until it turns golden brown.

Enjoy with bread or a small salad, or both.

Yea! A weeknight dinner that has little fuss and little mess.  My other favourite thing about frittatas is that they are better cold the next day.  Good for a quick and simple lunch or breakfast.

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