Make Ahead Breakfast: Easy Baked Frittata

I’m not a morning person.  It’s hard enough for me to get up and ready and out the door, but squeezing in a healthy and nutritious breakfast is nearly impossible.  However, you know what they say — breakfast is the most important meal of the day! So, over the next few weeks we are going to offer you some suggestions on healthy breakfasts that you can make ahead of time and, in some cases, ones that will stretch throughout the week.

We are starting with our Easy Baked Frittata.  I make mine in a pie dish so it’s easier to divide and portion.  Baking the frittata is so much easier than cooking it on the stovetop.  You just pour the ingredients into a greased pie plate and pop it into the oven for approximately 20 minutes.  I suggest making it on Sunday and slicing it throughout the week.  Or, plan to make one when you know you will have leftovers to incorporate into the dish.

Our frittata has a few basic ingredients — eggs, milk, veggie/meat, cheese, salt and pepper.  The picture you see to the right is made with leftover roasted vegetables and goat cheese.  One of my favorite versions incorporates leftover roasted potatoes and onions and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. You can nix the cheese altogether and throw in more veggies.  You can also add meat to the frittata.   At the end of the day, you can really modify the frittata to your liking but the point is that you are making it in advance — and hopefully getting rid of leftovers in the process!

Additionally, a frittata is not only something you can enjoy for breakfast.  It can be eaten for lunch or dinner alongside soup, such as our Roasted Potato Leek Soup, or alongside salad, such as our Shaved Fennel Salad.

Easy Baked FrittataYields 8 slices

8 large eggs1/4 cup of milk1/3 cup of cheese1 cup of veggies (or meat)1/2 teaspoon of saltpepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In the meantime, grease a 9 inch pie plate.  Beat eggs and milk until thoroughly combined.  Add cheese, veggies and/or meat, salt and pepper.  Mix until incorporated and pour into the prepared pie plate.  Bake in the oven 15-20 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Helpful hint: We used a ceramic pie plate.  Cooking times may vary depending on what your pie plate is made out of — metal or glass may take more or less time.