Bacon, Potato, Spinach, and Cheddar Frittata

Frittata

On those days when you know that you’re going to be running around like a chicken with its head cut off, you need to make this dish. Frittatas are a great vehicle for whatever ingredients you have on-hand and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Did I mention it’s also a one-pot meal?

I realized many years ago during my weight loss adventures if I substituted egg whites for whole eggs in my omelettes and frittatas that I could have more gluttonous ingredients so I would not feel so deprived. For this particular frittata I have included all my guilty pleasures…bacon, potatoes, and cheddar cheese. Yes, you read that correctly. However, I also had to balance it out by adding a bunch of spinach (literally one whole bunch). This recipe proves you can have anything you want…in moderation!

Bunch o' Spinach

Bunch o’ Spinach

 

Bacon, Potato, Spinach, and Cheddar Frittata

Makes 1 serving

1 Frittata = 8 Points Plus

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

  • ½ slice of bacon, sliced
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 small red potato, thinly sliced (about 3.5 oz)
  • 1 bunch of spinach (about 1.5 cups), chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic oil (or olive oil)
  • 4 egg whites, beaten
  • ½ ounce white cheddar cheese, cubed

Preheat oven to 350°F. Add sliced bacon to a non-stick pan on low heat. Cook until crispy. Remove bacon and place onto a paper towel–lined plate. Keep bacon grease in pan (only comes out to ½ tsp).

Fry Scallions in Bacon Fat

Fry Scallions in Bacon Fat

Turn the heat up to medium and add the scallions to the bacon fat. Cook for 1 minute. Add the potato slices and season heavily with salt and pepper. Cook the potato slices until golden brown and cooked through, about 7 minutes.

Crispy Potatoes

Add the chopped spinach.(There will be a lot of spinach…don’t worry!) The spinach will eventually wilt down to half the amount. You can add a lid to the pan to speed up the wilting process. Season again with salt and pepper.

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Pouring Egg Whites

After all the spinach has been wilted, add 1 tsp of garlic oil to the spinach and potato mixture and add the eggs whites. Add the cubed cheddar cheese and reserved bacon and stir the egg whites a few times just to incorporate all the ingredients together. Let the frittata cook for 2-3 minutes to set on the bottom without stirring. Then put the pan into the oven and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the egg whites are cooked through. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

Mmm...Bacon

Mmm…Bacon

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Spanakopita

Not only do I take inspiration for my cooking from the change of seasons and the farmers’ markets, but I also take inspiration from the area around me. I live in Queens in a neighborhood called Astoria. Astoria is most known for its Greek cuisine, among other ethnic choices. The grocery store next to my apartment sells at least 8 different kinds of feta cheese. So this recipe is inspired by my new Greek ‘hood…Astoria.

Spanakopita

Makes 12 servings

1 serving = 5 Points Plus

  • 30 oz frozen spinach, defrosted, drained
  • 1 large onion, small dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup dill, minced
  • 6 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 oz parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 16 sheets of phyllo dough
  • non-stick cooking spray (you will use most of this can)
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

I know what you’re thinking. Frozen spinach…really?

The answer is yes. Frozen spinach will save you time, money, and sheer frustration. You’ll need to defrost your spinach first. Place the frozen spinach in large microwavable-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for at least 10 minutes…maybe more. Check it every so often and stir the spinach to keep the defrosting at an even temperature.

Once all the spinach is defrosted, you’ll need to squeeze out all the water. I like to use kitchen towels, but paper ones will work as well. It also helps to wring it out in batches. You want the spinach to be dry as possible so it doesn’t make your phyllo dough soggy.

While the spinach is defrosting, you can sweat your onions in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add your garlic after 5 minutes and allow the onions to become soft and translucent. Season with salt and pepper and allow the mixture to cool completely.

Dill

Feta

Add your onion mixture, dill, feta, parmesan cheese, egg white, and nutmeg to the spinach. Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly to combine.  Set aside.

You’ll need a 9”x13” glass baking dish. Spray the bottom of the dish with non-stick cooking spray. Make sure you spray the edges all well. Carefully lay sheet one sheet of phyllo dough into the baking dish. Carefully smooth the dough around the edges of the pan. Spray the sheet of phyllo dough with non-stick cooking spray. Lay another sheet of phyllo dough on top of this sheet. Be very gentle and careful…phyllo dough is extremely fragile. Spray this sheet with non-stick cooking spray…and so on and so forth. Keep layering and spraying until you have 8 sheets stacked on top of each other.

Second Layer

Add your spinach mixture on to the phyllo dough “crust” and spread evenly with a spatula. Then layer a piece of phyllo dough over the spinach filling. Spray this sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Add another sheet of phyllo dough on top of this sheet. Spray again with non-stick cooking spray. Continue layering and spraying until you have 8 layers in total. If you have extra phyllo dough hanging off the edges of your baking dish, just fold in the edges to create a border on the outside of the casserole.

Next you want to cut the casserole into 12 equal pieces, you want to cut all the way into the spanakopita but do not cut through the bottom crust. Next, wrap the dish with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator, allow it to chill out for 30 minutes. This will help the spanakopita set up properly and bake evenly.

After 30 minutes, brush the top of the spanakopita with melted butter and then bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 minute or until golden brown.

In this recipe renovation I realized that what makes spanakopita unhealthy isn’t necessarily the filling or the phyllo dough but the mass amount of butter that is brushed onto the pastry between every layer. By using cooking spray, you’ll create a lighter version of this Greek classic that won’t weight you down. I guarantee this will be the flakiest, moistest, and most delicious healthy spanakopita you will ever have.