The best part of the weekend is Sunday brunch. I always look forward to the array of foods whether it’s the fresh bounty of fruit I got at the farmer’s market the day before, or a fresh loaf of bread I whipped up a little earlier in the week. However, one of my favorite things to make for brunch (or any day of the week, really – it’s that easy!) is my spinach frittata. I love this spinach frittata because it fuels me for my day, keeping me satisfied and energized.
Making the spinach frittata
As mentioned, this spinach frittata recipe is so easy to make. First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating, dice up half of an onion (you can also use pre-cut or frozen onions here). In a bowl, add the eggs, egg whites, salt, pepper and nutmeg, and whisk the ingredients together. In a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Saute the onions and spinach in the skillet for 3-5 minutes or until the onions are translucent and the spinach has wilted. Next, pour the egg mixture into the skillet, and quickly mix the ingredients together for even distribution of the spinach and onions. From there, turn off the stove, place the skillet in the oven and cook the spinach frittata for 10 minutes, or until the eggs are fully cooked. Enjoy with some buttered bread and a side of berries!
Why I love spinach frittatas
Aside from being the perfect fuel, there are many reasons I love this spinach frittata. They are as follows:
- Although this recipe makes two servings, it is easily adaptable for more people. If you need to increase the amount of servings, just double (or triple) the ingredients, and use a bigger skillet so the eggs don’t overflow.
- If you increase the servings of this spinach frittata, you can easily portion it out and freeze the leftovers. This makes the perfect weekday breakfast, especially when you’re in a rush.
- Lastly, if you don’t have spinach on hand, you can supplement with any veggies you do! Frittatas are a great way to incorporate those leftover veggies from the night before.
Health benefits of the spinach frittata
Spinach and eggs are packed with nutrients that help facilitate different processes in the body. For example, including spinach in your diet can help with processes such as blood clotting and oxygenation, immune protection, and assist in eye health due to its vitamin K, iron, vitamin C and carotenoid content.1 Eggs, on the other hand, assist in different areas of metabolism, cell health, as well as the creation of neurotransmitters due to their high choline, vitamin B12 and biotin content.2,3,4,5 Together, the spinach and eggs in this spinach frittata are a powerhouse when it comes to their health benefits.
- Gunnars K. Spinach 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/spinach#vitamins-and-minerals. Accessed August 7, 2020.
- Egg Nutrition Facts. American Egg Board. https://www.incredibleegg.org/nutrition/egg-nutrition-facts. Accessed August 7, 2020.
- Office of Dietary Supplements – Choline. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Choline-HealthProfessional/. Accessed August 7, 2020.
- Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin B12. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-Consumer/#:~:text=Vitamin B12 is a nutrient,makes people tired and weak. Accessed August 7, 2020.
- Office of Dietary Supplements – Biotin. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Biotin-HealthProfessional/. Accessed August 7, 2020.
- 4 whole eggs
- 2 egg whites
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ onion small dice
- 1 bunch spinach chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Whisk together the whole eggs, egg whites, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
- In a small skillet over medium heat, add oil. Add onion and spinach and sauté 3-5 minutes.
- Add the egg mixture and quickly scrape all sides of pan to evenly distribute egg and veggies. Remove from heat and place in the oven for 10 minutes until egg is fully cooked.