Foodie Friday featuring the Fabulous Frittata

The much needed long weekend is finally here and what better way to kick it off than with a recipe perfectly suited for holiday brunch? This recipe puts one of my all-time favorite ingredients at center stage, as it should be- the incredible, edible egg!

For as long as I can remember eggs have been a staple in my diet and not just for breakfast- no, no, no. Eggs make the perfect, breakfast, brunch, dinner, you name it! Their warm, fluffy texture makes my belly smile just thinking about them.

Most recently, I have been craving the more mature and cultured form of eggs- the quiche- thanks to the remarkably delicious Quiche Florentine from Main Street Bistro and Bakery in Grapevine, Texas.  The homemade, wonderfully flaky crust of the Quiche Florentine is adorned with layers of spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, asiago, and eggs of course!

As is typically the case with me, I couldn’t take the craving any longer and I decided I wanted to make my own quiche 🙂

Well, wait, where does the frittata come in your might ask? Here were go-

On a weeknight it’s just not practical to make a pie crust from scratch- exercising on top of laundry, on top of taking care of the bear, there’s just not enough time so I went in search of a healthy pie crust. Unfortunately, our local, big chain, normal run of the mill grocery store only carries frozen pie crusts ridden with “bad ingredients,” like hydrogenated oils and bleached flours. “Oh no, no, no this is not going to work” I thought to myself as the myriads of weekend shoppers paraded around me searching for the perfect bag of frozen green beans and Uncrustable sandwiches (which are delicious, I cannot lie).

With this being said, the idea to make a crustless egg pie (my eloquent description) or a frittata was born. I weaved my way in and out of those wild, weekend shoppers like the champion of a dodge ball game and darted into the baking aisle where I grabbed two aluminum pans- why make one frittata when you can have two and enjoy leftover eggs all week 🙂 ?

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Ingredients I used to create our frittatas:

  • 10 eggs (5 per frittata)
  • ½ a cup of milk (1/4 cup per frittata. Any kind of milk will do- I used 2% because that is what we had.)
  • 3 cups of spinach (about 1 ½ cups pre-steamed per frittata)
  • 2 tomatoes on the vine (1 per frittata)
  • Ground turkey (I used about ¾ of a pound total)
  • ½ a zucchini (1/4 per frittata)
  • Fat free feta cheese
  • Sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the ground turkey in a skillet with the garlic powder and dried basil until the meet is browned.
  3. Drain the turkey on a plate covered in paper towels.
  4. Sautee the spinach until wilted. Drain on a plate with paper towels as well.
  5. Slice the zucchini and tomatoes to your desired thickness.
  6. Crack 5 eggs into a bowl with ¼ cup of milk. Stir until the yolks are well combined.
  7. Layer slices of zucchini along the bottom of the pan.
  8. Place the cooked spinach on top of the zucchini slices.
  9. Place slices of tomato on top of the spinach.
  10. Then layer the feta and cheddar cheese on top of the veggies.
  11. Sprinkle the ground turkey on top.
  12. Pour the egg mixture on top.
  13. Cook the frittata until the center of the eggs is set, about 55 minutes.
  14. Places slices of avocado on top as a tasty garnish.
  15. Allow the frittata to settle for 10 minutes, then cut yourself a little piece of heaven!

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We of course enjoyed our frittata with slices of backed sweet potatoes- our favorite!

What is your favorite brunch recipe? I would love to hear! I hope you enjoy this tasty and nutritious anytime meal.

PS- post frittata making I found a gluten free, organic frozen pie crust at Central Market. Hooray!

I am trying to work on my photos- I promise they will soon be shadow free!

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend!

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Love,

AH

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What I’ve Learned in our First Two Months of Marriage

Marriage has been everything I hoped it would be and so much more. There is nothing quite like waking up next to your best friend and knowing that at the end of a long day he will be right there to greet you with the biggest, warmest bear hug.

It hasn’t been all puppies and gummy bears, but we knew that going into it. What it has been is an adventure- a constant lesson in patience, trust, camaraderie, and earnest, unyielding, beautiful love.

Like most things in life, the downs make the ups that much more amazing. I am extremely grateful that in two months we have only experienced one down- about a month after the wedding we encountered a tremendous setback with the furriest and cuddliest member of our family. Thank goodness everything has taken a turn for the better and our little family unit couldn’t be happier. Our setback with Ellie resulted in the most stressful and upsetting night and day which Andrew and I have endured as a couple, but through this experience we learned a few things- we are definitely stronger together, destruction and upset bellies are only temporary, and love (even be it with a four-legged friend) can overcome even the most challenging obstacles.

Most of our days have truly been filled with happiness. I know it is cheesy- of course they have been because we’re newlyweds, right?? But, there is no reason to be unhappy when you get to share life with your favorite person 🙂

A few other fun tidbits I have learned are:

  • Accidentally shedding my pieces of my hair on the sink and bathroom floor are a no-no.
  • Andrew is very particular about me using his t-shirts as “sleep shirts”- even though I have told him he can wear my shirts (which would be far too small for him) – to this he of course had a clever response that his shirts don’t fit me either (they are far too big)… I was left speechless.
  • When men are hungry… they are hungry.
  • Beer and baseball seem to wash the worries of the day away.
  • Even though the trash can is two feet from the bar, it appears to be a stretch for the Mr. to properly dispose of garbage.
  • Wakeup alarms are extra frustrating when you are snuggling with a big bear and a little bear.
  • Homemade chocolate chip cookies taste better when made together.
  • Andrew is secretly a mixologist- boy oh boy can he whip up some tasty drinks.
  • No matter how unglamorous it may be, takeout, sweatpants, a glass of wine, and watching a movie on the sofa will always be the best date night.
  • Each day is a series of precious memories which I hope are etched in my mind forever.

Reflecting on the past two months it is clear that we have A LOT of learning to do- we’re not quite marriage pros.

The amount of love I felt standing at the altar two months ago seemed unsurmountable, but I have found the truth is that each and every day I fall more in love with Andrew.

I’m so very thankful we get to do life together forever.

What are some funny or special things you have learned from your significant other?

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

Love,

AH

Here is our most recent family photo 🙂

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The Pillow Problema

A few months have passed since Andrew and I moved into our first apartment and I have of course been chomping at the bit to decorate every last nook and cranny. We are so in love with our little space and its cozy and beachy warmth, mixed with industrial flair (pictures to come in future posts!). Needless to say the decorating is definitely coming along and we are loving every minute of it- at least I am and the hubby is happy because I am happy 🙂 he’s pretty much the bomb!

Of course our design vision is fully focused and honed in on exactly what we want, but lately there has been one thing standing in my way- that aggravating and unavoidable deterrent is the cost of pillows.

Pillows are without a doubt a necessity, but the cost seems to be skyrocketing.  At the current rate I cannot possibly buy the desired (large) quantity to complete our happy home.

I decided to take matters into my own hands. How hard could it be to make a pillow by hand? I was confident that I could handle this and if I failed, at least I had a cute and furry helper in Ellie.

First stop- The Promised Land, HOBBY LOBBY.

There were so many pretty and vibrant fabrics to choose from, but fortunately I knew exactly what I wanted- a bold yellow in a fun pattern that would really pop against our minimalistic, white ruched duvet.

I purchased just 1 yard of my favorite fabric in case my attempt at pillow making took a turn for the worse.

After that I grabbed a bag of polyester fill and I was off to make a pillow.

You’re probably wondering if we have a sewing machine- we don’t, so I took a deep breath and assured myself that with lots of patience this could still be done.

First, I cut the yard of fabric into quarters. There would be enough to make two pillows-yay!

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Next, I flipped the pieces of fabric so the “inside sides” faced out.

Third, I placed two pieces of fabric together- front to front.  I did this twice since there were four pieces.

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Fourth, I measured two inches away from the edge of the fabric and drew a coordinating line around the entire perimeter. This step is dependent on the desired size of your pillow.

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Next, I carefully sewed along the drawn line- leave a 4-inch gap at the end without any stitches.

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Then, turn the pillow right side out. Once the pillow is right side out, stuff it with the filling of your choice (I used a polyester fiber fill). Be sure to stuff filling all the way to the corners to ensure you have a plush pillow.

pillow without stuffing

After your pillow is stuffed, carefully stitch up the gap.

Making a pillow isn’t as tough as it seems!

The total cost of making two pillows was less than $10! Much better than the retail cost.

ellie with pillowI am pleased to say that pillow making was a success and we are proud to display the little tokens of hard work on our bed.

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Have you ever taken the plunge and made something for your house from scratch?

Love,

AH