Meatless Monday: Clean-Out-the-Fridge Frittata

The dish that'll cross off two to-do list items in just a few minutes: clean out the fridge and make dinner -- frittata.
By: Michelle Buffardi
Related To:
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

On any given day there's quite a random assortment of whacked-out ingredients in my refrigerator: a few tiny portions of leftovers I'm likely to never eat, a half bottle Sriracha, pickled dilly beans, a jar of mom's homemade blueberry jam, a hunk of aged Parmesan, a half a carton of buttermilk from last weekend's pancakes and, way in the corner, a shriveled apple that's been around since fall. Some of it, like the ancient apple and the buttermilk are bound for the trash, but some of the other assorted bits can be turned into an actual meal.

My fridge is always flush with produce in many states -- whole, roasted/steamed/baked in small containers, or, like the unfortunate apple, slightly decayed. Plain old vegetables or tiny amounts of leftover cooked vegetables are not satisfying on their own, but in a couple of minutes can be turned into a complete meal -- a fancy-sounding one at that: fritatta. Beat some eggs, grate some cheese and grab your vegetables -- you're not only minutes away from dinner, but pretty close to a clean refrigerator as well. You can make the frittata in a skillet on the stove, or you can coat a pie plate with cooking spray, add your vegetables and enough beaten eggs to come up to the tops of the vegetables (8-10 eggs), salt and pepper (add some fresh herbs if you have them) and a sprinkle of your favorite cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until frittata is set and cheese is bubbly.

Serves: 4
6 large eggs
1 cup freshly grated freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Salt
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 potato, peeled, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
Directions

In a bowl, beat the eggs with freshly grated cheese. Season with salt.

Heat the olive oil in a nonstick frying pan. Add the potatoes, red peppers, and onions, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.

Pour the egg mixture into the pan. With a fork, evenly distribute egg mixture to the edges of the pan.

Cook for approximately 3 to 4 minutes with a lid on. Carefully flip the frittata over and cook for another 2 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

More Meatless, Clean-Out-Your-Fridge Frittatas:
Keep Reading

Next Up

Meatless Monday: Frittata With Asparagus, Tomato and Fontina

Need to clean out the fridge or get a quick meal on the table? Frittata's your answer.

Meatless Monday: Homemade Hummus

There are about a million hummus variations, pick one or go classic this Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday: Panzanella

David Rocco's panzanella, a Tuscan tomato and bread salad, is so satisfying, you won't miss the meat at all on this Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday: Oktoberfest Feast

Celebrate Oktoberfest vegetarian style with Cooking Channel's Roasted White Asparagus with Sauerkraut Hollandaise and Toasted Pumpernickel Breadcrumbs.

Meatless Monday: Hungarian Portabella Paprikash

Paprikash is a fancy and foreign way of saying "paprika." The Hungarian stew is traditionally made with meat, but Rachael Ray uses mushrooms in her recipe instead.

Meatless Monday: Obsessed With Hummus

How do I love hummus? Let me count the ways.

Meatless Monday: Southwestern Potato Quesadilla

You can fill a quesadilla with just about anything, like cheesy, spicy mashed potatoes.

Meatless Monday: Paella with Tomatoes

Smoked paprika adds a smoky, almost bacon-like flavor to recipes; use it in vegetarian dishes like Mark Bittman's Tomato Paella.

On TV

Remains of the (Turkey) Day

So Much Pretty Food Here