Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thursday: Fresh Corn Frittata with Broccoli-Tomato Salad

Whenever I make a Frittata dish for dinner, Hannah always sings "Hakuna, Frittata..." Guess who taught her that one? Yup, silly daddy. 
 This dish is perfect for the summer since Corn and tomatoes are plentiful right now. The smoked cheese provides a yummy flavor to the dish, but feel free to replace with your favorite cheese. Not only was this a budget meal but it was super quick to make. Have fun with this one!

Frittata Recipe
Serves: 4 Prep: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes
3 ears fresh corn kernels (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 (22g, 1oz) cup shredded smoked Gouda
1 TB fresh basil, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
5 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 eggs, lightly beaten

1. Preheat broiler.
2. Heat a medium ovenproof skillet (like cast iron) over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add corn, sautee 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine 2 TB cheese, basil, and remaining ingredients. Add corn. Mix well. 
3. Heat ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add corn mixture. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until almost set. Broil for 5 minutes until set and browned. Cut into wedges. Serve with Broccoli-Tomato Salad.

Broccoli-Tomato Salad Recipe
Serves: 4 Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 7 minutes
1 (450g) lb broccoli crowns, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
3 TB yogurt
1 TB lite Italian dressing

1. Place broccoli in a pan, and steam for 4-7 minutes until desired tenderness. In a large bowl, mix together yogurt and Italian dressing. Add tomatoes and drained broccoli. Mix well.


Plan and Prep Ahead 

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner. 

~Husk and cut off corn ahead of time and keep in fridge until time of use.
~Shred cheese ahead of time, keep in fridge until time of use. 


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP? 

~For those meat lovers, add some ground turkey, chicken or beef to the mix. 
~Try out different smoked cheese like cheddar or mozzarella.
~Add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese for a cheesier flavor.
~Add a couple shakes of chili powder to add a little punch. 
~Instead of fresh basil use your favorite herbs like oregano. 
~Chop up red bell pepper, and add to the corn.


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