Spinach & Red Quinoa Fritatta


This is one of those easy dishes that we all love.

It's delicious, packed with good things for you and it requires minimal dishwashing.
That's an all around win.

Mine came out a tad overcooked because the timer went off while Peanut was in the bath.  The timer was going off while I just sat there watching Peanut splash and thinking of my frittata getting darker and darker.  It's ok though because it wasn't too far gone and we still loved it.  
So don't cook yours until it looks like mine!

I forgot to take a picture the night I made it and got to it just in time.
By the next afternoon, between the three of us there was this one slice left.

Peanut followed me around saying please until I gave it to him and he ate the whole slice immediately.
You can see his little fingers grabbing at it in the last picture.

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Spinach and Red Quinoa Frittata

4 cups spinach, rinsed and chopped
1 cup cooked red quinoa
1/2 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
8 eggs
1/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cup grated jarlsberg
1/2 cup grated parmesan
Pinch salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Heat your olive oil in a large oven proof skillet.
If you don't have an oven proof skillet don't worry.
Saute the onions until translucent, add your spinach and garlic and stir until wilted.
Add the cooked quinoa and mix.

In a large bowl beat the eggs and milk.
Stir in the cheese, salt and pepper.

Pour the egg mixture over the spinach mixture and stir gently.
Place the pan in the oven.
If your pan is not oven-proof then transfer the mixture to a sprayed casserole dish.

Bake for about 15 minutes until the frittata is puffy and golden.
Keep an eye out, cooking time will vary depending on the size of the pan/dish.
If you are unsure a tester placed in the center should come out clean.

Enjoy!

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*Variations
-You could easily make this in muffin tins for your little
-Change out the quinoa for a different grain
-Try this with cheddar instead of gruyere
-Use different vegetables, just remember to cook them first

*Storage
Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months

*Benefits
Eggs are a fantastic source of protein and contain all 9 essential amino acids as well as choline, lutein, riboflavin, vitamin B12, selenium and lots of other vitamins and minerals.

Spinach has lots of calcium, selenium, magnesium, folic acid, iron and vitamins A, C, D and K (which helps your body absorb calcium).

Quinoa is not actually a grain but a seed and is packed with protein and essential amino acids.
It's far more nutritious than rice and has more calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, fiber and zinc than many other grains.

Cheese is a great source of calcium, magnesium, zinc, folate, selenium and vitamins A, E, K and D.


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