Asparagus, Pepper & Kale Frittata {paleo} {vegetarian}

Guys I have been having the most intense sugar cravings all week. I really think it’s because I kinda OD’d on the sweet stuff this weekend. Don’t get me wrong. It was so delicious and worth every bite but now my body wants it. Goes to show ya that sugar really is addicting and while good for the soul, not so good for the body. Even the “healthy sugar” has been getting me over the past few days: dried fruit, coconut butter, granola… oh my. I demolished a bag of the most addicting granola – sorry Mom, I’ll buy you more. A 10pm insulin spike is far from ideal so I have been trying to combat this by focusing on giving my body what it needs in order to feel satisfied, nourished and recover.

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Eggs, veggies, meat, chicken, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals – those are some of the good stuff.

I actually felt quite good after Sunday’s race – I was sore Monday but had a date with my foam roller to relieve some of the stiffness. I’ve taken a few days off but back at CrossFit this morning because Les is getting a ride to work. Since Les is back and working for the summer, we are carpool-ing to work. And she explicitly stated that she will NOT be getting up at 5am so I could go to CrossFit. Fair. I’m such a morning workout person so I am figuring out how to best plan my workouts now.

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Anyways, back to food. The other day, I went grocery shopping with my friend Steph to help her navigate the aisles. We got the goods and then prepped chicken bites, salmon sweet potato cakes and spaghetti squash for her and her family. It was so much fun and inspiring to see someone close to me want to make some changes. I also cooked a lovely dinner  with my friend J – we made meat sauce and zucchini noodles… yummy and so great to catch up.

My friends often ask me how I cook and eat so “healthy.” I tell them two things: prepare and keep it simple. Like this frittata: get your groceries, chop your veggies, crack your eggs, throw it all in a bowl with seasoning, bake, slice, refrigerate, eat. Simple as that. A frittata is a great make-ahead meal to have for the week. Perfect post-workout with a baked sweet potato or as a main meal with some bacon, sausage, avocado. It would also be a great addition to your Mother’s Day brunch table… just saying :)

Oh before I go: I posted on Facebook about doing a vlog (video blog) answering your questions. So ask away! Hopefully I’ll have the post up on Monday.

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Asparagus, Pepper & Kale Frittata

Ingredients (Makes one 9-inch frittata)

  • 6 eggs (free range)
  • 8 asparagus spears
  • 1 pepper (I used a red one)
  • 1 cup kale, washed and torn into small pieces
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • coconut oil – to grease pan and to sautee vegetables

 

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-inch circular glass dish with coconut oil. Set aside.

2. Chop asparagus spears into small pieces and pepper into pieces and set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and set aside.

4. In a medium pan, heat coconut oil (about a tbsp. but add more if needed) and add asparagus pieces.

5. Sautee asparagus for 7 minutes and then add the peppers. Continue sautee-ing veggies until almost soft (about 3 more minutes) and then add the kale. Sautee until kale is wilted (about 1 minute).

6. Add vegetables to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.

7. Pour mixture into the greased baking dish.

8. Bake for 30 minutes.

 

Questions of the day…

Do you have any questions you want answered for the vlog?

What do you do when your workout plans don’t go according to plan?

What should I get my mom for Mother’s Day? 

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18 thoughts on “Asparagus, Pepper & Kale Frittata {paleo} {vegetarian}

  1. I have been wanting to try making a frittata for ages and here is my recipe :)
    If workout plans don’t go to plan I just relax about it and remember it is no big deal in the grand scheme of life. Point in case… this coming weekend I won’t be able to workout as I have a course which runs over the entire weekend. Normally I get two big workouts in the weekend as I have more time. But I am just not gonna sweat about it :) a few more rest days won’t kill me! :)

  2. This looks great because all of the delicious ingredients would probably mask the egg taste…at least a little bit! Amy, I think you could totally go into business helping others eat better. Doing meal plans, helping people learn to food prep, even being a personal grocery store shopper from time to time (or at least making grocery lists). You would be amazing at that!

    1. You made my day – thank you :) it’s definitely something I am thinking about but I am not sure if I need to wait until I am officially qualified (post-nutrition-program) to do so.

  3. Oooooo so excited for your vlog!! My questions are one, what is the most interesting thing you’ve learned since going back to school for nutrition, and two, what is the most surprising thing?

    My workout plans haven’t been going to plan at all lately. In the past, that would have meant an avalanche of guilt, shame, and insecurity. Now, I just shrug it off. I trust myself to get back to it when I can. In the meantime, a few days or even a couple weeks of lighter workouts are not going to kill me. It might even be good for me!

  4. OOOOOOO YESSSSSSSSS!!! – I am saying this for both the RECIPE & the VLOG (a duh, considering I am a vlogger myself)!! Get your booty in front of the camera and WORK ITTTTT!! I am going to work it in the kitchen and make this frittata! :D

  5. Yum yum! I make something similar to this all the time – it’s also great if you make it in a muffin tin. You can freeze the “muffins” and grab a few for a quick ready-to-go breakfast! Glad you’re feeling OK after your killer half!

  6. This looks amazing, Amy! I love all of the colors. And I hear you on the sugar cravings… I hate nothing but crap, packaged food last week while traveling for work and now my body is like GIMME ALL THE SUGARS. It’s annoying and I’m trying not to give in :) I got my mom body scrub and lotions for Mother’s Day. I always figure that’s a safe bet!

    1. That’s such a good present idea! Thank you :) I have been making sure I have lots of veggies handy when the sugar craving hits. Surprisingly baby carrots are kindaaaa sweet!

  7. As I said on Twitter this looks delicious! I am definitely keen to meet you somewhere (warm) and have you cook it for me ;) hehe

    I don’t sweat it as much anymore if my workout doesn’t go to plan or doesn’t end up happening at all. This is very different to my attitude of a year ago.

  8. I LOVE frittatas. SO easy and they even look so pretty!
    I always try to get my workouts in, no matter what time. I love to do them in the morning, but if that doesn’t happen, then I just do it later in the day – or I take a spontaneous restday and go all out the next day!

  9. Sounds delicious! I love how versatile frittatas are… throw any veggies in, cover it with eggs, and it tastes amazing. :) And I hear you on the sugar, even the healthy sugars… the 3rd trimester is giving me a crazy sweet tooth!

    1. I wish I had a trimester to blame :) and yes frittatas are amazing to make with whatever veggies you have on hand! Have a great weekend Laura

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