Frittata with Potatoes and Beet Greens

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Ever wonder what to do with those gorgeous beet tops after you’ve used the beets?  It seems like such a waste to throw them out, especially since they have more nutrition than the actual beets do. Not kidding!  Beet greens provide good amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals, and are also a great source of fiber. They belong to the chenopod family— which includes beets, chard, spinach and quinoa. The red and yellow pigments indicate their abundance of phytonutrients which provide many health benefits.

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I often saute beet greens in butter and garlic for a tasty side dish but this time I wanted to see if they could substitute for greens I would normally use in baking.  That said, if you don’t have beet greens, Rainbow swiss chard (which now you know is in the same botanical family) would work very well instead.  I chopped them up stems and all and sauteed them with red onion and shredded potato before baking in the oven with the eggs and cheese.  This savory frittata makes a delicious breakfast or a wholesome dinner.

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I would like to add a note about eggs.  I am lucky enough to live next door to a small family of chickens.  I give them my kitchen scraps and in return I get fresh eggs.  Aren’t they pretty?  When I do buy eggs, I no longer buy them from factory farms (which are hideous, dirty and cruel).  I only buy Pasture Raised Eggs which come from chickens that actually run around outside on a real farm.  It’s worth the additional cost to me. The eggs are more nutritious (just look at the difference between the anemic FF egg and the bright yellow pastured egg). Photo compliments of Supernutrition Academy.

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I also feel that my loudest voice is how I spend my dollars.  Money talks. Using your pocketbook is the best way to vote for and support the small farmer.  People often tell me they are confused by all the labels and don’t know what to buy.  Here is a great article, Decoding the Terms: Cage Free, Free Range, Pasture Raised Eggs, which describes in plain English what the terms on egg cartons really mean.  It might not be what you think.

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TIPS:  A cast iron pan is by far the best pan to use in cooking a frittata as it is heavy, retains even heat and can go from stovetop directly into the oven.  If you don’t have a heavy pan that can go in the oven you can try doing it all on the stovetop but you will have to flip it halfway through which can be tricky.  Lacking the correct pan, I would be more inclined to saute all veggies on the stovetop and pour it all in a greased baking dish and do the rest of the cooking in the oven.  I usually do not add milk or cream to my frittatas since my husband is averse to cream, however, if you want to ramp up the creaminess stir in 1/2 cup milk, cream or plain yogurt to the eggs before pouring them over the veggies.  I used a combination of havarti and gouda which was a great combination but this is a good use for the bits of cheeses left in your refrigerator.  They will melt together nicely with the eggs and potatoes.

 

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FRITTATA WITH POTATOES AND BEET GREENS

1 bunch beet greens or rainbow swiss chard (about 2 cups chopped, stems and all)
1/2 red onion
1 potato
10 eggs
1 cup gouda, gryuere or havarti cheese, grated
1/4 cup grated parmesan
salt and pepper to taste

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  • Chop red onion and saute in butter several minutes. Rinse beet greens well and chop them into one inch pieces.  Add them to the onion mixture and saute for another 5  minutes.

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  • Grate potato by hand or with a food processor and add to greens and onions. Saute another 5 to 7 minutes until potatoes lose their raw taste and the greens are soft.

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  • Stir in cheeses.

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  • Beat eggs in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Pour them over the veggie mixture, making sure to even out all ingredients.

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  • Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Top should be slightly golden and puffy. If it doesn’t look ‘set’ cook another five minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.

 

Frittata with Potatoes and Beet Greens

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 bunch beet greens or rainbow swiss chard (about 2 cups chopped)
1/2 red onion
1 potato
10 eggs
1 cup gouda, gryuere or havarti cheese, grated
1/4 cup grated parmesan
salt and pepper to taste

  • Chop red onion and saute in butter several minutes
  • Rinse beet greens well and chop them into one inch pieces.  Add them to the onion mixture and saute for another 5  minutes.
  • Grate potato by hand or using a food processor and add to greens and onions. Saute another 5 to 7 minutes until potatoes lose their raw taste and the greens are soft.
  • Stir in cheeses, except parmesan.
  • Beat eggs in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Pour them over the veggie mixture, making sure to even out all ingredients. Top with parmesan
  • Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Top should be slightly golden and puffy. If it doesn’t look ‘set’ cook another five minutes.
  • Serve warm or room temperature.

Meatless Monday – Spicy Tofu with Sauteed Greens

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Calling all tofu lovers! This one is for you… Even if you’re not a big fan of tofu, this might change your mind. The tofu is crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, nestling in a bed of gingery greens and topped with a spicy Asian chili sauce. Yum!   I’m still making my way through my CSA box which is proving to be a fun ‘job’.  I wanted to use the beautiful bok choy as well as the gorgeous beet greens that I clipped off of the beets I roasted for yesterday’s salad.  When you buy beets with the greens, it’s kind of like getting two for one (or eating your cake and having it too!). Beet greens are delicious and full of precious vitamins so don’t throw them away! Use the beets for one dish and the beet greens in another.  If you are interested in roasting beets check out this recipe for Roasted Beet Salad with Ripe Peaches and Goat Cheese which gives easy directions for roasting beets.  The salad can be seasonally adjusted or to suite your tastes.

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I remembered making a really delicious Crispy Glazed Tofu and Bok Choy that I was tempted to make again because everyone liked it so much, but in the theme of New Year/New Ideas decided to give it a bit of a makeover using what I have on hand.  My favorite way to cook  =  a little bit from memory + fresh veggies available + pantry magic + weather outside.  I actually think looking out my window determines a lot about what I decide to make for dinner.  These days I’m craving warm, spicy and comfort foods because it’s so chilly outside.  Soon enough, I will be yearning for cooling salads and refreshing drinks on the patio.

TIPS:  If you don’t have beet greens handy, or you don’t like beets, substitute any somewhat bitter green like mustard, kale, chard or collards.  The length of cooking time will be determined by the coarseness of the greens.  Broccolini is a great substitute for bok choy, just check for doneness by slicing a bit of stem off one end to taste before removing from the pan. I like to make my own sauces but it’s not really necessary, as there are really good ones available. The one below uses an Asian Chili Paste, garlic and ginger which I was really happy with but you can play around with what is available in your pantry.

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SPICY TOFU WITH SAUTEED GREENS

1 pound firm tofu
3-4 baby bok choy or small bunch baby broccolini
1 bunch bitter greens (like beet greens, chard, kale, collard or mustard)
2-3 Tbsn high heat oil (like avocado or coconut)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup water
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 Tbsn sesame seeds

SPICY CHILI SAUCE
1 Tbsn Asian chili paste
1 Tbsn fresh ginger, minced (or fresh ginger paste)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

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  • Drain the tofu and slice into 6 rectangles. Then cut each rectangle at a diagonal into 2 triangles. Place in a single layer on a layer of paper towels.  Cover with more papertowels and place a heavy pan on top to press out the water.  Let stand for at least 10 minutes.

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  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan (except red pepper flakes) and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 3 or 4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Taste for spiciness and add red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt, if desired. Turn off heat and set aside.

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  • Dry toast the sesame seeds (if desired) in a small pan over medium heat for several minutes until golden.  Set aside.

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  • Slice bok choy lengthwise into quarters and rinse.  If using broccolini, just trim the ends and leave whole.

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  • Cut greens into 2 inch strips, keeping any rough stems separate.

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and one third of the garlic and ginger over medium heat in a large, heavy nonstick skillet or wok, and saute the greens stems  for several minutes before adding the leaves. Saute until softened but still al dente. Transfer to a serving platter.

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  • Add a bit more oil, if needed, plus a third of the garlic and ginger and the water and saute the bok choy until softened and all the water has evaporated.  Transfer to serving platter.

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  • Add remaining oil to the pan and  increase the heat to medium high and fry the tofu until lightly colored. Flip to brown the other side. Transfer to platter with the greens.

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  • Reheat the sauce and drizzle over the tofu and greens.  Sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds.

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Spicy Tofu with Sauteed Greens

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Spicy Tofu

1 pound firm tofu
3-4 baby bok choy or small bunch baby broccolini
1 bunch bitter greens (like beet greens, chard, kale or mustard)
2-3 Tbsn high heat oil (like avocado or coconut)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup water
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 Tbsn sesame seeds

SPICY CHILI SAUCE
1 Tbsn Asian chili paste
1 Tbsn fresh ginger, minced (or fresh ginger paste)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsn soy sauce
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

  • Drain the tofu and slice into 6 rectangles. Then cut each rectangle at a diagonal into 2 triangles. Place in a single layer on a layer of paper towels.  Cover with more papertowels and place a heavy pan on top to press out the water.  Let stand for at least 10 minutes.
  • Combine sauce ingredients (except for red pepper flakes) in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 3 or 4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Taste for spiciness and add red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt, if desired. Turn off heat and set aside.
  • Dry toast the sesame seeds (if desired) in a small pan over medium heat for several minutes until golden.  Set aside.
  • Slice bok choy lengthwise into quarters and rinse.  If using broccolini, just trim the ends and leave whole.
  • Cut greens into 2 inch strips, keeping  rough stems separate.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and one third of the garlic and ginger over medium heat in a large, heavy nonstick skillet or wok, and saute the greens stems  for several minutes before adding the leaves. Saute until softened but still al dente. Transfer to a serving platter.
  • Add a bit more oil, if needed, plus a third of the garlic and ginger and the water and saute the bok choy until softened and all the water has evaporated.  Transfer to serving platter.
  • Add remaining oil to the pan and  increase the heat to medium high and fry the tofu until lightly colored. Flip to brown the other side. Transfer to platter with the greens.
  • Reheat the sauce and drizzle over the tofu and greens.  Sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds.