Breakfast for One
January 16, 2011, 4:23 pm
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There are those Saturday mornings where I wake up craving breakfast. Make that: every Saturday morning, I wake up craving breakfast.

My husband isn’t much of a breakfast eater; I, on the other hand, love breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day. There’s something so comforting and serene about waking up in the chill of the morning, being the first person up, brewing that first cup of coffee, lighting the fire, feeling the smooth, cool egg shell against your hand as you crack it, and whipping up a quick, hearty breakfast. It sets the day going in the right direction.

One of my easiest quick breakfasts is a fritatta. Much like an omelette, but with out all the fuss. You can fill the eggs with hearty fillings, bake it in the oven, and slice it into wedges to serve. It’s a great recipe for groups of people. To make it Weight Watchers friendly, I made this one using egg whites and served with a side of mixed fruit I had on hand, drizzled with a little honey dressing. To bulk up the eggs: leftover roasted broccoli from the night before, a scallion, a little turkey sausage, and parmesean cheese. Having more people for breakfast than just yourself? Add a few more eggs and a little extra baking time, and you’re good to go!

Egg White Breakfast Frittata
Recipe developed by Ganache
Points Plus Values: 6 per serving
Serving size: whole fritatta

Make this frittata your go-to breakfast by using up leftovers from the fridge. Let’s call it our “clean out the fridge” frittata. Anything works great: leftover cheeses? yes! leftover vegetables? absolutely! leftover protein from the night before? never better! I keep these turkey sausage crumbles frozen in my freezer and pull out as necessary for breakfasts and casseroles. Feel free to do the same; it’s a great go-to item.

3 egg whites
1 large egg
2 tbsp grated parmesean cheese, divided
1 cup leftover roasted broccoli (or you could easily substitute frozen here, just thaw it out in the heat of the pan before adding eggs)
1/4 cup Jimmy Dean brand, pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles
1 scallion, green and white parts, chopped
1/4 cup fat free half and half
salt/pepper to taste

1. Set a small non-stick skillet over medium high heat and preheat oven to 350.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg and egg whites, 1 tbsp parmesean cheese, fat free half and half, and a small sprinkling of salt and pepper, until thoroughly combined.

3. Spray your non-stick skillet with non-stick cooking spray, add broccoli, scallion, and sausage and saute until heated through, just a minute or so. Pour cheese mixture over the top of the broccoli and allow to cook, in the pan and undisturbed for a couple minutes. The goal here is to cook the outer edges, not all the way through.

4. Once you notice the outer inch or so of the frittata is looking cooked, or set, sprinkle the remaining tbsp of parmesean cheese on top of your frittata, and transfer your skillet to the oven. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until the eggs appear puffed, and slightly golden brown on top.

5. Transfer the frittata to a cutting board, allow to cool for a minute, slice into wedges and serve alongside your mixed fruit salad.

Mixed Fruit Salad with Honey Dressing
Recipe developed by Ganache
Points Plus Values: 1 point per serving
Serving Size: entire bowl

1 bowl of mixed fruits of your choice (I used clementine wedges, a banana, a kiwi sliced, and a few pitted cherries)
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp local honey

Toss all ingredients together and serve alongside frittata.


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