Friday, January 13, 2012

Fajita Frittata with Avocado Salsa

What is it about the Greek's diet that may contribute to them being some of the healthiest people on Earth?  The one standout component, their use of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats (MUFAs).  MUFAs are found in foods such as nuts, seeds and avocados. Besides tasting great, these foods won't raise your blood cholesterol the way saturated fats do. In fact, studies show MUFAs can actually improve blood cholesterol levels and therefore, decrease your risk of heart disease.  The recipe below is borrowed from another great blog you can find at MarksDailyApple.com.  His use of avocados and eggs makes it a great dish for any meal of the day.  And for the vegetarians among us, it can be easily modified to delight. ~Bon Appétit



Fajita Frittata with Avocado Salsa
by: MarksDailyApple

frittata2There are a million ways to prepare and flavor eggs   and yet, how often do you end up making the same old scramble or omelet? Early mornings usually aren’t an ideal time to try out new recipes, which is one reason it’s so easy to dig oneself deep into a breakfast rut. If the thought of eating breakfast is starting to make you groan rather than grin, then it’s high time to change things up.
A Fajita Frittata with Avocado Salsa brings bold new flavor to breakfast without being overly complicated. Seasoned steak and peppers are sautéed and then quickly baked with eggs and topped with an eye-opening avocado salsa. The result is a flavorful and healthy breakfast that can be sliced into portions for the whole family and eaten at home or on the go. If you’re often pressed for time in the morning, then this recipe lets you get a jump-start on breakfast the night before. Unlike scrambled eggs or omelets, a frittata tastes just as good if it’s cooked ahead of time and then warmed up the next day or eaten straight out of the fridge.
While you can throw just about anything into a frittata for flavor, there’s something about the combination of steak and eggs that’s extra satisfying. Steak also keeps this frittata from tasting strictly like breakfast food so you can easily make it for a quick lunch or dinner, too. Throwing in the peppers adds a serving of veggies, and the chunky avocado salsa – with its addictive kick from tangy lime, green onions and jalapeno pepper – is a tasty change from guacamole.
peppers
With a fajita frittata to look forward to, you’ll find yourself bounding out of bed in the morning, ready to eat heartily and face the day.
Ingredients:
ingredients 32
  • 1 pound skirt or flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 poblano or green bell peppers, cut into thin rounds or strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin rounds or strips
  • 10 eggs, whisked
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 avocados, cut into small chunks
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (optional)
  • juice of one lime juice
  • sea salt to taste
Instructions:
Season steak with cumin, chili powder and salt.
seasoned steak
Preheat oven broiler to high.
Heat olive oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat on the stove. Add steak.
Saute 3 minutes (meat should be just slightly pink) then add garlic and peppers.
saute steakandpeppers
Saute 3 minutes more then add eggs and a handful of cilantro. Stir quickly then turn heat down to medium. Let cook 3-4 minutes, until the egg is set around the edges but still runny in the middle.
add egg
Transfer the pan to the oven under the broiler and cook until the frittata is golden and firm in the middle, about 3-5 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Gently mix together avocado, green onion, jalapeno and lime juice. Add sea salt to taste.
salsa ingredients
avocado salsa
Serve with slices of frittata.
frittata slice

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