A great way to kick start your day by combining seasonal vegetables into a super-tasty package and getting a head start on your 5-a-day. It’s also very good for a simple lunch with a side salad. In fact its equally good eaten cold when the vegetables seem to taste even sweeter. For a hearty breakfast that will easily keep you going until lunch time (without any snacking temptation) you can combine with a piece of wholemeal or granary bread or a side serving of baked beans.
The frittata is pretty versatile. The recipe below is just one example but the basic principle can be tailored to different delicious vegetables combinations. The foundation should always be onions (and other veg from the onion family like garlic, leeks etc.) as this gives the frittata a sweet note. Otherwise you can use almost anything you fancy or is in season — sweet peppers, asparagus, chopped french beans, peas and so on are all good. You can choose to go simple with only 2 or 3 vegetables or use a ‘rainbow’ variety. Its also a great way to use up any veg you may have lying in your fridge at the end of the week.
For your information — this frittata has spinach. Spinach is a nitrate containing vegetables and recent research suggests that nitrate-containing vegetables can lower blood pressure. This effect may be even more pronounced when combined with olive oil as in this recipe. Some researchers are starting to hypothesis that this relationship may partly explain the health success of vegetables and the Mediterranean diet. Just make sure you have not brushed your teeth within 3 hours as it’s actually the bacteria in your mouth that helps release the active compounds!