We hear a lot about how people can’t eat healthy on a budget and that prepared foods are a ‘cheaper’ alternative. This is nonsense. This post series will show you how you can eat very healthy and deliciously at home for a cost much less than what restaurants or prepared food providers can offer. No one is willing to provide you prepared foods for less than what you can make it for at home. Don your apron and have fun and save a lot of money and enjoy a much more tasty meal!
Frittata is an Italian form of omelette. It is very easy to make and is frugal because of its ability to incorporate a wide range on ingredients into a simple and very tasty dish.
The frittata is perfect for a lazy morning when you just wish to incorporate a lot of tasty and healthy ingredients quickly and easily and when you are looking to use up a variety of ingredients before they spoil. Experiment with different ingredients until you find what’s ‘just right’ for you and your family. The possibilities are endless.
Total (approximate) cost = $1.00 for potatoes, 80 cents for eggs, 50 cents for tomatoes, green onions 40 cents, parsley (free if you grow your own, olive oil 20 cents = $2.65 with organic potatoes and olive oil. Add an extra 80 cents for organic eggs.
COST PER SERVING = $2.65/6 = 44 cents (for the basic recipe)
Makes 6 servings
450g/1 lb/ new potatoes (washed and scrubbed)
4 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup tomatoes, finely diced
3 tbsp. green onions or chives, chopped
3 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
salt, to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
You can easily add/substitute the following ingredients as well:
Green and/or Red Peppers
The key here is to add different flavours and interesting textures to your frittata. Adding different flavours and textures toyour frittata will make it all the more tasty and interesting.
Bring water to a boil and cook the potatoes for about 10-12 minutes.
Mix the eggs with the ingredients you have chosen. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Cut the cooked potatoes into bite-sized chunks and mix them into the egg mixture.
Heat the cast iron grill to medium heat (it is important to let eggs cook gradually over medium heat, so don’t turn the heat up high).
Add olive oil to pan and let it heat up.
After the oil is heated (to medium heat) add the egg mixture (and all other ingredients, including the potatoes).
Cook for about five minutes.
Then put the cast iron skillet under the grill and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through and you have a golden brown light crust.
Take the skillet out f the oven and let it cool for a minute or two.
BONUS: Unused portions can easily be stored in the refrigerator or frozen for future use.
Cut into serving sized portions and enjoy!
Check back soon for further instalments of great, healthy and cheap recipes.
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