Health & Wellness
Asparagus Frittata –A Traditional Italian Omelette
May 6, 2023 – Hurray, it’s springtime which means that asparagus is plentiful and affordable. This Italian-style omelette is absolutely delicious for breakfast, lunch or even a light supper served with a mixed green salad and some whole grain crusty bread. Bursting with protein, high-fibre veggies and flavour, this asparagus frittata is ready and on the table in no time.
- 1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed, and cut into 1″ (2.5 cm) pieces
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
- 1/2 of a small white onion, minced
- 10 eggs or 1.5 cups (375 ml) chickpea flour (garbanzo bean flour) & 1.5 cups (375 ml) water
- 2/3 cup (167 ml) freshly grated Parmesan cheese or 1/4 cup (125 ml) nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh dill, chopped or 1-2 teaspoons (5-10 ml) dried dill
- 1-2 cloves garlic or 1/8 -1/4 teaspoon (0.63-1.25 ml) garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 375℉/190℃
- Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron or ovenproof frying pan over medium heat. Add
the onions and cook for about 3 minutes – stirring occasionally – until they soften
and turn translucent.
- Add the asparagus and sauté 5–10 minutes until slightly softened, but still firm to bite.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs or chickpea flour and water until thoroughly
combined. Add the cheese or nutritional yeast, dill, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Pour egg mixture over asparagus and onions and cook in the oven until the eggs are set,
20 to 30 minutes.
- Invert frittata onto a plate, cut into wedges and serve hot.
Did You Know?
Asparagus is packed with nutrients and is a very good source of insoluble fibre, folate and vitamins A, C, E and K. Asparagus also contains the soluble fiber inulin which promotes gut and heart health.
Joanne Nijhuis MSc, RD is a consulting, media and culinary dietitian in Simcoe Grey Bruce on a mission to entertain and educate through her love of food. In addition to recipe development and writing for several publications, Joanne offers cooking demos/classes and counselling – in person or online via Zoom Health.
For more information, email Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jo Knows Nutrition by Joanne Nijhuis
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