Much of the food I prepare and eat is fit for a vegan diet, however I am not (a) vegan. There was a period of a few years when I lived in the wilderness that my diet was free of animal products. That was out of necessity because all supplies had to be transported by backpack on foot up rugged desert mountain terrain, and also due to the lack of refrigeration. So, for the most part I have eaten a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet my entire life.
As part of an effort to shed a couple of pounds I have recently been limiting my food intake to an eight hour segment of the day. I don’t have the will power to forgo food in the evening (gotta at least have a snack), however I have no difficulty delaying the first meal of the day until noon. Needless to say I am pretty hungry by the time midday rolls around.
I usually have a dinner type midday meal but on this occasion I was craving something a little more “breakfasty.” The direction this went reveals just how hungry I was. As indulgent as it was, I did include some healthy stuff.
It began by frying halved precooked baby potatoes.
Meanwhile I shredded a yellow crookneck squash, salted it and squeezed out the liquid after it had sweated awhile.
I also blanched some fresh spinach, cooled it under cold running water, squeezed out the liquid and chopped it.
To the squash and spinach I added chopped sweet onion, garlic paste and a few eggs. I get the eggs from a farmer neighbor just up the road.
To the egg mixture I added fresh French tarragon and fresh basil.
I poured the egg mixture over the fried potatoes, scattered feta cheese on top and slid the skillet into the oven.
My cravings got the best of me and I yanked the pan right back out of the oven and dribbled pizza sauce on top.
The pizza sauce called out for shredded Manchego cheese.
I stuffed the
pizza frittata back into the oven where it finished cooking.