Monday, April 20, 2009

Eggless Frittata

I've been loving faux eggy dishes lately — omelettes, tofu "egg" salad, quiche, and frittata. When I stumbled onto the Frittata recipe in The Uncheese Cookbook, I knew I had to give it a try. Here's the finished product, a tofu-based pie baked with potatoes, green bell peppers, onions, and pureed tomatoes:

It set quite well while baking, but I couldn't wait the suggested 10 minutes afterward to dig in. Due to my impatience, it didn't plate well, but it tasted amazing in between bites of buttered sprouted grain toast:

At opening day of the farmer's market (yea!!!), I picked up a mystery green labeled Baby Jean:

The seller told me Baby Jean were the young shoots of fresh greens (she didn't say what kind of greens and I didn't think to ask). When she informed me that it tasted a lot like broccoli rabe, I knew I had to give it a try.

I found simple instructions for sauteeing broccoli rabe on the Internet....simply saute with a little oil and minced garlic and toss with salt:

The result — Delicious! I wish I'd bought more than one small package. It tasted like broccoli and collard greens got together and had a baby. Maybe that's why they call it Baby Jean.

23 comments:

jodye said...

That frittata looks like the perfect dish to make for mother's day brunch, and the Baby Jean sounds very intriguing!

CRABB oatmeal said...

The eggless frittata looks so delicious. It looks all gooey on the inside! Mmmm. I have a question for you about broccoli rabe though. Isn't it extremely bitter? The first time I tried it was my last time. I'm scared to try it again because it was so awful. Did I eat a bad batch or something? I love almost all vegetables, so it couldn't have been my taste buds!

jessy said...

i think the frittata looks most glorious! it sounds amazing, too! mmmmmmmmmm!

hooray for a tasty farmer's market find (ours opens up the first weekend in may - i can't wait!)! never heard of those baby jean greens, but you better believe i'm picking some up if i find them!

nora said...

Baby Jean! what a cute name for a veggie! You're the master of comfort food Bianca...and healthy comfort food at that! :)

miss v said...

i must have overlooked that frittata recipe... but agree with jodye that it will make a perfect mom's day meal.

Sheridanna said...

Mmmmm...the frittata and baby jean greens look awesome! I've really been wanting to make everything you've posted lately!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Wow, what an amazing looking frittata! Seriously impressive. Tofu is such a hero.

Baby jean greens? Never heard of them but they look just delicious!

shellyfish said...

That fritatta looks so good - I really need that cookbook.

That sounds like my kind of baby!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Baby Jean, huh?! Looks yummy!

Macie said...

Wow, that an impressive frittata. Sound fancy, too. Looks the the perfect main dish for a nice breakfast/brunch deal... I'll have to remember that.

Baby Jean sounds very interesting, but I'm with CRABB oatmeal - everytime I try broccoli rabe it's bitter. What are we doing wrong?

VeggieGirl said...

GORGEOUS!!

Paulina said...

I love anything the Uncheese Cookbook! I've yet to try that frittata though.

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

I still can't do the faux egg thing. I have this challenge with foods that need to be put in quotes- but yours always look so good... I soon may have to try it.

pixiepine said...

That frittatta looks wonderful- I haven't tried making anything like that before!

T said...

Hmm, and whatever happened to baby jean? hehehehe

That fritata is gorgeous!

Sal said...

the frittata looks delicious. I've never attempted making one!

Kiersten said...

I never heard of Baby Jean before, but if I ever see it I will be sure to buy some.

Your frittata sounds yummy. I can never wait for things to rest after they are done cooking either, I am impatient when I am hungry.

Andréa N. said...

Yummy! I'm hungry now...

aTxVegn said...

Veggies are so great in pie form!

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

Broccoli and collard greens together?! Yum!

Cyn said...

That frittata looks amazing! I love tofu frittatas, my favorite is the one that Isa posted on her blog a while ago.

And yay for mystery greens! I love both broccoli rabe and collards, so I bet that was delicious.

jrsimon56 said...

What beautiful springgy greens!

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