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Bring Brunch into the Real World- Fancy Frittata Life Made Easy

Updated: Feb 4, 2021

Breakfast is one of those complex meals that most people tend to feel really strongly about. It's a hallmark of simplicity (bowl of cereal or toaster pastry, anyone?) and the doyenne of culinary sophistication. Who doesn't love a good swanky eggs benedict and mimosa. Breakfast is that meal that you can encompass every food group into and you'll experience a homey feeling of comfort almost as good as when that first silky smooth sip of your freshly made vanilla latte with extra foam hits your tongue at 7am. Breakfast can be a sublime start to your day.

But then, there's me. Mornings are not my thing. During the week, a typical morning involves snoozing the alarm 3 times, tripping over 2 cats, yelling at my child to make sure all his homework is in his bag, frantically grabbing my mug and heading out the door to start the day. And as much as I love my food, weekends are made for sleeping in- anyone who DARES to interrupt me before 10am had better have my favorite (highly complicated order) caffeinated preparation at the ready. The only time I (willingly) make the exception to rise earlier on the weekend is to prepare the divine occurrence known as the "weekend brunch." In that late morning moment when all is right for the world, ample sleep has been had, and the coffee and cocktails are flowing, it is time for breakfast to shine.

Brunches take on many forms, but it always seems that this elaborate breakfast turned lunch meal is a place for relaxing fare you might not take the time to make during the week. One of my favorite brunch meals is a frittata- a delicious eggy concoction full of assorted veggies and cheese that is a cross between an omelette and a diner-style scrambler. They can be a little intimidating for some to make (and for others to pronounce), so I wanted to share this simple hack with you that you can make for your weekend fare, or even on a random Tuesday morning to show your friends just how much you love them. This version is super easy, looks amazing when plated, tastes even better, and no one will ever know you spent just a few moments assembling. They also can be prepared in advance if you feel like meal prepping and kept in the refrigerator for a few days.

Quick and Easy Microwave Frittata

2 extra large eggs

1/2 cup baby spinach

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/8 cup water

1/8 cup heavy cream

1/4 chopped roma tomato

3 thin slices roma tomato

Spray small microwave safe round bowl (soup bowl size) with non-stick cooking spray. In a separate dish, beat eggs together. Beat in water and cream. Add in all additional ingredients except for the sliced tomato. Pour mixture into sprayed bowl. Cook in microwave for 4-5 minutes or until eggs are set and no liquid remains. Run butter knife around edges of dish and invert onto serving plate. Top with sliced tomatoes and garnish plate (if you wish) with seasoned olive oil and fresh herbs. Serve immediately while consuming champagne and basking in the accolades of friends who now think you are a gourmet brunch chef.

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