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We All Need to Detox

Arugula and Scallion Frittata

Thanksgiving is now over, but there are still several weeks of holiday parties left in this winter season. With numerous celebrations underway or looming in the near future, it’s almost overwhelming. We both love food, and we enjoy cooking for ourselves and friends, but sometimes–just sometimes–you have to take a break and try to bring your body down from the sugar highs (and lows). Plus, if we must admit, we’ve both stored a few extra pounds from all of the sugar, flour and butter that goes into the winter time baked goods. There’s no time like today to keep your jeans from going up one size before the New Year, so let’s see what we can do.

High protein meals will definitely provide your body with filling fuel for the day. This egg white frittata is a great for a midweek breakfast, but even better if you wait for a lazy weekend. The eggs do need to bake a bit, you know. It’s nice to bite into a fluffy slice and taste the bright green of the arugula and scallion with each forkful. A frittata is the perfect lazy man’s dish because you can put anything into it. Roasted red peppers or caramelized onions would be nice in this one. Perhaps even a nice cheese of your choosing. This is the ‘I need my protein with not too much fat, so I can justify eating Grandma’s macaroni and cheese tomorrow’ breakfast. Not to mention, our respective personal trainers and workout buddies will be impressed with our temporary restraint. We don’t have to tell them about the cookie dough in the freezer or the caramel bubbling away on the stove. That will be our little secret.

Do you have any tips for eating healthy during the holidays?

Arugula and Scallion Frittata – Serves 4
12 egg whites
4 tablespoons low fat sour cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups arugula
1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Whisk the egg whites, sour cream, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl. Fold in the arugula and scallions.

3. Heat the olive oil in a small, *oven-safe frying pan (this one was 8″ in diameter) and swirl around to coat the bottom and the sides. Pour in the eggs and cook until they begin to firm up on the edges, approximately 3-5 minutes.

4. Slide the pan into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the middle of the eggs have set. Remove from the oven and either slice. (It’s nice topped with chopped tomatoes or spicy salsa.)

*If you doubt that your pan is oven safe, cover the handle with aluminum foil–shiny side out. No need to worry about a melted handle! Just don’t forget to remove the pan with a hot pad.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


19 thoughts on “We All Need to Detox

  1. I clearly picked the wrong time of year to go on a diet! As far as the tips I can share, I’d say be sure to pack healthy snacks to bring to work like apples or grapes. This should keep you from munching on chips. Also a tip I learned from a friend, when making hamburgers, put oats in the mixture as well. This will help to keep you full. Also eat cereal late for those late night cravings instead of reaching for the chips!

  2. This looks delicious! What a healthy version of a fritatta – I might even throw some diced red pepper or red onion in when I make it for an extra crunch 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. I will be a cookie by the end of this month. Must detox. Must eat fritatta. Must not keel over from sugar-induced coma.

    And are you going to share that mac n’ cheese recipe or not?

  4. Happy Holidayz Duo! I’m so excitd to see a truly low fat recipe on your blog. This time of year, more than any other we all need to at least eat one healthy meal, and your fabulous frittata fits the bill! Thaks for sharing. My personal healthy tip for the holidays (which I’ve practiced for the last 5 years) is 1) drink 1/2 of my weight in water every day (yeah, it’s a lot, but hey, I’m fluffy!) and eat at least one vegetarian meal a day (my favorite meat is pork!)

  5. Oh man, do I need to detox. Stat! This frittata looks like just the ticket, and a perfect vehicle for sneaking some more veggies into the day as well. Nice!

    One question … what do you do with the 12 leftover egg yolks? LOL 🙂

  6. I hear ya! I think breakfast is a great way to cut some calories. Having a simple oatmeal or just apple sauce w/ some O.J.. (Snacking some later w/ nuts or dried fruits-i love dried cherries!)
    Also, during the week I try to cut my dinner meals to smaller portions. Lunch is my fav. meal so I eat more then. I don’t ALWAYS do this i.e. pizza last night. But I do try to balance the day/week out. To be ready for the weekend indulgence. :o)! But that fritatta looks super yummy (& healthy)!

  7. Detox sounds WONDERFUL to me. Forget the holidays, blogging alone has made me put on a few! Lately I’ve been having a light but veggie-filled lunch every day with some cottage cheese or greek yogurt, this way I can cook whatever I want to blog about for dinner and no matter how indulgent it is, I know I’ve been good the rest of the day. Oh and going to the gym. Exercise is key.

    This fritatta sounds delicious! I love having fritattas for dinner especially because they can be adapted to whatever I have in my fridge!

  8. Mmm this is perfect for “detoxing.” I’ve been eating like crazy ever since Foodbuzz Festival! And there’s no end in sight 🙂 I really do just try to eat healthy on days when I don’t have any celebrations. The holidays are the best!

  9. I definitely need to detox. Actually I just started a diet of sorts. Before the holidays. I know I’m probably crazy but my body needs it. Thank god for moderation.

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