Make mornings a little easier with this veggie-filled Make-Ahead Mini Mediterranean Frittatas recipe. They are quick, easy and reheat wonderfully for easy breakfasts.
“You’re going to eat with us?” my daughter asked one weekday morning, as I set my coffee on the kitchen table.
“Yes, I think I will,” I said.
It was a break from the routine — the one we’ve had for the last year and a half where the kids are responsible for their own breakfasts (they have guidelines to follow). While they eat, I do other necessary things like pack lunches, fold laundry, get ready for work. But recently, I have been changing things up and trying things differently. Mornings are still busy, but by rising a little earlier to shower and changing when I do things, I can sometimes sit down with the kids in the morning.
“YAY!” she squealed. Apparently the change is well-received.
We make it a priority to eat dinner together every night of the week — well, except for that one basketball-filled night when I have to creativity get everyone fed between practices and homework. Those dinners together are goldmines for me as their mom. During them, I hear about the things my daughter has learned about friendship in school, and the new interests my son is developing. It’s at these times when they little stories of our days come out, giving me peaks into their words, and them a peak into mine. It’s where we connect, not just as a mother trying raise healthy, well-fed children, but as people with a vested interest in each other’s happiness and success.
Our commitment to family meals isn’t just great for our family connection though. It also means so many good things for my children’s development. According to a release from Purdue University’s Center for Families, eating meals together as a family has widespread benefits for kids from broader vocabularies, better reading skills and improved test scores to a decreased likelihood that they will abuse drugs, alcohol and other tobacco. Moreover, as they grow, they are able to apply the conversational skills they learn through our dinnertime discussions to meals with their friends and other peers.
But eating together — sharing that conversation and experience — isn’t limited to dinnertime. It can be whenever it fits, or more than one meal when possible. Fitting in a breakfast together once in a while can be as easy as keeping the menu simple and reworking the morning plan a little. Make-ahead breakfast items like these Mini Mediterranean Frittatas are great for a fast morning breakfast.
Whip up a batch in the evening, and then have them on hand to heat and enjoy with your morning juice and toast or fruit. They are nutritious, tasty and so easy. Packed with red pepper and spinach, these babies are dotted with salty feta cheese and bake up to eggy perfection.
- ¼ cup finely chopped red pepper
- ½ cup chopped fresh baby spinach
- 6 large eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup feta cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray the cups in a standard 12 muffin pan with cooking oil spray. Divide the red pepper and spinach evenly among the 12 cups.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper until light and frothy. Ladle into the 12 muffin pan cups, dividing equally. Sprinkle with feta cheese.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, until set.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, before loosening with a knife and removing the mini frittatas.
- Hint: Making these ahead? Reheat them in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.