Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Retirement, Mom!

My mom retired from teaching after 34 years this past Friday! I can't even imagine how amazing it must be to know you never have to set your alarm for Monday morning again! Since my parents were in town and my dad was tied up with a conference, it was a perfect day to have a girls' day to celebrate my mom's retirement!

We started the day with fresh peach bellini's and spinach and sun-dried tomato frittatas! These individual frittatas were so tasty and paired wonderfully with fruit salad and whole wheat toast. They definitely gave us enough energy to do quite a bit of shopping! With minimal prep work and a short baking time, this recipe also allowed us to do a lot of catching up without spending all morning in the kitchen!

Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata
(From: SELF, April 2007)

Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 t olive oil
1 small shallot, chopped
1 cup packed fresh spinach, chopped
4 whole eggs
4 egg whites
8 sun-dried tomato halves, chopped
1/2 cup grated Asiago
2 T chopped fresh basil
1/4 t salt
1/8 t freshly ground black pepper
4 slices whole wheat toast
2 cups fresh berries

1. Heat oven to 425. Coat 4 small baking dishes with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Cook shallot until soft but not brown, about 2-3 minutes.
3. Add spinach; cook 2-3 more minutes. Remove from heat.
4. Lightly whisk eggs and egg whites in a bowl. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, cheese, basil, spinach ,mixture, salt and pepper.
5. Spoon into baking dishes and bake until firm in center, about 12-14 minutes.
6. Serve with a slice of toast and 1/2 cup berries.

The recipe as posted serves 4. I halved the recipe (except that I used the full cup of spinach) and the result was very flavorful. I had to hurry and post this recipe because my mom is anxious to get back home and try it!

Congratulations on your retirement, Mom!

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