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Meatless Monday Breakfast: Patty Pan Squash & Rainbow Chard Frittata Recipe

What's for breakfast? Do you get asked this question often or ask yourself that? I'm usually an English muffin with cream cheese and smoked salmon or ricotta and peaches type of a girl, but my weight management person (eye roll) told me to switch things up a bit and make a frittata. That was a much easier advice to follow than to do dumbbell exercises (it took me THREE tries to type that correctly).

I love frittata:
1. you can use a million different ingredients
2. it's a one pan meal
3. the leftovers are awesome.

Last week I received a giant bouquet of rainbow chard in my Washington's Green Grocer order and one of my friends suggested I turn it into a frittata. Done!

Meatless Monday Breakfast: Patty Pan Squash & Rainbow Chard Frittata
Makes 4 servings

olive oil
3 large patty pan squash, diced
salt to taste
5 large rainbow chard leaves {stems and membrane removed and discarded}, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
red pepper flakes to taste
6 eggs
splash of half & half
1/2 cup shredded cheese {I actually used 2 slices of Havarti that I cut into smaller pieces}
sriracha to taste

1. Heat olive oil in a large broiler safe pan. Add patty pan squash, season with salt and saute until the squash pieces are golden.
2. Add rainbow chard, garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute until the chard pieces have softened. Don't burn the garlic. If needed, you might want to add a bit of olive oil in this step.
3. Whisk the eggs with half & half. Pour the egg mixture on top of the vegetables, cover with a lid, and cook on medium low for about 7 minutes or until most of the egg mixture has set.
4. Cover frittata with cheese and put under the broiler until the cheese bubbles.
5. Serve wedges of frittata topped with sriracha.

This recipe makes for a great breakfast and can be eaten cold the next day as leftovers. You can also serve this frittata with a salad and toasted baguette for dinner for Meatless Monday. If you aren't a fan of patty pan squash or can't find it, use potatoes or zucchini.

Stay cool!