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May222014

CHARD + LEEK FRITTATA

Chard & Leek Fritata . Sprouted Kitchen

I am supposedly having a baby today, though I'm aware that date is flexible. It has been the strangest week of waiting for this huge thing to happen. I made sure the plants got extra water, haven't left the house without my phone, washed my hair a little more frequently because I will have this first picture of us forever. I wanted to prep a lot of food for us to have at the ready or in the freezer but I just couldn't do it. It felt like I was writing off all signs normalcy by hoarding food for when life changes maybe tomorrow or maybe in a week or so. All I could muster up this week besides a loaf of berry flecked banana bread was this frittata. I hesitate to post it as I know I am not showcasing anything particularly creative or unique here, but when you are waiting for something huge to happen, all you can really do is normal - the tasks or food or errands you don't even have to think about, and for me, that includes frittatas and banana bread. I sauté up what looks egg-friendly from the crisper drawer, whisk a few eggs and whatever cheese needs to be used and it's the perfect little protein cake to warm up with a piece of toast. Something simple and predictable - just about all we're up for until not given the choice. 

There will be a bit of silence around here but we'll pop in with a few pictures of the wee one when he decides he's fully cooked. Big hugs. 

Chard & Leek Fritata . Sprouted Kitchen

CHARD + LEEK FRITTATA // Serves 4

I used chard and leeks because it was what I had, but any green or onion could work here. I prefer a thicker frittata slice, so I go with eight eggs in an 8" pan. You could get away with six eggs but note it will be even more veggie packed. 

 

  • 1 leek, halved and cleaned
  • 1 small bunch swiss chard, stem and ribs removed (or 5 cups chopped dark leafy green of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or creme fraiche
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • sea salt + pepper 

 

Chard & Leek Fritata . Sprouted Kitchen

Preheat the oven to 375'. Warm 1/2 Tbsp. of the oil in a pan over medium heat. Slice the leek into thin half moons and add it to the pan. Sauté for 5 minutes until well softened.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and cream well with the cayenne and generous pinch of salt and pepper. Add the leeks into the bowl. 

Warm another 1/2 Tbsp. of the oil and sauté the greens with a small pinch of salt until wilted, about 3 minutes. Allow them cool slightly, releasing the steam pockets. Add the greens to the egg bowl along with half the feta and stir everything to mix. 

In an 8" pan, preferably non-stick, warm the remaining Tbsp. of olive oil over low heat. Add the egg mixture to the pan, sprinkle the top with the remaining feta and cook for about 5 minutes until the edges start to look cooked. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for about 15 minutes until you jiggle the pan (with a mitt, it'll be hot) and the center of the frittata is slightly soft. It will set as it cools. Slice the frittata into wedges and serve with warm buttered toast. 

Frittata will keep covered in the fridge for a week. 

Chard & Leek Fritata . Sprouted Kitchen

Reader Comments (47)

Wishing you both to feel the happiness of babybirth as soon as possible and in the easiest way. Hope to see the pictures soon. I'm awaiting too so I can understand your feelings well :) Sending all my love and hugs, Aleksandra.

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAleksandra

I very much like these the egg breaking and frying pan pictures. They are so completely artless which is my ideal of good food pictures. A lovely recipe as well.

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoger Stowell

Love love love the look of this frittata! I absolutely love them as they are so easy to take for packed lunch! Great post once again!

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMillie

I have my fingers crossed for you that baby will be along soon now.

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Thinking lots of good thoughts for you both at this incredibly exciting time. I love what you said about washing your hair more frequently - I'm pretty sure that's exactly how I'd be too and it really made me smile : )

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

Wishing you all the best in the days to come! I can only imagine how excited you guys must be feeling :)

I love me a good frittata! Sending good vibes your way!

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail

Good luck with everything to come! Sometimes simple really is best, and it's a good reminder that a few humble eggs, vegetables, and a bit of cheese can be transformed into a sustaining meal.

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCristina

wishing you all the best. i am so excited for you both!

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdixya

Oh man, I remember those last few days of WAITING. (We induced at 10 days late. Don't let that scare you!!) I remember I stopped buying a full week's worth of groceries at like, 38 weeks, unsure of when my baby was going to come! Best best wishes for you and your baby, for a safe delivery, for a big love explosion! Get ready. It's amazing.

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Sending you good, calm and healing energy this week. Wishing you and Hugh the best during this triumphant period! I can't wait to see a picture of this little guy!

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Good luck and all the best. I had my first baby girl 3 weeks ago tomorrow, 2 days past the due date. I know what it feels like to just do what´s necessary and leave the rest. Your blog and your approach to food and eating is truly inspirational. Keep up the good work, but first take care of yourself and your precious little baby boy.

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNew mommy

I made a similar one recently and I can attest the flavors go well together!

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngel Reyes

best wishes for your delivery! my boy Ira was 12 days late. not a fun 12 days...but a small amount of time in the grand scheme of things!
thanks for the wonderful recipes...

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Feta and greens sound like the perfect combination! This sounds like the ideal lunch with a glass of white wine.

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

xoxoxoxoxo!!! Sending lots of love from Seattle.

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Gordon

Thank you so much for this recipe at a time when your thoughts are justifiably elsewhere. I particularly love the photo with your tummy showing and your belly button pointing directly at the skillet ! Early demonstrations for the itsy bitsy cook to be :)
Wishing you only the best !

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

Congratulations in advance! Hope everything goes amazing... Allways enjoying your recipes, this one included. We will miss U but it is all for a good reason... You are "cooking" your best recipe ever!!! 😉 So don't worry, we will be here waiting to know your new little prince. Blessings for all your family! From Lima-Peru

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

Don't' ever think a recipe is too simple to post it, sometimes simple is great and this frittata looks perfect. I was 10 days late with my first baby so I know how you must be feeling right now. Be patient!

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

All the luck in the world for you and your baby--I know you have heard this a million times already but, really, enjoy this time of anticipation and having a little time for yourself. My last child was like 20 days late (she is 17 now and still getting late to most events, she says it was predetermined and she takes no responsibility :) Again, lots of luck and we are all looking forward to pictures, lots and lots of pictures.

And Gretchen (from an above post) you got me melancholic, Lima is my hometown and I miss it so very much.

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFlor de Maria

Good luck! Very exciting for you all. xx

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

I have been thinking of you guys so much! Praying he comes soon and safely and can't wait to see!

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commentershanna mallon

looks amaaaaazing! i love a good frittata!

Oh the joys of waiting for your first child! Such an exciting time, full of anticipation and the unknown! :) As an "older"' and experienced mom....notice I did not say wiser! ......I'm still waiting for that day to come!....I can say that enjoy the new journey, each small precious moment! We might be different in how we choose to raise our children, but as mothers, we all have a common goal, and that is to raise our children to be loved, and that they know they are loved. I have three beautiful grown children, all trying to find their path in life, all unique and individual, and all three I am so proud of to be their mom! I am blessed beyond what I could have ever imagined back in my late 20s when we started our family! Have faith and enjoy the journey of "motherhood". Best wishes to you and Hugh!

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill T.

I am so reminded of my own story reading your words. I too, like the previous mom am a mother of 3 and my first child tested my patience. He came three weeks after his so-called due date and it was only possible for me to wait so long because I live in Austria and I had a home birth. I think anywhere else they would have induced the birth. It was such a Special time and only now I realise that he Chose his time to enter into life and in everything he does he is guided by his own rythmn. Learning this has been one of the biggest lectures of my life. Motherhood is so Special and gives us the opportunity to experience and learn so much others and above all about ourselves. You are already so wise and intuitive about what it is all about. I just felt like sharing my own thoughts. I wish you all the best and wanted you to know that this waiting time is so beautiful. Even though it can be hard, it is this time that you will be sharing with your child on birthdays and will remain the most memorable. Much love and a wonderful journey into motherhood!

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAleksandra

Even though you call it simple food, I'm still impressed how much you've been able to prep and freeze in advance these final days. Oftentimes simple is best and this chard and leek frittata is a perfect weeknight meal for any of use, baby or no baby. Living in Switzerland, we get a lot more Swiss chard than kale, so I always appreciate chard recipes.

That's a lovely pre-baby recipe - I will think of you when I make and set it! xxx

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArlette

Love your photos!!! and a great recipe to try! All the best with your upcoming baby news….thats exciting!

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

Oh, soon it's time (if you haven't already welcomed your new family member to this beautiful world)! Praying for you that everything goes well. This frittata looks so lovely. Will make one soon. Hugs, Sini

Thinking of you and your little family often these days and wondering if your little one already showed up. You are such an inspiring person, just writing down thoughts about the simplest things in life in the most intelligent way. You are so inspiring, thank you! I wish you and Hugh and the new family member all the best! :)

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkatharina

Love that bump sticking out into the pic!

Such a strange time in life waiting for bub to pick a day. In my experience each day feels like a blessing and a curse - a blessing to be waiting for this bub and keeping it safe inside, a curse cos you are SO ready to meet them and get that bub out!

Best wishes

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJR

These last few days of waiting are so hard! My little one is ten months old now and I can hardly remember his little tiny chicken legged self and yet the moment the midwife put his red squirmy body on my belly (6 days late) is seared into my memory. Or all it's discomforts, pregnancy and birth is truly one of the most magical experiences I have ever had. Enjoy these days and the first weeks with your new little one.

If you do decide you want to prep anything, I recommend easy one handed no prep fruit or high protein snacks. Boiled eggs, sliced cheese, crackers, sliced apple and little fruit jellos I made with agar berries and juice were my staples. This frittata would be perfect. Once I was on my own with my son in the house, soup in single portions in the freezer was a life saver. You can't eat it one handed but the prep couldn't be easier and I could usually put him down in his bouncy chair or something long enough to eat. Long enough to cook is considerably harder!

My other advice is get a pedicure. Things you won't have time for after definitely include any kind of at all optional personal care. My toes were claws by the time I did anything about them ;). It's all so so worth it though and soon enough he will be smiling and laughing and learning to walk.

All the best.

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobin k

Ah, but in the end, what IS there, besides normal?

You three are in my thoughts, hourly, around here. You don't need any advice, clearly; you've got everything down, sane and sensible. Naturally.

Hugs right back,

xoxo,
Molly

ps: That last shot, stoveside? Brilliant.

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Hope the sweet babe has made his arrival. Warm thoughts to you and your little family.

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Love your post. Thanks for this awesome food.

May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCandied Nuts

Sara, I can't wait to see pictures of your little guy. Thinking of you all!

May 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Best wishes!!! I'm so excited for you :0) Looking forward to baby pictures!

May 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa M.

I am so glad you posted this. I made it last night and this stage of life is SO hectic and busy. and I need a good meal to heat up throughout the week. Sounds silly but I really appreciated this recipe on an especially roller coaster of a week. Congratulations on the most beautiful little love. We are celebrating with you...with frittata.

xox,
Carly

May 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

Congrats on the arrival of baby Corran!! He is so precious + beautiful. Hope you are all doing well! This recipe is simple but fantastic. I love that you call it a "protein cake." haha :) Also adore the bump in the photo. Kind of cool to have one of the last meals/recipes documented before the babe arrived! All the best!

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

*Curran [oops!]

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hi Sara,

By the time you read this message...I think you would have had your little one. Congratulations to proud parents! I don't know you personally...but whenever I read your blog it feels like I have known you and your family for ages. I wish you all the best with everything. With so much of love around..I am more than sure that nothing could go wrong. With loads of love and care,
Devi

May 31, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdevi

This looks delicious!!! I’ll definitely make this recipe some time next week.

June 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwebbyrå

This looks amazing! I will definitely be making this next week. I have recently found a new love for leeks! Thanks for sharing!

Alyssa
cupcakesandsequins.blogspot.com

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Wow great post and I love this food very much and this looks so delicious....

June 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

This looks DELICIOUS! Thanks for the great recipe- and lovely blog. I highly enjoy reading...and congrats on the new member of your family! :)

June 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Healthy Groove

Maybe I will sacrifice my chard leaves (I use for wraps instead of tortilla) for this recipe since it looks like it maybe worth it! Happy Nesting.

June 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterthefolia

I love this, it is simple, healthy and delicious. Sometimes, no need to be complicated, simple food can really make me feel the happiness. I think this is the one. Saw your baby at the next post, congratulations! :)

June 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteryung@foodyoo.com

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