December 1, 2008

Lunch Box Idea: Mini Frittatas

Mornings are often hectic at our house if I didn’t prep the night before, which happens on a somewhat regular basis. With 2 boys who need backpacks filled with folders, lunch money or lunch boxes and breakfast to be eaten, I’m surprised I don’t forget something each day. My Oldest prefers to bring lunch from home, and I don’t mind making it each day. What I like to do though is send different things each day. I’m not much for eating the same sandwich each and every day myself, but he could. It just doesn’t seem like the most interesting or healthy option to me.

Awhile back, I bookmarked a recipe over at Stephanie’s Kitchen for Mini Chedder and Bacon Frittatas. I’ve made them before, but mine used egg substitute and I wasn’t completely happy with the result. I liked Stephanie’s recipe because it made bite-size frittatas and used actual eggs. I love the addition of bacon, but I didn't have any on hand for it this time. I think using real eggs in a frittata is important otherwise they “fall” and look all wrinkly and unappetizing in the end.

My Oldest has loved frittatas since the first time I made a Sausage, Spinach and Cheese Frittata for dinner. It’s a one dish meal that is satisfying and sneaks in a veggie, too! I think these mini frittatas would work well with any number of substitutions. If using sausage, I would use one link and break it up while cooking it in a skillet. You’ll want to make sure it is well drained before adding it to the bottom of the muffin tin cups. Adding spinach would also work well, but it would work best if wilted in a skillet first. Then, it could be mixed in with the egg mixture.
mini fritatta 2a

I was able to get 12 mini frittatas when I made the recipe, so maybe my mini muffin tin is smaller than Stephanie’s. At any rate, they puffed up perfectly and were tasty little bites. My Oldest tasted one when they had cooled slightly and asked if he could have them in his lunch today. Of course, he could! I have some thermos type containers so I put some hot water in it to get it nice and hot inside before adding the heated mini frittatas to it. One of the easiest lunches I’ve ever made for him!
Since I have had this recipe bookmarked for awhile, I'll be submitting this to the Bookmarked Recipes blogging event over at Ruth's Kitchen Experiments. Be sure to check out what great recipes are in the round-up every Monday!

Looking for some other lunchbox ideas? Here are a couple of great sites to go and visit:
Lunch In A Box - everything goes into an adorable Bento lunch box!
Some great healthy options are shared over at The Healthy Lunchbox.

Mini Cheddar and Bacon Frittatas
Source: Stephanie's Kitchen

4 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 strips cooked bacon, chopped


Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients.

Grease a mini muffin tin. Fill cups with egg mixture until almost to the rim. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until centers are set.

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Lisa said...

They are cute too!

LaDue & Crew said...

You always have the yummiest things!

Manggy said...

I don't have any mouths to feed, but when the time comes I'll be one of the lunchbox-carriers (happening soon, I hope and I dread at the same time!), I'll have to keep this delicious recipe in mind, thanks! :)

Joelen said...

This looks wonderful and is a great little appetizer for the holidays too!

Katie said...

Oooh! These little cuties look super yummy!

Mary said...

These look really good. I'll bet there are no leftovers in that lunchbucket.

Michele said...

I wish my mom packed me lunches like this when I was a kid!

Kristen said...

If I had things in my lunch each day like that, I'd skip school lunch too. Yum!

Katy said...

i've made mini frittatas so many times, they're the best! never with bacon though... even better!

Heather said...

those are so cute! i love them!

That Girl said...

I love packing minis for lunch!!

Candy said...

Perfect morning pick me ups!

Deborah said...

what a great idea to put frittatas in a lunch box! I'm always looking for ideas of things my husband can snack on while at work, and I think these would be perfect!

Jo said...

Oh wow, mini fritatas. Sounds just the thing to add to a lunch box. Great idea!

Liz said...

Hi, Liz from here. Love your mini frittata recipe. I always use real eggs (vs. those egg substitutes). The real thing is so much healthier. Did the frittatas stay hot in your son's lunch box? I think my 4th grader would love this for his school lunch!

Sarah said...

What a great idea! I love the idea of mini fritatas for an on the go lunch.

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