South of the Border Frittata

I think it’s safe to say that every diet-friendly cookbook idea known to man has been written. Just looking at Amazon I saw “Thug Cookbook”, “The Disney Princess Cookbook”, “Giada’s Feel Good Food” and “Simply Skinny.” There are so many cookbooks out there claiming to have a variety of recipes that will make you feel your best and will be super easy to cook and cheap to buy. But in my humble opinion there are only two words you need to know to eat well, eat fast and eat cheap.

Mexican food.

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I mean really. So many veggies. So many whole food options. So many spices. And they respect the power of guac and cheese, which I can always get on board with.

I plan on moving out of my parents’ house sometime in the next month (fingers crossed!) and I know between rent, the cost of living in downtown Chicago, and my admitted love of Trader Joe’s and fitness studios it’s going to be a tight squeeze on my wallet. And since I’ve never been a huge pasta person I need a cheap go-to option.

Mexican food can be the healthiest food or the most unhealthy choice. Why yes, I do love me some nachos and a margarita the size of a small child. But I also love burrito bowls, shrimp fajitas and would swim in a pool of black beans. All wonderfully healthy options. Not to mention that when I’m making Mexican food I’m almost always downing it in red pepper flakes, an addition that has been proven to shake up your metabolism. Which is a healthy living tip I’ve always taken extremely seriously because my metabolism might be kicking now but if my love of food doesn’t die down sometime in the next decade there might be troubled waters ahead.

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So now that the move-out date is approaching, I’ve started my experiments. And since I’ve been in the midst of aΒ desperate attempt to veggiefy my life, I threw the contents of my fridge into a cast iron skillet and hoped for the best. My prayers were answered and I was left with a kick ass fritatta.

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South of the Border Frittata

Ingredients

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 block sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 bag store-bought spinach, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Cajun seasoning (or just paprika)
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Directions

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium heat
  • When oil is hot, add onion and pepper to the pan. Let cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and chopped spinach.
  • Add spices and salt/pepper to taste (personal preference is key here!)
  • Turn heat to low until the spinach wilts. Stir in salsa.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the ten eggs and almond milk. Salt and pepper.
  • Turn heat back to medium and pour the egg mixture over the cooked veggies in the skillet.
  • Stir constantly until the veggies are all evenly distributed and the egg begins to set. Add the cheddar cheese to the mix just before it hits the oven.
  • Place skillet in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes (mine took 14 but ovens vary)
  • Serve with salsa, black beans or avocado toast. Or all of it. No judgment.

Questions:

  • What’s your favorite cultural food?
  • If you had to pick one dish that is your go-to cheap, healthy and fast choice, what would it be?
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45 comments

  1. Frittatas are awesome – I have them all the time – love some broccoli in mine, nice and chunky!
    Mexican food hasn’t really taken off in a big scale in the UK (even chipotle is only in London) but a New Mexican has just opened up in glasgow and is supposed to be really good! So we are heading there on Friday night for dinner! Hello margaritas! πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on making the move from your parents’ soon! I’m still getting there…ha. πŸ˜‰ But hey, I’m just thankful they still allow me to live here while I continue to try to find a great career so I can FINALLY move out. Anyways, as for the frittata, you have now reminded me it’s about high time I make a good frittata because I haven’t in so long! I’d say my favorite go-to, easy and healthy meal is potato nachos. I think Slim Sanity has the recipe on her website. Basically it’s layered baked sweet potato slices (I prefer sweet potato to regular potato, but it’s your own choice) with nacho fixings on top and baked. Perfecto!

  3. That is so exciting you are moving to the city! Trust me I know what you mean about budgeting. I have been good recently, ever since going back to school, eating in more often than going out. I don’t mind spending more on groceries if I know I am going to eat it all and not waste it. It is much better than paying $30 for an ok meal. I eat a lot of eggs for meals (poached) because it is cheap, fast, and can be incorporated into a lot of different meals.

    But I LOVE MEXICAN!! This frittata looks delicious.

    1. I think I really need to get better at eating at home more. Going out to dinner (and by dinner I mean lunch, happy hour, coffee, etc. haha) is one of my favorite things! But you’re right – it’d be better to spend my money on quality groceries and making good meals instead of spending $30 on an okay meal. Eggs are the BEST!

  4. I’m back!!!!!! A. I love Mexican food it is so cheap and that’s so true it can be so unhealthy or extremely healthy haha (go for the corn tortillas yummmm). B. frittatas are delicious I had some this morning and that recipe looks amazing!!

  5. Note to self: Must add ‘Thug Cookbook’ to my Christmas list. Your blog is great. I tried to think of a more creative way to say that, but it is best stated simply: I like to read this. Good luck with your move! I’ve never been to Chicago but I lived in Manhattan, and I feel your pain when it comes to the expense of freedom! When I’m living on the cheap I often head in the direction of Mexican– good, cheap staples like rice and beans are so easily spruced up with fresh veggies, herbs an spices, and a squeeze of lime juice. Also: cheese dip. When I’m living on the cheap, I spend some time once a month or so on a few soups and other things I can make cheaply in large batches and save for later )since not only am I often forced to be frugal, but I am also often a touch lazy+hungry). -alex

    1. Wow thanks for those kind words, Alex! I’m excited to check your blog out too πŸ™‚ Soup or chili (anything in the crockpot, really) is another great healthy/cheap idea to make when I’m trying to be frugal – and it’ll be perfect now that the colder months are coming

    1. Haha well I think the reason I jumped on sharing this with you guys is that usually my fritattas fall flat in the flavor department – but this one was seriously out of this world good. So at least THIS experiment was a success! He sounds like the perfect hubby to have though haha what a skill!

    1. I hope that’s something she outgrows! Eggs are way too good to go a whole lifetime without eating. But truthfully even one frittata is only 10 eggs so I can easily finish it by myself in 3 days or so haha no help necessary

  6. How exciting, moving out! Congrats πŸ™‚ MEXICAN FOOD IS DELICIOUS, can’t argue with you there, BUT I am a plain jane and my go to healthy meal would probably be grilled chicken…with some greens and quinoa BUT quinoa ain’t cheap, SIGH I spend more money on food that I do clothes. priorities πŸ˜›

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