I like eggs and the protein they provide, but I’ve gotten a bit tired of them. I find this dish more interesting and enjoyable, and I like the added dimension of red potatoes. Spinach is high in antioxidants and is a rich source of folate and vitamin C. Folate is the form of folic acid found in food. Folic acid is a member of the B vitamin family. Low folate levels are connected with poor cognitive function and dementia in the elderly. Spinach also contains a wide variety of phytonutrients, including flavonoids and carotenoids. Spinach’s flavor compounds have been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. You will notice red potatoes in this recipe. While I don’t often use potatoes, as they are members of the nightshade family, I do eat them occasionally. Depending on your sensitivity, you may want to consider using potatoes sparingly or leaving them out entirely.
1 large shallot
1 tablespoon cilantro or parsley
1½ cups shiitake or other mushrooms
2 cups fresh spinach
3–4 medium red potatoes
Finely chop shallot and cilantro or parsley. Coarsely chop mushrooms and spinach. Thinly slice potatoes.
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons vegetable or chicken broth
Beat together eggs, cheese, turmeric, and salt. Set aside.
In large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil and broth over medium low heat. Add shallot, and stir often until soft (3–5 minutes). Add mushrooms and sauté until tender (3–5 minutes). Stir in spinach and cilantro and sauté 2 minutes, and then add mixture to egg mixture.
In large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat, fully coating bottom of skillet. Spread red potatoes over bottom of skillet in one or two thin layers and cook 5 minutes over medium heat. Pour egg and vegetable mixture over potatoes; turn heat down to low medium, and cover. Cook about 20 minutes, periodically checking to see if eggs are firm.
When done, run rubber spatula around edge of frittata, cut in wedges, and serve.
Preparation: 45 minutes
Francie Healey is the author of "Eat To Beat Alzheimer's and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is both a Certified Health Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.practitioner.
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