This Spinach-Feta muffins recipe is so easy you’ll want to include in your weekly meal prep routine on a regular basis.
If you’re Keto or low-calories, enjoy this recipe as-is! It makes a delicious brunch or breakfast.
Spinach-feta keto muffins fit the bills! Great for an everyday meal. Even though I planned these as a breakfast food, mini spinach-feta muffins are perfect for brunch or lunch as well. In fact, they fit perfectly in a lunch box alongside a salad for a meal on-the-go.
Eggs are the main ingredient of the Italian dish frittata. Eggs are an incredibly frugal protein option and contain amino acids, selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12, and minerals like copper, iron, and zinc. They are also rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K too.
If eggs are so nutritious you may be wondering, “what are some delicious recipes made with eggs?” Well, frittata, for one!
Eggs are also the base of home-made mayonnaise. It is the lecithin content of eggs that causes them to emulsify so well.
What Is A Frittata?
A frittata is an Italian dish that combines eggs with flavourful additions such as vegetables and various meats. It has some similarities to an omelet, in that is made of eggs and vegetables, but many find frittatas easier to make.
Frittatas often start out with the vegetables and meat filling sautéed on the stovetop. The egg mixture is poured over the filling and the pan-cooked until almost set.
Then the pan is then moved to the oven or broiler where the frittata is finished and given a nice browning.
We are adjusting these steps slightly to make mini frittatas for convenience and to save time.
How To Make Spinach-Feta Mini Muffins
I find mini-muffins much easier than regular frittatas. They require less hands-on time and don’t need to be watched so carefully.
- Melt butter or oil in a cast iron skillet.
- Sauté filling.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease muffin pans and spoon filling into each cavity.
- Whisk eggs, milk or dairy-free option, and seasonings until smooth.
- Pour mixture evenly into each cavity over the vegetables.
- Season with salt and pepper
- Top with cheese, if using.
- Bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
Best Ingredients For A Muffin
High-quality eggs are the foundation for a nutritious and delicious frittata (or any egg-based dish for that matter). Choose eggs that are pasture-raised, if possible.
Some of the most popular vegetable use in frittatas include bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and spinach. Sliced zucchini and yellow squash are also delicious, but should be cooked long enough to remove water content so the frittata does not become watery.
Tomatoes are an excellent addition too, especially roasted cherry tomatoes!
Sweet potatoes are quite delicious in frittatas too! They should be precooked and cut into small pieces. This is a great use for leftover baked or roasted sweet potatoes.
Fresh herbs add a ton of flavor and should be included whenever possible. Fried herbs work well too, but fresh herbs add a taste that’s hard to beat.
Basil, chives, parsley, thyme, and oregano are lovely additions.
Meat is not a requirement in a frittata, but it can be a delicious addition. Sausage, ham and bacon pair well with eggs and vegetables, and work well in this dish.
Cheese is also not a requirement, but it does bring a lot of flavour, especially for kids. Cheddar cheese, feta cheese, goat cheese, and Parmesan are all great choices.
Dairy-Free Alternatives For Mini Muffin
Frittatas often include milk or cream, but dairy-free options will work here too. To make a dairy-free frittata, use almond milk and full-fat coconut milk instead of milk or cream.
The butter used to sauté vegetables can be substituted with olive oil, tallow, or ghee (if tolerated).
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