Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mushroom & Goat Cheese Frittata - for the Ta-Ta's

This might be one of the best things I have ever made.  I am in love with this dish!  Who knew a frittata could bring so much deliciousness into your day?  I was inspired to make this because mushrooms prevent breast cancer (see below) and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Throughout October the world comes together and does a great job of bringing awareness to breast cancer.  You see the NFL donning hot pink additions to their uniform, fountains throughout major cities are dyed pink, and sky scrapers proudly light up pink.  In retail shops everywhere you are told to "think pink"by purchasing a variety of pink things.  All of these initiatives do an incredible job raising money and increasing awareness for prevention and the treatement of breast cancer.

Breast cancer prevention is something that is very important to me and is always on my mind.  Most of the women in my family have been diagnosed with breast cancer, all later in their adult life, so I know it is something that I am at risk for.  The disease affects one in nine women at some point in their lives and diet is thought to be a key factor.

I have found it very interesting that BreastCancer.Org and the International Journal of Cancer have both reported that early studies show eating a few ounces of mushrooms daily could prevent breast cancer.  Simply put, mushrooms interfere with the production of an enzyme that helps the body make estrogen which is essential to the disease.  Studies also show that if you drink green tea daily over a couple of years, your risk is decreased even more.

Hmmm, good thing I usually add mushrooms to our egg whites every morning and try to squeeze in a cup of green tea when I can.  I also have developed an obsession with mushrooms and frequently cook with them, as seen here, and here.  So in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am sharing this mushroom frittata for the ta-ta's recipe!  Frit-ta-ta..... get it?  The addition of goat cheese and zucchini really made this stand out.  Now go brew a pot of green tea and make this for yourself or any of the women in your life!

Serves 6-8
Adapted from A Spicy Perspective

8 large eggs
1/2 cup skim milk
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
1 large shallot, minced
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 small zucchini, chopped
3 oz soft goat cheese
1/4 cup green onions, for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Preheat a caste iron skillet to medium-high.   Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and the chopped shallot to the skillet.  Cook for 2 minutes, then add the garlic.  Add the mushrooms and saute for 5-10 minutes until cooked thoroughly, and then add the zucchini for another 2-3 minutes.  Transfer veggies to a plate.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.  Season with a few pinches of salt and pepper.  Pour the egg mixture into the skillet, and then add the veggies.  Crumble or slice the goat cheese and add to the top of the mixture.   

Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.  Serve for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner with a side of greens.  Enjoy! 

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1 comment:

  1. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it looks delicious! I too am huge cheese and mushroom lover :) I'll be making this for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving because I have all the ingedients on hand (from a mushroom and goat cheese queso recipe - also yummy!). Thanks!