Monday, July 26, 2010

GLUTEN-FREE VEGETARIAN WEIGHT LOSS: STAR PATTYPAN FRITTATA



Some tried and true tactics for weight-loss, whether you are gluten-free or not are

EAT MANY VEGETABLES
IF YOU EAT EGGS, DITCH THE YOLKS
IF YOU EAT CHEESE, TRY LOW FAT
USE OIL SPRAY RATHER THAN OIL OR BUTTER

This delicious and beautiful (well, at least until you attempt to fold it in half, which is difficult to do because the star pattypan slices really are too big for that) frittata adheres to all the above suggestions, so is the perfect dish to learn to make. 



Here's how:

Ingredients

olive oil spray
half of one star pattypan squash, about 3 inches in diameter, sliced horizontally as thin as possible on a mandoline. reserve unused part for a second frittata, or ratatouille.
one medium onion, minced
1/2 cup minced sweet pepper
1T dry oregano
1T smoked Spanish paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 egg whites, beaten till foamy
1T bacon-flavored soy bits
2T Daiya vegan cheddar-flavored bits


Instructions:

spray an eight or ten inch pan with olive oil spray.
saute onions and peppers, sprinkled with herbs and spices, on very low heat until soft.
add squash and cover tightly.
when squash is steamed through, add egg whites.
tilt and rotate pan so vegetables are covered.
cook until whites are opaque.
sprinkle with Daiya and soy bits.
cover until Daiya melts.
remove from pan in slices or folded in half.

Serves one hungry dieter.

Note: 

Daiya vegan cheddar-flavored bits have less fat than conventional cheese, so even if you are not a vegan, you might want to give them a try. 

The soy bits will most likely contain enough salt for most tastes, so do not automatically salt the eggs for this dish.

If you cannot find a star-shaped pattypan squash, use a scalloped one, and if you cannot find one of those, slices of zucchini will do just fine.


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4 comments:

Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

Love the way pattypan squash looks. It is so exotic looking! I love Daiya cheese...it's still really hard for me to find it, and it's kind of costly, but worth it, right? :)

Would it be alright to use one of these photos on my new site GlutenFreeFeed.com? It is kind of like Tastespotting, but gluten-free. Thanks :)

G.F.Veg said...

hi jenn:

yes i would love to be part of your new site! let me know if there are any other photos you would like to use.

daiya was expensive when i bought it at my local food coop, and amazingly, less expensive at whole foods. whole foods, not often known for their bargains, is also where to get the best price for my non-vegan staple of whipped cottage cheese (at least here in nyc), so i guess it pays to shop around. have you tried contacting daiya for a list of all their outlets?

i love finding exotic/heirloom produce and usually end up buying one or two only, since the prices can go pretty high here in nyc. this frittata was made from one tiny squash and i even had some left over to add to some spiced eggplant i made the next day so it was definitely good value!

thanks for writing--both you sites are absolutely beautiful. i will be updating my blogroll and links and you are on my list!

Maggie Smith said...

wow, i love patty-pans too, but have never seen this variety--so beautiful!
your photos are gorgeous as always.
xo

G.F.Veg said...

thank you maggie smith!