Anyone who takes spin classes on a regular basis knows that the instructor (and the music they choose) makes the all the difference between a good class and bad class. My gym has been open for about two years now and they just recently started posting the names of the instructors on the class schedule. Now I know which classes are worth attending and which ones aren’t (Tuesday at 6:45 and Thursday at 5:30 are the BEST).
I was so disappointed when I saw a substitute walk in to the spin studio last night. I planned my whole Thursday evening around attending that instructor’s class. I stayed and pushed myself as hard as I could to still get a decent workout, but it was nothing like I was hoping for.
Regardless, I was still starving when I got out of class at 6:30. I was craving eggs, and Gina and Courtney both posted delicious looking fritattas recently. I went to Aldi to pick up some egg substitute and spinach to supplement the veggies I already had at home (mushrooms and peppers left over from my enchiladas).
Does anyone shop at Aldi? It’s owned by the same company as Trader Joes, and sells mostly their own brand of products – but they’re just as good as name brands, and WAY cheaper. They also get overstocks of some name brand stuff (I saw Pringles there last night), but you can’t ever count on finding those things a second time. The main reason I go there is for their produce – I got a bag of 5 Honeycrisp apples for $1.99 and 3 heads of broccoli for $0.99. They also sell a light spreadable cheese that tastes identical to Laughing Cow for $1.99 – I refuse to pay 4 times that amount at Giant Eagle for the name brand.
Anyway, I got really lucky yesterday when I spotted a soup that looked like my favorite Pacific Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato. Similar container and all, just not marked as Organic. I was excited to get home and see if it tasted like the real thing (and I was really hoping it did, since I bought 8 cartons!). 🙂
My frittata plan: spinach, red onion, mushroom, swiss cheese, veggie bacon.
Using one egg (along with a cup of egg substitute) really enhances the flavor and helps to emulsify everything.
My frittata reality:
spinach, red onion, mushroom, swiss cheese, veggie bacon, shallot, gruyere cheese. Just like spin class, this meal didn’t go as planned.
The key to a frittata is adding the eggs to the hot pan and letting them sit. I always struggle to not use my spatula to mess around with it, try and flip it, etc. But last night I was good. I waited just until the eggs were cooked enough on the bottom to start to pull away from the pan…
Then put it under the broiler for a little over 5 minutes, until the top was solid and golden.
No sticking! It came out of the pan very easily.
I’ll get 4 servings out of this beautiful egg pie. Sure, I went to Aldi specifically for spinach and forgot to add it. But that’s okay, it was still delicious.
Approximate nutrition facts (1/4 of frittata): 115 calories, 5 grams fat, 6 grams carbohydrate, 12 grams protein
Perfect light meal after a disappointingly easily spin class. The verdict on the soup? Good, but not EXACTLY the same as the Pacific version. But for $1.89 per quart, I’ll take it!
Do you have an Aldi near by? Do you shop there?
Would you walk out of a spin class if you didn’t like the instructor / it wasn’t challenging enough?
Have a great weekend, especially all of you at FoodBuzz!