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7 Nov

Frittata Aleta

Eight-year-old Aleta is already thinking like a chef. Not only did she create a frittata packed with nutrients and flavor but she also chose vegetables with a stunning array of colors. Waves of dark green kale, purple cabbage and red pepper will brighten your morning when you sit down to Aleta’s frittata. A frittata is basically an Italian take on an omelet. The main difference is you avoid all the tricky folding and flipping and just let the eggs cook into a round, flat pancake. Almost any combination of vegetables and meat can be sautéed into a frittata, although we’re especially fond of this combination.

Just because they’re made with eggs, frittatas don’t need to be relegated only to breakfast. Fold a frittata in half with layers of sliced meat in the middle for a lunchtime sandwich or serve a frittata for a quick and easy dinner.

Although she deserves it, we can’t give Aleta all the credit for her submission to the Primal Cookbook Challenge. Mom acted as her able sous chef and helped Aleta buy her ingredients at a local farmers’ market. She also filmed the making of the frittata, step-by step.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup or more finely chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 1 finely chopped red or yellow pepper
  • 6 beaten eggs
  • A sprinkle of dried or fresh herbs (like oregano or basil)
  • Sausage to serve on the side


Preheat broiler. Warm olive oil in an ovenproof pan and sauté onions until they begin to soften. Add cabbage and sauté about three minutes then add kale and peppers.

Continue to sauté until kale wilts. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour in eggs, stir quickly then let cook until it just barely begins to set.

Put the frittata under a broiler until the top is golden and the eggs are cooked through, 3-5 minutes.

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  1. Nice! I’m going to make something like it one of these days with my new cast iron pan – can’t wait.

    Raphael S. wrote on November 7th, 2009
  2. That looks dee-lish! Going to make a variant right now :)

    MariaNYC wrote on November 7th, 2009
  3. Yum! Kale! My fave!

    DebFM wrote on November 7th, 2009
  4. What a pretty Frittata! Thanks for the recipe Aleta.

    maba wrote on November 7th, 2009
  5. Ooooooo… That looks very yummy!

    gilliebean wrote on November 7th, 2009
  6. I don’t know if Aleta eats only primal or not, but she sure looks like a healthy and vibrant little girl. Nice job, Aleta and Mom!

    lbd wrote on November 7th, 2009
  7. Awesome job Aleta and Mom! You know I always make omelets, but I forget about frittatas. Thanks for the reminder. :)

    Lisa wrote on November 7th, 2009
  8. Perfect! I have these sausages sitting the fridge and about 8 eggs and I was wondering what to do with ’em. fantastic recipe!! thanks

    mattigee wrote on November 8th, 2009
  9. I am ridiculously fond of frittatas. I get great results using a slightly less wide, deeper cast-iron skillet that really allows the eggs to “poof” up and create that wonderfully light texture.

    As a bonus, it’s the only egg dish that I can stomach after reheating, so I can make one Saturday morning that covers my Sunday breakfast too.

    Joe C. wrote on November 8th, 2009
  10. Awesome Job Aleta!

    I tried cooked these up just now, and they’re amazing!

    Another great dish involving one of my favorite foods, The Egg!


    Haha wrote on November 8th, 2009
  11. This was DELICIOUS! My new favorite breakfast. :) The purple cabbage really makes it sweet. I used red onion, which is milder and sweeter. Kudos to the chef.

    Ginger wrote on November 14th, 2009
  12. Will have to give that one a try ASAP! I’ve done asparagus frittatas – but WOW, I love the look of all the greens in this one. ;o)

    Melanie wrote on November 16th, 2009
  13. this looks so yummy!

    babs wrote on December 11th, 2009
  14. I just made it with turkey sausage baked right in! Can I show you? Here’s a pic: This will be my breakfast for the next 4 days. Can’t wait to eat it tomorrow morning!!!

    Lisa wrote on March 9th, 2010
  15. I’ve fallen in love with kale recently, and I’ve been looking at this recipe for a couple weeks now. Finally made it last night.

    FANTASTIC. Can’t say enough good things about it.

    Jim wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  16. This sounds deeelicious and oh so nutritious! Thanks mark!

    Jo wrote on March 29th, 2011

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