Cheesy Bacon Apple Frittata

Cheesy Bacon Apple Frittata

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Healthy, high protein, low fat frittata recipe on MarlaMeridith.com.

On the heels of all kinds of vegan goodies now I am bringing back eggs, cheese and bacon. All together in one happy frittata. The apples add a little sweet with the savory. A winning combo. With school ending soon and the weather heating up we want lots of protein to burn. Nothing like a serving of eggs to jumpstart your morning…or any time. Breakfast for dinner is common over here these days.

Kerrygold aged cheddar cheese in egg frittata recipe.

Frittata’s are great for entertaining, brunch, lunch, dinner or mini-meals. Use any cheese you have on hand to accent the fluffy ricotta. I love sharp cheddar and gruyére. My kids prefer more the more mild flavors of mozzarella, munster and american cheese. Mix it up and have fun. We love a batch of my Almond Chickpea Cookies as a side.

Egg, bacon cheese frittata with Almond Chickpea Cookies.

Many of my blogger buddies have been publishing cookbooks lately. I am so proud of them. This is such an exciting time for bloggers as they get more and more popular on social media and everywhere. Blogs are leading to books, TV gigs, brand ambassadorships and so much more. I am thrilled to be on the frontlines of everything social media has to offer. Each day I wake, I wonder what is around the corner. Though I want to peek into the future I know it is best to keep my heels firmly planted in the now.

Healthy, high protein, low fat frittata recipe on MarlaMeridith.com.

Speaking of bloggers and cookbooks…today I am happy to spotlight The Whole family Cookbook by Michelle Stern. She publishes the blog What’s Cooking with Kids. Michelle’s focus is on helping kids find a connection with the food they eat, where it comes from and how to cook it. She is the founder of the children’s school called What’s Cooking where she teaches families about healthy foods and cooking.

Healthy, high protein, low fat frittata recipe on MarlaMeridith.com.

On Michelle’s blog she states “Cooking with kids is about more than simply putting food on the table; it’s about enriching your lives. It builds lifelong memories, lays a foundation for healthy lifestyle choices and provides numerous learning opportunities for kids and adults alike.” I love this philosophy and it is one that I share. What sets her book apart is not only the wonderful & diverse recipes but she labels each of them with age appropriate tasks so you can include the whole family.

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I am proud to offer a copy of this book to one friend of MarlaMeridith.com. All you need to do to enter is leave one comment or more on this post. What do you like to cook with your kids? For additional entries you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon and/or sign up for my email updates. Easy peasy. Just leave a separate comment per entry please. This giveaway is open to USA readers and will close on Saturday, May 14th at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen at Random.org.

Healthy, high protein, low fat frittata recipe on MarlaMeridith.com.

Cheesy Bacon Apple Frittata

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

Cheesy Bacon Apple Frittata

Ingredients

  • 3 slices nitrate free Turkey Bacon (you can also use pork bacon)
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 medium sized Apple, diced very small (I like Honey Crisp, Pink Lady or Gala apples)
  • a pinch of Sea Salt
  • a pinch of ground Cinnamon
  • 4 large organic Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Egg Whites
  • 1/2 cup fat free Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) grated Cheese (I like sharp Cheddar, use your favorite)

Method

  • Cook bacon according to package directions in a oven safe skillet. I use my 10 inch cast iron pan. Remove bacon from pan and keep residual grease in the pan. Let bacon cool a bit and then dice into small pieces. Heat pan over medium high heat, add the butter, apple, salt and cinnamon. Sauté apples for about 6-8 minutes until softened and fragrant, stir occasionally and reduce heat if needed. Add diced bacon back into pan. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium make sure the mixture is evenly distributed in the pan.
  • Pre-heat broiler with the rack in the middle. In a bowl whisk together eggs, stir in ricotta and 1 ounce of the grated cheese. Put eggs in pan with apples and bacon. Cook about 5 minutes until the eggs are mostly set and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Top with remainder of the grated cheese. With an oven mitt, carefully bring your skillet to the oven and broil for about 2-3 minutes until the cheese is slightly browned and melted.
  • Notes
  • Inspired by the ABC Frittata in The Whole family Cookbook by Michelle Stern
  • If you want to lighten this up a bit more you can use all egg whites. Remember that organic egg yolks are nutrition powerhouses.
  • You can make this vegetarian with meatless bacon
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124 Responses to Cheesy Bacon Apple Frittata

    • Danielle, smoothies are so fun to make with kids . We love to throw all kinds of fruits, veggies, nuts, yogurt, seeds, natural sweeteners, chocolate, jams, etc- the sky is the limit with these!

  1. Anything – they are fun, and I just like to be with them. Little one is very little so she likes to do dishes, but the big one is almost 6 and she likes to mix pico de gallo.

    • Kristy, any way we can involve them in the kitchen is a great thing. Little kids= small tasks. Bigger kids= more responsibility. I love watching their capabilities change as they grow. Sounds like you have it wired, especially with the dish washer 😉

  2. I love cooking with my kids! It’s so important to teach them where the food on your table comes from. My boys help with everything from salads to cookies.

    • Alison, first of all I gotta tell you how much I love your headshot. So pretty! My kids also help with everything. The process is fun even if they ultimately get too picky to eat it.

  3. I love reading and sharing your ideas. Thanks also for the new website about home grown cooking with kids. A new organic farm has just started in our community about a year ago. This would be perfect.

  4. It would be wonderful to have a copy of this book! My husband and I are expecting, and are looking forward to cooking lots of delicious vegetable dishes using local produce that we receive from our CSA (community supported agriculture) with our little one.

  5. My oldest is just 20 months old, but I love getting him to try new things. I actually find it odd when we go places with other families and the moms look at me wondering why I’m feeding him black olives off my salad or a pickle off my sandwich. They just assume their kids wouldn’t like them so they never try! Huge pet peeve of mine:)

  6. That frittata is lovely! I like how you can go back and forth with different styles of cooking– baked goods, vegan, high cholesterol (jk). I try to do the same!

    • Kathy, isn’t it so cute when they pull up the chair! My little girl can finally poke her head over the counter. Right now she is spreading sauce on pizza dough. Love that your little gal has the ingredients memorized!

  7. I like to cook just about anything with my kids–but a full meal of lasagna, salad, and breadsticks is really fun.

    • Averie, your little gal is easy – we love that! It’s awesome when they consider apples a sweet treat. No doubt they love their cookies too :)

  8. Cookies! My two daughters and I have been making cookies together for years, and now that they are grown and out on their own we don’t get to cook much together anymore. But we always make time during the Christmas holiday to bake cookies together! Now we’ll continue the tradition with my granddaughter.

    I’d love to add Michelle’s family friendly cookbook to my collection, and use it with my granddaughter.

    • Michelle, that is so sweet. I love that you and your girls have kept up the tradition of baking cookies together. I bet that is time you all cherish. Neat that you get to extend the fun to your grand daughter. My mom loves to bake with my kids too.

  9. Wow that bacon apple and cheese fritatta looks fantastic! I love your blog and all of your recipes! Thanks

  10. I don’t have kids yet, but I know some of my fondest childhood memories are baking with my mom. So, when I do have kids someday, we’ll be in the kitchen, stirring up a bowl of something delecious – perhaps from the Whole Family Cookbook! 😉

  11. Homemade Pizza Night! I love laying out the crusts on parchment and letting them add whatever veggies, meat and cheese that they want to add- The parchment contains the mess and makes it easy for me to transfer to my warmed pizza stones!

    • Jenny that is such a great idea you have with the DIY pizza’s on the parchment paper. So many of us don’t want the extra mess to clean up when kids join us in the kitchen, the parchment saves us from that. We love making pizza over here too. Such a fun way for kids to take control of their own “cooking.” It is fun to watch them make ingredient choices. I have also found that mine are willing to try new foods when they choose them & then get baked onto the top of a pizza.

  12. I love the apple and cheddar combo in this! In my opinion it just can’t be beat! And I’m always up for adding apple-y sweetness to my savories! Delicious.

    I don’t have kids, but when I do, I can’t wait to get them in the kitchen to bake!

  13. My kids are a bit on the young side to help, but they enjoy dumping dry ingredients and stirring the mixture. Cookies, smoothies, bread with Grandma!

    • Heather, you will be a great mom some day. You have all the tools and knowledge you need to get kids in the kitchen and eating right.

  14. Great post, Marla! I love the addition of apple in the frittata! I don’t have kids yet…but I do cook with my niece if that counts! 😉 We love baking together and our favorite thing to make is muffins for breakfast. :)

    • Faith, baking with your niece totally counts. It’s all about getting the kids into the kitchen to experience where their food comes from. Any “healthy” connections they can make doing this is important. Your niece will remember her times spent baking with you forever! I bet you gals have a blast together :) xo

  15. My kids always want to help cook, and sometimes I have been really reluctant because it’s easier to do it without them. However, I am a teacher and a health nut and know that there is no better way to learn than by experience. Now, I invited the kids to help with everything I cook–especially if it’s something new or that I am unsure if they will want to try. Having their hand in the making makes them more open to trying something new!

  16. We love to go with our children to our local farmers market and select some of the seasons best produce and find new recipes to make with these fresh foods!

  17. We don’t have kids yet, but my wife and I love visiting some of her nieces and making pizzas with them. They love to see me throwing the dough in the air and try to do the same with the small pizzas they are making. All in all, we all have a lot of fun with that

  18. My niece and nephew love to make zucchini bread with me. They love to put the zucchini through the food processor.

    • Danielle, licking the bowl and the spoon is always the favorite part over here too! I always need to have multiple spatulas, spoons & whisks going at once!

  19. I love making pizzas or kabobs with my kids. They like being able to pick the meats and veggies out that they’ll use.

  20. We love doing pizzas together! And in the morning, we like doing egg sscramblers. Anything that I can do a little bit of prep work and then they can assemble.

  21. I love cooking with my kids. As they are getting older, it’s amazing what they are starting to cook on their own. My son is a grill master at 12!

  22. Your food is simply beautiful!
    That frittata sounds so YUM, and I can’t believe I missed those chickpea cookies! I MUST make those little gems.

  23. I don’t have any children, but I do have a husband who as picky as a child, if not more. What I found the easist is to not tell him what is in the cooking. If I make potato salad and I use Greek Yogurt instead of Mayo, I tell him it’s Mayo, and he says ok, all good. I sub yogurt with sour cream and mayo all the time, he doesn’t know the difference. I made Sweet Italian sausage chicken links, and with all the peppers and onions, he thought it was pork. I always add a dash of healthiness here and there, and he doesn’t notice the diffrence if it is a minor change. Men are funny!

    By the way I am going to try the Fritata recipe this weekend! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait!!

  24. Hi! Please don’t count me for the giveaway (I get too many cookbooks through work as it is!) — just wanted to say that your frittata looks fabulous!

  25. Looks like a great book! I don’t have kids of my own yet, but I lucked out and got two adorable nieces who love to decorate sugar cookies. We mix up different frostings and they paint the cookies (and often, themselves).

  26. So…I don’t have a kid. But I count, right? I’m a kid! ;-p

    I love frittatas. I used to make a 6-egg frittata every single day (no kidding) until I realized that I was giving off really nauseating eggy farts. Ew.

  27. Always looking for new ways to introduce different foods to my family – lots of colorful fruits & veggies. Fruit (with hidden veggies) smoothies with yogurt are a snack staple.

  28. I’m new to your blog (found from Oh She Glows!) & so far I love it!
    My daughter is just learning to cook, she LOVES to make crepes. For me it’s not about what we are cooking, but trying to teach her to look at labels & learn about nutrition and what is healthy.

  29. That looks great. I don’t have kids. But my boyfriend has a nephew that I cook with often. He likes to make cookies and anything with fruit in it. My little sister is prego so I am going to be an aunt and I can not wait to cook with her.

  30. Hi Marla, told ya I would stop by again :-))
    Thanks for your lovely comment.

    You have to know, i LOVE cheese, when its melted…ohmygosh.
    This here looks soooo good..I need to try this!!

    Thanks so much for all your great recipes. MMmhmmmmm…

    Blessings..
    niner :)

  31. Cheese and bacon are my two favorite things together. I think the apple will give it a twist. would love to try this looks delicious

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