There’s nothing like starting off your day with a healthy, protein-packed breakfast. Egg whites are a good option if you’re searching for a food with no saturated fat or cholesterol but that provides you with the trace and macro minerals like potassium, riboflavin and selenium that your body needs to function properly.
But let’s be honest: How many people can eat plain egg whites and enjoy them? Removing the yolk can take away some of the eggs’ flavor, which is why we think they’re best served frittata-style with roasted or baked vegetables, spices, and even a sprinkle of cheese. Plus, these delicious dishes are good—and large!—enough to serve a crowd, and also freeze well to prep for busy weeks (simply slice the frittata into smaller slices, wrap in aluminum foil, and put in a freezer zip-top bag; defrost in the fridge and heat in your oven when ready). Scroll through to see our curated list of the most mouthwatering egg white frittata recipes you need to make now.
SPINACH AND MUSHROOM EGG WHITE FRITTATA
The Hero Ingredient: The dash of Parmesan cheese inside this egg white frittata recipe adds the perfect amount of saltiness.
The Recipe: Sautéed fresh spinach and mushrooms are added to a few egg whites, seasoned with salt, and garnished with just a hint of Parmesan before being cooked on the stovetop. Note that this recipe is written for one, but it can be easily doubled or tripled for multiple servings.
The Clincher: All of the ingredients get crispy when you transfer the pan to the oven and broil the frittata for just a few minutes at the end.
GREEN EGGS AND HAM PALEO FRITTATA
The Hero Ingredient: Homemade paleo pesto made with roasted garlic, pine nuts, basil and lemon give this egg white frittata recipe its signature green hue.
The Recipe: Browned pork sausage and baby kale are topped with egg whites combined with some of the above pesto and cooked on the stovetop in an oven-safe skillet (we like Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick Pan, $155). Wait until the edges start to brown, and then transfer to the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.
The Clincher: Your kids will love that it’s inspired by the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham.
LEEK MUSHROOM EGG WHITE FRITTATA
The Hero Ingredient: Crème fraîche gives this egg white frittata a delicious creaminess… especially because the flavor mixes with the feta cheese topping.
The Recipe: Leeks, sausage, and mushrooms are sautéed, and then egg whites and crème fraîche are added (if you can’t find crème fraîche, a dollop of sour cream acts as a great substitute). Sprinkle some feta and red pepper flakes over the top and cook in the pan for a few minutes before transferring it to the oven for another 10 (make sure it’s uncovered).
The Clincher: For those who like a little spice, a drizzle of Sriracha over the top gives this dish a definite kick.
Since you’re already on the egg white bandwagon, be sure to read about egg-white cocktails for weekend get-togethers, and tell us which frittata recipe you want to try first in the comments.