Oct 7, 2009

Cooking with Leftovers - Frittata

Before I post the recipe here,
Does anyone know any tips for better sleep?

I'm exhausted...7 to 8 hours of bad quality sleep per day, it's driving me crazy,
Especially my dreams, I just can't stop them from invading in my brain,
These few days, I dreamt about zombies, Armageddon, snowboard at night,
I also dreamt about my friends, high school friends, and people I rarely talk to,
I even dreamt about curry rice!
Yes, guess that foodie part of me is inherent deeply in my blood that I can't even stop seeing food while my eyes are closed!



8 eggs
1/4 cup of chopped onion
1/3 cup of shredded rotisserie chicken
1 riped tomato (chopped)
3/4 cup of shredded Parmesan
1 bundle of spinach
Freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheits.
Brush the round baking pan with olive oil,
Cooking spray works fine, just that I don't have it in the house.

Drizzle some olive oil in the pan, toss in chopped onions and a pinch of salt,
Cook till the onions turned translucent, toss in the spinach,
Cook till fully wilted down, drain out any excess liquid, set aside and let it cool down a little bit.

Have a big bowl ready,
Mix the follow ingredients together:
Eggs, cheese, shredded chicken, chopped tomatoes, some salt, and some pepper,
You have to adjust the amount of salt used depending on how salty are the spinach and the rotisserie chicken.
Blend in the spinach we just cooked earlier,

Transfer the mixture to the baking dish.
Into the oven for about 35 minutes or so, till the top part turns slightly brown,
You can also insert a knife in the center of the mixture, if the knife comes out clean, your frittata is done!

I got rid off so many leftover ingredients by making this dish,
First is the spinach, it was on sale, 3 bundles for $0.99 (good deal huh?),
Rotisserie chicken.

Talking about chicken, some parts of the rotisserie chicken, especially the ones you get from the grocery store, can get pretty dry sometimes,
Using chopped tomatoes in the frittata helps adding that extra moisture into the chicken,
Tomatoes and dry chicken = good friends!

Now my stomach is satisfied, time to work on my sleeping quality....


Cindy's Rating: 7


  1. This looks delicious! I've never made a Frittata before but keep meaning to. Maybe looking at this will give me enough of a push to do it sometime soon!

  2. Congrats for being one of the featured foodies on Foodbuzz :). I like making omelets with leftovers but have not tried making a frittata with leftovers! Recipe sounds fantastic :). Haven't had egg dishes in quite a while now.

  3. Mmm...this looks delicious!

    I'm sorry you're having trouble with your sleep. Maybe I can help (it's part of my studies). Have you been doing anything differently lately, in terms of activities and food/beverages (maybe there's caffeine or something you eat)? Are you concerned with anything going on?

    Sleep disturbance is usually a symptom of something else. Do some detective work to figure out what that might be and if you can't find anything out, go in for a checkup with your doctor, okay?


  4. To Rochelle~
    Give it a try, it's so simple. It's actually my first time making frittata too! Super easy and no hassel at all!

    To Eat Travel Eat~
    Thank you so much, egg dishes are so comforting, love it!

    To Ivan~
    You're studying sleeping stuff? That sounds interesting, anything you know about dreams? I can't stop dreaming.....maybe that's why I can't get good quality rest!

  5. Hi Cindy,

    Yep, studying sleep problems is part of my program!

    Some people get a lot of dreams if they suddenly stop drinking alcohol. This might be because alcohol suppresses dreaming (Rapid Eye Movement, or REM, sleep) so now your brain has to "make up" for all the dreaming that wasn't done!

    Other people dream a lot if they are worried or thinking about certain things during the day, like food and zombies. :) Did you watch Zombieland recently?

    Usually, dreaming means you are sleeping well, but if you are waking up in the middle of your dreams, or before you go into a deep sleep, that could mean other issues.

    There could be a lot of reasons, and it's best to go to a professional like your doctor to figure it out. However, if this is just a few nights of bad sleep, I would suggest some simple things; if your sleep doesn't improve in two weeks, go to your doctor for a checkup!

    1) Don't take in caffeine, sugar, vitamin B, or other stimulating stuff (ginseng included!), especially several hours before bedtime.

    2) Don't read, study, or watch TV in bed. Keep bed for sleeping and being with your loved one. ;)

    3) Don't worry about your dreams. Tell yourself over and over in your head: "I will sleep well and have peaceful dreams tonight, and I will wake up refreshed."

    4) Write in a journal all your worries, big and small, before you go to bed. In the morning, write about your dreams in a different journal. This gives your worries and your dreams somewhere to go, instead of giving you bad sleep!

    5) Meditate or do a relaxation exercise before sleep. You can find basic ones on the Internet like breathing slowly while you count backwards from 10, or breathing slowly while you tense and release each of your muscles, from your feet to your scalp.

    Take care,


  6. To Vincent~
    Thank you! I tried to sign up but somehow it won't let me log in. I checked my email, didn't receive anything there. MMmm?

  7. The fritata does not look like it was done from leftovers.

  8. Hey, how are you sleeping lately? :)