Father’s Day is June 19 this year, and you may have already bought Dad a new tie or maybe some weird electronic gadget he may or may not use. All of those gifts are fine, but I can tell you the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So plan a little extra time on Sunday and get up early to make him a hearty (and healthy) breakfast!
Instead of a traditional omelet, I suggest trying a frittata this year. Like an omelet, a frittata is also made from eggs and contains extras like vegetables, cheese or meats, but the difference lies in how a frittata is cooked. The eggs are beaten and cooked in a skillet with the fillings, but then the pan is transferred to an oven to finish the cooking process. A frittata is usually thicker than an omelet and it’s sliced like a pie when served. Plus, a frittata is designed to serve a crowd—so while Dad is chowing down, the rest of the family gets to enjoy the fruits of your morning labor!
Of course, this breakfast is also healthy and full of cancer-prevention ingredients. Garlic is a well-known cancer fighter; in fact, research has shown it’s actually toxic to 14 types of cancer cells (including brain, colon, lung, breast and pancreatic). And broccoli, everyone’s favorite cruciferous vegetable, is full of carotenoids, vitamins and minerals. Broccoli also contains a group of substances known as glucosinolates, which are broken down to form compounds that have shown anticancer effects (especially in bladder, breast, liver, colon, lung and stomach cancers).
So, you can tell Dad you not only got him a new tie and a delicious breakfast, but also the gift of better health. Happy Father’s Day!
Father’s Day Vegetable Frittata
- 6 organic eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons avocado oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1½ cups broccoli, finely chopped
- 1½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
- Avocado, sliced (optional)
- Salsa (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft (about 5 minutes).
- Remove from heat and transfer cooked onion and garlic to a bowl. Add red bell pepper, broccoli, thyme, black pepper and salt. Mix well.
- Add beaten eggs to the bowl, and mix all ingredients together.
- Pour mixture into a greased casserole dish or bread pan and bake at 375 F for 25 to 30 minutes (or until eggs are fully cooked).
- Top with avocado slices and/or salsa if desired.
- Serve warm.
(Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner, via Cooking Light)