Mini Ham and Spinach Cottage Cheese Frittatas

Ham and Spinach Cottage Cheese Frittatas

So since I’ve been back from the mother country I have been battling the bulge in the most serious way. A number of my friends and family have been following the Slimming World eating plan which is basically an easy-to-stick-to slimming club. Seeing as everyone else was on the bandwagon, I wanted to get on the bandwagon too because I had some serious kilos to drop, and I wasn’t going to let the technicality that there are no Slimming World clubs in Australia put me off. Although I have to ask, why not? Come on over, Slimming World, I think you’d love it here!

Anyhoo, the plan is so easy to stick to because I can eat pretty much anything I like, as long as it’s good for me. None of this counting calories and weighing business, I’m just eating honest to goodness food, lean meat, fish, legumes, pasta, rice and an abundance of fruit and veggies. The one thing I haven’t been eating is bread, and do you know, I haven’t missed it either (not yet anyway!)

On this eating plan, I’m allowed a certain number of value added extras called “syns” which I have to count. I prefer not to count them and save them for a glass of wine or two at the end of the week and so I have become somewhat of a syn dodger, dreaming up recipes full of free (and delicious) foods.

Ham, Spinach and Cottage Cheese Frittatas

That’s how these frittatas came to be. They’re packed with veggies and full of yum and the cottage cheese makes them so creamy, so light and oh, so fluffy!  They’re equally delicious warm or cold and make are brilliant breakfast, whether your enjoying it at home or on the go. Likewise, they make a lovely lunch and go great in a lunch box. Best of all, they’re super versatile, because you can mix up the fillings using whatever you have to hand. For a veggie free option, just skip the ham and add in some extra veggies.

And if you’re watching how many eggs you’re eating because of cholestrol, these babies tick all the boxes, because with only 1 egg for every 2 frittatas, you won’t be eating too many eggstra!

Ham and Spinach Cottage Cheese Frittatas

Makes 12 (easily halved)

Ingredients

85g spinach

3 spring onions

50g ham

60g corn kernels

60g roasted red peppers

6 large eggs

240g cottage cheese

Ham and Spinach Cottage Cheese Frittatas

How to – conventional method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Grease the holes of a 12 hole  muffin pan with a little butter and line with squares of baking paper to act as muffin cases. If you have those cafe style paper muffin wraps, skip the butter and use those instead.
  2. Place spinach in a colander and pour over a kettle of water and leave to drain. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out excess moisture and chop roughly.
  3. Chop the spring onions, ham and roasted peppers.
  4. In a medium bowl beat the eggs and season well.
  5. Gently fold through the ham, veggies and cottage cheese until just combined.
  6. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to transfer the mixture to the muffin tray or just fill each muffin to the top.
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until just set.
  8. Cool in muffin pans on a wire rack before removing.

Ham, Spinach and Cottage Cheese Frittatas

How to – Thermomix

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced.Grease the holes of a 12 hole  muffin pan with a little butter and line with squares of baking paper to act as muffin cases. If you have those cafe style paper muffin wraps, skip the butter and use those instead.
  2. Place spinach in a colander and pour over a kettle of water and leave to drain. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out excess moisture.
  3. Roughly chop spring onion and spinach and add  to TM bowl. Chop for 3 seconds  on speed 5. Repeat if necessary.
  4. Add the eggs to TM bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix on reverse speed 4 for 10 seconds.
  5. Roughly chop the ham and peppers and add to the TM bowl along with the corn and cottage cheese. Mix on reverse speed 3  for 10 seconds.
  6. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to transfer the mixture to the muffin tray or just fill each muffin hole to the top.
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until just set.
  8. Cool in muffin pan on a wire rack before removing.

Other info
Prep time: 10 minutes + cooling   Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

TIP!  Try a variety of veggies and adding some fresh herbs for added nom!

TIP! These are syn-free on the Slimming World eating plan.

  • I’m off bread, pasta and potatoes for the most part, it does not agree with me internally AKA everything slows right down and I get bloated. I don’t really miss these things either but recently I did have a craving for tuna salad and we had been looking for a low sodium bread option for The Other Half, who does enjoy bread but not all the salt which tends to be in it.

    We found Sandwich Thins by Tip Top and very tentatively I tried eating these. They did not cause havoc on my insides YAY. They are very low calorie at just 99 calories per serving for those who are counting. And one serving is two halves so I could just have one if I wanted something to spread things on.

    The other half can have his garlic bread back with these things, and sandwiches can be back on the menu for him. Double YAY! 🙂

    Pretty much what you are doing is what I have been doing and since December we have been making almost everything from scratch. These frittata will be very popular with The other Half so thanks for the recipe! I do make him something similar to this for lunches but as a pasta bake and with cream. I might do these and also do some meatballs to go with them as something different next week. 🙂

    • I’ve heard good things about the Sandwich Thins, they’re part of the healthy extra allowance on Slimming World. I know how hard it is to find low sodium bread, when I was on the low iodine diet, I wasn’t allowed any salt and eating bought bread was almost impossible! I solved the problem by making my own 🙂

      I feel so much better not eating bread or sweets although now I know I can eat them (if I count them into the eating plan) I don’t really want to. It’s reverse psychology! These go great in a lunch box or a breakfast on the go, and meatballs are a regular feature in our lunch boxes. I’ve got a few recipes for different ones on the blog and they’re all pretty healthy and gluten free 🙂

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Best of luck Sammie! Sounds like a very sensible and very doable eating plan-some of them are so punishing that you just can’t wait to get off them or sabotage them!

    • This is one “diet” that is almost impossible to sabotage although I did eat one of those Doughheads doughnuts when I went to Newcastle. Do you think that counts?! LOL!

  • Oooh, I love frittatas and these look perfect! Yummo!

  • Wendy

    Could you swap the ham for mushrooms?

    • Yep, totally! These are super versatile, so you can swap the ingredients in and out with whatever you have to hand. I didn’t use zucchini because I thought it might be too wet and I didn’t use any veggies that might need to be cooked first. I think mushrooms would be yum!

  • Sara Mottram

    You are a girl after my own heart Sam, I am a serial syn dodger!!! Much rather do a “flexi syn” approach, plus i weigh in on a Friday, so have the whole weekend to chill then the week to get back on it! I do it online, can you do that in Australia??

    • Well as we don’t have SW down under I can technically weigh in whenever I like, but usually on a Thursday morning at the gym. I think syn dodging is my vocation in life!