Necessity is the mother of invention. When you have a bunch of beautiful, long-stemmed, slender asparagus waiting impatiently in your refrigerator to be the star or a lovely new recipe just as soon as you invent said recipe, well, there’s little time to waste.
This week was also a rare one in which I had a surplus of eggs, after 1) buying a carton and forgetfully leaving it in the office refrigerator, 2) replacing it at home with a second carton, then 3) toting home the first carton to join the party.
So the fate of my asparagus was decided: a 3 Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Frittata. I love “few ingredient” recipes (the cookbook I co-authored has an entire Fast, Easy Few Ingredient chapter) and everything is better with bacon! Okay, maybe not everything, but it’s a much more nuanced third ingredient than salt, adds a wonderful meaty heft to the frittata, and the pop and hiss of sizzling bacon in the morning as it cooks simply can’t be beat.
In addition to being delicious, this 3 Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Frittata meets all of my breakfast criteria: seasonal, quick/easy, low-carb and nutrient-dense.
- Seasonal: can’t get better than asparagus in the springtime! I look forward to this crop all year, and the long-stemmed ones I scored to make this recipe are particularly fun.
- Quick/Easy: this is a must for busy mornings when I’m prepping for an outdoor adventure on the weekends or an indoor office adventure during the week!
- Low-carb: I’m not always on the low-carb bandwagon (loaded sweet potatoes are one of my go-to meals) but in the morning for me personally? Low-carb breakfasts keep me feeling full longer and keep my energy more steady throughout the morning.
- Nutrient-dense: pastured eggs from happy hens are a nutritional powerhouse. Pastured eggs are significantly higher in vitamin E than conventional eggs, and offer more than double the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. (1)
Tip: prep time is listed below as a half hour, but some of that is spent waiting for the bacon to cook… so consider preparing your bacon the night before and storing in the refrigerator while you sleep to shorten total time required on the morning of.Print