Refried Bean Frittata

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I am not sure whether to be intrigued by this or totally weirded out. 


Dinner, obviously, included eggs.  Feathery eggs.   But no feathers made it into the final dish.


But first:


Books were written.  Patients were scheduled.  Conference calls were had.  Errands were run.  Operation Beautiful notes were posted.


Smoothies were consumed.  I’m lovin’ the Peanut Butter Slam (frozen yogurt, banana, peanut butter, chocolate drizzle) from Carolina Smoothies. 


So – have you ever made a frittata?  If you like quiches, I promise you’ll like frittatas.  There’s no crust, so they’re a bit healthier than a traditional quiche., much easier to prepare, and bakes more quickly.  Basically, frittatas are the ultimate dinner recipe.  Kitchen to table in less than 20 minutes!


You’ll need a cast iron skillet, which you first use on the stovetop and then put in the oven. 



Refried Bean Frittata


Ingredients (for two servings):


  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup portobell0 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed chopped mixed greens (I used collard greens and kale)
  • 1/2 refried beans
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • Sprinkle of pepper
  • 1/2 cup corn relish (or 1/4 cup canned corn, drained, and 1/4 cup salsa)




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Grease cast iron skillet (I used a small pad of butter) and place on stovetop.  Turn heat to high and add in greens and mushrooms.
  • Wait until veggies have cooked for a few minutes, and then mix in beans.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs and almond milk.  Add salt and pepper.  Pour eggs on top of veggies and bean.  Do not mix again!
  • Sprinkle corn relish on top of the eggs.
  • Let the frittata stand on the stovetop on the high heat for 5 minutes, or until the eggs start to firm up.
  • Transfer frittata to oven and let bake for 8 minutes, or until the top starts to brown.
  • Remove, slice into quarters, and serve.


Really delicious and very easy.  What more do you want from a weekday dinner?


Yes, I currently am going through a brown rice cakes stage.  I used to think they were ‘weird diet food,’ but now I realize they are actually a yummy and tasty alternative to crackers.  Trying to eat less gluten (per doctor’s orders) is hard but rice cakes make it easier.  Rice cake lovers, unite!


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  • Erin August 30, 2011, 8:55 pm

    Have you ever posted OB notes on reused paper? Just a thought-it would be more environmentally friendly.

    • CaitlinHTP August 30, 2011, 8:59 pm

      Yup. All the time!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 30, 2011, 9:02 pm

    I make a version of that smoothie at home all the time! A frozen banana, plain nonfat greek yogurt, almond milk or lowfat milk peanut butter, and vanilla protein powder. And now I MUST try that with a little chocolate drizzle!

  • Kris August 30, 2011, 9:03 pm

    We did the black beans and eggs routine for dinner. Peppers, onions, black beans with eggs scrambled in, served on oven crisped corn tortilla chips. My version of migas. DH asked what kind of sausage did I use since the eggs mixed with the beans and totally looked like sausage crumbles. He’s always afraid I’m using turkey sausage.

  • Mel August 30, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Oooh..I think the feathers might deter me from eating it! Unless maybe I knew the chicken, I’m weird like that! I love frittatas though, I just got back from a backpacking trip a few days ago and the first hot meal I had at the lodge was a frittata. I’ve never made my own though!

  • Baking N Books August 30, 2011, 9:06 pm

    2 servings? 1 for me 😉

    Great note.

  • Wendy August 30, 2011, 9:09 pm

    That feather sort of looks like a tiny chicken that flew into the egg. 🙂

  • Shari August 30, 2011, 9:15 pm

    That smoothie sounds SO good!!

  • Sweet and Savvy August 30, 2011, 9:20 pm

    I’ve never made a frittata! I’ve always wanted to, but the thought kind of intimidates me.. but it looks so easy !

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 30, 2011, 9:22 pm

    “I used to think they were ‘weird diet food,’ but now I realize they are actually a yummy and tasty alternative to crackers. “–

    Me too girl! Well, ok, I dont even do brown rice but just rice cakes b/c they are GF and CHEAPER than buying specialty GF crackers. Of course they arent always certified GF but if the ingredients are rice, salt, and a few other things, I will gladly use them as a GF cracker 🙂

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food August 30, 2011, 9:22 pm

    mmmm I love the sound of that fritatta and that smoothie mm mmm! 🙂

  • Sam August 30, 2011, 9:24 pm

    I love frittata and actually just made my own frittati-ish dinner tonight! I just scrambled the eggs in with vegetables instead of baking it though. I bet it tasted so good with CORN RELISH! I’ve never tried that before though!

  • Brooke (Tea & Tofu) August 30, 2011, 9:29 pm

    I LOVE frittata too but have never thought of adding refried beans – great idea! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Whitney August 30, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Omg. I thought it was a little chicken leg sticking out!! YUM i love quiche, and frittatas are close behind 😀

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 30, 2011, 9:30 pm

    I love frittata! And what a tasty way to use refried beans!

  • katie @ KatieDid August 30, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Rice cakes are the bomb. They saved me when I went gluten free and had to carry snacks with me for long days of classes. And they are really versatile. They are only not-filling (like people claim) if you don’t load them with yummy stuff like hummus and PB!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) August 30, 2011, 9:50 pm

    One of my favorite snacks in college was a rice cake smeared with peanut butter and drizzled with honey – yum!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 30, 2011, 9:50 pm

    I have made a frittata! Mine had spinach, mushrooms and tomato! pretty simple, haha. But adding refried beans sound great!

  • TanyaS August 30, 2011, 9:51 pm

    Love frittatas, they are an emergency-out of groceries go-to meal.

    I just needed to thank you for your posts on runners’ issues. It made me proud to shoot my first snot rocket tonight! I am declaring myself an official runner now.

    • CaitlinHTP August 31, 2011, 9:26 am

      yay! just don’t poop your pants.

  • Amanda August 30, 2011, 9:51 pm

    This might come out wrong, but I honestly don’t mean it in a bad way. Do you treat those smoothies as a treat or more of a daily thing? Just wondering because they seem almost like a dessert.

    • Caitlin August 30, 2011, 9:54 pm

      Haha they are def a special snack. I have no illusions that they aren’t also a dessert.

  • Fit Chick Britt August 30, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I love frittata! I would have never thought to put refried beans in it though and I love refried beans. Definitely must try this!

  • Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife August 30, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Mmmm I love a good frittata! And your smoothies always sound SO GOOD, I wish I had a smoothie place like that where I live! I would probably go broke there.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg August 30, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I love easy egg dishes for dinner — I love the addition of refried beans in there as well!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 30, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I love refried beans so I would be a huge fan of this meal!!

    And your smoothie sounds perfect 🙂

  • Kristen August 30, 2011, 10:06 pm

    So I wanted to tell you… Panda puffs were on sale in the store today, so I thought I would try them – brought them home and decided to open them up just to try a couple. 3 handfuls later… I’m ready to go to bed so breakfast will come sooner! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP August 31, 2011, 9:26 am

      HAHAH YES. Aren’t they amazing?

  • Kathleen @ Fittitudefreedom August 30, 2011, 10:08 pm

    That frittata looks scrumptious. It reminds me of the good old days in college late night after all the fun and games. Of course the version back then was not so healthy. I really like how you made the recipe healthy with beans and greens.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 30, 2011, 10:13 pm

    I love frittata’s! I use a regular saute pan since I don’t have a cast iron skillet and it still works wonderfully 🙂 Although, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed the handle out of the oven only to scorch my hand!

  • DadHTP August 30, 2011, 10:15 pm

    Feather egg? Remember the spoiled one in Dollar Habitat? Ewwww!

    • CaitlinHTP August 31, 2011, 9:25 am

      Ewwwwwwwwwww. Yes I do. So gross.

  • Army Amy* August 30, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I enjoy eating frittatas. I’m way too intimidated to attempt making one!*

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 30, 2011, 10:55 pm

    I get skeeved out by the evidence that my food is really really fresh.

    TMI, and if you want to continue enjoying your eggs for the next few days you may not want to read this story, but my family owned a couple of chickens that we hatched and raised as pets (and in small part for the eggs). But when they got to egg-laying age, they literally would cluck SO LOUDLY in pain before passing their first few eggs… and get this, they were weirdly shaped and covered in blood 🙁 🙁 :(. I could not get myself to eat any of their eggs after that– it became way too personal!!!

    • Halley (Blunder Construction) August 31, 2011, 9:42 am

      ohhhhh the feather egg was bad enough!!! my dad grew up on a chicken farm but fortunately spared us all the stories!! gross! but i’d rather eat super fresh eggs than those sterilized, stamped ones from jumbo food producers

  • courtney (pancakes and postcards) August 30, 2011, 11:35 pm

    I’m addicted to the quaker quakes rice cake snacks. the problem is that there is NO way that I ever can stop eating them but there’s something about that crunch…

  • Courtney Leigh August 30, 2011, 11:38 pm

    Rice cake with peanut butter and banana is Yummy!

    Am I the only person taught to mix bread into the fritatta?

    • CaitlinHTP August 31, 2011, 9:24 am

      How do you do that? Put it in with the eggs?

      • Courtney Leigh August 31, 2011, 10:10 am

        Nope. Toss bread pieces with veggies and then I pour the eggs over them. I guess I learned to do mine more quiche style because after cooking the veggies I I’d toss them in a different dish before adding the eggs, so they only cooked in the oven. I have only recently discovered this is weird. But it works and is delicious. And if you cook up a batch in muffin tins then you’ve got some grab and go breakfasts.

  • Jolene ( August 30, 2011, 11:55 pm

    Eeeeeek – I think I would have had to toss that egg!

  • Jaime August 31, 2011, 12:40 am

    totally love brown rice cakes!

  • Khushboo August 31, 2011, 12:47 am

    LOVE frittatas, especially with sweet potatoes and cheddar!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 31, 2011, 2:00 am

    Oh man- when I first lost weight I lived on rice cakes with FROSTING on top. This is before I knew anything about nutrition and I assumed frosting was healthier than peanut butter because it had less calories! Yeah, I was kind of clueless 🙂 Trans fats vs healthy fats?! Haha!

    • CaitlinHTP August 31, 2011, 9:24 am

      Hahah awww. I dunno, at least it sounds tasty!

  • Marijke August 31, 2011, 5:08 am

    All this talk about frittatas makes me think of the film Morning Glory… cheesy, I know, but Indiana Jones cooking with eggs? I loved it!

  • Hillary August 31, 2011, 7:13 am

    My dad makes a slammin’ frittata—I really need a cast iron skillet so I can start making them, too!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 31, 2011, 8:03 am

    I actually just made my first frittata this summer! I was really surprised at how easy it was.

    Love your recipe with refried beans. What a protein packed meal!

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 31, 2011, 8:05 am

    Spinach and leek frittata has been my one and only! And I suppose worse parts of the chicken could be stuck to the egg :/

  • Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl August 31, 2011, 8:09 am

    Wow! I think the feather is just a testament to the freshness of the egg! I like to think of the glass half-full! 🙂 I LOVE eggs!

  • jen August 31, 2011, 8:24 am

    hey caitlin what brand/kind of rice cakes do you think are tastiest? or what are the ones you have been having? thanks!

    • CaitlinHTP August 31, 2011, 9:27 am

      They are Lundberg Brown Rice Organic Rice Cakes.

      • jen August 31, 2011, 1:13 pm

        Thank you!! I almost bought those the other day but got scared that they were “diet food”… like u said!

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove August 31, 2011, 8:43 am

    That egg reminds me of a story that I must tell!

    I was on a short term missions team in the Dominican Republic a few years ago. Everyday I noticed a bowl of eggs on our hosts’ counter. They were flithy (covered in feces, feathers, flies, etc) and I just shuddered looking at them.

    One morning the (nasty) bowl of eggs was gone and I was relieved for about 10 seconds until I noticed scrambled eggs for breakfast.

    We had been strongly warned against refusing our hosts’ food, as it would be incredibly insulting. So I hesitantly put a small spoon of eggs on my plate. Within my first bite, there was a huge chunk of shell!!

    I gagged and ran into the bathroom to throw up! All I could imagine was afeces and feather covered shell in my mouth!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy August 31, 2011, 9:03 am

    I have been eating rice cakes lately too! Too funny. That egg really freaks me out. Yikes.

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION August 31, 2011, 9:07 am

    Delicious looking frittata! Although that egg may have gotten to me just a little…haha.

  • Stephanie August 31, 2011, 9:29 am

    Oh my goodness. I think you stole this frittata from my DREAMS. Can’t wait to make it.

  • Corrie Anne August 31, 2011, 9:40 am

    I’ve been curious about frittatas ever since I saw the movie Morning Glory. 🙂 This one looks perfect with the refried beans!

  • Jen August 31, 2011, 10:21 am

    I am really excited to try your frittata! One quick question, though — where does the almond milk come in? Do you beat it with the eggs?

    • Caitlin August 31, 2011, 10:24 am

      Whoops. Editing the recipe now. Beat in with the eggs.

  • Corinne August 31, 2011, 10:32 am

    What are refried beans???

  • My Blonde Moments August 31, 2011, 10:50 am

    I love rice cakes! I think they make the perfect snack to add toppings to. I’ve been eating them a lot lately with some PB and honey. Yum!

  • Allie Q (Fit Geek) August 31, 2011, 11:00 am

    I love frittatas. I actually made a post about them recently. I’m trying to cut down on cheese consumption so I was really glad to see that you made this one queso-free. Looks delicious! I’ll probably make a cheese-free version tonight 😀

  • Amanda August 31, 2011, 12:11 pm

    That frittata looks amazing! I am trying to eat less gluten as well. My acupuncturist and I both believe that I have a gluten intolerance since I become ill every time I consume something with gluten in it. Also makes sense since lots of people with interstitial cystitis have issues with gluten. Seeing all your tasty meals help me with ideas of snacks and meals to eat!

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) August 31, 2011, 12:17 pm

    that looks delicious! Putting that on the lsit of things to make.

  • Amber K August 31, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I am not a fan of rice cakes, plus for some reason whenever I tried to eat one I would get really hot and my temp would go up 2-3 degrees. No other symptoms, just my temp rising, sooo weird.

    I actually have thought about frittatas, but I don’t have a cast iron skillet (and I already have five pans and haven’t figured out where I’d even put another one! lol)

  • Ali August 31, 2011, 2:18 pm

    Hi! I’ll be in Charlotte for a wedding next weekend, snf I’ve never been there before. Do you have any restaurant/bar recommendations? I totally trust your opinion. 🙂 Thanks, Caitlin!

    • Caitlin August 31, 2011, 3:12 pm

      I would definitely recommend Luna’s Living Kitchen and Cowfish. You need reservations for Cowfish 🙂 🙂 Have fun!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf August 31, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Mmmmm, I love Frittatas! Your dinner looks delicious!

  • Heidi September 5, 2011, 9:36 am

    I sometimes add broccoli or bell peppers to my frittata and serve it with home-style potatoes.

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