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Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad

Crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and creamy avocado dressing make THE BEST pasta salad recipe! This BLT Pasta Salad is quick and easy to prepare. It’s delicious served warm or cold and the perfect side dish for summer BBQ’s!

Serve it on the side of Grilled Tomato Basil Chicken Skewers, Buffalo Turkey Meatball Subs or Onion Fried Cheeseburgers! And don’t forget a glass of Grilled Strawberry Lemonade to go with it!

Pasta salad in bowl with bacon, tomatoes and parmesan cheese

I was never a big fan of potato or pasta salads growing up. Blasphemy, I know! I’m not a big fan of mayonnaise, which is the base for a lot of potato and pasta salad dressings.

I also found a lot of pasta salads to be boring. They were lacking in that delicious kick of flavor I was looking for!

But today, I’m here to introduce you to THE SECRET ingredient for making a creamy, flavorful pasta salad dressing without mayonnaise. Avocado! That’s right, the creamy avocado dressing in this salad packs a serious punch of flavor and the texture is deliciously creamy.

Bonus, it’s so much healthier than a mayonnaise based dressing! And you only 6 ingredients to make it, two of which are salt and pepper! Simply add all of the ingredients to a blender and boom, you’ve got one tasty pasta salad dressing!

I love replacing mayonnaise with avocado on a BLT sandwich. So I decided to make a BLT Pasta Salad with my homemade avocado dressing. Who can deny the combination of crispy bacon, creamy avocado and juicy tomatoes?! I know I sure can’t!

This recipe will be your new go-to summer and BBQ staple! My family loves this recipe. And every time I make it for a party or BBQ, it gets rave reviews from all my friends!

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Avocado Egg Salad Toast

Avocado Egg Salad is filled with deliciously creamy avocado, herbs, bell peppers & lemon juice! This recipe is fresh, healthy & contains no mayo! It’s easy to make & delicious on sourdough toast. You can also make into a sandwich, or serve it in lettuce wraps for a low carb, keto snack or meal!

Avocado egg salad on two pieces of toast on a white plate with fresh dill

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados!

For years now, I’ve been making avocado toast, topped with eggs. Well today I’m introducing you to a GAME CHANGER!

I combined the egg and avocado into a deliciously fresh avocado egg salad. I then put that right on top of the toast! So easy, so light and so flavorful!

If you love egg salad, you’re really going to love this version with avocado! I like to make a big batch of the salad on Sunday or Monday. I put it on toast for breakfast or lunch throughout the week. It’s easy to make ahead of time and great for meal prepping!

Everything bagel seasoning and an extra drizzle of lemon juice on top really takes this egg salad toast over the top! I like to pick up a bottle of Everything Bagel Seasoning at Trader Joe’s.

If you don’t have a TJ’s near, you can easily mix up the seasoning at home. Two Peas and Their Pod has a great Everything Bagel Seasoning recipe that’s easy to make in 5 minutes! You can also add a little sea salt and pepper on top if you don’t have everything bagel seasoning.

Fresh California avocados + fresh herbs + fresh lemon juice = an egg salad recipe that’s bursting with flavor and filled with healthy ingredients!

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Pesto Chicken Avocado Spinach Salad

Grilled pesto chicken, fresh avocado & cherry tomatoes top this healthy, easy, gluten free salad recipe. It’s delicious as an entree or side dish and it’s perfect for meal prep!

Sliced pesto chicken, sliced avocado and diced cherry tomatoes on top of spinach salad in bowl

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados!

I love topping a delicious bowl of greens with flavorful grilled chicken. And obviously, I’m not the only one! These Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are the most popular gluten free recipe on the blog.

When it comes to my favorite topping for any salad, bowl or basically any meal, it has to be avocados! Creamy, flavorful California Avocados are a staple in my pantry and a huge part of my diet. I love that you can add them to everything from smoothies to enchiladas.

This Lean & Green Superfood Smoothie is my go-to in the mornings! And I could eat these Creamy Avocado Corn Enchiladas every week!

For this salad, I added a whole sliced California avocado with quartered cherry tomatoes and grilled pesto chicken. I used homemade Basil Pesto for the pesto chicken, but store-bought works also!

This salad is bursting with flavor! It can be served with the chicken hot or cold, as an entree or side dish. You can easily toss the salad together while meal prepping and divide it up for lunches throughout the week.

No boring salads here! This salad will become your new favorite. And the great thing is, it’s quick and easy to make in just 29 minutes!

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10 Minute Caprese Avocado Omelette

Avocado, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese & basil top this delicious open faced avocado omelette recipe. It’s a healthy breakfast that’s vegetarian, gluten free, keto friendly & made in just 10 minutes!

Omelette topped with sliced avocado, diced tomatoes and fresh basil on white plate with copper fork on the side of the plate

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados!

Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite breakfast recipe! When it comes to breakfast, quick, easy and healthy are the name of the game for me.

You too? Then you’re going to love this new breakfast recipe! It seriously takes 10 minutes to make, including slicing and dicing!

If you know me, then you know my love of avocados runs deep. I’m fortunate to live in San Diego where I can always get my hands on fresh California Avocados!

One of my favorite appetizers is Avocado Bruschetta.  And when it comes to salads, I can’t get enough of this Crispy Goat Cheese Avocado Salad! Every time I post a picture of this salad on Instagram, people go crazy!

When it comes to dinner, I could eat these Cheesy Avocado Corn Enchiladas every night! They are seriously THE BEST vegetarian enchiladas in the world. For lunch, I’m always down for an Avocado Bacon Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

As you can see, adding avocado to appetizers, breakfast, lunch and dinner is totally my jam! In this Avocado Omelette recipe, I’ve paired creamy avocado with traditional caprese salad ingredients. Diced cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil are all part of this omelette party!

The delicious combination of ingredients creates a healthy breakfast that is low carb, gluten free and vegetarian. It really is the perfect way to start your day!

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Mexican Vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

Mexican roasted sweet potatoes top this easy and delicious, healthy, vegan Quinoa Bowl recipe, perfect for lunch, dinner & meal prepping!

Roasted diced sweet potatoes in bowl with diced avocado, pico de gallo, lime wedge and copper fork, with orange and white striped towel underneath and fresh cilantro in the background

Happy New Year! Who’s excited for more healthy & seriously delicious recipes in 2019? I know I am! Today I’m getting the party started with this Mexican Vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl recipe!

Bowls have been a MAJOR TREND on the blog the last couple of years!

Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are still in the top spot for viral Facebook videos with over 5.1 MILLION views!

Veggie Fajita Rice Bowls continue to be a huge hit on Pinterest and everyone loves this Thai Peanut Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl!

Now it’s time to add a new bowl into the mix! This Mexican Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl is so flavorful and easy to make in under 30 minutes.

You can meal prep a few for the week or just make a couple for a quick & easy dinner! It’s gluten free and vegan, making it the perfect fit for a healthy lifestyle.

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Avocado Bruschetta

Tomato basil bruschetta is combined with creamy avocado and served atop crispy toasted baguette slices with a drizzle of balsamic reduction in this easy, flavorful avocado bruschetta recipe, made in just 10 minutes!

Avocado Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction

My classic tomato basil bruschetta recipe is in constant rotation around my house! Whether it’s served on a toasted baguette, in a grilled chicken zoodle bowl, on a turkey burger or on top of chicken parmesan, I can’t get enough of the fresh tomato goodness!

This summer I’m adding my favorite green fruit, avocado, to the bruschetta party!

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Bacon Tomato Avocado Grilled Cheese

Crispy bacon, creamy avocado and juicy tomatoes are combined in this scrumptious gruyere and avocado grilled cheese sandwich recipe!

Crispy bacon, creamy avocado and juicy tomatoes are combined in this scrumptious gruyere and avocado grilled cheese sandwich recipe!

It’s National Grilled Cheese Day y’all and I couldn’t be more excited, because, bread + butter + cheese, yes, please! Add in crispy bacon and creamy avocado and you’ve just combined everything I love into one epic grilled cheese sandwich!

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Green Chili Avocado Sauce & Spaghetti Squash

This delicious Whole30 recipe combines roasted spaghetti squash and green chili avocado sauce with cilantro lime shrimp for a healthy, gluten free and dairy free meal!

This delicious Whole30 recipe combines roasted spaghetti squash and green chili avocado sauce with cilantro lime shrimp for a healthy, gluten free and dairy free meal!

I love this recipe because it’s a combination of two of my favorite recipes, Chili Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Green Chili Avocado Sauce, combined with my favorite squash, spaghetti! I altered the two recipes slightly to make them Whole30 compliant and the result was delicious!

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Vegan Avocado Smoothie Bowls

Fresh avocados, bananas and spinach are blended up with almond milk yogurt and coconut water in this delicious, vegan avocado smoothie bowl recipe!

Fresh avocados, bananas and spinach are blended up with almond milk yogurt and coconut water in this delicious, vegan avocado smoothie bowl recipe!

As we head into Spring in just a few short weeks, I’m excited to share lots of simple, healthy and fresh recipes featuring some of my favorite pantry and refrigerator staples.

One of those refrigerator staples is Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative. I’ve partnered up with Silk to share this awesome avocado smoothie bowl with Silk Vanilla Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative.

This delicious vegan product is great for adding to smoothies or smoothie bowls or simply topping with fruit and granola for breakfast or an afternoon snack!

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Thai Green Avocado Curry

 Avocado adds an extra rich, creamy flavor and texture to this Thai Green Curry Sauce, perfect for simmering with veggies in this Vegan Avocado Curry Recipe!

Avocado adds an extra rich, creamy flavor and texture to this Thai Green Curry Sauce, perfect for simmering with veggies in this Vegan Avocado Curry Recipe!

We’re on the brink of moving into our new house (OMG SO EXCITED!) and if you want to catch a behind-the-scenes look at our fixer upper, check out my Instagram story, I’m always updating it with the latest changes on the house!

One of the things that excites me so much about the new neighborhood we’ll be living in is that there’s a brand new Asian market just about 2 miles away and it’s huge! I decided to stop by a couple of weeks ago before heading over to the new house for a meeting with our contractor and pick up some red and green curry paste.

I used the red curry paste in this recipe for Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken Noodles (seriously, so good!) and the green curry paste in this recipe for Avocado Curry!

Don’t worry though, if you don’t have an Asian market near you, you can still find red and green curry paste in the Asian section of your local grocery store, or you can order the same Green Currry Paste that I found at my local Asian market on Amazon.

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Cajun Turkey Cobb Salad

This gluten free Cobb Salad recipe is colorful, flavorful & so easy to make! It’s topped with Cajun turkey, avocado, tomatoes & creamy Cajun ranch dressing!

This gluten free Cobb Salad recipe is colorful, flavorful & so easy to make! It's topped with Cajun turkey, avocado, tomatoes & creamy Cajun ranch dressing!

Yes, I said CREAMY CAJUN RANCH DRESSING, and yes, it’s the greatest thing ever!

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Grilled Veggie Vegan Buddha Bowl

 The Green Vegan Buddha Bowl is filled with grilled veggies, green tahini sauce, avocado & quinoa for a healthy, filling meal that’s also gluten free!

The Green Vegan Buddha Bowl is filled with grilled veggies, green tahini sauce, avocado & quinoa for a healthy, filling meal that's also gluten free!

Spring has arrived and grilling season is here!

I’m not going to lie, I own 4 grills. An indoor grill,  a tabletop outdoor grill, a rolling “tailgate” grill and a fancy new Char-Broil infrared grill.

To say I enjoy grilling would be an understatement!

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Crispy Goat Cheese Avocado & Strawberry Salad

Crispy goat cheese, creamy avocado & juicy strawberries top spinach & arugula, tossed with avocado vinaigrette, for the perfect vegetarian Spring salad!

Crispy goat cheese, creamy avocado & juicy strawberries top spinach & arugula, tossed with avocado vinaigrette, for the perfect vegetarian Spring salad!

Oh Spring, how I love you! You provide warmer, longer days, and a new season of fresh produce to play with!

With the arrival of juicy strawberries and ripe avocados at my local farmers market, I couldn’t help but put them in a delicious new salad for Spring, that’s also perfect as an Easter side dish!

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Vegetarian Cheesy Avocado & Corn Enchiladas

The best vegetarian enchiladas ever combine two cheeses, corn & deliciously creamy avocado sauce for a mouth watering meatless Mexican recipe!

The best vegetarian enchiladas ever combine two cheeses, corn & deliciously creamy avocado sauce for a mouth watering meatless Mexican recipe!

Happy First Day of Spring and Meatless Monday! I am SO excited to share this recipe today!

What started as an experiment to make Mexican Street Corn Enchiladas a couple of weeks ago, ended up as the best vegetarian enchiladas ever!

Seriously y’all, the combination of this deliciously creamy avocado sauce with corn, pepper jack cheese and cotija cheese is seriously scrumptious!

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5 Minute Salmon Taco Rice Bowl

This 5 minute Salmon Taco Rice Bowl recipe is a delicious, wholesome and easy lunch idea! 

5 Minute Salmon Taco Rice Bowl

Today’s post is sponsored by Minute Rice & Chicken of the Sea. 

Tracking PixelWhile it’s true that I have only ever worked a “9-5” corporate job for three months of my life, I did spend a lot of time in college, like 7 years.

During my time in college, I spent long days on campus and got so sick of eating at the same sandwich shop every day. Bringing my lunch meant, basically the same thing, bringing a sandwich or salad, every day!

I was always on the look out for something new, delicious and nutritious that I could bring to school with me, and make in just a couple of minutes, only using a microwave.

Now, I may not be in school anymore, but there are still those days where I need a go-to 5 minute lunch option when I’m too busy to cook anything and that’s where my friends at Minute® Ready to Serve Rice and Chicken of the Sea come in!

Both Minute Ready To Serve Rice cups and Chicken of the Sea Salmon pouches are wholesome, delicious ways to spice up your lunch routine!

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Coconut Crab Cakes with Mango Arugula Salad

Coconut Crab Cakes are topped with a Mango Arugula Salad in this tropical inspired recipe, perfect as an appetizer or entree!

Coconut Crab Cakes

Over Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend Kurt & I headed to Philadelphia for his cousins wedding. Since it was my first time in Philly, I had to check out the food scene!

Of course I tried several Philly Cheesesteaks (you can read all about that in my Food Bloggers Guide to Philadelphia!) but I also tried some local restaurants that were recommended by friends from the area.

One of these recommendations was Cuba Libre, a Cuban restaurant where we indulged in an unlimited tapas brunch!

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Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad

Cheese tortellini is tossed with black beans, bell peppers, tomatoes and corn in this vegetarian Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe!

Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

BBQ’s, dinners on the patio, picnics on the beach, these are a few of the reasons I can’t stop smiling because it’s officially Summer and that means all of these things are happening on the regular!!!

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Pineapple Mango Kale Salad

Fresh pineapple and mango add a tropical flare to this delicious gluten free and vegan kale salad recipe tossed in a homemade avocado vinaigrette dressing!

Vegan Pineapple Mango Kale Salad Recipe

April is Earth Month, so what better time to celebrate the almighty Earth that gives us the plants and trees, which grow the delicious food we eat every day!

To celebrate Earth Month, I’ve created an organic kale salad that is so delicious, and good for the planet!

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Blackberry Jalapeno Guacamole

Fresh blackberries & jalapenos are combined in this simple & delicious guacamole recipe that’s perfect for dipping up all summer long or serving on tacos!

Blackberry Jalapeno Guacamole Recipe

Oh hey there, it’s Whitney here, checking in from 40,000 feet in the air! Yay for Southwest In Flight WiFi!

I’m currently en route to Oklahoma to see my family and celebrate my future sister-in-laws bridal shower!

If you like fried chicken, steaks and cowboy hats, be sure to tune into my Instagram page for all of the fun Oklahoma pics!

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Israeli Couscous & Avocado Salad

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base for this delicious, vegetarian salad filled with fresh veggies & creamy avocado cilantro dressing!

Couscous Avocado Salad Recipe

Today’s post is sponsored by Litehouse!

With spring right around the corner, I’m so excited to share this yummy new salad recipe that’s full of bright, delicious flavors!

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base to the salad, while vitamin packed pomegranate seeds add a sweet and tart burst on top!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Kale Salad

Spinach & kale are tossed with an avocado vinaigrette, roasted butternut squash, pistachios, dates & quinoa in this vegan & gluten free kale salad recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad Recipe

If one of your goals in 2016 was to eat healthier, while still enjoying super flavorful food, then I have just the salad for you!

When it comes to healthy recipes, I love to get in the kitchen and create delicious new dishes that are healthy, while still full of flavor, and this salad is just that!

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Chorizo Tostadas with Watermelon Serrano Salsa

Chorizo Tostadas are topped with fresh, homemade Watermelon Serrano Salsa, Queso Fresco and Creamy Avocado Sauce for a deliciously easy recipe!

Chorizo Tostadas with Watermelon Serrano Salsa

Now that summer has officially arrived, I’ve been seriously craving light, refreshing dishes, and watermelon keeps coming to mind!

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Skin Boosting Blueberry Avocado Smoothie

This gluten free & vegan blueberry avocado smoothie recipe combines ingredients that help firm the skin and offset the free radical aging process!

When it comes to getting a little older day by day, working a little harder day by day and sleeping a little less day by day, I need a little help when it comes to keeping my skin looking young, fresh and wrinkle-free (and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone on this!)

On a recent visit to see my beautiful, talented and super sweet esthetician, Elizabeth Rabena, I asked her about things I could do to improve those annoying circles under my eyes. Seriously it’s like one day I woke up and was no longer 22, how did that happen? Haha!

She recommended incorporating more turmeric in my diet to help with the dark circles.

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Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Avocado Sriracha Sauce

This chicken enchilada recipe combines creamy avocado sriracha sauce with shredded chicken and pepper jack cheese for a spicy, delicious meal!

Chicken Enchilada Recipe with Creamy Avocado Sriracha Sauce

A few of my recipes are completely unplanned and come out of sheer necessity to use up items in my refrigerator. These are sometimes my very best recipes.  This is one of those recipes.

I had a container full of cooked, shredded chicken leftover from making a Buffalo Chicken Frittata (recipe is in my cookbook!) for brunch last weekend. I knew I needed to use it up before heading out of town this weekend so I started to brainstorm.

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Crispy Avocado Vegetarian Tacos

Crispy baked avocados, black beans and corn salsa are combined in this scrumptious recipe for gluten free, vegetarian tacos!

Crispy Avocado Vegetarian Tacos

Today’s post is sponsored by Nature’s Path.

What a fantastic Thursday, a new delicious recipe on the blog, a new partnership announcement, OKC Thunder playoff basketball and it’s almost Cinco De Mayo weekend!

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Avocado Scallop Ceviche

Scallop ceviche is a healthy, flavorful appetizer filled with fresh vegetables, peppers and citrus. It’s gluten free, paleo & easy to make!

Avocado Scallop Ceviche

After the amazingness of my Bacon Pistachio Scallops last weekend, I went on a scallop frenzy.

It was all I wanted to eat for the next three days! One of the creations that I came up with while on my “Scallop Bender” was a delicious Avocado Scallop Ceviche Recipe.

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Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad

This Spiralized Jicama & Avocado Salad is a unique and healthy recipe that is gluten free & vegetarian. It’s great for lunch or served as a side dish!

Jicama Avocado Salad

When I first purchased my Spiralizer, I went to the grocery store, perusing the produce section for anything and everything I could potentially spiralizer. One of the items that I found was jicama.

Jicama, also known as a “Mexican Yam” is a vegetable traditionally from Mexico and Central America.  It’s a slightly sweet, starchy vegetable that resembles the consistency of a pear or apple.  It’s high in dietary fiber and Vitamin C making it a healthy addition to your diet!

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Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Frittata

A bag of spinach, a carton of eggs and a package of bacon, what to do, what to do?? It’s sounding like my Italian ancestors version of an omelet is about to happen!

Yes, if you were wondering what exactly a frittata was or what the difference between a frittata and quiche were, you are not alone!  So in the simplest terms: a quiche has a crust (usually) and more liquid than egg, where as a frittata has more egg than liquid and no crust, there it is!

So whether you just learned your fun fact of the day or not, you’re about to dive into a delicious recipe for this Italian crust-less egg dish!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 avocado

Start by frying up the bacon.

Don’t mind those extra couple slices of bacon.  Those are for…. someone 😉 Fry until crispy then drain the grease, crumble and mix together with the eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

Next, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and add the onion and red bell pepper.

Sauté for 2-3 minutes then add spinach and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.

I know that looks like a LOT of spinach, but I promise it will cook down!

See, I promised 🙂

Next, add in the egg and bacon mixture.

Let cook for 2 minutes then crumble the goat cheese on top.

These chunks of goat cheese add an amazing creamy surprise in the middle of the Frittata! Now cook on the stove for 5 minutes, then move into the oven to finish cooking at 400°F for 10 more minutes.  Remove from the oven and voila!

I sliced the Frittata into pieces, topped with avocado and served with homemade rosemary focaccia bread!

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Spinach Goat Cheese Bacon Frittata

Fresh spinach, creamy goat cheese & crispy bacon are combined in this delicious frittata recipe, made in under 30 minutes, perfect for breakfast or brunch!

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 19 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 420 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 avocado sliced

Instructions

  1. Fry the bacon slices until crispy.
  2. Drain the grease, crumble the bacon and mix with the eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and add the onion and red bell pepper.
  4. Sauté for 2-3 minutes then add spinach and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Add the egg and bacon mixture.
  6. Cook for 2 minutes then crumble the goat cheese on top.
  7. Cook on the stove for 5 minutes, then move into the oven to finish cooking at 400°F for 10 more minutes.