chicken, sweet potato & pinenut frittata | recipe

IMG_20130324_161957 Chicken, sweet potato, mushroom & pinenut tartlet

IMG_20130324_175843 Chicken, mushroom, pinenut & sage tartlet

I got inspired to do some last weekend for the week’s meals ahead! Here is the recipe for my original creation!



  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup light cream
  • ½ cup grated cheese (Havarti is good)
  • 1 large sweet potato; cut into cubes & roasted in the oven
  • 1 medium chicken breast; cut into cubes & pan fried til cooked
  • 6 large button mushrooms; diced
  • Handful flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbs pinenuts; lightly toasted
  • Sea salt & cracked pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp rosemary or Italian herbs
  • 1.5 sheets store bought low-fat shortcrust pastry; thawed
  • Cooking spray oil


  • 20 inch frittata pan
  • Large baking tray
  • Baking weights (or rice)
  • Baking paper


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/356°F (fan-forced). Spray the frittata pan with cooking oil and line with the shortcrust pastry. Top with baking paper and weigh down with baking weights (or rice). Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes (until there is a hint of golden). Remove from oven, remove weights/rice and cook for another 5-10 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and when cooled, remove from tin and place on a large baking tray. Turn the oven down to 120°C/248°F (fan-forced).


Lightly whisk the eggs then stir in the cream & cheese. Add the salt, pepper & rosemary/herbs. Scatter the cooked ingredients (chicken, sweet potato & pinenuts) and the mushrooms in the prepared tart shell then pour over the wet mix. Randomly push the parsley into the mixture and top with pinenuts.

Bake in the oven (120°C/248°F) for 30 minutes.

[variation: top with sage before baking the filled tart in the oven with butter pan fried sage]


serve with salad for a perfect meal!


And good news! My recipe is going to be featured on the Project Cookbook blog!


signature - melly xox

recipe | beef & sweet potato fritters w grilled asparagus & balsamic tomatoes

I’ve been experimenting with low calorie recipes in readiness for the 12WBT recipe competition. According to the hubby this is the best one yet!

Beef & sweet potato fritters with asparagus & balsamic tomatoes


  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 large brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsps Tuscan herbs (like oregano, thyme, etc)
  • 400g sweet potato (aka kumera) peeled & grated
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • cooking oil spray (I use coconut oil spray)
  • 500g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bunches asparagus, steamed or grilled
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf/Italian parsley
  • sea salt & cracked pepper


For the beef fritters; combine mince with herbs, half the onion & pepper to taste. Form into 8 small patties, cover & set aside in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to low for warming.

For the sweet-potato fritters; combine the sweet potato with the remaining onion, flour, eggs, salt & pepper. Heat a large fry-pan, spray with oil and pour 1/3 cupfuls of the mixture in batches into the pan and fry til golden & cooked through (roughly 3 mins each side). Keep warm & covered in the oven.

cook sweet potato fritters in batches

Put the asparagus on for grilling or steaming and place tomatoes in a bowl, pour over the balsamic and set aside.

grilling asparagus
balsamic tomatoes

Cook the beef patties in batches til golden  & cooked through (roughly 3 mins each side). 

Serve by placing beef pattie on top of the sweet potato fritter, accompanied by the asparagus & tomato mixture.

Serves 4 (2 fritter stacks p/serve which means that’s dinner & left overs for lunch the next day!)
389 calories per serve