Frugal Foodie: Egg-cellent edibles

I believe that eggs are under-appreciated––they come cheap and have great health benefits. At just $1.99 per dozen at the local Wegmans, eggs are a great food for college students looking to save some money. In addition, eggs are a great source of protein, choline and vitamins, all of which are essential components of a healthy, well-rounded diet. Eggs are an easy food to prepare alone or work with in a recipe featuring more food items. This is perfect for students who may not have extensive cooking skills or want a quick and easy meal.


Western Frittaffle (requires waffle iron)



A dash of olive oil

1/4 of a potato, washed and cubed

1/4 of a bell pepper, finely sliced and chopped

1/8 of an onion, finely sliced

1 1/2 tablespoons black beans

1/8 of a tomato, finely diced

Two large eggs

A dash of milk

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salsa for garnish



In a non-stick cooking pan, add a dash of olive oil and set on medium heat until warm. Add potatoes and gently stir until light brown for about one to two minutes. Turn heat to medium-low and add pepper, onion and beans and stir until softened for one to two minutes. Add tomatoes to mixture and gently stir until potatoes are completely browned.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk and shredded cheese until fully combined. Add salt and pepper to mixture as desired.

Pour egg mixture into pan and gently stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Cover pan and let cook on medium-low heat for five to 10 minutes until no visible egg liquid remains.

While mixture is cooking, preheat the waffle iron. Once mixture is solidified, remove from heat and gently break up mixture with fork. Completely grease the pre-heated waffle iron and add frittata chunks and heat until just browned all around. Remove from waffle iron and serve with salsa if desired.