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(Family Features) - Whether you cook them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, eggs are a great ingredient for a meatless spring dish. By incorporating eggs with other easy-to-prepare ingredients, like pierogies, you can create a hearty meal that can be served for brunch gatherings or weeknight family meals.

The recipe below for Simple Spring Frittata combines eggs, pierogies, fresh asparagus and savory Swiss cheese to create a Spanish-style omelet the whole family will enjoy.  If asparagus isn't handy, you can replace it with spinach, broccoli or any one of your favorite vegetables.  This seasonal recipe, which contains less than 10 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to prep and cook, is the perfect dish for the Lenten season. For more recipes, visit

Simple Spring Frittata Recipe


  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen Mrs. T's Pierogies
  • 6 asparagus spears, each cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Boil pierogies as package directs. Drain.
  2. Heat asparagus in small saucepan in enough water to cover to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until asparagus are tender. Drain well and pat dry.
  3. Beat eggs, milk, parsley, salt and pepper in medium-size bowl; stir in shredded cheese. Set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  5. Melt butter in 10-inch oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add half of egg mixture; top with pierogies, asparagus and remaining egg mixture. Cook until frittata is just set around edges, about 5 minutes.
  6. Place skillet in oven; cook until frittata is set, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately.

Serves 6

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Michigan Tech Students, Staff Belly Up to Healthy Eating

Nutritional meals are served in the residence halls, including a full complement of salads; everything you could hope for in abundance, says William Hall, associate director of residential dining, which feeds 1,900 students.

Other healthy fare includes homemade granola; yogurt seasoned with dried fruit; instant oatmeal every day and old fashioned oatmeal twice a week; eggs for protein and vitamin D; milk, soy milk, and juices; sugar free beverages as an alternative to soda; herbal teas; nuts and berries; whole grain bread; fresh veggies, including a make your own stir fry and a roll our own sushi bar with seaweed, vegetables and rice; gelatin; and two soups a day.

Do the students go for all that healthy food? Applesauce is one of the most popular items overall, says Hall, as are the fresh fruits added to the menu this year, including kiwi, apples, cantaloupe, grapes, oranges, peaches and pears. Its amazing how students take to fruit, Hall says. Bananas, he adds, are the fruit of choice. Hes gone through more than 15,000 pounds of bananas since September 2010.

Hall has been in the food business for more than 30 years. Were meeting a demand, he says, and were doing more than we ever have in this way.

There are a lot of healthy choices. Theres no doubt about it. Of course, were watching trends around the country, too. One of those trends is abandoning the use of frying oil heavy with trans fat. Since 2007, Michigan Tech Dining Services uses only unhydrogenated soybean, olive and canola oil.

Still, some students prefer hamburgers, and he sells more pizza than anything. Its a cultural thing, he says. Thats the way we were raised.

While students find healthy meals in their residence halls, a wellness program called HuskyPAW helps University employees start their journey to a healthier diet. Sparkpeople, a free program available to members of HuskyPAW, offers 31 Days to a Healthier Diet, a resource for tracking nutrition on a daily basis.

Participants can earn points toward incentive prizes, and for each 500 points earned, an employee is entered into a drawing to be held after each semester for a wellness gift basket.

For more information about HuskyPAW, contact> For residence hall dining information, contact William Hall,, 906-487-2688. Michigan Technological University ( is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.

Released: 3/7/2011 2:30 PM EST Source: Michigan Technological University Jennifer Donovan 906-487-4521; cell 906-281-7530