Feb 04

Supermarket Healthy (+ Frittata Recipe!)

Confession: Back in the day when I actually incorporated regular cardio into my life (2009-2010), I used to watch The Food Network whilst plodding along on the elliptical machine if I didn’t feel like doing mindless laps around the indoor track of my undergrad gym (I know I’m biased, but I still think it’s the best one ever) or running around outdoors through all the pollen.

Since starting and finishing grad school, and all throughout medical school, my kitchen experiments/cooking journeys have led me to resort to all sorts of creativity when it comes to having the “right ingredients” and me being a super frugal penny-pincher. Despite living on ~$10k/year, I’m still in just under $200k debt right now. This excludes interest. (Doesn’t do much to encourage higher education in this country, does it?)

But I digress.

All that backstory is just to illustrate why I love this cookbook. :] Melissa is a mother of four, and wanted to figure out how to make food that was just as healthy and good as what was being sold in fancy-schmancy premium markets, but also respected her need to be a smart shopper.

Supermarket Healthy

By Melissa D'Arabian

By Melissa D’Arabian


Genre: Cookbook
Pages: 288

In the beginning, Melissa includes a short discussion on organic foods, GMOs, artifical flavors/sweeteners, food allergies, buying local, and smart indulgences. There’s also a page on “Pantry Must-Have’s” (which made me happy, because it’s pretty similar to mine)!

Supermarket Healthy is divided into chapters based on type of meal/food (e.g breakfast, snacks, soups/stews, pasta, fish/seafood, etc.). It would not be a stretch to say that I kindasorta want to make everything in this book (with some modifications based on my own dietary restrictions). Not all of the recipes include pictures, but the ones that do all look amazing.

Just to give you an idea of the recipes in here, I picked out one from every section: you can learn to make Almond Waffles with Raspberry-Basil Sauce, Warm White Bean & Sage Dip, White Bean & Roasted Pepper Soup, Vietnamese Chicken-Kale Wrap, Acorn Squash “Fondue,” Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Pine Nuts & Penne, Cod & Coconut Curry over Cilantro Rice, Piri-Piri Barbecued Chicken Kebabs, Crispy Beef Tacos with Pineapple-Avocado Salsa, Cauliflower Steaks with Garlic-Parmesan Crust, Roasted Fruit & Homemade Ricotta…are you hungry yet? Because I really am.

There are also “blueprints” dispersed throughout her book, ranging from skillet-glazed vegetables to meatballs to trail mix. These blueprints don’t provide units of measurement, but rather, give you a “base” to experiment with on your own, which I think would work well for anyone who didn’t necessarily like following recipes, but wanted inspiration or ideas on how to make certain dishes.

Each recipe includes basic nutritional information (calories, protein, dietary fiber, sugars, total fat), and she also includes little different-colored boxes throughout the book on supermarket, kitchen and entertaining strategies to give you tips on how to save money while shopping, how to save time while prepping food, and how to stretch food/make dishes party-friendly. I honestly think there’s something for everyone in this book! :]

I had a ton of fresh veggies left over from an impromptu lab meeting, so I used/adapted her Frittata blueprint to make the following! I was gonna throw in mushrooms too, but forgot. :[

15-Minute Frittata


  • 3 strips turkey bacon, diced
  • EVOO
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch of sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ~1 oz. Cabot Alpine Cheddar, grated/shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Prep and chop up the vegetables, then saute in a splash of EVOO with the turkey bacon, salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk together the eggs with salt, pepper, chili powder and grated cheese.
  4. Pour egg and cheese mixture over the veggies and meat, then top with additional grated cheese.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until set.
  6. Let rest and serve warm.

15-Minute Frittata

  • What’s your favorite inexpensive + healthy recipe? Share with me in the comments!

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  1. Melanie

    Geez! That looks amazing and quick too. I’m checking out her cookbook. I need some inspiration! πŸ™‚
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks! :D! I can’t wait to try out her other recipes!

  2. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    Even my husband like Melissa D’Arabian. That says something. And I too used to watch the Food Network while working out. I think that we all go through that stage at some point in our lives πŸ˜€
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    1. Farrah

      Nice! I think she’s all sorts of awesome! :] I would totally still watch the food network while cardio-ing if the gym was still open by the time I was out!)

  3. Ana Valentin

    that looks friggin delicious and definitely vegetarian friendly! I have to try!
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    1. Farrah

      There are definitely tons of vegetarian-friendly recipes in there, and even with ones that aren’t, they’re easily adaptable! :D!

  4. GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth

    Ugh, I hate all the cooking shows at the gym. I mean I love the food netword, but I don’t want to spend my entire workout feeling hungry haha
    I’ve definitely had some ah ha moments in the kitchen after the gym though, so maybe that’s why?
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, it gives me new inspiration on what to make after I’m done working out! ;P

  5. Earl-Leigh

    I can’t wait to check this book out! My favorite inexpensive meal is roasted veggies with a protein.
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    1. Farrah

      That’d be super good! *-* I’ll have to do that one of these days! <3

  6. Amanda @ The Wholesome Dish

    This is my kind of 15 minute meal. Looks great! I haven’t put chili powder in a frittata before. I’ll have to try it.
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    1. Farrah

      I’ve been really liking spicier things lately, so I thought I’d throw it in and see what happened! πŸ˜›

  7. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    The foodnetwork is still (and has always been) on of my favorite channels!
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    1. Farrah

      Yes indeed! πŸ˜€ It’s the only TV I’ve ever technically watched since age 6! (Unless you count streaming Netflix shows as TV, in which case…just kidding.)

  8. Emily @ Zen & Spice

    This is so cool, I’m totally checking out the blogging for books program!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! I can’t review em’ fast enough to read all the books I want! :'( They have a bunch of genres available, but I got stopped up with the cookbook section, hahaha. πŸ˜›

  9. Yum Yucky

    I remember the days in my early 20’s when I despised the Frittata (omg, what was my problem!). I would give anything for one right now. Pinning this recipe!
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    1. Farrah

      I hope you enjoy it! :] I actually never had a frittata until I went to grad school and discovered an amazing food truck that had it on the menu! I had to ask the guy to explain what it was, hahaha. πŸ˜›

  10. Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    That frittata looks absolutely delicious! Fast and healthy don’t usually go hand in hand, but I’m always happy when I come across delicious, fast, and healthy recipes.
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! πŸ˜€ Those are my favorite types of recipes! :] The longest part for this one was really just waiting for the oven to preheat! πŸ˜›

  11. Kaitlyn A.

    I have had my eyes on this cookbook for quite some time now and I think I finally need to purchase it! Great review!

    1. Farrah

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I can’t decide what to make next! :O

  12. Denise @ Healthy Disney Family

    I really want to check out her book! She has such a simple approach to making delicious and tasty food.
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to try out her other recipes!

  13. Eva

    Oh, gosh, I just ordered this book two weeks ago! I didn’t try any recipes yet, but I can’t wait to check it out! We have a similar taste in cookbooks
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! Great minds think alike! ;P I love that cookbook–there are so many things I wanna make from it! (+ yay for being budget-friendly!)

  14. Sneha

    Heyya.. I can’t wait to check this book out! My favorite inexpensive meal is roasted veggies with a protein. I would give anything for one right now. Pinning this recipe! Thanks again…..
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    1. Farrah

      That sounds really good! I haven’t roasted veggies in ages–I need to go do that! :O

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