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Money Matters: Spanish Potato and Spinach Tortilla with Red Pepper Sauce

spanish potato tortilla on a square plate.

I had a lot of trouble sleeping Wednesday night….I was nervous to speak about my blog to a group of dietitians yesterday. I was glad to hear the group would only be about 20…but I was still incredibly nervous.

Nicole, you used to lecture to college students for hours on end, multiple times a week…you got this.

It was fine, the presentation went great. As it ends up, I am the expert on the topic of MY blog (duh).

spanish potato tortilla with homemade red pepper sauce in front.

People asked great questions and I even got to meet Emilie, a reader of my blog — so neat! Hi Emilie!

When I was done with my presentation, I asked if anyone was considering starting a blog and I was THRILLED to see several hands go up. Some women even stayed afterwards to run their ideas past me and swap contact information for future endeavors, blogging and nutrition-related.

Networking is powerful stuff and I am always up for widening my pool of colleagues within the field.

spanish potato tortilla in a cast iron skillet.

During my presentation, I had one particular slide that received quite a few head nods of approval and agreement. The head nodding was most noticeable when I mentioned my “Money Matters” series and the fact that one of the goals I have for my blog is to help people understand that eating well doesn’t have to be expensive.

This recipe is kind on the pocket book and perfectly timed after yesterday. It doesn’t get more economical (or healthy!) than this meal!

spanish potato tortilla on a square plate with a few bites missing.


Spanish Potato and Spinach Tortilla with Red Pepper Sauce

1/2 cup (3 oz) bottled roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp (1/4 oz) dry-roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
8 oz red potatoes (about 2 medium), cut into (1/8-inch-thick) slices
1 cup water
2 Tbsp half-and-half
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
8 large eggs
2 large egg whites
3 cups baby spinach leaves


Preheat broiler to high.

Combine bell peppers, almonds, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, red pepper, and garlic in a food processor; pulse until smooth. Set aside.

Combine the potatoes and 1 cup water in a skillet over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 4 minutes or until potatoes are just tender. Drain.

Combine half-and-half, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper, eggs, and egg whites in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Heat a 12-inch ovenproof or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add potatoes to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until browned. Add spinach; sauté for 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add egg mixture to pan; cover and cook for 4 minutes, gently shaking pan occasionally. Broil tortilla 4 minutes or until top is lightly browned and center is set. Cool slightly; serve with red pepper sauce.

Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 187 calories; 12.5 g. fat; 248 mg. cholesterol; 374 mg. sodium; 8.2 g. carbohydrate; 1.3 g. fiber; 11 g. protein

Result: I don’t know why this is called a tortilla…I would call it a frittata…but, whatever! The end result was good and Mr. Prevention-approved. I don’t think the egg “tortilla” itself had the wow-factor, but the Red Pepper Sauce was delicious — I love the addition of almonds and I actually knocked the garlic back just a bit. Because the garlic is raw, it is very strong, and I would’ve preferred it be more mild. This was quick, easy, would use up leftover potatoes perfectly, and can double as breakfast or dinner. Enjoy!

Money Matters: The roasted red peppers were on sale for $2/jar (I used about half). Eggs are ~$1.50/dozen ($0.13 each — $1.25). Spinach from CostCo was $7 for 2.2 pounds ($0.20/oz — $.50). Potatoes ($0.59/lb) came to $0.30 for 8 ounces and almonds ($7/lb) totaled $0.44/ounce and $0.11 per tablespoon. The remaining ingredients, including the olive oil, total ~$0.60. The total cost of the recipe comes to $3.76 and $0.63 per serving.


 TGIF! Work, holiday party #2 for work, and grabbing a drink with a coworker! 🙂 Happy weekend!

Be well,

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  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    December 7, 2012 / 7:53 am

    So true – eating well does not have to be expensive!

  2. Sue
    December 7, 2012 / 9:02 am

    I make a similar roasted red pepper dip/sauce but use pecans instead of almonds, and add a few slices of jalapeno. It makes a great dip for crackers or vegetables. I also use it as a sauce for plain chicken.

  3. Ted
    December 7, 2012 / 10:07 am

    This dish sounds really good. I want to try it with the garlic sauteed lightly and see if the adjustment makes a difference in the taste. And the jalapeno suggestion from Sue is excellent!

  4. Jill
    December 7, 2012 / 11:08 am

    This looks great! I can’t wait to try it out.

  5. Biz
    December 7, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    Love the red pepper sauce addition to this! I don’t know why its called a tortilla either – frittata, whatevs, its delicious! Happy Friday Nicole!

  6. Kate
    December 8, 2012 / 1:28 am

    “Only 20” sounds like a big scary number to me!

  7. Gina (The Candid RD)
    December 8, 2012 / 7:38 am

    Glad the presentation went well Nicole. I bet they all LOVED it. I get nervous before I present to anyone too, no matter how many times I’ve done it.
    The recipe sounds wonderful. NIck told me this week that he “could eat eggs and potatoes EVERY night”…so…I think this recipe will have to be on our list soon!

  8. Emilie
    December 8, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! You did a great job and I think everyone really enjoyed it.

    • Nicole, RD
      December 8, 2012 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you! Again, so good to meet you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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