Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  87
  • Protein  8 g
  • Carbohydrates  7 g
  • Fat  3 g
  • Cholesterol  106 mg
  • Sodium  256 mg
  • Potassium  360 mg
  • Phosphorus  96 mg
  • Calcium  38 mg
  • Fiber  2.3 g

The Spicy Frittata

Your attention, please: Presenting DaVita’s high-quality protein, low-calorie, all-in-one, main-dish recipe: The Spicy Frittata. Low potassium vegetables and lower-phosphorus egg whites make this recipe a dialysis diet winner.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Michelle, and renal intern Marta, from Washington.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 3/4 cup


  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups zucchini, thinly sliced
  • t2 tablespoons canned green chilies, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


  1. Beat together eggs, egg whites, turmeric, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon broth in a 10” or 12” stainless steel skillet.
  3. Add onion, garlic, zucchini and green chilies. Sauté for about three minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add tomato and cilantro.
  5. Pour egg mixture over vegetables. Turn heat to low, cover and cook for about 10 minutes, checking periodically to see if eggs are firm.
  6. When done, run a rubber spatula around edge of frittata, cut into four wedges and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 meat
  • 1-1/2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Use a pan no more than 12” in diameter, otherwise vegetables get too spread out and will overcook.
  • Have ingredients ready before cooking, otherwise, the zucchini will overcook, release water and dilute the flavor.
  • Check the firmness of eggs after 5 to 6 minutes to make sure they cook to perfection. Eggs won't be very fluffy because of using more egg whites than yolks, but it helps to beat them well right before pouring over vegetables.

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