Quiche. Frittata. Egg Pie.
Whatever you want to call it, this is one of my best tricks for transforming leftovers into a new meal. When I make roasted vegetables, I always always make extra so that I can re-purpose them into a meal for the next day. There are a lot of ways to re-purpose roasted vegetables, of
course, but this is probably my favourite.
Lightly grease a pie plate (or any mid-sized baking dish) with ghee or coconut oil, dump in the leftover roasted vegetables (think beets, squash, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, etc.) along with some chopped kale, a sprinkle of goat cheese (optional), and whipped eggs. I usually work some garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme (about 1 tsp each), and s&p into the egg mixture too. Then pour it over the vegetables and bake for about 20 minutes (until the center is fully set). I served this alongside a hearty salad with avocado and pecans for a super quick, super delicious dinner. If you need a refresher on how to make perfect roasted vegetables, please email me and I'll send you my recipe ;)
And juuuuust in case you're still scared of eggs from the residual effect of all the egg-bashing in the 80's and 90's, please know that eating eggs does NOT raise cholesterol levels. That myth has been de-bunked, but it's so engrained in our collective understanding that it's taking a while to die out. And remember, cholesterol is a pre-cursor to the sex hormones so we need cholesterol for balanced hormones and optimal fertility. As long as you don't have a sensitivity to eggs (it is a common allergen), and you're sourcing out the highest quality free-range, farm-fresh eggs, they are a GREAT choice. Eggs are one of the few food sources of vitamin D, which is so important this time of year and essential for fertility. This is because it acts like a hormone in the body - there are vitamin D receptors on the ovaries, endometrium, and the pituitary gland. Vitamin D also lowers inflammation, may help with embryo implantation, and plays a role in quality and quantity of sperm. You may still need a vitamin D supplement in these darker months (as the sun is our best source of vitamin D), but eating good quality eggs is a smart part of any preconception diet.
Need more inspiration for quick, nutritious meals while preparing for pregnancy? Please feel free to email me anytime for ideas and support.
Krista A. Parr