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Fertility friendly, protein rich broad bean, cheese, mushroom and spinach frittata

By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)

Packed full of amazing fertility-friendly nutrients this really is a great balance of nutrients with the eggs, broad beans, and cheese providing plenty of them including protein, vitamin D, choline, vitamins and minerals. Broad beans (fava beans) are an excellent source of folate and fibre, both of which are crucial to maintaining a healthy hormonal balance. They are also an excellent source of vegetable protein- linked in studies to promoting healthier ovulation. Spinach is an amazing source of folate and iron, the mushrooms support our vitamin D levels (they are able to absorb sunlight like our skin does if they are left in the light and turn it into vitamin D), the onion contains Quercetin a natural anti-inflammatory and the cheese provides us with calcium and protein…. Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, post-workout… versatile!

You could always add some tomatoes in too for an extra boost of vitamin C and Lycopene if you fancy. Enjoy!

Ingredients (makes 2)

•  1 Tbsp olive oil

•  1 small onion, chopped (or chives)

•  3 handfuls of fresh spinach, chopped

•  4oz mushrooms, sliced

  150g broad beans

•  4 eggs, lightly beaten

•  4oz grated cheese, cheddar (or your choice!)

How to make

1.  Using a large pan, saute mushrooms and broad beans in olive oil over medium-high heat, until softened.

2.  Add spinach and cook until wilted.

3.  Add the onions and eggs and cook about five minutes longer, until the bottom and edges are beginning to set.

4.  Carefully lift the edge of the frittata and hold the pan so the liquid falls under the frittata. Continue to lift the edges and allow liquid to fall under until the center is mostly set.

5.  Add the cheese to the top and cook for a further two to three minutes until the frittata is golden brown and cooked through. Enjoy!

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