Affordable Eggs

I hope no one takes offense by this title who is struggling with infertility.  One of the main things I remember when I was going through infertility was that if my husband and I couldn’t keep humor as a part of our marriage, we were going to have a much bigger problems to navigate through as time went on.  Unfortunately, infertility drugs and treatments are ridiculously expensive.  I would like to share a recipe that I made often and still make because it’s so healthy and yummy.  Eggs contain iron and protein which are very important nutrients for fertility.  Broccoli is a great source of folate and fiber so I hope you will enjoy this recipe that blends these two foods together.  Enjoy!

Broccoli Frittata

Ingredients:

2 cups bite-sized broccoli florets

4 large eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup grated white Cheddar, divided

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp oregano

Optional: Add a handful of spinach for an added boost of zinc.  You can cook the spinach to have it wilt down some first or cut as it is into 1/4 inch pieces before adding in step 3.  If you add spinach, you may want to add a little more cheese if you are like me and don’t completely love spinach.  🙂

Serves 3-4

1.)  Bring a medium pot of water to a boil; add the broccoli and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  Drain well.

2.)  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).  In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl.  Stir in the broccoli, red pepper, 1/4 cup of the Cheddar, and 1/2 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.

3.)  Heat oil in a 12 inch ovenproof, nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat.  Pour the egg mixture into the pan and reduce heat to medium.  Cook for 3 minutes to set the bottom of the frittata.  Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar and Parmesan cheese.

4.)  Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the frittata is set in the center and slightly puffy, about 10-15 minutes.

5.)  Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan.  Then run a spatula around the edges and slide onto a large plate.  Cut into wedges and serve warm.

Let me know what you think and if you made any variations to try.

 

Is Waiting To Have A Baby The Right Decision?

It’s amazing how 16 months have gone by so incredibly fast, not to mention the nine months before that.  How has it already been 25 months since I haven’t had to be on the roller coaster ride of infertility?  Before that time, it had been the longest six years of my life and my husband’s life as well.  You have to understand that before we even started trying, we had waited nine years after we married because my husband was in the military and we reasoned the longer we could wait, the younger our child would be when he retired.  Then we wouldn’t have to make them move around to so many different schools and have to make new friends all over again.

It was a choice that we made and almost regretted.  Nine years put us in our thirties and little did I know that it would be so difficult to become pregnant in my thirties.  I must have missed that part of sex-ed when they discussed how women are born with an x amount of eggs and lose them as time goes on.  After all, it seems like that’s what everyone is doing nowadays anyway, right?  Most people are getting a jump-start on their careers and putting off having families until they’ve achieved a certain element of success.  This was also part of our decision to wait also because it took several years for me to finally graduate with my bachelors degree.  Since we had been moving around every couple of years, I had to keep transferring my credits around and by the time I finally graduated with my bachelors degree three states later, I had enough credits for a bachelors plus another associate degree.

Thankfully, we were still able to conceive, but I think if I had the choice to do it over again, I wouldn’t have waited so long.  Especially if it meant we wouldn’t have had to endure those six agonizing years.  Yes, I did learn a lot about my marriage, myself, and my relationship with God during that time, but it was really crappy to say the least.  Another part of it was that I enjoyed being selfish and being able to go and do what we wanted.  It was great, but if I knew that I could have had the chance to bring Grace into our family that much earlier, I would have jumped at the chance.  Having a child completely erases all of those things that I thought I would want more, such as sleep.  Insert laughing and crying emoticon.  It’s true though, she makes me laugh more than I ever thought possible.  It’s amazing to see the world from her new perspective.  I would have given up the bar scene and weekend trips in a heartbeat, just to snuggle her and listen to her heartbeat.

If you are having trouble conceiving, one day it will all end for you as well and you’ll be looking back over the months wondering where they all went one day.  You’ll never forget the pain though.  Your child will be lucky because they will always know how much they were wanted and never be taken for granted.  If you are wondering about waiting to conceive or not, this is my story and I can’t tell you one way or another, but just share what had happened in my situation.  Would we still have gone through waiting six years to have a baby or would it have been even longer?  Would we have been able to become parents ten years ago and have that much more energy to take care of a baby, who knows?  I do know that I’m so blessed to be Grace’s mother and I don’t know how I ever thought not having to pay for a babysitter or sleeping in whenever I wanted was better than my little girl.

Featured image: Grace turning one years old