Eating after baby is about eating food quickly and getting as much nutrition and goodness in to each bite as possible. That's often because parents are eating one handed, or at 2am right after they put the baby back down for the fourth time, if they're remembering to eat at all.
As someone who takes care of birthing families, a frittata is one of my favorite go-to meals to prepare for a postpartum family because:
- I can use the food right in their fridge, which I know they will like. (Left over fajita filling? Perfect.)
- It's easy to make a large one (use a large frying pan that can go into the oven) or fill some muffin tins to make small ones which are always so appealing to young siblings.
- It can be eaten hot or room temperature, and they're *still delicious*. Perfect if someone wanted to eat in the middle of the night. One handed. Over the sink. With a glass of milk. Just sayin'.
- It's relatively nutrient filled and leaves an exhausted new mom feeling like she's had a "real meal" which is certainly one of the lost-luxuries of new-parenthood.
- You don't have to be a super-chef to make a delicious and beautiful frittata. Bonus.
So take a hint from this postpartum doula and make one for a new-mom in your life today. Or for yourself. Because you deserve good food too.
Easy Frittata Recipe
1/3 cup of full fat dairy (milk, plain yogurt, sour cream, but don't go skim)
1/4 tsp of mustard (yellow, spicy, dijon, powdered... whatever is in the cabinet)
1 c of whatever cheese (ricotta makes it extra special, but colby jack works fine, as does grueyre, or even Parmesan. Whatever is in the fridge... see the theme here?)
1-2 cups of Whatever you want inside the frittata(I recommend leftovers of a protein and a veggie or two, but I've also had great success with potato and onion, or spinach and artichoke.)
Turn on the oven to 350 degrees.
If the filling hasn't been cooked already, cook it up to the consistency you would eat it by itself in a 10-12" oven safe pan, and drain excess liquid. If you are using leftovers, then warm it in the same pan with a bit of oil or butter. Season the filling with salt and pepper and anything else you find until it tastes yummy.
While the insides of the delicious "egg cake" are getting ready, mix the first 4 ingredients on the list together, and beat up the egg mixture. Prepare the pan by making sure its well-heated through. Then pour the egg mixture over the hot filling in the pan, and let it cook on the stove-top on medium until it begins to set, and the top is just a little bit runny.
Now is the time to throw on any extra cheese for the top or fresh herbs if you want. Then take the whole pan, and put it into the oven for 4-5 minutes, or until the eggs have set.
Remove from oven, and you'll probably want to put it on a plate to cool, because the hot pan will keep cooking it. Serve immediately or let it cool to room temp.
(If you want to prepare mini-frittatas in muffin tins, follow all instructions, except preheat the muffin-tins and grease them well before you put in a little bit of the filling, and pour the egg mixture on top until the tin is 2/3 of the way full. Watch carefully, you don't want them over-done, but they will take longer because they aren't being cooked first on the stove top.)
Put that on a plate with some fruit or a small salad, and you've got a delicious, nutritious and frankly slightly luxurious-feeling meal. And it took no prior planning. Suddently you're a great friend and a genius chef. You are welcome.
**Food For Families represents our favorite easy and delicious recipes for families to make for in a rush or for when you need a meal to take to a family friend. They're based on our personal kitchens, and ones we happily make for our clients in their own homes.