What do low carb dieters and the boy scouts have in common? Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, I realize, but I do actually have a point. If there is one thing I have learned in my year as a diabetic, it’s that I must keep that old boy scout motto, “be prepared”, firmly in the front of my mind. As a runner with a fast metabolism, I am often hungry, especially upon first waking up. And if I am not prepared with easy meals and snacks that I can grab at a moment’s notice, I am that much more likely to covet my children’s toast or cereal. And that much more likely to give in to my cravings.
I usually like to fix myself some eggs in the morning, and have become quite adept at whipping up a quick omelet. But with three kids, I often find myself rushing out the door before I’ve had a chance to eat properly. And that leads to eating something I shouldn’t. I also made it one of my goals for the year to work more vegetables into my day, starting at breakfast. I love fruit, but even an apple or a banana can send my glucose levels a bit high. So I decided I need to have some ready-made breakfasts that were full of protein and vegetables. Individual frittatas were just the thing, full of eggs and cheese and whatever vegetables my little heart desired.
Frittatas are incredibly easy to throw together, and extremely versatile. I’ve been known to throw any number of things into one, including some leftover Indian Roasted Eggplant. This time, I had some ricotta I needed to use up, so I beat it into the batter along with the eggs. I added some lightly steamed, chopped broccoli, some onion and some red pepper, along with some grated cheddar cheese. I used my jumbo 6-muffin pan for these, because I knew I’d need to eat two at a time if I made them in a regular 12-muffin pan. Either way, I had 6 breakfasts ready to go in one shot.
The Results: These were such a great way to start my morning all week. Flavourful and healthy, they kept me satisfied and much more on track with my glucose levels. They were a little difficult to get out of the muffin tin, but once again, I blame my pan. I greased it very well, but my pans are quite old and seem to be really losing their non-stick quality. I plan to get some silicone molds very soon to remedy this issue, because the aftermath of sticky metal pans is really quite a mess! I lose some of my food to the pan and the clean-up is just awful. These were worth it, though. They actually had the rest of my family coveting MY food for once, but I didn’t share. Not a single bite.
Vegetable Ricotta Frittatas
Serves 6. Each serving has a total of 5.3g of carbs.