It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring….. But they should have been. It’s tough to get everything just right in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Maybe you forgot to pick up good local ingredients to make a dish to share at Christmas dinner, or maybe you’re out of ideas for a fresh new Christmas breakfast. We at Seven Valleys Health Coalition would like to offer some solutions that would benefit your schedule, stomach, and local economy.
This recipe for scrambled eggs with vegetables is an easy meal that’s packed with nutrients. It can also be made with locally sourced ingredients, which means that your taste buds and our local economy will thank you.
Eggs are full of vitamins and a little bit of almost every nutrient you need. They work to raise good cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke. Eggs are also great for eye health!
Great news for cheese lovers- it can be beneficial to your health to eat cheese- but in moderation of course! It can potentially decrease the risk of heart disease and lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Moderate consumption of cheese can improve your cholesterol and lower blood pressure due to the presence of calcium and protein.
Broccoli is a great addition to this meal because it is so rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and bioactive compounds. These nutrients support healthy cell and tissue growth throughout the body, which works to reduce inflammation, aid blood sugar control, support heart and digestive health, and promote healthy brain function. Broccoli also supports a healthy immune system and can help oral health by strengthening bones and joints. Broccoli is a staple food in a healthy diet.
Part of what makes this recipe so wonderful is that it’s simple and easy to modify. Feel free to substitute vegetables wherever you see fit. Check out these other great local veggies you can use in this recipe:
Bell peppers are an awesome addition to this meal and are full of vitamins, minerals, and other plant compounds. This makes them great for eye health and alleviating the symptoms of anemia.
Potatoes are also a great addition to this dish with local options available all winter long. Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, potatoes are fantastic for digestive health, blood sugar control, and reducing the risk of heart disease.
Lastly, kale is a nutritious and wholesome addition to this dish. Kale is considered to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. The high levels of nutrients and antioxidants found in kale are great for heart health, may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and are anti-inflammatory. Kale is also an amazing source of vitamins C and K! The addition of such a superfood will undoubtedly lead to a super meal. If you’re had enough of holiday music by today you can listen to “Eat Some Kale”, an original song by the band the Local Farmers’ Union. As their name suggests, the band is comprised of local farmers. Local food, local music, what’s not to like?
Click the link below to see the full recipe for scrambled eggs with vegetables. Don’t forget that most of these ingredients can be purchased locally. Why not celebrate this wonderful time of year by helping to create a more sustainable local economy? Sign up for a winter CSA through Main Street Farms, or stop by The Local Food Market on Main Street in Cortland to see what kinds of fresh local foods are available.
Scrambled eggs with vegetables
Scrambled eggs aren’t for you? Try this Crustless Spinach Quiche for a savory pastry that can be made with any of the great local ingredients above!