One of the best nutrients to include in your diet when you’re trying to get pregnant is folic acid, which can both help with conception and prevent neurological problems with a growing baby. Iron is also high on the list, as it keeps oxygen flowing to the fetus and prevents mom from becoming anemic. For a cozy fall dish, try this baked potato dish. The potato skin is a great source of folic acid, as is the broccoli included. Potatoes are also rich in iron.
Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Red Pepper
4 large par-boiled potatoes
1 cup finely chopped broccoli
1 cup finely chopped red capsicum
1 Tbsp butter
2 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 ½ tsp finely chopped green chilies
¼ cup fresh cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¾ cup grated mozzarella cheese
Heat your butter in a shallow non-stick pan, adding in the broccoli, red pepper, garlic and green chilies. Sauté the vegetables over the medium heat for 2 or 3 minutes. Then add the cream, salt, and pepper, cooking over the same medium heat for 2 more minutes.
Remove the mixture from the flame. Next, add your mozzarella cheese and mix everything together well. Lastly, divide your mixture into 8 portions; set aside.
Now, take your cooked potatoes and cut in half horizontally. Scoop some potato out of the middle, creating a small bowl to add your mixture into. Sprinkle some salt over each potato and then fill with portions of the veggies. Line up the 8 potato halves on a baking tray and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Serve warm.
On a chilly fall evening, this meal is healthy and filling and full of the right ingredients to help you and a possible little one inside. If you would like to learn more about how you can improve your chances to conceive, or select the right foods to keep your body ready, please contact us anytime at 717-747-3099 or click on the button below.
Dr. Melanie Ochalski
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