Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

‘Sweet Dreams’ Butternut Squash, Sundried Tomato & Feta Frittata

A re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food, But­ternut Squash, Sundried Tomato & Feta Frit­tata is a per­fect choice when you're feel­ing fragile.

It's an easy re­cipe that can be pre­pared in ad­vance. We like it both cold (with a salad for lunch) and warm (for sup­p­er). It fills you up, and the feta cheese and seeds in­cluded in the re­cipe con­tain tryp­tophan which is in­vol­ved in the syn­thesis of the sleep hor­mone melatonin.

Serves 2

  • ​2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 200g butternut squash, diced into2cm cubes
  • 6 eggs
  • 100g sundried tomatoes, drainedand roughly chopped
  • 50g sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 50g feta cheese

1. Pre­heat the oven to 220°C.2.

Put the but­ternut squash in a roast­ing dish an­d sprinkle over 1 tab­lespoon of the olive oil. Roast it in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until it be­gins to soft­en. Re­move it from the oven and leave it to cool.

3. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Stir in the sundried­ tomatoes, but­ternut squash and seeds. Crumble in the feta and then gent­ly mix every­th­ing togeth­er.

4. Heat the re­main­ing olive oil in an ovenproof pan and pour in the egg mix­ture. Cook it gent­ly on the hob for about 2 minutes or until the eggs start to set.

5. Place the pan in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or un­til the frit­tata has puf­fed up and tur­ned a gold­en col­our.

6. Cut it into wed­ges and serve it with a green salad

Togeth­er, over 5 years, Alice Mac­kintosh and I de­veloped re­cipes that put around 150 nut­rition­al stud­ies into prac­tice. They’ve hel­ped me to be­come more en­er­gised, less an­xi­ous, clear­er think­ing, more balan­ced and a bet­t­er sleep­er. Our con­ver­sa­tions and ex­peri­ments led to our book the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food . In it, I share in de­tail what I have learnt about eat­ing for hap­pi­ness. By har­ness­ing the power of food to boost my mood, not just on melancho­ly days, I have been able to stabil­ise my feel­ings. Nut­ri­tion has be­come an im­por­tant ele­ment in my holis­tic approach to stay­ing well.

Image credit: Laura Edwards