As part of the extensive doctor's visit yesterday, I also had plenty of blood drawn to check my iron. Unsurprisingly, my hemoglobin and hematocrit levels were very low - meaning I'm anemic. Symptoms of this can vary but for most people it's an issue of fatigue. It's likely related to the fact that I'm not absorbing iron correctly, but in the meantime I should be eating an iron rich-diet to boost my energy.
While there are plenty of foods you can eat that are loaded with iron (chicken liver, anyone?) one simple thing is just to cook your meals in a cast iron pan. So today's lunch was a simple meal for one cooked in an iron skillet.
This is a great meal that included plenty of iron sources - egg yolks, spinach and Vitamin C in the tomatoes so it can better be absorbed. As a bonus, it's pretty easy. In fairness, even a 20 minute meal is really too long for an average lunch, but it would make a nice weekend breakfast or even a quick dinner. Plus, cooking in a skillet makes me feel like the Pioneer Woman. Later on today I'm going to grind some corn to make skillet cornbread and sew a blanket from old rags or something along those lines.
The recipe (if you can call it a recipe) is very simple. Start by sauteing some diced onions in olive oil and then add in 3 cups of raw spinach. I let it wilt just a little and then cracked two eggs into the pan and topped the whole thing with a diced tomato. Then it went straight into the oven for about 7 minutes at 350 degrees.
I actually ended up topping everything with some ricotta cheese right at the end - such a nice combination!
Have you ever cooked with a cast iron skillet? Any great recipes to share?
When I was a child we often cooked in cast iron, but I haven't in a while.
Do you track iron intake/take iron supplements? Have you ever noticed fatigue for no reason?
I used to, but because I'm not absorbing it properly I need much more than the recommended amount. I will say - if you feel like you are completely fatigued and workouts seem MUCH harder than normal (and it's not a result of overtraining) head to the doctor! It's very quick and painless to figure it out.