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I never met my husband’s mom, and it makes me sad every day. I wish I could thank her, cherish her and appreciate her in person, but the family lost her to cancer before we met. I have seen photos and heard stories, but that’s not always enough. There is, thankfully, one holiday tradition she began that I can continue. Every Christmas morning, we make her special German Omelette recipe. Through the flavours of this delicious strata, I connect with her on special occasions every year, and am able to share in some small part of the blessings she bestowed on her family.

recipesthatgiveThe recipe I share below is one that gives me pleasure and connection, but many Canadians are not lucky enough to have a steady supply of food. Thankfully, for over two decades, the Egg Farmers of Canada has been committed to giving in a different way – to the Food Bank.

Egg Farmers of Canada and Food Banks Canada

1 in every 36 Canadians uses the food bank every month. That’s a ton. It gets worse. 1 in 9 people live in food insecure households, where families don’t necessarily know where their next meal is coming from. During the holidays this hardship is felt deeply by so many. The Egg Farmers of Canada and Food Banks Canada are inviting you to help nourish your fellow Canadians and tell us your nutritious #RecipesThatGive. Consider celebrating the holidays by supporting your local food bank by sharing your time, making a donation or giving food. I love that changing lives and truly donating can also be time. This is a lesson I vow to teach my boys throughout this holiday season.

Eggs are a valued staple, as they are super versatile. They’re a natural, fresh source of high-quality protein and have 14 important nutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin A, iron and folate. I shared a few quick weekday egg recipes here, and the one below is a tad more festive for entertaining. I would encourage you to share all of your special egg dishes using the #RecipesThatGive hashtag. We’ll be looking out for them!

Please say ‘thank you’ to your own loved ones by cooking them something special this holiday season. You never know when a tradition can be started. You may even touch a family member you have never met through the love of food and a shared table.

I, for one, will be cracking my eggs on Christmas morning and enjoying our German Omelette. While we eat I will thank the blessed woman who is sharing her beautifully raised son with me. I will also be donating to the #RecipesThatGive campaign so that this special recipe can be made and memories forged by other families.

Nyla’s German Omelette

Disclosure: This post was made possible by the Egg Farmers of Canada. All ideas are my own, apart from Nyla’s special German Omelette recipe. Enjoy please, as I have.