Being a new mom is a wonderful, blissful experience…for most of the time. It often seems an incredible feat to take a shower for longer than 5 minutes let alone prepare a healthy, delicious meal for yourself. Even though you need to take care of your child it doesn’t mean you should resort to eating pea and carrot mash for dinner with a side of pasta shapes. And put that lid back on the pickle jar! Get ready to delight in some tantalizing flavors while saving both time and your sanity!
Spinach Tortellini Soup
This soup uses fresh spinach for your daily dose of green. Tortellini (cheese or meat) is filling, full of protein and tastes delicious. Just toss everything in, bring to a boil and simmer. Soup is amazing for a quick meal and reheats so easily in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Jewelled Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
You will not believe how fast this dish came together (less than 20 min). Cauliflower rice is popular right now as a low carb substitute for carb-rich grains like rice or pasta. Pairing it with baked or pan fried chicken makes for a delicious and balanced meal! Makes 6-7 portions (can keep in the fridge for up to 4-5 days). Tip: Make an Indian spice blend in advance of: 4 parts cumin, 2 parts coriander, 1 part turmeric, 1 part chili powder, 1 part paprika store in the cupboard and use to season cauliflower rice, chicken, beef, shrimp, or use in curries!
Salmon in Tomato and Feta Sauce
If you need something quick, fish is always your best bet because of its short cooking time (just ’til flaky!). This savoury sauce is perfect over salmon and takes all but 15 minutes to put together, feta and tomato are superstars together and even goes over well with kids. Salmon is high in omega 3’s which supports brain health and (bonus!) can give skin that glowing, healthy look. Tip: Throw in asparagus spears beside salmon and bake at the same time!
Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
Pasta Puttanesca is an Italian family favourite and contains pungent, herbaceous flavors such as black olives, basil and anchovies. The great thing about this recipe is you can add in whatever you like such as tuna, broad beans, lentils, chicken or bacon and it will still taste just as amazing!
Grilled Chicken and Cabbage Salad with Tahini
This salad is great for busy bodies because it contains cabbage which does not wilt even when dressed. This means you can make a double batch, store in your fridge over night and it will be perfectly fine for lunch the next day. Plus, if you haven’t heard how nutritious cabbage is, the benefits are endless and provides a satisfying crunch to any meal!
The Bircher Muesli! I’m sure you’ve already heard of this revolutionary way of eating oats. It’s quick, easy and dare we say fun, to make! Prepare in a small bowl, mug or jar (as pictured below), let sit in the fridge overnight and in the morning you have a lovely serving of muesli with all of your favourite add-ins.
Being a new mom can be hard! But eating well and eating what you want to eat can be easy with the right strategies and recipes!