One of the trickier challenges I’ve encountered as a personal chef for families is to come up with tasty-but-healthy ways to prepare veggie recipes for picky eaters. Over the years I’ve found one particular technique that’s easy and always a hit: roasting them on parchment. It has converted veggie-haters of all ages, because roasting removes water and condenses the veggies’ natural sugars, giving them a dense, lightly-sweet nuttiness (no mushiness in sight!).
This flavorful sauce transforms simple grilled chicken in a pita, for example, into something special. It’s also amazing drizzled over poached salmon, as a dressing for a chickpea chopped salad or enjoyed as a dip for veggies, baked pita chips, or poached shrimp. There are tons of great ways to use and cook with Greek Yogurt, a.k.a. your “secret-weapon” ingredient in the kitchen.
Some foods are so flexible and multi-purpose they’re perfect to keep on hand every day. But “staple” is almost too small a word for the amazing versatility that is Greek yogurt. For starters, there’s the creamy texture and rich taste.
Greek yogurt is also a pre- and postnatal nutrition slam dunk: The low-fat variety clocks in at 170 calories, 23 grams of protein and a whopping 25% of most women’s daily calcium requirements for one cup.
The easiest way to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet is by eating salads. Full of fiber, folates, and antioxidants, greens are an excellent addition to your healthy prenatal diet—or after baby arrives! However, salad every day for lunch or dinner can get pretty boring.
You’re going to pick up a lot of new tricks when the baby arrives; from diapering to stroller-folding to learning how to master everyday tasks as a one-handed, baby-balancing wonder. A great trick to pick up now? Have a few easy, delicious, healthy, go-to dinners down, preferably using staple ingredients you can keep on hand at all times. Trust us: 20 Minute Meals will be life savers both now and after the baby comes.
What defines a great snack or light meal—especially for busy expecting or new moms?
* Simple to put together with a short list of “always at the ready” ingredients. No last-minute runs to the store, please.
* Able to be made ahead in batches, and equally delicious served fresh or reheated. This is no time to be on your feet and cooking constantly.
You and your partner have talked about having a baby, but it’s not happening just yet. If you plan to get pregnant within the next few months—or even year—it’s important to get your diet on the healthy track now to prepare your body for pregnancy later.
We all want to eat a healthy diet free of additives and chemicals, and it’s particularly true for moms-to-be. After all, preliminary research suggests that exposure to pesticides may pass through the placenta and affect birth weight according to Enviromental Health Perspectives.
There are times during the summer when it’s just too darn hot to cook or even think about recipes—all you want is a simple supper solution.
One of my favorite “no recipe required” go-to dishes for summer is pasta salad. It’s an easy way to use up just about any fresh veggies you have in the fridge and leftovers are perfect to pack for lunch the next day.