This lovely recipe was brought to you by a lovely colleague of mine who specialises in Nutrition for pregnancy and post natal recovery. She has shared with me a few recipes. Try and plan your week of food so you avoid the sugar highs and lows, starting with a breakfast of soaked oats overnight is a great way to start the day and beat the tiredness of feeding and being up through the night! Get organised and put these onto your next shopping list.
find after having a baby that using a slow cooker is a great way to make healthy, nutritious and tasty meals quickly and easily. The beauty of a slow cooker, is that you can make the food at any time during the morning even up until the early afternoon and have it ready in time for dinner. I often find it easier to find time to cook in the morning than in the evening when everyone is tired and babies are often unsettled. The following are two of my favourite slow cooker recipes. Both are full of protein and antioxidants which are crucial in the healing process post birth. The chili con carne and the beef Thai green curry are also an excellent source of iron, a nutrient which new mothers can often be low in after birth.
Slow cooked Thai green curry with salmon/ chicken/ beef/ tofu (whatever takes your fancy)
Simply add the following ingredients to your slow cooker, stir, turn your slow cooker on to high and leave for 4-5 hours.
1 x tin coconut milk
1 x sachet /3 tablespoons of thai green curry paste (the jar/ sachet will give directions for how much to use). I find the best curry pastes are those where water is not the first ingredient.
3 x skinless, boneless salmon fillets cut into bitesize pieces (or 3 x chicken breasts/ beef steaks/ a packet of tofu)
1 x sweet potato chopped into bitesize pieces
1 x tin of chickpeas (drained)
1 x fresh pineapple (chopped) (tinned pineapple also works well and saves time)
1 x green bell pepper (chopped)
2 x cloves of garlic (minced)
1 x onion
½ tsp crushed chili pieces
Serve with rice
By Katharina Howard, Health Focus Nutrition.