Victoria from Boiled Eggs & Soldiers is back this week with part two of her guest post on eating right and easy when you bring home baby.
Looking after yourself is what keeps the household engines going. Running yourself ragged helps no one, especially you and bub.
If you missed last week’s post from Boiled Eggs & Soldiers, catch up here. It was all about breakfast, your most important meal of the day in my book.
This week Victoria looks at Lunch, Dinner and those all important snacks!
Yay, your beautiful bundle of joy has finally arrived, congratulations and well done to you! There’s so much to do and learn with a newborn around that feeding yourself is often the last thing on your mind.
If you missed last week’s post on breakfast you can visit it here. Starting your day in the best way includes a nourishing breakfast that is still simple and easy as you most probably have your hands full.
Now to help you along for the rest of the day I’ve put together some healthy (ish) meal suggestions. All the recipes are quick and easy and most can be done one-handed if necessary too!
Lunch – don’t forget to have it!
If you didn’t have eggs for breakfast they are great for lunch. Eggs are a “complete protein” food, they also have Vitamins A, B, and D and zinc and iron so an omelette, see here for my Zucchini one, or here for an easy baked frittata which is a great meal to have for lunch. You need all those good things when you’ve just had a baby!
Sometimes you may think that you don’t have time to cook something up but even poaching an egg to go on top sourdough with avocado is nourishing and will get you through. Or how about the classic tuna melt? You want one now don’t you?
Salad season is here so a bowl of leafy greens, avocado, cucumber, capsicum, carrot, cherry tomatoes with some form of protein like, tuna, salmon, cheese, eggs, nuts and/or seeds with some olive oil and lemon juice is a healthy, light lunch.
I lived on hummus when I was feeding my babies, for some reason I couldn’t get enough of it. With veggie sticks or crackers it’s something nutritious to snack on when hunger strikes. Hummus is consistently the one snack that my girls always ask for, I wonder if that is what my milk tasted of?!
If you have a bit more of a sweet craving how about these Raw Cacao, Date & Nut Balls. They can be kept in the fridge or freezer. I always like to have some on the go.
1 C pitted mejdool dates, soaked in water for 10 minutes
1/2 C walnuts
1/2 C almonds
1/3 C raw cacao powder
1/2 C desiccated coconut (try to use organic so it doesn’t have the sulphates)
pinch sea salt
1/4 C Rice Malt Syrup
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp vanilla extract
Extra desiccated coconut for rolling the balls in
- Put nuts into the blender or Thermomix and chop on a high-speed until they become a course meal like consistency (TM – mill for 5 seconds/speed 6)
- Add all other dry ingredients and blend to mix together (TM 6 seconds/speed 6)
Add rice malt syrup, vanilla and dates and mix until all is combined (TM 10 seconds/speed 8)
- Using a teaspoon, scoop out mixture and roll into bite sized balls
- Roll into desiccated coconut
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes before eating
I know, sometimes you just want cake! You could try this easy Honey Cinnamon Cake or better yet ask someone to bake it for you. It’s big so can be frozen too.
So that brings us to dinner. As I said, if anyone asks what they can do to help out, making dinner is high on the list!
Before the baby is born, if you have time it’s great to stock the freezer full of ready meals like soups, shepherds pie, bolognaise sauces so that if/when witching hour hits you don’ t have to think about ‘what’s for dinner tonight”. I’m a big advocate of menu planning but with newborns sometimes the best laid plans go out the window! I make that suggestion with the assistance of Harry Hindsight as I certainly wasn’t that organised at the time!
This Grilled Salmon with Quinoa Vegetables is an easy, healthy and nutritious meal that is relatively simple to make.
1 C quinoa (or cous cous)
2 C water
2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1/2 red capsicum, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tsp Moroccan spice mix you can buy it pre-made or make it yourself (salt, pepper, dried rosemary, ground turmeric, paprika, ground coriander, ground ginger, cumin, lemon zest)
Handful of baby spinach
2 Tbs lemon juice
4 salmon fillets
- Place quinoa & water in saucepan and bring to boil. Once boiling reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and sit covered for 10 mins.
- While quinoa is cooking heat oil in saucepan add vegetables, garlic and Moroccan spice and cook, stirring until carrot is soft, (about 5 mins). Turn off heat.
- Add quinoa, baby spinach and lemon juice to the vegetables and toss to combine.
- Heat another pan (preferably a char grill pan), drizzle salmon with a little bit of oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 – 4 mins on each side or until cooked through. Alternatively place salmon on a lined baking tray under grill in oven for the same cooking time or until cooked through.
Serve with quinoa mix and enjoy! Any leftovers also make for a yummy salad for lunch the next day.
If you are interested in taking a look at any more recipes or weekly meal plans please feel free to pop over to www.boiledeggsandsoldiers.com.
Take of yourself as well as your precious baby and I hope this helps on those crazy days!
What is your go to easy but nutritious meal? Let me know by replying below.
Hi, I’m Victoria from Boiled Eggs & Soldiers.
Boiled Eggs & Soldiers is a place for quick and easy meal ideas, a bit of a chat, tea, cake, bubbles and some of my adventures as a wife, Mum of two and now “food blogger”. Pop on by and be sure to say hi!
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