Cheesy vegetable pasta

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes | Tags: , , , |

This pasta dish is satisfying because of its high carbohydrate content which is beneficial for you especially during your first trimester and also while you are lactating. The milk and cheese are good sources of protein and calcium while the other ingredients supplement this recipe with iron, folic acid, fibre and vitamin C.

Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : 10 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
2 cups cooked pasta (penne, macaroni or fusilli)
1 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon celery, chopped
1/2 cup capsicum, sliced
1 cup boiled vegetables (carrots, peas, french beans, broccoli, red pepper etc.), diced
3/4 cup milk
3 cheese slices ( or 1/2 cup grated cheese)
1/2 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
1 teaspoon butter
salt and pepper to taste
Method
1. Heat the butter in a pan and sauté the onion, celery and capsicum for 2 minutes.
2. Add the milk and cheese slices and bring to a boil.
3. Add the vegetables, mixed herbs, salt and pepper and mix well.
4. Toss the cooked pasta in the sauce and bring to a boil.
5. Serve hot with toast or garlic bread.
Tips
Approximately 1¼ cups of dried pasta will yield 2 cups of cooked pasta.
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Vegetable stew

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes | Tags: , |

This nourishing aromatic broth is good for those days when you feel least inclined to cook up a whole meal. Try this when your appetite is better in second and third trimesters.
This make a great one dish meal when served with hot dinner rolls or steamed rice. Packed with fibre, protein and iron, this dish is one your family will also love.

Cooking Time : 20 mins.
Preparation Time : 15 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
1 onion, sliced
4 to 6 peppercorns
1 clove
1 stick cinnamon
11/2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon celery, chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup carrots, cut into then strips
1 cup capsicum, cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon plain flour (maida)
1 tablespoon fresh cream
1 tablespoon butter
salt to taste
Method
1. Heat the butter and sauté the onion slices till they are lightly browned.
2. Add the peppercorns, clove and cinnamon.
3. Add the garlic, celery, mushrooms, carrots and capsicum and sauté till they are lightly browned in colour and all the liquid has evaporated.
4. Add the flour and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes till the flour is light brown in colour.
5. Add 1½ cups of water and bring to a boil, stirring continuously so that no lumps remain.
6. Allow to simmer for 5 to 7 minutes adding a little more water if required.
7. Add the fresh cream and serve hot with bread rolls or plain rice.
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Spinach and paneer soup

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes, Starter | Tags: , , |

Another simple soup that is really quick to make and provides a whole lot of nutrients. Spinach is rich in folic acid, iron and fibre and paneer in protein, calcium and energy.
I have kept the flavours simple, keeping in mind your delicate palate during the first trimester, but if you can handle mild flavours, add a little garlic (approximately 1 to 2 cloves) or about ¼ teaspoon of mixed dried herbs to “pep” up this soup.

Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : 10 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups spinach (palak), chopped
1/2 cup paneer (cottage cheese), crumbled
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 teaspoon oil
salt to taste
Method
1. Heat the oil and sauté the onion for 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add the spinach and sauté for another 4 to 5 minutes. Cool slightly.
3. Blend the onion and spinach mixture with 4 cups of water in a blender till it is a smooth purée.
4. Add the crumbled paneer and salt to the purée and bring it to a boil.
5. Serve hot.
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Lentil and vegetable broth

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes, Starter | Tags: , |

This broth is a nutritious combination of dal and vegetables which is good for your first trimester. Tomatoes and spinach provide iron and folic acid which are essential during this trimester and cheese and lentils are a good source of protein.
Being a mildly flavoured soup, it will stimulate your appetite if you’re nauseous and will also nourish you.

Preparation Time : 20 mins.
Cooking Time : 20 mins.

Serves 4.

For the stock
2 tablespoons yellow moong dal (split yellow gram), washed
2 onions
2 large tomatoes
For the topping
1 chopped onion
1/3 cup shredded cabbage
1/3 cup chopped spinach (palak)
4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon oil
salt to taste
pepper to taste
To serve
grated cheese
spring onion greens
For the stock
1. Cut the onions and tomatoes into big pieces.
2. Add the moong dal and 4 cups of water and cook in a pressure cooker.
3. When cooked, cool completely. Blend in a liquidiser and keep aside.
How to proceed
1. Heat the oil and sauté the onion for 1 minute.
2. Add the cabbage and spinach and sauté again for 1 minute.
3. Add the stock and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Add the ketchup, chopped tomato, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
5. Serve hot with grated cheese and spring onion greens.
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Broccoli broth

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes, Starter | Tags: , |

A really quick soup to make and one which does not require to hunt for lots of ingredients to whip it up.
Broccoli is one of the best sources of folic acid. I have added this simple soup to provide for lots of folic acid in your diet which you will need in plenty during your first trimester and more importantly before you conceive. It is also rich in calcium and protein.

Preparation Time : 15 mins.
Cooking Time : 15 mins.

Serves 2.

Ingredients
1 cup broccolli, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 teaspoon wheat germ
1 tablespoon cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon oil
salt and pepper to taste
Method
1. Heat the oil, add the onion pieces and sauté till the pieces are translucent.
2. Add the chopped broccoli and 1½ cups of water and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Cool.
3. Purée in a liquidiser and transfer back into a pan.
4. Add the milk, wheat germ and cheese and bring to a boil.
5. Add salt and pepper and serve hot.
Tips
Wheat germ is the outer covering of the wheat grain and is extremely rich in fibre.
Readymade wheat germ is available in packets at most health food stores.
If you cannot find wheat germ, this soup will taste just as good without it.
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Healthy tomato soup

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes, Starter | Tags: , , , |

The ever popular tomato soup made healthier with the addition of moong dal. Tomatoes are rich in folic acid, vitamin C and moong dal provides protein.
Moong dal also cuts down the sharpness of tomatoes and gives this soup a velvety texture. Just pour it into your favourite mug and sip away…..

Preparation Time : 5 mins.
Cooking Time : 25 mins.

Serves 6.

Ingredients
5 cups chopped tomatoes
1/3 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram), washed
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon cornflour or plain flour (maida)
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar (if required)
1/3 cup warm milk
2 teaspoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
For serving
fresh cream

bread croutons


Method
1. Pressure cook the tomatoes with the moong dal in 3 to 4 cups of water till the dal is cooked.
2. Cool and blend in a liquidiser. Keep aside.
3. Melt the butter, add the onion, sauté for 3 to 4 minutes and add the puréed mixture.
4. Mix the cornflour with a little water and pour into the soup. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Add the sugar, milk, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
6. Serve hot garnished with cream and bread croutons.
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Potato and carrot soup

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes, Starter | Tags: , , |

The versatile potato often plays a supporting role in a meal, but in this recipe it’s the star in creating a creamy soup that is brightened up with the addition of grated carrots.
Try not to peel the potatoes when you cook and purée them because unpeeled potatoes are rich in folic acid.
Carbohydrates tend to be the best tolerated nutrient in early pregnancy, so this soup is a boon for those days.

Cooking Time : 15 mins.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Serves 2.

Ingredients
1 cup potatoes, diced (preferably with the peel on)
1/4 cup onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon mixed dried herbs (oregano, thyme etc.)
1 teaspoon butter
salt to taste
pepper to taste
For the garnish
carrot, grated
Method
1. Melt the butter in a pressure cooker, saute the onion for a while.
2. Add the potatoes and sauté for a few more minutes.
3. Then add 1½ cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Cool completely.
4. Blend in a liquidiser and add the mixed herbs, salt and pepper.
5. Reheat the soup and serve garnished with grated carrots.
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Golden broth

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes, Starter | Tags: , |

This is one of my all-time favourite soup recipe which is also very nutritive as it is rich in vitamin A, fibre and protein.
Instead of fried starters, this “sunny” soup is just perfect for a pre-dinner appetizer.

Cooking Time : 20 mins.
Preparation Time : 15 mins.

Serves 4.

For the stock
2 large carrots, chopped
2 onions, chopped
1 potato, chopped
For the topping
1/2 onion, chopped
3/4 cup chopped spinach (palak)
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste
For the stock
1. Combine all the ingredients, add 5 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles
2. When cooked, blend in a liquidiser and keep aside.
For the topping
1. Heat the butter and saute the onion for 1 minute.
2. Add the spinach and saute again for a little while.
3. Add the stock and boil for a few minutes.
4. Warm the milk and add it to the soup. Add salt and pepper.
5. Serve hot.
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Bean soup

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes, Starter | Tags: , , , |

A rich soup that is low in calories but high in carbohydrates, fibre and iron. Puréed beans give this soup a smooth rich consistency without the addition of thickeners like flour, milk, cream etc.
This satisfying soup will agree well with you even if you are suffering from nausea.

Cooking Time : 15 mins.
Preparation time : 10 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
3/4 cup red kidney beans (rajma)
2 onions, chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon oil
salt to taste
For serving
finely chopped tomatoes
sliced spring onion
chopped coriander
Tabasco sauce
Method
1. Soak the beans overnight. Drain thoroughly.
2. Heat the oil, add the onions and fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, garlic, chilli powder and salt and sauté for 1 more minute.
3. Add the beans and 6 cups of water and pressure cook till they are soft. Blend in a blender.
4. Do not strain. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
5. Serve hot topped with tomatoes, onions, coriander and Tabasco sauce.
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Winter vegetable soup

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Pregnancy recipes, Starter | Tags: , , |

This hearty lentil based soup has warm flavours making it very appealing throughout your pregnancy. The potatoes and beans add extra carbohydrates while the vegetables provide the required vitamins, minerals and fibre.
It is a great one dish meal when you are lactating too. Simply assemble everything in a pot and let it simmer away while you attend to your little one.

Cooking Time : 1 hour.
Preparation Time : 20 mins.

Serves 6.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons black-eyed beans (chawli)
1/3 cup french beans, chopped
1/3 cup carrot, cubed
1/3 cup potato, cubed
1/3 cup cauliflower florets
1/3 cup tomato cubes, without seeds
3/4 cup shredded cabbage
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons celery stalks , chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon butter
salt to taste
pepper to taste
For the garnish
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons cheese
Method
1. Soak the black-eyed beans in water for 3 to 4 hours. Drain and keep aside.
2. Heat the butter in a pan and sauté the onion, celery and bay leaves lightly. Add the french beans, carrots, potatoes and cauliflower and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Add 6 cups of water and simmer on a medium flame for 30 to 45 minutes until the beans are tender.
4. Add the cabbage and tomato and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
5. Add salt and pepper.
6. Serve hot, garnished with the chopped parsley and grated cheese.
Tips
Chawli beans are also called haricot beans or lobhia beans and are available at most grocery stores.
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