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Three delicious dishes that she’ll love in her first trimester

Pregnant partner? Hit the kitchen and whip up these three dishes that are healthy and safe for mum and baby…

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The first trimester can be a bit of a challenge food-wise, whether you have morning sickness or not. My wife, Anni found that the sight of anything green and healthy made her feel sick and that all she really wanted to eat was bland, beige-coloured food high in carbs. This is all totally normal as for those first few weeks of pregnancy she was creating a life, rather than growing one, which is, apparently quite hard work. So, if carbs are all she wanted, that’s what she got, I just tried to use wholegrain bread and pasta, brown rice and sweet potatoes instead of their fattier cousins.  She also couldn’t stomach vegetables in her first trimester, so I hid vegetables in pesto, soups, scrambled eggs and stir frys which seemed to do the trick. 

Here are my top three dishes to cook for your partner during the secret trimester to keep her and baby healthy. 

Chicken, broccoli and carrot soup with a parmesan toast

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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts

– 6 carrots

  • one onion
  • one head of broccoli
  • handfuls of thyme, sage and rosemary
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • two slices of brioche bread
  • 60g grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper

Method

  • Boil the stock in a pan and then reduce to a simmer. Peel and finely slice the carrots and place in the pan.
  • Roughly tear up the rosemary, sage and thyme and add.
  • Finely slice the chicken and add to the pan before roughly chopping the broccoli and also adding in.
  • Bring the liquid back to the boil and cook for at least five minutes (you want to ensure that the chicken is completely cooked through.
  • Meanwhile place 2 slices of brioche bread under the grill, toast slightly then remove.
  • Using a stick blender, mix the soup thoroughly. Reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  • Sprinkle the grated parmesan over the brioche and place back under the grill for 1-2 minutes until the parmesan has melted.

-Pour the soup into bowls and place the toast on top of the mixture.

Why is this good for mum and baby?

Chicken Protein, vitamin B, zinc
Brioche Fibre, protein
Parmesan Protein, calcium, vitamin A
Carrots Vitamin A, C, potassium, fibre, calcium
Broccoli Vitamins A, B, C, E, K, folate, potassium, fibre
Rosemary Vitamin A, B, C, folate
Thyme Fibre, Vitamin B, C, calcium
Onion/shallots Fibre, Vitamin B, C, D, K, Zinc, Iron, Folate, Magnesium, potassium

Walnut, spinach and parmesan pesto with roast chicken, spinach and broccoli

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Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 300g wholemeal fusilli pasta
  • half a head of broccoli
  • One handful of spinach
  • one shallot and two cloves of garlic

For the pesto

  • two handfuls of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed walnuts
  • one tablespoon grated parmesan
  • one garlic clove
  • 3-4 tablespoons of olive
  • salt and pepper

Method

  • Heat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking tray.
  • Boil the pasta as per instructions. When cooked, drain and set aside. Keep the pasta water.
  • Butterfly the chicken and cut in half.  Place on the baking tray, season and roast for 10-12 minutes, turning halfway.
  • Meanwhile, make your pesto in a small blender. Add all the ingredients and blend well. If the mixture is too try, add more olive oil to bring all the ingredients together. Season to taste.
  • Dice the onion and garlic, season and cook on a medium heat.
  • Cut the broccoli into chunks and cook for 3 minutes in the pasta water. Drain, rinse in cold water and set aside.
  • Add the pasta and broccoli to the pan and stir in some of the pesto. Add the spinach and cook for a further minute until it wilts.
  • Divide into two bowls, place the chicken on top and serve with grated parmesan.

Why is this good for mum and baby?

Chicken Protein, vitamin B, zinc
Parmesan Protein, calcium, vitamin A
Wholegrain pasta Folate, magnesium, vitamin B, fibre
Walnuts Omega-3 fats, vitamin B, E fibre, protein
Onion/shallots Fibre, Vitamin B, C, D, K, Zinc, Iron, Folate, Magnesium, potassium
Garlic Vitamin B, C, Calcium, potassium, iron
Spinach Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A, B, C, K, folate, magnesium,
Broccoli Vitamins A, B, C, E, K, folate, potassium, fibre

Spanish style risotto with king prawns, peas and asparagus

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Ingredients

  • 200g king prawns, de-headed and de-shelled
  • 8-10 asparagus stems
  • 100g peas (frozen is fine)
  • 200g risotto rice (arborio or whatever you usually use)
  • parmesan
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 2 small shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 25g butter

Method

  • Thinly slice the onions and gently fry in the butter, before adding in the garlic.
  • Add the risotto rice and paprika to the pan, ensuring that the rice is well covered with the butter and spice.
  • Pour a cup or so of the stock to the risotto and stir.
  • Carry on adding the stock bit by bit for around 10 minutes. The stock will slowly absorb into the rice.
  • Remove the bottom quarter of the asparagus and slice the rest, taking care to keep the heads to one side.
  • Add the sliced asparagus and peas to the rice and carry on adding in the stock.
  • In a separate pan fry the asparagus heads and prawns in a little butter.
  • When the risotto is almost done, add in the juice of half a lemon and a generous grating of parmesan.
  • Serve the risotto in bowls and arrange the prawns and asparagus on top. Arrange any way you like but a nice pattern is to place the prawn and asparagus one after each other.

Why is this good for mum and baby?

Prawns Protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, calcium, Vitamins A, E
Parmesan Protein, calcium, vitamin A
Butter Calcium, vitamin A, E K
Arborio rice Fibre, iron
Onion/shallots Fibre, Vitamin B, C, D, K, Zinc, Iron, Folate, Magnesium, potassium
Garlic Vitamin B, C, Calcium, potassium, iron
Peas Vitamins B, C, K, folate, protein, zinc, potassium, magnesium, iron
Asparagus Folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, protein, vitamin K,
Lemons Vitamin B, C, calcium, magnesium, folate

And there you have it – she may have a metaphorical bun in the oven but it doesn’t stop you whipping up some culinary treats in the kitchen. Give them a go and let me know how you get on! Happy cooking!

About Adam Shaw


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I'm a passionate chef, new Dad and recent graduate from Leiths School of Food and Wine who is on a mission to overhaul the way we think about food during pregnancy and early parenthood. When my wife first became pregnant I couldn't wait to start researching what were the best dishes to make for her but I was disapointed to see that most advice centered on what you can't have, rather than on what you can. I therefore decided to write my own recipes to accompany her through the differing stages of her pregnancy.
For more recipes see www.atdadstable.com or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/at_dads_table

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