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11 Healthy Dinner Ideas For New Moms

Dinner Ideas For New Moms

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Being a new mother is hard. And that is putting it mildly. With a crying newborn at home, the easiest of tasks can now seem insurmountable. Want to go take a shower? Ruled out! Want to read a book? Go, head to Utopia!

In such a scenario, cooking dinner can feel like a battle. When all your body wants is sleep, food can seem like a luxury. But you need to eat, as does your family. If you are nursing, you need to eat well to keep your milk supply up. And your body needs the nutrients to heal from the wear and tear of pregnancy and childbirth.

No, you don’t have to order take-outs every day! You can cook easy meals, without spending hours in the kitchen. Don’t believe us? Check out these easy dinner ideas for new moms!

1. One Pan Lasagna:

One Pan Lasagna

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There is something about lasagna that appeals to all taste buds. And if you thought making lasagna was a difficult task, think again! It is filled with veggies and will be great for your digestion too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound lean beef
  • One can tomatoes
  • Four baby carrots
  • One small onion
  • One garlic clove
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1⁄2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces spinach leaves
  • Four lasagna noodles
  • 4 ounces mozzarella

How To Make:

  1. The first step is to preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Next, heat the oil in a large skillet.
  3. Now add the beef and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  4. While the beef is cooking, mix the tomatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic in a food processor and chop coarsely.
  5. Let’s move to the beef now! Once the meat is browned, add the tomato mixture, chicken stock, ricotta, and spinach and combine well.
  6. Dip the noodles in the sauce and garnish with mozzarella.
  7. Now bake the lasagna, uncovered. Once the cheese has melted, remove the pan and serve warm!

2. Chicken With Goat Cheese and Basil:

Chicken With Goat Cheese and Basil

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There is something very comforting about chicken. This dish is easy to make and is also packed with protein. Serve it with brown rice for a wholesome dinner.

Ingredients:

  • Three boneless chicken breasts
  • 4-5 oz. goat cheese
  • Three large basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Take a sheet pan and line up the chicken breasts on it.
  3. Remove the skin while keeping one edge attached.
  4. Cut the cheese into thick slices. Now add one or two of these slices as well as a large basil leaf under each chicken piece.
  5. Next, rub the chicken pieces with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for 25-40 minutes.
  7. Once the meat is cooked through, remove from over.
  8. Serve hot or at room temperature

3. Vegetarian Gumbo:

Vegetarian Gumbo

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The one thing you definitely need as a new mother is a slow cooker! This easy to make recipe is nutritious and won’t take too much effort either.

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick baking spray
  • Black beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Mixed vegetables – stir-fried
  • 2 cups okra
  • 2 to 3 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 3 cups hot cooked white or brown rice

How To Make:

  1. Combine the beans, tomatoes, vegetables, okra and Cajun seasoning in a slow cooker.
  2. Now let it cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours. If you want it done quicker, let it cook on high heat for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Serve with rice

4. Yangchow Fried Rice:

Yangchow Fried Rice

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Are you craving for some Chinese food? Make some at home with next to no effort!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tbsp chicken stock or water
  • Two tsp soy sauce
  • One tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 8 shrimp
  • 1/2 cup ham
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup tiny peas
  • 3/4 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup green onion

How To Make:

  1. Combine the stock (or water), soy sauce, salt, and sugar in a pan.
  2. Chop the cooked shrimp into small chunks.
  3. Take a deep skillet, add the oil and put it over high heat.
  4. Now add the ham, chicken, chopped shrimp and cook for about one minute.
  5. Next, add the rice and toss. Keep cooking for about one minute. Add chicken stock mixture and toss to mix. Add the peas.
  6. Cook the rice till it is tender. Finally add the bean sprouts as well as the green onion and give it a final toss well. Transfer to a serving platter, and serve hot or warm.
  7. Serve hot.

5. Greek Salad With Warm Pita Crisps:

Greek Salad With Warm Pita Crisps

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Healthy, tasty, and easy to make – this is the perfect recipe for new moms. You can even add grilled chicken if you want some extra protein.

Ingredients:

  • Four pieces pita bread
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • One tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 285g romaine salad greens
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cup black olives
  • Two green onions
  • ½ cup Greek Dressing
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese

How To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Now place the pita on a baking tray or sheet. Drizzle some olive oil on top and sprinkle dried oregano, salt and pepper. Cook till the pita is crisp.
  3. Chop the cucumber, tomato, black olives and green onions coarsely and combine.
  4. Add ¼ cup dressing and garnish with the cheese and warm pita. Serve hot.
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