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Lets talk food/ recipe share

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

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I can't be the only one who finds it more difficult to find foods that sound good and meet certain requirements during pregnancy.  So, lets talk food and share some great recipes!

 

For lunch I made an untuna salad (from the Whole Foods recipe section) served with heirloom tomatoes and lettuce on a pita.  We also had grilled pineapple salad (from Whole foods) and roasted brussels with a but of crumbly Welsh cheddar on top.  

 

I am looking for low meat (or no meat) recipes and esp snacks that are high in protein.  It would be a huge bonus if a 3 year old would eat them, but I'm not holding my breathe :) 

post #2 of 15

I've started mixing ground nuts and raisins in with plain yogurt for a high protein, low carb, calcium snack.  I'm eating a lot of egg based foods but also regular meats.  I tend to focus on the meats for protein and add leafy greens as much as possible.  I really like salad with whatever meat I'm eating on top.  

 

That doesn't always please the kids!

 

I'm not using a whole lot of recipes, other than a marinade for grilled veggies, http://www.food.com/recipe/fajita-marinade-374239 , and one that I like for brisket with onion gravy http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/slow_cooker_brisket_onion_gravy.html.  I find that everyone seems to like the food better when I keep it simple. 

post #3 of 15

My kids have always liked oven baked egg rolls, which you can keep vegetarian and add tofu for a protein. 

When I do eat pasta, I try to get that higher protein pasta that either Ronzoni or Barilla makes.  I can't remember which brand now.  I think Smart is in the name.

post #4 of 15

Ahhh, a topic always on my mind.  I am really working on protein...the rec is 170g since I'm having twins and its impossible.  I do eat meat but was never a heavy meat eater...was vegi for years during my 20s.  I'm really trying to work protein into every time I eat.  Greek yogurt is an great one when I've had too many eggs for breakfast!  We are getting the costco brand in large tubs and it has 24% of your daily rec.  Other brands sometimes have less, so you have to read...its also plain, so I don't feel like I'm being inundated with sugar.  Trail mixes from Trader Joes are a good snack these days.  I also do a protein (whey) shake at least once a day...my 2 year old twins love smoothies for snack...we add in greens and fruit and they would drink the whole blender pitcher!  Recently I made a quinoa salad with chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, parsley (left out olives cause I don't care for them) with a home made tahini lemon dressing...so good and I didn't serve any to my kids for lunch and they were begging me for bite after bite while we ate!  Good luck and hope that helps!  Also hoping for more posts/ideas.  I think I need to go have a snack before bed...since all this thinking about food has now made me hungry!  :)

post #5 of 15

One of the high protein foods on my list while dealing with GD was cottage cheese.  Surprisingly high protein.  I'm investigating cottage cheese recipes.  Most of them involve pasta which I will have to stay away from when the GD comes back.  I'll share if I find anything worthwhile.  

post #6 of 15

Check out some of the specialty high protein, lower carb, pastas.  They'll cost more, but might be worth it when the time comes.  I bet you can find them on Amazon if you can't find them in a local specialty grocery store.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

I love cottage cheese and fruit, I have been craving fruit like crazy.  I just ate nearly half a bag of grapes.  And some strawberries.  Does that mean that I'm missing something from my diet?

post #8 of 15

I don't know if the cravings mean that you're missing anything, but cottage cheese and fruit is yummy!  

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

So does anyone know how to cook a steak on the grill?  Does it need a marinade? How do you not overcook it? Any tips?

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by faithsstuff View Post

So does anyone know how to cook a steak on the grill?  Does it need a marinade? How do you not overcook it? Any tips?

 

For a dry rub, rub olive oil all over your steak.  Then do a dry rub of spices on all sides of the steak.  Use whatever spices you like - we like 'em spicy so we do a mix of cayenne, cumin, paprika, and oregano.

 

For cooking, learned this trick from a phenomenal beef farmer in my town. If you have a 1 1/2 inch steak this is the way to do it (if your steak is less in diameter then go for less time).  Turn all burners on your BBQ to high and bring it up to 450.  Then once at 450, turn one burner off (preferably centre one if you have 3 burners). Sear both sides of your steak for a minute and then place it on the non-lit side for 30-35 minutes (ideally your bbq will drop to 250 for the 30 minutes). Sounds like forever but it if done properly, it will be the most tender, "like butter" steak you ever have. Hope this helps!  (you'll know what you want your steak to "feel like" when it's done - this will cook your steak but keep it medium rare)


Edited by abouttobe5 - 6/23/12 at 9:38am
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by faithsstuff View Post

So does anyone know how to cook a steak on the grill?  Does it need a marinade? How do you not overcook it? Any tips?

 

If you are using a charcoal grill, obviously the timing will change depending of how hot the coals.  But if you check the meat for doneness, it will take some of the guess work out of the timing.  This is actually a really good way to test for doneness:

 

http://www.meninaprons.net/archives/2006/01/learning_doneness_the_hand_tes.html

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

thanks for the steak grilling tips.  It's going to be above 90 degrees today so no indoor cooking, I think it's time to pick up a steak.

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

O.k. that was the best steak I've ever cooked.  Dh isn't a meat man and he loved it too.  Here's another hard one: I need road trip snack ideas.  We will have a cooler and take fruit and nuts.  Someone on the trip wants to order a large pizza, pack it up and take it with us.  Bad idea for me.  Pizza tastes great but it's just too much carbs, I can eat 4 pieces of pizza and be hungry an hour later, then I'll crash out.  Is there anything besides beef jerky?  I don't think we'll have lunch meat for a number of reasons.  I know there has to be something that would work.  Maybe fruit with peanut butter dip?  The smell of p.b. has made me nautous since I got preg but I may need to just deal with it.

post #14 of 15
How about hard boiled eggs? String cheese. Pepperoni. Olives. Maybe some low-carb muffins (made with almond meal?) with cream cheese.
post #15 of 15

What about bean dips?  Hummus?  white bean and fresh basil dip? 

I'm a vegetarian, I eat a lot of beans....

 

I also like grilled tempeh, which you can cube and eat cold. 

I've had "tuna" tempeh before, with soy mayo.  If you google a recipe I'm sure there are a few out there.

Check out the vegetarian foods in the vegetable section of your grocer....there are a lot of veggie "meats" and whatever that might work. 

Some are soy free too if you don't eat soy.

I like the pepperoni and the turkey slices in salads. 

 

Edamame is nice too cold, keep it in the pods and it's a nice finger food to keep you busy on a trip.

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