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Simple meals to cook in 3rd trimester

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm so over cooking I could just scream ladies! Please help!

I'm trying to stick to whole foods and at the very least, gluten free. I have gone off the rails and want to keep eating healthy and not opting for fast food because its fast.

I just can't stand in the kitchen for long due to the heat and exhaustion by the end of the day. I am having some aversions to meat and veggies as well.

Any suggestions on what I can make that's healthy FAST? Do you have a favorite salad that's easy to get on a plate? Swap outs for sweets or heavily processed foods?

Thanks in advance ladies!
post #2 of 18

I so need this too. I eat a WAPF/ Primal diet (gluten-free also) and having a hard time with my kitchen mojo - and I am a food blogger! ACK.

 

So we have been doing lots of burgers and oven fries (I am anemic and I have been craving red meat, but not much other meat). Also grilling veggies like zucchini and eggplant on the grill when it is too hot to cook inside.

 

For breakfasts, I usually bake a banana bread or something and we eat that up with yogurt in the morning, or sometimes we'll have eggs with sliced up avocado on the side and maybe some lightly sauteed tomatoes. I have also been enjoying smoothies for breakfast on really hot days.

 

Lunch is often a salad with hard boiled eggs, cheese and whatever veggies are laying around. Or we do a big antipasto platter with cheeses, marinated veggies, olives, etc.

 

Dinner is where I get lost. I am not loving meat and I am trying to avoid the easy way out by making rice pasta or something like that. Most dinners I make, I don't enjoy (too heavy on the meat that I am not liking - like pork (we have a freezer full of pasture raised pig that I am trying to eat, but I am not really enjoying it).

post #3 of 18

My regular salads are mostly about throwing everything I have laying around in them, and if the whole meal is to be just the salad, making sure it has enough protein (leftover chicken, hardboiled eggs, smoked turkey and cheese). For example, today for dinner I packed (because we need to have dinner before our childbirth class, otherwise I risk turning into an angry tired hungry monster) a salad with the following: lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, figs, shredded carrot, feta cheese, smoked turkey, balsamic dressing in a contaner to be added before eating.

post #4 of 18
I've been eating a lot of gomae which is a spinach sesame salad from Japan although we've been using chard and kale and beet tops instead. It can be done with green beans as well (then you call it gomazu) and I got some beans at the farmers market for this week for that purpose. It's a good way to get my leafy greens in and is soooooo yummy warm or cold. You can make it in big batches ahead of time too.
post #5 of 18
We make shakshuka (eggs and feta cheese poached in spicy tomato sauce) and pita. Other favorites are roasted chicken (crock pot or Dutch oven), carnitas tacos (crock pot pork shoulder with citrus marinade), tomato soup with custom paninis in the Foreman grill (a bunch of lunch meats, tomatoes, and spreads on wheat bread).
Edited by aidenn - 7/9/13 at 7:33am
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Chispita-- what kind of smoked turkey? I'm trying to stay away from nitrates. I'd love a salad everyday but get so lazy about all the chopping!

Thistlemoon-- I did an "deconstructed" salad today. Just dumped and ate! I have the veggies and need to eat them, thanks for that idea! I also had some cheese and nitrate-free salami. Yum. What sort of marinated veggies are you buying? I caved and bought a bottle of "all natural" canola oil ranch dressing. It was good and my DD will eat all sorts of things (carrots!, celery!) with it so I opted for that. Making real ranch dressing makes me a little ill-- raw eggs might be freaking me out? I don't really know. It just seems to "rich" for me. Suggestions? I would of course rather have a homemade dressing but never get my act together on that. I also have a cultures for health pack of Greek yogurt. I really want to try my hand at making but I'm too scared it'll just rot in the fridge like a LOT of foods are right now.

I LOVE smoothies but am finding myself starving an hour after making one. I need something more substantial for breakfast and am choking down eggs and sausage tho I'm getting very sick of it everyday. Any ideas would be GREAT. Today I ate frikin Cheerios with a nectarine cut up. Delish but not GF.

Keep these ideas coming!
post #7 of 18

I buy organic jarred peppers and capers and things like that for the antipasto. Or I will use leftover grilled veggies that we might have made. Just what ever is lying around.

 

I make most of my own dressings. Does your DD only like creamy ones? Have you tried making homemade mayo (still raw eggs)...? It is very easy and you can add spices to it to make it more like a dressing. Or what else you could do it use an avocado to make creamy dressings. Throw one in the blender with olive oil, some mustard maybe and some lemon juice and you have a really yummy, creamy dressing full of goodness!!!!

 

I make yogurt from Cultures for Health! It does take some effort. Have you tried making kefir instead? Much easier - not heating and cooling the milk. You can strain the kefir too, to make it thicker and more like yogurt. You could use the yogurt to make dressings too...
 

For your smoothies what about getting some protein powder to add to them? Can you purchase some GF bread to make toast? Or even french toast ( a way to sneak those eggs in!)

post #8 of 18

I also do lots of salads.  A recent one: mixed greens, tomato, red pepper, chopped onion, alfalfa sprouts, steamed green beans, yellow corn kernels, garbanzo beans and hard boiled egg.  For dressings I just season with lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

 

Veggie Frittatas - Just sautee a bunch of veggies (ex. onion, garlic, green squash, spinach).  In meantime whisk together eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Once veggies are cooked pour them into whisked eggs and mix together.  Wash skillet and put back on stove with a bit of oil on medium-low heat, allow to get hot.  Pour egg and veggie mixture back in.  Once it is firm and holds its shape, but runny on top, slide out onto a plate and flip it over into skillet. Cook a few more minutes and then serve.  Instead of flipping you can also just stick it under a broiler for a few minutes if you have an oven-proof skillet (like cast iron).

 

Greens and Egg tacos - Sautee onions and some kind of green (I usually use spinach or swiss chard).  Break eggs into pan and immediately scramble.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve with corn tortillas (if you are in a big rush, corn tortillas can be easily heated in microwave for 15-30 seconds).  I sometimes put a bit of cheese, avocado, pickled veggies or raw garlic (to boost immune system) on the tacos, too.

 

Bean soup - Soak beans overnight.  (You can use any kind - we usually use small red beans, if there is a Latino grocery store near you, they are called Frijoles de Seda).  Put in pot with lots of water, 4-5 whole cloves of garlic and beef bones/joints with scraps of meat if you wish and boil (time will depend on bean, sometimes takes all afternoon but only requires occasional monitoring and adding water).  Once beans are cooked add veggies chopped into large chunks (whatever you want, but here it is traditionally onion, green summer squash, chayote (another squash), cassava, and potato).  Season with oregano, cumin, salt and pepper.  Boil until veggies are cooked and serve.  This takes a long time but isn't very labor intensive, so you can make it on an afternoon you are doing other things around the house.

Easy oatmeal with nuts - I use instant oatmeal and cook it with walnuts, almonds and raisins.  Then pour a little milk on it and eat.  Exccellent and easy breakfast.

 

Easy mango-kiwi-yogurt smoothie - Just put mango, kiwi, and plain yogurt into blender with a little water if needed.  Add honey if you want it a little sweeter.

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by tillymonster View Post
I LOVE smoothies but am finding myself starving an hour after making one. I need something more substantial for breakfast and am choking down eggs and sausage tho I'm getting very sick of it everyday. Any ideas would be GREAT. Today I ate frikin Cheerios with a nectarine cut up. Delish but not GF.
Keep these ideas coming!

tilly - I try to have a green smoothie every day or at least every other day and I always eat some raw almonds with it, makes it more like a meal and much more filling:)

I'm like you with the dinner thing though, the standing at the end of the day, ugh! Nothing is sounding good dinner-wise, I'm such a picky eater anyway,especially when it comes to protein as I only eat chicken, turkey and fish/seafood which makes the protein part quite boring... I mean one can only eat so many beans... AND, I am so sick of chicken, blah!

post #10 of 18
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I've been eating a lot of gomae which is a spinach sesame salad from Japan although we've been using chard and kale and beet tops instead.

Recipe, please? I have some beet tops that I need to cook, and I think I've overused my standby of an egg dish with the greens sauteed with garlic.

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by tillymonster View Post

Chispita-- what kind of smoked turkey? I'm trying to stay away from nitrates. I'd love a salad everyday but get so lazy about all the chopping!

Honestly, I don't know Sheepish.gif I generally only eat it the first couple of days the packet has been open, and then DH and the cats finish it up (I'm a bit wary about "humid" meats once they've been open for a while).

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by katalopolis View Post

I've been eating a lot of gomae which is a spinach sesame salad from Japan although we've been using chard and kale and beet tops instead.

Recipe, please? I have some beet tops that I need to cook, and I think I've overused my standby of an egg dish with the greens sauteed with garlic.


http://justonecookbook.com/blog/recipes/spinach-with-sesame-sauce/

This is basically what I do. The mirin which is just really low alcohol rice wine and it can be eliminated and it seems to work just fine.

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by katalopolis View Post


http://justonecookbook.com/blog/recipes/spinach-with-sesame-sauce/

This is basically what I do. The mirin which is just really low alcohol rice wine and it can be eliminated and it seems to work just fine.


Thanks!!  I'm going to try it.

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post #15 of 18

tilly - in the past i would eat salads everyday for lunch so i got in the habit of prepping much of it all at once at the start of the week.  i would prep all my greens and get them well dried and put them in a large tupperware container and then i'd also chop anything else that was hardy (carrots, olives, celery, etc) and make chicken breast or eggs or whatever protein i was putting in.  and then each day i would just have to make up a smaller container of my daily salad and throw in some cucumber and tomato and whatever else didn't do well pre-chopped.  it was a lifesaver and made regular salads much more easy to do.  i had been given this HUGE bowl that is basically for tossing large quantities and i would make it up in there, mix it well and then transfer to a containers in the fridge.

 

other things that i do to make cooking and eating well more sane is that i plan 2 dinner dishes a week and make one on sunday or monday and the next a few days later - i make each one large enough to usually go 3 days or so.  we don't mind eating the same thing for a few days so that works well for us - i would totally not be able to cook something new every night.  usually the first dish is something that may be a bit more involved since i get help from my husband with that one.  but the one in mid-week is usually a slow-cooker dish since we both come home at dinnertime. and when i'm feeling really lazy or burned out on meal planning, my go-to dish is beef tacos or taco salad.  again,  i make a lot of taco meat (2 pounds or so) and you can even have some of the toppings prepped.  

 

and for breakfast, i do something similar in that i plan 1 or 2 primary things that can be easily reheated - a large frittata or a baked oatmeal casserole (awesome and very flexible).  tonight we are trying a new recipe that is a cornmeal, egg and cheese casserole.  sometimes i just soak a large bowl of oats and raisins and then it takes only a few minutes to heat it up in the morning since the soaking does some pre-cooking and also makes the oats much more digestible and nutritious (soak w/some yogurt or buttermilk in the water).  

post #16 of 18
Cmu- I bookmarked several of your links- you're makin' me hungry!!
post #17 of 18

Oooh, I made this one up the other night and it was really good:

Quinoa Garbanzo salad

Cook 1/2 cup quinoa

Cut into small chunks and steam 1 green or yellow squash and 1/2 a carrot

Finely chop up: 3 tomatoes, 1 green pepper, 1/2 onion, 1/2 cup of cilantro, 2 cloves of garlic.

Toss quinoa, steamed veggies, chopped up veggies, and the contents of a can of garbanzo beas (chickpeas) with 1.5 tablespoons lime juice, 1/2 T olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

post #18 of 18
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tilly - in the past i would eat salads everyday for lunch so i got in the habit of prepping much of it all at once at the start of the week.  i would prep all my greens and get them well dried and put them in a large tupperware container and then i'd also chop anything else that was hardy (carrots, olives, celery, etc) and make chicken breast or eggs or whatever protein i was putting in.  and then each day i would just have to make up a smaller container of my daily salad and throw in some cucumber and tomato and whatever else didn't do well pre-chopped.  it was a lifesaver and made regular salads much more easy to do.  i had been given this HUGE bowl that is basically for tossing large quantities and i would make it up in there, mix it well and then transfer to a containers in the fridge.

other things that i do to make cooking and eating well more sane is that i plan 2 dinner dishes a week and make one on sunday or monday and the next a few days later - i make each one large enough to usually go 3 days or so.  we don't mind eating the same thing for a few days so that works well for us - i would totally not be able to cook something new every night.  usually the first dish is something that may be a bit more involved since i get help from my husband with that one.  but the one in mid-week is usually a slow-cooker dish since we both come home at dinnertime. and when i'm feeling really lazy or burned out on meal planning, my go-to dish is beef tacos or taco salad.  again,  i make a lot of taco meat (2 pounds or so) and you can even have some of the toppings prepped.  

and for breakfast, i do something similar in that i plan 1 or 2 primary things that can be easily reheated - a large frittata or a baked oatmeal casserole (awesome and very flexible).  tonight we are trying a new recipe that is a cornmeal, egg and cheese casserole.  sometimes i just soak a large bowl of oats and raisins and then it takes only a few minutes to heat it up in the morning since the soaking does some pre-cooking and also makes the oats much more digestible and nutritious (soak w/some yogurt or buttermilk in the water).  

Omg you are so organized! I can't manage to prep salads ahead of time. I just give up chopping because it hate to. We are getting a new fridge delivered and I'm hoping the French door style helps me sort things better. I'm pretty good about leftovers now but was a nightmare earlier this pregnancy. I just didn't want to cook anything and anything I did cook I didn't really want to eat. I added in grains I had previously cut out (mostly GF) and thought a nice bowl of pasta would do the trick, not so much.

I almost wonder if it's a temperature thing. My kitchen is the hottest area in the house. I am VERY hot right now. So I really should just make salads. But they just aren't doing it for me. Food has been so hard this time around. Will be looking at some links above-- I really want to freeze some things for post-baby but wonder how ill feel about food and if I will even want it?

I am going to try and do the things you suggest above. And look at cmu's suggestions! Also love that quinoa salad!

Edit: that one pot wonder pasta is SO EASY and looks amazing. I will be making that!
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