Just found I'm pregnant. I'm vegetarian & looking for healthy, nutricious, easy to prepare meals. Maybe spicy?? Ideas please

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cratecooking May 24, 2013
Congratulations! I would also look in to Heidi Swanson's two books, and her blog, 101 Cookbooks. She has some really delicious food. I am no vegetarian, but cook from her books all the time. And her photography is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy!
 
susan G. May 23, 2013
If you are already eating well, you know most of the answers. My standard advice is variety, moderation, quality. Stay away from processed and fake foods. When you make something you love, double it and put the other portion in the freezer -- either for days when you aren't up to cooking, or for after the baby is born.
When my last child was born, we had 3 little boys, a large garden and a 3 story house. I was only recently vegetarian, and I was thrilled to find that I had more energy, strength and stamina than any previous pregnancy.
 
Trena H. May 22, 2013
I love black beans and rice. I make a big batch of veggie stock and freeze in old fage yogurt cups in the freezer. Typically I use dried black beans soaked in water overnight. Dump that water out and cook in vegetable broth with fresh garden herbs and bay leaf. I use sprigs of thyme, rosemary and oregano. Salt liberally while the beans are simmering. This usually takes a couple of hours. You know they're done when the beans are fork tender. When the beans are cooked I put some in a bowl and put the rice on top (thank goodness for rice cookers). Then I add a tablespoon of butter on the rice and season with sea salt. I also like to make refrigerator pickles for garnish. Red onions with a pinch of salt in white vinegar make a great pickle. Enjoy! I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy.
 
lloreen May 22, 2013
Congrats - try the website for 101 cookbooks. I love some of the bulgar and quinoa recipes- Heidi emphasizes whole grains and veggies. Also, Madhur Jaffrey's book, World Vegetarian, is my old stand-by that never fails. You will want to get some protein and there are great recipes for beans and lentils in there.
 
cookinginvictoria May 22, 2013
Don't think the link worked for the chickpea stew. Let me try again: http://food52.com/recipes/21849-heidi-swanson-s-chickpea-stew-with-saffron-yogurt-and-garlic
 
cookinginvictoria May 22, 2013
Congratulations! Even though I do not eat a strictly vegetarian diet, when I was pregnant all I wanted to eat were vegetables and fruits.
I can attest that Hilarybee's crustless kale and quinoa quiche is delicious! You will find lots of wonderful vegetarian recipes on food52. Here are some of my favorite vegetarian comfort foods on this site. The important thing is to eat the foods that appeal to you:

One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf: http://food52.com/recipes/2434-one-pot-kale-and-quinoa-pilaf
Also if you like kale, this Raw Kale Salad with Lentils and Sweet Apricot Vinaigrette is delicious: http://food52.com/recipes/17866-raw-kale-salad-with-lentils-and-sweet-apricot-vinaigrette
Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt: http://food52.com/recipes/8565-mujaddara-with-spiced-yogurt
Sag Paneer: http://food52.com/recipes/8650-saag-paneer
If you are craving spicy: Fried Avocado Tacos with Sesame and Lime: http://food52.com/recipes/17974-fried-avocado-tacos-with-sesame-and-lime
Yam and Peanut Stew with Kale: http://food52.com/recipes/19854-yam-and-peanut-stew-with-kale
Creamy Sorrel Soup: http://food52.com/recipes/19001-creamy-sorrel-soup
 
cookinginvictoria May 22, 2013
One more recipe for you: If you eat eggs, Heidi Swanson's chickpea stew is very comforting and delicious: http://food52.com/recipes/21849-heidi-swanson-s-chickpea-stew-with-saffron-yogurt-and-garlic
 
Hilarybee May 22, 2013
Do you eat eggs? I know, it's my own recipe (sorry!) but it is super popular with pretty much everyone and very gentle on the stomach. You can change out the greens, omit the cheese. http://food52.com/recipes/14244-quinoa-and-kale-crustless-quiche
 
Maedl May 22, 2013
The book is available in the UK, but it is also available in the US in a Kindle version. The hardcopy in the UK would be the equivalent of about $39; the Kindle pub is $21. Good luck!
 
Lady G. May 22, 2013
Thanks. Im in Scotland but Amazon may come to the rescue if its not published here. Feeling a bit queasy and needing a bit of new inspiration to make me want to eat and that ticks the boxes. Gone right off the thought of some of my favourites ( and coffee!)
 
ZombieCupcake May 22, 2013
http://food52.com/recipes/17991-lentil-cakes-tikka-masala this one is great
 
Maedl May 22, 2013
If you don’t have Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, get yourself a copy. It is full of tasty recipes, and you don’t even have to be pregnant to enjoy them.
 
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