Pregnancy Craving #2 : GINGER

Well this is a craving I would welcome anytime! I certainly did not have ginger cravings with pregnancy number one.. definitely could not be better! As we all know, ginger has a myriad of health and pregnancy benefits. Ginger is a good fighter of nausea and morning sickness, and is a proven remedy for upset tummies. Ginger also contain zinc to assist in blood flow and improve skin clarity.

I tend to use ginger in soup broths, add some to my home made dumplings, or finely shred them into a stir fry. So full of flavour and goodness!

Here are some easy ginger recipes. They are all packed with protein, fiber and really nailed my craving! Pregnant or not, do give them a go!

Ginger Tea

Add a thick slice of peeled ginger to a drinking cup of fresh boiled water. Let it brew for a few minutes (depending on how strong you like it). If you wish, add a squirt of honey and/or lemon for a natural way to combat colds and flu!

Ginger and Honey Chicken Stir-Fry

200g sliced chicken breast
100g sugar snap peas
100g cauliflower florettes
Vegetable oil
1 finely diced onion
1 clove garlic
5cm piece of finely shredded ginger

Sauce:
50ml honey
2tsp sesame oil
1Tbs dark soy sauce
1tsp cornstarch, diluted with 2tsp water
60ml chicken or vegetable stock

*You can use other vegetables such as corn, broccoli or bell peppers.

Heat vegetable oil in wok or large skillet and cook chicken in batches until brown. Remove and set aside.

To make the sauce – combine diluted cornstarch with stock. Add honey, sesame oil and soy sauce and stir well.

In the same skillet, heat a bit more oil and slightly brown the onion. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes. Put the chicken back in to the skillet and stir in the sauce. Add the vegetables and cover for 1-2 minutes.

Serve with rice, and garnish with fresh chilli and coriander.

Chicken and Egg Donburi with Ginger

200g cubed chicken breast
1c chicken or vegetable stock
1 finely sliced onion
3cm piece of finely shredded ginger
2Tbs sugar
60ml Kikkoman soy sauce
50ml mirin or Chinese cooking wine (optional)
100g corn kernels
100g broccoli florets
50g shiitake or button mushrooms
2 eggs, whisked

Combine stock, soy sauce, mirin and sugar in a saucepan. Heat on low until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer, stir in the onions and ginger and the chicken. Reduce the heat again, cover and cook gently for 10 minutes. Add the vegetables and cook (covered) for a further 5 minutes. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and slowly pour into the pot, over the entire mixture. Cover again and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Serve with rice.

Ps.. this dish is very popular with my 2 year old. We would often make it for lunch and have left over for her dinner that night.

Asian Broth with Ginger (serve with meat, vegetable and/or noodles)

1L good quality stock
3cm piece of sliced ginger
5 coriander roots
3Tbs Kikkoman soy sauce
3Tbs oyster sauce
A good dash of fish sauce
A good dash of Chinese cooking wine (optional)
1tsp of sugar

Combine stock, ginger and coriander roots in a pot, bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for a further 3 minutes. Strain into another pot and add your vegetables or finely cubed meat, or simply ladle over cooked noodles.

Serve with fresh chilli, spring onion, coriander leaves and/or a squeeze of lime!

Chicken Egg & Ginger Donburi

Chicken Egg & Ginger Donburi

LoveS

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A Calm Mum’s Must-Try Toddler Recipes

You may own myriads of recipes already, passed down through family members, or archived from multiple different sources. There are so many out there, and if I could, I’d try them all! However, not only can making toddler meals be time consuming, it can be disappointing when bub doesn’t like it after all the trouble you’ve gone through!

As referred to in my last post, mealtimes can be smooth sailing when you know how (probably more important than what bub likes) your toddler likes his food.  In most cases, bub will enjoy his food better when mushy or saucy. The following recipes are helpful for the transition from toddler meals to adult meals. You know.. that period when you’re short on time and wish bub can eat chicken tikka masala with the rest of the family!

I try to buy organic where I can but if not, these meals are still be jam-packed with nutrition… and are pretty much one-pot-freeze-able-wonders. But best of all, bub will love them!

Risoni in Veggie Broth

3/4 cup risoni
1/2 zucchini, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes
50g sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes
500ml water
1tsp good quality stock (Vegetable or Chicken)
Sprinkle of parsley

Method

Cook risoni in a pot of boiling water for 10-11 minutes

In another pot, cover zucchini and sweet potato with water and bring to boil. Cook until tender – cubes should fall apart with the press of a fork. Lower heat. Do not drain – the water is part of the nutrition!

Drain risoni and add to the cooked pot of veggies. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine and gently smash the vegetables (watch out for spatter!)

Stir in stock, parsley and a splash of water if required. The consistency should be soft, chunky with a bit of broth. Cool thoroughly prior to serving.

Easy Tuna Tomato Risotto

1 cup arborio rice
90g canned tuna in spring water, drained
1/2 onion
1 clove crushed garlic
200g chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh)
50g frozen corn kernels
50g frozen peas or fresh broccoli
500ml vegetable stock (or water), heated
1tsp olive oil
1/2tsp butter
Sprinkle of oregano
Parmesan for sprinkling

Method

Heat olive oil and butter in a saucepan. Cook onions and garlic until soft. Add rice and stir to coat each grain. Add stock and cover. Cook for 12 minutes, but check after 10. Stir well and add more stock if required.

Once cooked, stir in the chopped tomatoes, corn and peas. Cook for a further 2-4 minutes, until veggies are soft. Stir in tuna and oregano and heat through.

You may wish to mash up the risotto if bub is a young toddler.

Serve with parmesan.

There you go – a couple of easy, nutritious meals for bub that’s yummy enough for the whole family and easy enough to whip up! Hope you enjoy them.

LoveS