I cook about once or twice a week, but I only know about a dozen or so recipes my wife likes. She's now pregnant and a lot of foods (meaty, oily, or strong smell) are off the list. I'm a decent learner but I'm best with straightforward recipes (<20 minutes, 2-5 main ingredients). Any ideas?
My own suggestions so far:
Applesauce - add a little lemon if not eaten right away
Milk shake - vanilla ice cream, milk, banana. Blend!
Stiry fry - smash garlic, heat garlic in oil till brown, remove garlic, toss in washed but dried and cut vegetable, cook until delicious and season. This is my wife's favorite, feel free to ask for tips!
Grilled vegetables - oil the pan with a drop of oil (use a kitchen paper towell and drop 1 drop of olive oil - any more and it's too much for a sensitive pregnant woman). Cut cherry tomatoes in half and cook face down for 5-10 minutes until semi-brown. Grill corn, this is always a winner. If you can get fresh (not dried) lima beans, grill with just salt until semi-brown and it's awesome.
Baked fries - I cheat and buy the frozen fries and bake them. Baking avoids grease, and I think pregnant women love potatoes (the smell and the minerals)
Toasted baguette - buy a good crusty baguette (I get Ralph's crusty country loaf), slice into diagonal rounds about 1 inch thick. Toast until it browns (watch the oven if first time). My wife likes it topped with prosciutto. A safe cheese is laughing cow's cheese wedges since they have no odor.
So I've been doing the above and then some for the last few weeks, but I'm really looking for new ideas to keep her fed and healthy. Most of my other recipes are ruled out for various reasons. Any ideas?
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