A healthy diet is crucial during pregnancy. It satisfies cravings, supplies nutrition to mother and baby, and keeps the mother full. No worries, no one is going to stop you from having the following recipes,  as they are both delicious and nutritious recipes for pregnant women. Here are 7 tasty and healthy recipes during pregnancy to try out:

 

7 tasty and healthy recipes during pregnancy

 

Peanut and Fresh Vegetable Salad Recipe

This is a nutritious salad and easy to digest.

Ingredients

Raw peanuts roasted – 2 cups

Carrots, chopped – ½ cup

Cucumber chopped – ½ cup

Tomato chopped – ½ cup

Green chilies, chopped – ½ tsp

Coriander leaves, chopped – 2 tbsp

Chaat masala – ½ tsp

Cumin powder – ½ tsp

Pepper powder – a pinch

Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Preparation Method

– Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

– Season with pepper and lime juice.

– Serve the salad chilled.

Mixed Vegetable Cutlet Recipe

Mixed Vegetable Cutlet

Ingredients

Potatoes boiled – 2 large

French beans, finely chopped – ½ cup

Carrots, finely chopped – ½ cup

Peas – ½ cup

Onions, finely chopped – ½ cup

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Chilli powder – ½ tsp

Breadcrumbs

Oil for frying the cutlets

Salt to taste

Preparation Method

– Heat oil and sauté onions until translucent.

– Mash potatoes and add to the pan.

– Add the rest of the veggies and mix well

– Add chili powder and turmeric powder.

– Add some water and cook over a low flame until vegetables are cooked.

– Mash vegetables and divide the mixture into equal ball-shaped proportions.

– Flatten the balls and roll in breadcrumbs.

– Heat oil in a pan and fry until the skin turns golden brown.

– Drain excess oil and savor with green chutney or sauce.

Broccoli Pilaf with Pomegranate and Almonds

Broccoli is packed with nutrients necessary for a healthy pregnancy. It is also rich in fiber and antioxidants. This is one of the best healthy recipes during pregnancy.

Ingredients

Broccoli – 3-4 florets

Olive oil – 1 tsp

White onion finely chopped – 1 small

Garlic, crushed – 1-2 cloves

Stock -1/4 cup vegetable stock

Almonds flakes, toasted – 1 tsp

Pomegranate seeds – a handful

Freshly ground black pepper – ½ tsp

Preparation Method

– Grind broccoli coarsely

– Heat a frying pan and drizzle oil

– Fry onion over low heat until softened and starts to caramelize

– Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds

– Add the broccoli and toss

– Cook for about a minute.

– Add the stock and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes

– Season with black pepper

– Serve with the pomegranate seeds and flaked almonds garnished over the top

Chicken n Vegetable Quinoa Soup

This is a healthy slow-cooker meal that you can make in a jiffy.

Ingredients

Boneless skinless chicken breasts 250gm

Boiled kidney beans – ½ cup

Boiled corn – ¼ cup

Carrots thinly sliced – ½ cup

Celery sliced – ¼ cup

Onion diced – ¼ cup

Quinoa – 1 small cup

Orange juice – ½ cup

2 Tomatoes with 1 green chili diced

Tomato paste – 1 tbsp

Garlic minced – 2 teaspoons

Chicken broth – 1 cup

Salt and pepper to taste

Bay leaf – 1

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Cumin ground – ½ teaspoon

Paprika – ½ teaspoon

Low-fat sour cream, fresh lime wedges for toppings

Preparation Method

– Cut chicken breasts into even pieces.

– Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of a large pot.

– Add in beans, corn, thinly sliced carrots, sliced celery, diced onion, quinoa, orange juice, diced tomatoes with green chili, tomato paste, minced garlic, and chicken broth.

– Add a teaspoon seasoned salt and pepper.

– Bay leaves, oregano, ground cumin, and paprika.

– Stir, cover, and cook on high until the chicken shreds and quinoa pops.

– Remove chicken and shred.

– Remove bay leaves and top the soup with fresh cilantro, fresh lime, and sour cream. Enjoy the soup.

Bean Soup Recipe

A simple yet complete meal packed with proteins is one of the best healthy recipes during pregnancy.

Bean Soup

Ingredients

Kidney beans – 3/4th cup

Chopped onions – 1/2 cup

Chopped tomatoes – 2 cups

Finely of chopped garlic – 1 Tbsp

Chilli powder – 1/2 Tbsp

Lemon juice – 1 Tbsp

Olive Oil – 1 Tbsp

Salt

Sliced spring onions for garnishing

Chopped coriander for garnishing

Preparation Method

– Soak kidney beans overnight in water

– Add oil in a pan and sauté chopped onions until transparent.

– Add garlic, tomatoes, salt, and chili powder to pan and sauté for a few minutes.

– Add beans and water. Sauté for a few minutes.

– Transfer the content to pressure cook for 15-20 minutes.

– Once cool, churn kidney beans using a blender.

– Heat again and add lemon juice, coriander leaves, and spring onions.

Moong Daal Chilla

This moong ( split and skinned green gram) pancakes are a powerhouse of protein and antioxidants which makes it a necessary recipe for pregnancy. These can be savored with green mint coriander chutney. You can have it as breakfast or a snack.

Moong Daal Chilla

Ingredients

Yellow skinless Mung Beans -1 cup

Rice Flour – 1½ tbsp

Chopped fresh Coriander – 1½ tbsp

Green Chilies (finely chopped) – 2

Onion chopped – 1 large

Ginger grated – 1 tsp

Water as needed

Salt to taste

Red Chili Powder – ½ tsp

Oil to shallow fry the pancakes

Preparation Method

– Soak the moong dal in water overnight.

– Coarsely grind the dal with very little water.

– Remove the dal batter in a mixing bowl and add water to make it a semi-thick batter.

– Add all other ingredients.

– Heat a non-stick pan and add a few teaspoons of oil.

– Place 2 tablespoons of batter on the pan.

– Spread it and allow cooking for a minute or two.

– Flip it and cook the other side too.

– Remove the pancake and savor with chutney and salad.

Cornflakes Crunchy Bhel/Healthy Corn Flakes Bhel

Cornflakes are a healthy breakfast option. Giving it a tangy spicy twist will satisfy your pregnancy cravings.

Ingredients:

Cornflakes – 1 cup

Peanuts (roasted and skinned) – 2-3 tbsp

Potato boiled and sliced -2 tbsp

Tomato seeded and sliced – 11/2 tbsp

Cucumber sliced – 11/2 tbsp Salt to taste

Onion chopped – 2 tbsp

Chat masala (a tangy spice) – 1tsp

Chopped coriander – 1 tbsp

Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Preparation Method

– In a bowl, add corn and peanuts.

– Add all the other ingredients.

– Drizzle on lime juice.

– Shake and mix well.

– Have it immediately as it may become soggy.

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References

https://www.brit.co/power-meals-for-pregnancy/

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/

https://www.thebump.com/

https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/eating-well/
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