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Pregnant wife-need high protein receipes

Chef_Jimbo's picture

Hi. my wife is pregnant and I need new high protein receipes for a vegetarian. She will eat fish sometimes chicken but no meat. Any help would be appreiciated.

Chiffonade_'s picture

(post #25429, reply #1 of 4)

While Linda McCartney and others have publicized the Veggie lifestyle, it is very hard for a vegetarian woman carrying a child to get the proper amount of protein without consuming mass quantities of tofu and beans. (I am sure I will get plenty of repercussions about that but then, what else is new?)

The vegetarian women I have known
i personally,
the ones who can't hire private chefs to cook their meals and work out their protein counts, etc. put aside their vegetarian lifestyle while pregnant, so as not to compromise the health of their baby. Keep in mind, they didn't go out for slabs of ribs and 24 oz. porterhouse steaks...they added
i lean
items like turkey and chicken breast, fish and eggs (or just whites) to their diet. While they were breast feeding, they observed the same rules. After breastfeeding was over (for whatever reason) they went back to their veggie lifestyle.

I suggest augmenting her diet with lean turkey breast dishes - and keeping some sliced turkey breast cold cut (not "turkey ROLL" which is compressed turkey necks and other delectable treats) in the fridge. It can be added to salads and other dishes.

If she absolutely refuses to add meat to her diet, I suggest you get any book by Deborah Madison - and make lots of hummus and other bean-rich dishes for her. Bruschetta with while bean spread and chopped garlic tomatoes is absolutely delicious and bean rich. You can also try Mexican dishes using black beans and flavors your wife likes.

Do a search on for Bean cookbooks - and also search "vegetarian protein" which should net you some choices of books to use as guidelines in your endeavor.

Wish your wife the best for me! Hope all goes well with her pregnancy.

Jean_'s picture

(post #25429, reply #2 of 4)

Add TVP or tofu to EVERYTHING.

Chef_Jimbo's picture

(post #25429, reply #3 of 4)

thanks for your input. If you have any good bean recipes, like the bruchhetta. I would like to try them

Thanks again.

Cleaver's picture

(post #25429, reply #4 of 4)

I just had a beautiful baby girl 6mo. ago. I had the same problem, which is really easy to combat. Fish is great-eat lot's of tuna. (Well, tell your wife to) I posted a great recipe for minestrone, check the archives for that recipe if you want it. Whole wheat pasta is excellent for protein challenged wives. This is an excellent sauce.

1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 med onion, diced

4cloves garlic, chopped

280z. tomatoes (drained, but reserve the juice)

19 oz. kidney beans, drained and rinsed

5 1/2 oz. tomato paste

1T dried basil

1 tsp. oregano

1 Tbsp. worcestershire

1 Tbsp. balsamic

In lg. saucepan heat oil. Cokk onion til transparen. Add garlic, tomatoes, beans, paste, basil, oregan, worcesteshire, and balsamic. Simmer 40 min. (add reserved juice if too thick. I would sprinkle this w/ parmesan. (parm, and other hard cheeses have more calcium than soft cheeses too.)

This isn't gourmet, but it is quick and easy, and really good.

How about egg salad sandwiches on multi-grain bread.

Oatmeal drizzled w/ olive oil and sea salt (or cream and brown sugar)

Lemon pepper sprinkled quite generously on cod is great. Really refreshing.

Stir fry. If your wife isn't having trouble w/ spice make a thai stir fry. Chicken, carrots, peanut sauce, hot chili's, peanuts, served ontop of whole wheat linguine. Divine!

These are just a few basics, and I have lots of great recipes if you want them. Give me some specifics on what you darling wifes taste buds need right now.

I'm sure you already know this but MULTI-VITAMINS!!!!!!!!
Sure people used to do it w/o them but mom and baby need to be extra safe.

Good luck. When is the due date? I have some great high protein salad recipes if you want. It is so hard to eat at the end, especially if you go through the last trimester in the summer.

Let me know.(my e-mail is down right now, so you'll have to post ypur response.)