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Old 02-28-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
 
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Please help me come up with recipes and a menu for food to cook Friday night, store in fridge and then transport to my brother’s house an hour away on Saturday. He and his wife have a 4 week old baby and my SIL is having trouble with food aversions now that she’s breastfeeding.

She cannot stand the smell of onions, garlic, or anything spicy so the food needs to be relatively bland but nutritious and basically comfort food they can warm up as they want it.

Last weekend I fixed them a broccoli and chicken casserole and left out all the spices and herbs I’d normally use but they loved it anyway, even my brother. I did half and half because he’s vegetarian but now that the baby has arrived, he will pretty much eat anything you put in front of him. I thought he might not want chicken, but he ate it anyway. Also, my SIL wasn’t sure she could “handle” broccoli, so she could have opted out on that side. It went over so well that she asked for the recipe this week so she could make it for them today. I recommended making them in mini loaf pans and freezing instead of a huge casserole. She loved that idea.

I know she will eat potatoes and green beans. She cannot have gas causing foods like dried beans. I know she loves tator tots. I’m thinking about making a very mild sausage soup with potatoes and kale but I’ll have to ask her if she can handle sausage at this point.

I’m also thinking about making homemade bread of some kind too. Maybe cheese biscuits or cranberry and orange scones.

Suggestions please? I don't seem to be able to pull a whole meal together in my head . . . .
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Nothing more comforting than baked macaroni and cheese!

Make with melted butter, heavy cream, milk, sea salt, coarse-ground black pepper and various cheeses (shred yourself, if possible). Top w/ extra cheese and breadcrumbs brushed with melted butter. Bake.
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A pan of chicken and gravy and a container of biscuits.

Meatloaf, gravy, homemade bread. Not as good without onions and garlic but certainly still edible.

Tuna noodle casserole.

Fried rice with lots of veggies.
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Empanadas.

You can make breakfast empanadas with potato egg and cheese

You can make lunch empanadas with tomato sauce mozzerela cheese and mushrooms

You can make dinner empanadas with roasted chicken or chicken breasts.

Make the empanadas really plain and you can jazz it up for those who need more seasonings by having dipping sauces to go with it (i.e. coconut curry sauce, pesto, salsa etc.)

I can't make empanada dough to save my life so I use the Goya discos

Also you can make a batch of oatmeal flax seed chocolate chip cookies and put them in a roll so she can slice as many as she wants and cook them as she needs them. It'll help with breastmilk production. If you want to go the instant route, Kashi makes a really good multigrain dark chocolate chip cookie.
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baked potato soup (with bacon bits/cheese on side to add if they want)

Lasagne
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Salt Roasted Chicken
Salt-Roasted Chicken Recipe at Epicurious.com

Mashed Potatoes
Asparagus

Salmon en papillote
Salmon Papillotes With Fennel, Potatoes, And Olives Recipe - Cooking Index
*Omit the garlic, etc.
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Empanadas.

You can make breakfast empanadas with potato egg and cheese

You can make lunch empanadas with tomato sauce mozzerela cheese and mushrooms

You can make dinner empanadas with roasted chicken or chicken breasts.

Make the empanadas really plain and you can jazz it up for those who need more seasonings by having dipping sauces to go with it (i.e. coconut curry sauce, pesto, salsa etc.)

I can't make empanada dough to save my life so I use the Goya discos

Also you can make a batch of oatmeal flax seed chocolate chip cookies and put them in a roll so she can slice as many as she wants and cook them as she needs them. It'll help with breastmilk production. If you want to go the instant route, Kashi makes a really good multigrain dark chocolate chip cookie.
Do you have any recipes you like for fillings? I see the discos in the store all the time and might try something tonight.
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Empanadas.

You can make breakfast empanadas with potato egg and cheese

You can make lunch empanadas with tomato sauce mozzerela cheese and mushrooms

You can make dinner empanadas with roasted chicken or chicken breasts.

Make the empanadas really plain and you can jazz it up for those who need more seasonings by having dipping sauces to go with it (i.e. coconut curry sauce, pesto, salsa etc.)

I can't make empanada dough to save my life so I use the Goya discos

Also you can make a batch of oatmeal flax seed chocolate chip cookies and put them in a roll so she can slice as many as she wants and cook them as she needs them. It'll help with breastmilk production. If you want to go the instant route, Kashi makes a really good multigrain dark chocolate chip cookie.
Do you have any recipes you like for fillings? I see the discos in the store all the time and might try something tonight.
Actually I don't. Since she's into plain stuff maybe using condensed soup + meat + veggies?

or ricotta cheese, spinach, egg, parmesan.

also found this: http://www.thekitchn.com/tasty-empan...-freeze-176338
I know Saria likes empanadas. She may have some suggestions for you.
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Empanadas.

You can make breakfast empanadas with potato egg and cheese

You can make lunch empanadas with tomato sauce mozzerela cheese and mushrooms

You can make dinner empanadas with roasted chicken or chicken breasts.

Make the empanadas really plain and you can jazz it up for those who need more seasonings by having dipping sauces to go with it (i.e. coconut curry sauce, pesto, salsa etc.)

I can't make empanada dough to save my life so I use the Goya discos

Also you can make a batch of oatmeal flax seed chocolate chip cookies and put them in a roll so she can slice as many as she wants and cook them as she needs them. It'll help with breastmilk production. If you want to go the instant route, Kashi makes a really good multigrain dark chocolate chip cookie.
Do you have any recipes you like for fillings? I see the discos in the store all the time and might try something tonight.
Actually I don't. Since she's into plain stuff maybe using condensed soup + meat + veggies?

I know Saria likes empanadas. She may have some suggestions for you.

My fave empanadas have cheese (maybe some South American kind but tastes like Monterey Jack) and black beans. Yum!
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A baked spagetti is easy, and you could easily do it to fit there tastes.

Classic Baked Spaghetti Recipe - Food.com - 32731

What about a couple frozen crock pot meals? They would just need to dump the stuff in in the morning.

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Stuffed shells?
Baked ziti?
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Mac & cheese casserole.

Mashed potatoes is a simple side to have around.

Soups are easy to freeze & reheat. I make springs cheesy potato soup using better than bouillon veggie base. Also minestrone soup is a hearty vegetarian soup.


I have actually never heard of food aversions while breastfeeding. That's interesting. I have many times seen cravings of sweets while breastfeeding.
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Mac & cheese casserole.

Mashed potatoes is a simple side to have around.

Soups are easy to freeze & reheat. I make springs cheesy potato soup using better than bouillon veggie base. Also minestrone soup is a hearty vegetarian soup.


I have actually never heard of food aversions while breastfeeding. That's interesting. I have many times seen cravings of sweets while breastfeeding.
The obgyn told her it's not common but it is "normal" due to the raging hormones. As long as she eats a variety of things to stay healthy it'll be okay.

What is springs cheesy potato soup???

I like the idea of empanadas. Of course no stores around here have those discs. So I may commit blasphemy and make some with canned biscuits. Maybe even peel a biscuit in half, stuff it in the bottom in a muffin tin, fill it with lord knows what and cover with other half of the biscuit: like mini pot pies!

Soups are an option too. Mac and cheese too. Decisions, decisions
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I may do a white lasagna.....chicken, spinach and mushrooms and tons of cheese.
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Springs Cheesy Potato Soup was originally posted by soring1onu (if I remember correctly) many years ago


Cheesy Potato Soup
3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes*
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup diced carrot
3 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules or 3 cubes*
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk (or 1C milk 1C cream or half &half)*
1-1/5 C shredded cheese, any mix
Sautee celery, onion and carrot in butter or olive oil until tender. Add potatoes and water and bring to a boil. Add bouillon and stir to dissolve. Boil for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. While the potatoes cook: In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour a little at a time and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick. Stir in cheese until melted and combined. Lower heat on the potatoes and add cheese sauce and stir to combine. Heat for about 10 minutes to let flavors meld. You can also add diced ham, cooked hamburger or bacon pieces. Garnish with crumbled bacon, chopped scallions and hot sauce.

*I never peel the potatoes.
*You could also use chicken broth instead of the bouillon. Or for a vegetarian friendly meal just use veggie bouillon or broth. **I've used all 2% milk and it worked great.
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Springs Cheesy Potato Soup was originally posted by soring1onu (if I remember correctly) many years ago


Cheesy Potato Soup
3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes*
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup diced carrot
3 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules or 3 cubes*
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk (or 1C milk 1C cream or half &half)*
1-1/5 C shredded cheese, any mix
Sautee celery, onion and carrot in butter or olive oil until tender. Add potatoes and water and bring to a boil. Add bouillon and stir to dissolve. Boil for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. While the potatoes cook: In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour a little at a time and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick. Stir in cheese until melted and combined. Lower heat on the potatoes and add cheese sauce and stir to combine. Heat for about 10 minutes to let flavors meld. You can also add diced ham, cooked hamburger or bacon pieces. Garnish with crumbled bacon, chopped scallions and hot sauce.

*I never peel the potatoes.
*You could also use chicken broth instead of the bouillon. Or for a vegetarian friendly meal just use veggie bouillon or broth. **I've used all 2% milk and it worked great.

OMG that sounds awesome! Thank you for posting it. I'm not sure it would be the same without celery and onions so I will make this for ME very soon and for SIL later when she's able to handle onions. I cannot imagine a life without onions.

I think I have talked myself into shepherds pie using ground chicken, peas, carrots and potatoes with a side of mac & cheese. And biscuits made with 1/2 whole wheat flour and ground flax seed and wheat germ. Or just plain ole white biscuits.

Now I am hungry
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GC, Walmart, giant, shoppers, and food lion sell the discos. You will find them in the frozen isle.
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Omg. I want all that food
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Mac & cheese casserole.

Mashed potatoes is a simple side to have around.

Soups are easy to freeze & reheat. I make springs cheesy potato soup using better than bouillon veggie base. Also minestrone soup is a hearty vegetarian soup.


I have actually never heard of food aversions while breastfeeding. That's interesting. I have many times seen cravings of sweets while breastfeeding.
The obgyn told her it's not common but it is "normal" due to the raging hormones. As long as she eats a variety of things to stay healthy it'll be okay.

What is springs cheesy potato soup???

I like the idea of empanadas. Of course no stores around here have those discs. So I may commit blasphemy and make some with canned biscuits. Maybe even peel a biscuit in half, stuff it in the bottom in a muffin tin, fill it with lord knows what and cover with other half of the biscuit: like mini pot pies!

Soups are an option too. Mac and cheese too. Decisions, decisions
I have disc now becuase I went the the grocery store when I was in Pittsburgh, but I use biscuits and people love them. even my friend who is Jamaican and swears by his mama's meat pies loved them.
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Mac & cheese casserole.

Mashed potatoes is a simple side to have around.

Soups are easy to freeze & reheat. I make springs cheesy potato soup using better than bouillon veggie base. Also minestrone soup is a hearty vegetarian soup.


I have actually never heard of food aversions while breastfeeding. That's interesting. I have many times seen cravings of sweets while breastfeeding.
I got a SERIOUS, SERIOUS aversion to mint-flavored toothpaste that started when I was breastfeeding. It might have started during pregnancy, though. I thought it was strange but never heard of anything similar until I read this thread. To this day the only mint toothpaste I can bear is the Crest sensitive kind. And that's stretching it, really. I haven't seen any "total" formulas that come in cinnamon.
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