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Almost-no-cooking dinners during morning sickness?

I am pregnant with my second, and therefore not as interested in food as usual, and I'm finding dinners a challenge, between food shopping and cooking. Any suggestions for really fast (preferably no meat, or already prepped meat, no steaks or cutlets, please) dinners whose ingredients I can have hanging around in my fridge or pantry?

We're eating a lot of grilled cheese and boxed mac'n'cheese. Of course I have a laundry list of things I can't stand (mostly meat cooking) but I'm likely to be sick for another ten weeks, and my husband is going to go broke buying us takeout.

Help!

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  1. I can relate with you on the meatless first trimester (my whole pregnancy was actually chicken-less - couldn't bear to see the stuff!). By Christmas I was feeling okay enough to prepare a beautiful beef tenderloin for dinner, but couldn't actually eat it.

    I ate a lot of pierogis, pasta, spaetzle and rice with veggies. And lots of fruit, yogurt and cereal. My husband would cook up a bunch of chicken one night, and reheat throughout the week to add to my veggie and grain or starch dinners. Not Chowhound worthy, but if your husband isn't available to help with the meat prep, maybe you can use frozen cooked chicken breasts or fish for him.

    Sorry I don't have more specific recipes, but if I think of any I'll post again.

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    1. re: Foodie in Friedberg

      Been there, done that. Things that were ok with me (because I also hated being near meat during 1st trimeseter--ok, most of both pregnancies): tofu, rice & beans, pasta, salt bagels with butter/margarine or cream cheese, pizza. Asian food was somehow more palatable than other types of cuisine. My husband was wonderful about cooking for me most of the time (though nothing appealed and I never had suggestions for what to eat). Salads were ok. Good luck! it's challenging.

    2. lissar, would your family eat tuna casseroles or maybe salmon patties? I also remember not being able to even look at raw meats in those days. Perhaps a vegetarian chili dish involving beans and veggies and no meats?

      1. For my wife, I would make or have the ingredients around for:
        Salads (bags of pre-chopped lettuce if you feel like it)
        tuperwares in the fridge of diced fruit
        Deli meats
        those store-roasted chickens to have in the fridge
        cheeses you enjoy
        you can microwave squashs really easy (covered, a little water in the dish)
        egg salad

        Not sure what kind of food you like

        1. - how are you with eggs? frittatas, omelets & scrambles are quick & easy, nutritious, and very versatile - you can jazz them up with any combination of vegetables and cheese that you have on hand
          - vegetarian lasagna with low fat ricotta or cottage cheese for added protein
          - beans/legumes - lentils, soybeans (edamame), chickpeas, black beans - tons of possibilities for salads & soups
          - rotisserie chicken - you can shred the meat & fold into pasta dishes, use it to top a salad, or serve the whole pieces with some quick vegetable sides
          - quesadillas or burritos with whole-grain tortillas (another place you can use the shredded chicken)
          - how about low-mercury fish that doesn't require any cooking? i'm thinking specifically of canned wild red salmon and sardines - there are a zillion ways to use them

          oh, and congratulations on the pregnancy!

          1. If you share the laundry list of things you can't stand, that might shortcut unnecessary posts. Also, are your husband and first child (age?) fairly good eaters?

            With all the great fresh produce available right now, I'd suggest salads, or at least mounds of tomatoes, augmented with a rotisserie chicken shredded up for anyone who wants meat. The chicken can morph into spaghetti with tomato-chicken sauce one night, chicken salad for sandwiches or with avocado slices on lettuce leaves another. Save the carcass in the freezer for down the road when you feel more like cooking for a base for soup or gravy.