Easter dinner for the weak-of-stomach
I am in the first trimester of pregnancy (=super nausea and food aversions) but have been feeling a little better the past couple of days. I am thinking about trying to make a small, humble Easter dinner today. Some ideas:
-risotto with asparagus
-maple glazed salmon
I don't eat meat (and almost never eat fish, but I have been craving protein since I have eaten almost exclusively carbs over the last month and a half!!). Are there other ideas I might be overlooking for food that will feel elegant but isn't too labor-intensive, smelly, or spicy?
Edited to add--this is just for DH and me, so I don't need to worry about balancing flavors, etc., for a fancy or larger crowd... thank goodness. I just would like to make it feel like a holiday.
I'm in my 2nd trimester. I has gotten a bit easier for me. Here are some ideas that fit in with your parameters (but through the lens of my own aversions/cravings)
- white bean puree on toast with a lot of lemon juice and parsley
- crepes made from chickpea flour and wheat flour with some asparagus and parmesan filling
I've been craving protein, and though usually vegetarian, I eat a lot of hamburgers. Eggs and beans have none of their usual appeal, so I eat TONS of cheese and yogurt. I also prepare more protein-y desserts which hit the sugar and the protein cravings/needs:
- chocolate clementine cake (that claudia roden/nigella lawson one with almond flour)
- have not yet tried Mark Bittman's chocolate mousse that uses tofu, but will one day soon.
- peanut butter cup eggs (i buy and eat these, dont bother making from scratch)
Have a lovely evening, even if dinner doesn't go according to plan!
thanks!! Dinner went well, actually. I was really nervous to eat real food, but it turned out OK even though I felt strange afterward--I think my system just wasn't used to anything but fiberless white carbs, hahah!
This morning I had scrambled eggs... maybe I am coming out of the morning sickness phase a little. I hope!
Love the idea of peanut butter cup eggs. I might have to go to the store just to get some of those today!
I normally can't imagine eating hamburgers, but I must say that I have actually been able to imagine doing so lately. I think I am really protein deficient. I still don't plan to do so, but I will definitely need to eat fish once or twice a week once I know I'm really out of the difficult eating period.
I am envious as (nondeviled) eggs and fish, aside from sardine rillettes on endive leaves, sound dreadful. It is so embarrassing to have gone from a healthy near vegetarian to a person that craves sweets and processed meats.
I don't know if this appeals, but we have been making lots of summer rolls with tofu. White carbs, crunchy cold salad/veg/herbs and tofu with peanut dipping sauce and hoisin sauce.
Congratulations! Seem like you have a game plan, but thought I'd throw out the idea of cooking the fish en papillote, and include some vegetables in the packets. If salmon isn't looking good or it seems like the smell might be too strong, you can use the same method with a mild seafood, like shrimp, scallops, or cod. Vegetables I like to include in packets include mushrooms, summer squash, green beans or sugar snap peas, julienned carrots, lemon slices, parsley and scallions. Sprinkle with fresh scallions, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice when the packets are opened.
Since the oven would be on, you could roast some asparagus and potatoes alongside, though they may need a head start.
congrats on the little muffin you're growing and glad you're feeling better.
risotto with asparagus is a great match, but that veg can be a fighter with some other foods
i know you're not overly concerned with flavor balance, but the thought of maple syrup and asparagus together does not sound very appealing. if you want a sweet component, maybe try a citrus glaze? a bit of lemon, lime or orange juice, heated with some honey in a pan, and then brushed on the salmon can be quite nice and very simple. top the fish with some buttered panko, or chopped almonds, and bake.