National Nutrition Month Day 26: Pregnancy Cooking & Nutrition for Dummies

National Nutrition Month Day 26: Pregnancy Cooking & Nutrition for Dummies

Pregnancy Cooking & Nutrition_COVER


For day 26 of National Nutrition Month, dietitian Tara Gidus, MS, RD was kind enough to share with us a recipe from her cookbook Pregnancy Cooking & Nutrition. Many women who are pregnant worry that they are not getting enough nutrients to feed the growing fetus, and Tara’s book is filled with 100 healthy recipes to feed mom and baby. You’ll find recipes like Chicken Kabobs, Roasted Beet and Pistachio Salad, and Kiwi Custard Pie. Tara also answers burning questions any pregnant mom may have on what a pregnant woman should eat and which foods can potentially be dangerous for the baby.

Gena, although it’s not yet time to feed any baby, I know this book filled with nutritious recipes will come in handy one day soon….


Peachy Chicken Barley Pilaf
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking barley
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 cup frozen sliced peaches, thawed
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the barley and stir.  Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.
2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until it’s browned, about 7 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice and white vinegar. In a large bowl, mix together the peaches and pomegranate seeds. Pour the lime juice mixture over the fruit and stir to coat everything evenly.
4. Add the barley and chicken to the fruit and stir gently. Sprinkle in the parsley, stir to combine, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information (per servings): Calories: 359; Fat: 6 grams; Saturated Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 19 grams; Carbohydrates: 60 grams; Fiber: 9 grams; Cholesterol: 37 milligrams; Sodium: 338 milligrams

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