The fourth trimester is the 12-week period immediately after you have had your baby. Not everyone has heard of it, but every mother and their newborn baby will go through it. It is a time of great physical and emotional change as your baby adjusts to being outside the womb, and you adjust to your new life as a mum.
Here are some excellent warming foods for after baby is born that can be made ahead and frozen:
Red and Roasted Soup
- 8 large beef steak tomatoes (cut in half + heavily seasoned with thyme / salt / pepper / garlic powder /olive oil), roasted
- 2 full garlic heads, roasted
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 containers chicken broth (or you can use veggie stock)
- 2 veggie bouillon cubes
- 1 Tablespoon brags amino acid or 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 2 pats of butter
- 2 limes, quartered
- 4 cups of water
Cooking Steps for “Tomato Soup”:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
2. Put seasoned, halved tomatoes in the oven along with the whole garlic gloves that have been drizzled with olive oil and roast for 40 minute
3. Meanwhile, in a big soup pot, add the butter and cook down the chopped onion, adding in salt, pepper, thyme, brags or low sodium soy sauce. When onion is nice a browned add in the stock and bouillon cubes. Put on low and let all the flavors meld together.
4. Add in roasted tomatoes and all of the roasted garlic and bring to a nice boil.
5. Using either a hand mixer or a blender puree the soup.
6. Squeeze a little lime on top before serving.
This can be made ahead and frozen for a quick warm meal
Makes 5 servings
Cream of Carrot and Ginger Soup
-2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
-4 carrots, cubed
-1 inch fresh ginger root, sliced
-1 stalk celery, cubed
-¼ cup milk
-1 stalk lemongrass
-1 potato, finely sliced
-½ onion, finely chopped
-Add fresh or dried thyme, to taste
1. Sauté the carrot, celery, potato, ginger and lemon grass with the onion.
2. Blend the sautéed ingredients until it is pureed.
3. Add the stock stirring until it is the preferred consistency
4. Stir in the milk.
5. Pour into a bowl.
If you are looking for other great warming recipes, check out this book to support postpartum: https://www.amazon.ca/First-Forty-Days-Essential-Nourishing/dp/1617691836