Nutrition during pregnancy and during the post-partum period is so essential. The health and wellness of you and your baby is so important during this time. Making sure you are eating a healthy, holistic and balanced diet should be your daily goal. Staying nourished in the post-partum period can be challenging as you juggle a newborn and your recovery, so making time to cook for yourself or your family can take a backseat. This beautiful and nourishing Your Mindful Mama curry is the perfect meal during pregnancy, straight after birth, during the fourth trimester and post-partum. It's also a meal to start introducing to your baby when they start solids. Our families love this recipe and it's a solid winner in both our households. Enjoy, mamas!
Recipe by Jules Coffey
Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry
- 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 cloves of fresh crushed garlic
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 brown onion diced
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 2 teaspoons of curry powder
- 3 cups of vegetable broth or stock
- 1 x 400gram can or coconut cream
- 1 x tin of lentils drained
- 1 x tin of chickpeas drained
- 1 x red capsicum diced
- 1 x large, sweet potato (approx 3 cups) cubed
- 3 cups of Baby spinach
- Parsley to serve
In a large fry pan cook the olive oil, garlic, ginger and onion until nicely sauteed and translucent. Add the turmeric, curry powder, chickpeas and lentils. Cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add in the sweet potato, capsicum, bay leaf, vegetable broth/stock and half of the coconut cream. Simmer on a low to medium heat until sweet potato is cooked through. Add more broth/stock or water if need be. Add remainder of the coconut cream and spinach. Cook for a further 10 minutes and serve with rice or quinoa. Top with parsley.
This dish is also lovely with a squeeze of lime, some toasted cashew nuts and a homemade coconut yoghurt riata. Add some fresh chilli for a kick! Modify where needed to suit the tastes of your children and baby.
The Your Mindful Mama Pregnancy & Birth Planner has a whole section on health and wellness. We discuss pregnancy nutrition basics, supplements, fourth trimester nutrients, pregnancy food cravings and postpartum nutrition. Your Mindful Mama planner is designed from conception through birth and into the fourth trimester.