Note: It has been quite some time since I wrote this! Fuzzy is turning 5, we are finally exiting 2s with Iz, and Little Bean made her appearance and is now crawling around and eating everything! Still cooking through the book, though, with just a few months left to go
There is no better time than a tired, emotional, nauseous stage in pregnancy to pick up my absolute favorite cookbook- The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook, by Cathe Olson- and try every recipe at least once. Since I need such heavy accountability, here I am to share my journey with the world…expecting, of course, that the world will poke and prod me along, since I’m not nearly motivated enough myself.
I found this gem of a vegetarian cookbook when I was doing some postpartum nesting after my oldest son, now 3.5 years old, was born (He is going to turn into an adorable ball of grease if we don’t change our diets NOW!) I adapted some of the recipes to our then omnivorous diet and fell in love with its nutritional information and creative recipes.
We have since gone back and forth between strict vegan diets and eating burgers far too often. Please remember that tomatoes are for salads and not for throwing.
Hopefully, as I document my journey to attempt every recipe in The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook throughout the pregnancy and birth of this unexpected little blessing, we will find our niche in healthy eating and a more stable diet.
The book has nutritional information for every stage of the birthing year- first trimester, second trimester, third trimester, postpartum, nursing and pre-conception. Additionally, there are suggested recipes corresponding with nutritional needs for each of these phases. I am expecting to birth around Thanksgiving, so we have plenty of time to settle in and enjoy the ride.
Please feel free to poke me, yell at me, laugh with me, cry with me and be otherwise hormonally unstable with me as we journey through a new life and new habits together.
Disclaimer: I am pregnant, working from home and mothering a preschooler and toddler. Anything crazy that I say can be attributed to one of those factors, or I will find something else to blame it on. Bouts of sheer brilliance are, of course, just my natural self shining through.
-Interested in joining me? You don’t have to be a vegetarian or pregnant to enjoy whole foods. Head over to Buy.Com, with over a million books discounted everyday,to grab a copy of The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook and cook along!-