PREGNANCY FRIENDLY LUNCH OR DINNER | EATING FOR TWO

This Recipe is an advertorial brought to you in association with Aptaclub.

Christmas is often a time for indulging and when you’re pregnant the temptation to do so can be huge. Tiredness, fatigue and unusual cravings can make it difficult to choose the right nutritional option for you and your baby. During my pregnancy journey, I’ve definitely had weeks and trimesters where I’ve wanted vegetables and foods high in protein but I’ve also wanted fish and chips and mince pies. Don’t worry you are not alone and there’s a free website which is going to become your very best food friend. 

I’m so excited to introduce you to a free online website called Aptaclub. Their Eating for 2 campaign gives you the tools you need to maintain a nutritionally balanced diet whilst pregnant, something I know can become harder during the winter festive months. Personally I found it hardest to know just how much to eat and in some cases when to eat, one minute you’re the hangry kind of hungry and the next you feel too nauseous to eat anything but dry toast. One thing that really helped me was coming up with a couple of fall proof, quick meals that weren’t too rich or fancy but that filled me up like this pasta dish!

If you’re not as confident at creating your own recipes don’t worry Aptaclub has teamed up with celebrity chef Lorraine Pascal to create seven recipes which have been nutritionally tailored for your pregnancy and I’ve picked two of my favourites. Starting with this delicious Prawn and Chorizo Pasta dish, which is not only delicious, it’s super simple, perfect for the whole family for when hunger strikes!

Ingredients:

  • 140g Fusilli Pasta
  • 60g Chorizo Sausage
  • 70g Prawns
  • 1/2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 150g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Basil Leaves
  • 1 tsp Parmesan
  • Handful of Rocket Leaves.

Recipe: Prep time 5 minutes, cook time 30 minutes, serves 2.

Pop your pasta into a saucepan of boiling water. Add the garlic into a frying pan for 1-2 minutes before adding the chorizo, leaving it for 2 to 3 minutes before adding the prawns. Next add the paprika, chilli, lemon and continue to mix, add your tomatoes until they soften and can be squished with the back of a spoon and add half a cup of the water from your pasta into your frying pan and continue to cook until reduced. Once your sauce has thickened add the parmesan, basil, black pepper and cooked pasta, stir until everything is thoroughly coated in the sauce. Finally adding your rocket and any additional parmesan or black pepper. Enjoy!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’ve found hardest when it’s come to diet and nutrition during pregnancy, did you end up eating for two or find a way to balance your meals and snacks? Comment below!

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