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Creole Seafood Soup

A Whole Foods store just opened a couple miles from our home in mid-April, and every time we go, we wander through the hot and cold food bar area. We normally don’t need or want anything from it; but sometimes what we see in hot bar areas provides inspiration for us to make something at home.

This recipe is one of those meals that was inspired by what we saw at Whole Foods. We made sure ours is dairy- and gluten-free. Even though the summer is fast approaching, this flavorful soup really hit the spot for us. It’s great fresh and hot, but I have also enjoyed it served cold the next day. We hope you will like it as well!

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Asparagus and Napa Cabbage Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

One of the unexpected side-effects of pregnancy has been a renewed focus on nutrient density and food quality. There are long lists of things expectant mothers should or should not have, and there is considerable debate over several popular items. That said, the benefit for us has been an intentional effort to double down on new and exciting ways to get more vegetables into our daily routine. We shared one such example last week, showcasing beets and avocados.

This week, we put together a light salad with Napa cabbage and blanched asparagus. If you’re feeling the need to bump up the protein, kick it up a notch with chicken, hardboiled egg, smoked salmon, or all three! If you give it a shot, let us know in the comments.

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Beet and Avocado Salad

As spring has approached and my pregnancy nears the end, I have found myself craving colorful foods and sugar. Fortunately, there are healthy vegetables that provide vibrant hues and sweetness. One of them is beets! This simple salad is savory and sweet, light but satiating. Plus, it’s beautiful. You can serve it with grilled chicken or steak, but it’s great on its own as well.

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Smoked Oyster Pâté

Since getting pregnant, I have found myself eating a tin of smoked oysters almost every morning, soon after waking up before making a more complete breakfast. It’s a fast, easy way to get a dose of quality protein, omega-3 fatty acid, iron, and more.

Even before the pregnancy, we kept smoked oysters on hand at all times. In fact, we have them on automatic delivery every other month via Amazon’s Subscribe & Save. It’s great because we don’t have to think about finding them at a store and we get a discount! We recommend you consider signing up for it (whether for the oysters or another one of your favorite go-to items).

Perhaps, though, eating smoked oysters out of the tin does not appeal to you. You might enjoy them in a salad, like this one, or you might like a savory but light appetizer to share with friends. This pâté recipe is quick and easy, and it looks super fancy. We hope you will enjoy it!

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Oven Roasted Carrots with Dill

This week’s recipe is an incredibly easy vegetable side-dish that we are excited to share. We purchased a large bag of carrots a few weeks back, and have since been trying to make good use of them (see this other recipe). The Easter Bunny has come and gone, and we still had carrots leftover!

This recipe of oven roasted carrots with dill is a prime example that you don’t need to do anything fancy or complicated to feed yourself and your family. In next to no time, you can get this vegetable side prepped and completed. Enjoy these roasted carrots with dried dill, or your favorite herbs and spices!

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