Healthy Living

What Are Some Great Prenatal Cookbooks for Someone Who Loves Cooking? — Good Questions

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Q: I'm looking for a great, super fun prenatal cookbook. So far all the ones I've been able to find are long and boring, full of nutrition facts and recipes for oatmeal. I want a book that has beautiful pictures and fabulous recipes, like the cookbooks I normally buy. Any prenatal cookbooks out there for someone who loves cooking?

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Recipe: Indian Scrambled Eggs (Egg Bhurji) — Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn

One of my favorite breakfasts as a kid was this deliciously spicy, creamy egg bhurji, or Indian-style scrambled eggs. They are super easy to pull together and are an interesting addition to a leisurely brunch or a quick breakfast.

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Recipe: Polenta with Swiss Chard and White Beans — Vegetarian Recipes from The Kitchn

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When I started working for myself full time, I had this idyllic notion that since I would be working from home, I’d have time to cook the types of meals I wanted to eat. I dreamed that dinner would be my time to unwind and cook what I wanted to cook. It turns out, however, I do not know how to say "no" to projects, and instead of those nice, long dinners, most weeknights I’m in a rush just to whip something up in between projects.

That is where this pared-down dish comes into play. This casual assembly of store-bought polenta, white beans, and silky chard make a quick and filling meal that's easy to pull together on even the busiest of evenings.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie — Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn

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When temperatures drop, my smoothie consumption usually begins to taper, but this year I've been experimenting with adding fall ingredients to the usual blender suspects. My family's most admired autumnal smoothie to date is this thick and creamy pumpkin pie version. It's sweetened enough (with fruit!) that the pumpkin and spices bring pie to mind, but not so decadent that it strays into dessert territory. You can definitely still have this for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

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Recipe: Southwestern Butternut Squash Soup — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Butternut squash soup is one of those meals that defines autumn for me. Pretty much as soon as the leaves begin showing hints of orange, I start scooping up these big-bottomed squashes at the market and putting this creamy soup on the regular meal rotation.

This fall, I thought I'd mix things up a bit and add a Southwestern spin to my usual butternut squash soup. Cumin and coriander add spicy warmth while a squeeze of orange and lime give it a hit of late-fall sunshine.

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Recipe: Collard Green Slaw — Salad Recipes from The Kitchn

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This time of year in the Pacific Northwest, we can use all the color we can get. I know many of you live in regions that are quite dark too. It still astounds me to look up before 5:00 p.m. and feel it already growing dark. So I find myself really seeking color and brightness in other places — mainly food, as well as in bright rooms or nooks around our house.

This wintery coleslaw has become a real mood booster, with its purples and oranges and reds. I think it just might carry us through the season.

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