There are how-to books for all stages of motherhood. And many of us have bought them seeking solutions for common parenting challenges like potty training, discipline, breastfeeding or sleep. But what about a cookbook with recipes for all stages of parenthood? Because whether you are pregnant or you simply need creative ideas to feed your growing family and their growing appetites, the quest for finding the answer to “What’s for dinner?” is never-ending.
How to Eat with One Hand was born out of candid conversations between Canadian foodies, chef Christine Flynn and Greenhouse beverage company co-founder Emma Knight, when motherhood took them by surprise within a few months of one another. The result? A gorgeous new book with over 80 recipes for every stage of new parenthood—including being pregnant as well as all of the times you are rocking, bouncing or pacifying the inevitable lap sitter, rendering you a one-handed diner.
Read on to see three of Knight’s favourite recipes.
Eggplant Parm for Pregnancy
“Eggplant Parm is a major craving for me all the time, not just when I’m pregnant. But this dish is particularly great during pregnancy because one of the many joys of growing a person is that it can bring about intense hunger and intense nausea simultaneously, especially in the first few months. Despite being a vegetable enthusiast in normal life, I found it difficult to look at vegetables during the first trimesters of both of my pregnancies. This is the kind of comfort food that I actually wanted to eat (and it is sneakily very veggie-forward). Bonus: you can make two, and freeze one to re-heat during the ravenous, one-handed weeks immediately postnatal.”
2 AM Cookies for New Mums
“Newborns tend to keep unusual hours, and so their parents do, too. If you find yourself feeding someone at 2 AM and in need of a snack yourself (a common occurrence in my experience), there is nothing quite like a chewy porridge date cookie. This recipe is from my dad, who would bake these twice a week right after I had my daughters and bring them over in a special tin. He is a hero. Some say that eating oats increases milk supply — in case you needed another excuse to keep these delicious cookies on-hand. You can freeze the dough and bake from frozen.”
Play Dough for Toddler Mums
“Entertaining toddlers is not easy at the best of times, and during lockdown it has been a particular challenge for many of us. This simple, pantry-ingredients recipe for Play Dough has kept my three-year-old (and me, to be honest) thoroughly amused. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to make it a heightened sensory experience for all involved.”