Nutrition

The “I Can’t Cook” Pregnancy Menu

This post is one in a series of pregnancy menu helps. This menu consists of items that do not require cooking; it shares ideas to meet your pregnancy nutrition goals with prepackaged foods in case you don’t like to cook or suddenly find the smells of cooking food make you feel sick.

The “I Can’t Cook” Pregnancy Menu

Breakfast

Cheese Blintzes
Whole Wheat or Bran Muffin
8 oz Glass of Milk (8oz = 1 Cup)

Snack

Cut Vegetables with Hummus for Dipping

Lunch

Chicken And Corn Chili
Cornbread

Snack

Salad made with 1 hard boiled egg and 2 oz cheese

Dinner

Beef with broccoli
Rice
Steamed Asparagus

Snack

Strawberry Shortcake

Making this menu work for you

If you do not like cooking, don’t have the time, or can’t stand the smell of cooking foods while pregnant, try these tricks instead of cooking at home:

  • You can find cheese blintzes, waffles, pancakes, and a variety of premade foods in your grocer freezer section. They may not have the same nutritional profile as cooking for yourself, but they are often better than the other options on days when you cannot cook.
  • Purchase muffins from your local bakery and keep them in the freezer until ready to eat. Pay attention to serving size, many bakery muffins are two or more servings each.
  • Several companies make mixes for cornbread, muffins, and other baked goods. You can find them in the baking section of your grocery store. Baked goods can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for 2 or 3 days.
  • Substitute a can or box of your favorite premade soup for the chicken corn chili. Be sure to read the labels to make sure the soup you get doesn’t contain excess fat and salt.
  • Beef with broccoli may take advanced cooking skills, but is often easy to order as takeout at your local Chinese restaurant.  You can also find Asian and Italian foods in the grocery store freezer section that require very little cooking.
  • Grocery store bakeries often have Angel Food Cake, pies, and cookies in half or quarter sizes allowing you to purchase only the amount you need.
Jennifer (Author)