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My husband was right… But I haven’t decided if I’m going to tell him.

I made a cake a few nights ago and was about to lick the beater when my husband informed me that I shouldn’t because of the raw eggs. It made sense, but it was a tradition I gave up unwillingly that night. However, today  I received an email from Babycenter that I thought I would share. surprisingly, he was right. Now I just have to decide wether to let him know or not.

The article says to not eat or be careful around…

Refrigerated ready-to-eat foods: If not prepared and handled properly, deli-style salads (especially those containing protein, like egg, chicken, ham, and seafood) can be contaminated with listeria. This includes salads from the store as well as those that are homemade – and sandwiches made from these salads. Since these types of salads are ready-to-eat and not reheated, they can pose a risk to pregnant women, and you may want to avoid them altogether. If you do choose to eat them, discard any leftovers four days after preparation. Also stay away from salads (and other food) left unrefrigerated or unheated. So, for example, if you arrive at a party and there’s a potato salad that’s not on ice, or meat that’s not on a hot plate, don’t eat it unless you know for sure that it’s been out for less than two hours (one hour for refrigerator foods if it’s a very warm day, over 90 degrees).
Hot dogs and luncheon meats: Hot dogs are generally high in nitrates, as well as fat and sodium – but it’s safe to enjoy one now and then, provided it’s fresh off the grill or has otherwise been cooked until steaming hot (to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill bacteria that may be present. Also be sure to handle the juice that comes from hot-dog and deli-meat packaging carefully. Don’t let it come in contact with foods that won’t be cooked, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling it. Luncheon and deli meats also need to be reheated until they’re steaming hot to be safe.
Burgers and other grilled meat or fish: If you’re offered a burger or other grilled or barbecued meat, chicken, pork, or fish, make sure it’s cooked well-done and not pink in any areas. E. coli, salmonella and toxoplasma can lurk in undercooked meats. (Ground beef, veal, lamb and pork should be cooked to at least 160 degrees F and ground poultry to 165 degrees F. Pork roasts and chops need to reach 145 degrees F, whole poultry 180 degrees F, chicken breasts 170 degrees F, and fish 145 degrees F. Use a food thermometer to test the temperature, because the color of the food isn’t always a good indicator of doneness.) Note: Because of concerns about mercury in fish, the FDA recommends limiting yourself to 12 ounces (about two servings) of fish a week and avoiding some kinds of fish altogether.

Ice cream: Make sure the homemade ice cream being served isn’t made with raw eggs, which can contain salmonella. (Cooking kills the bacteria but freezing doesn’t.)

Ice: Use clean ice for your drinks, not the ice that’s keeping the meat cold or that others have stuck their hands into. Bacteria can thrive in a cooler full of ice.

Raw sprouts: Don’t garnish your burger or salad with alfalfa or other raw sprouts. They can contain E. coli or salmonella bacteria. For the same reason, make sure raw vegetables – in particular lettuce and cabbage – have been washed.

So there you have it! So, for the next two months cookie dough, cake batter, and certain ice creams are off-limits. Bummer!

Another Pregnancy Recipie to try

I’d love to try this recipe that is said to be great for pregnant women, but I don’t think my husband would find it as exciting as I.

Pork and Peaches Stir Fry

Ingredients

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 lb cubed pork meat
2 tsp peanut oil, or sesame oil
1 large onion, diced
1 large carrot, sliced
1 cup broccoli florets
1 (15 ounce) can sliced peaches, with juice
1 Tbs all-purpose flour

Procedure

  1. In a glass bowl or casserole dish, combine the lemon juice, soy sauce, ground ginger, and garlic powder. Place the pork into the dish, cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the pork, marinade and onion, and cook stirring constantly until the meat is cooked through. Throw in the carrot and broccoli, and cook for a few minutes, then add the peaches with the juice, and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture, and stir in. Cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens. Serve over rice or noodles.

Serves 4. Per Serving: Calories 216; Calories from fat 56(26%); Fat 6g; Carbohydrates 14g; Sugar 6g; Fiber 2g; Protein 26g

3 Perfect Pregnancy Dinners

I get weekly updates from BabyCenter on where I am in my pregnancy. This week my update had some nutritional recipies during pregnancy, so I thought I’d share what I had found with the rest of you…

Nutrition Nibbles: 3 perfect pregnancy dinners

Wondering what to eat tonight? These dinner ideas from Nicole Britvan, a dietitian at Kaiser Permanente Outpatient Nutrition Clinic in San Francisco, have the ideal mix of nutrients and flavor for pregnant women.

• Stir Fry Make a large stir-fry with chicken, shrimp, or tofu. To make it super fast, buy bags of frozen precut veggies and heat in a skillet with low-sodium soy sauce or olive, peanut, or sesame oil. Serve over brown rice.

• Chicken Breast Bake or broil a 4- to 5-ounce chicken breast (marinate in lemon juice and oregano for extra zip). Add 1 to 2 cups of your favorite steamed veggies, and a baked sweet potato or regular potato topped with plain yogurt and salsa or low-fat cheese.

• Chicken Quesadilla Fill 1 whole-wheat tortilla with 1 to 2 ounces of reduced fat cheese and 1 to 2 ounces of chicken, shrimp, or tofu. Add salsa or chopped tomatoes, lettuce, and a few tablespoons of fat-free refried beans for extra fiber! Serve with a handful of unsalted tortilla chips.

I think some of these would be great even if I wasn’t pregnant.

Have a great dinner tonight! HIS Child

Pregnant and Needing Easy Recipes

I am at 30 weeks and even though I’ve been asked about cravings all the time, I’ve noticed that recently, nothing sounds good. I find this odd. I may be hungry, but for what? So I need your help.

I am looking for recipes that are healthy to eat during one’s pregnancy. They need to be quick so that I’m not on my feet for hours cooking and preferably something semi normal. I’ve been looking at a lot of baby/maternity/pregnancy sites and their food is… wierd. It’s full of tofu, and 500 ingredients. My husband wouldn’t touch most of it with a 10 foot pole! We are a mid-west family who likes simple meals. Can you help me in my dilemma? If so, please share your favorite recipes from pregnancy. I’d appreciate it!

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