Cheese-Based Recipes for the Second Trimester of Pregnancy
These delicious cheese-based recipes for the second trimester of pregnancy will come in handy for many expectant moms. But do keep in mind that this dairy product is something you need to be careful about when pregnant.
Many specialists advise against consuming certain kinds of cheese during pregnancy. This is intended to prevent the transmission of listeriosis, a bacterium that can pass from the mother to the fetus.
Cheese-based recipes for the second trimester
However, not all cheeses are prohibited. Let’s take a look at some dishes you can enjoy if you’re in the second trimester of pregnancy.
1. Fish filet with parmesan cheese
Moderately aged cheeses are permitted in almost all stages of pregnancy. Perhaps the most popular of these is parmesan. Here is a healthy recipe for future mothers.
- 1 kilo (about 2 pounds) of filleted fish
- Half a cup of grated parmesan cheese
- Half a cup of breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 4 cloves of garlic
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (about 400 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Place the fish on a tray, covered in aluminum foil.
- Meanwhile, mix the breadcrumbs, a spoonful of olive oil, the garlic and salt in a small bowl.
- Brush the fish with the remaining olive oil. Then, cover it with the breadcrumb mixture and sprinkle on the parmesan cheese.
- Then, add the lemon juice to the filets and bake the fish.
- Finally, add salt to taste.
2. Cauliflower puree with feta cheese
Cauliflower has properties that help detoxify the body. Meanwhile, hard white cheese is one of the only treated dairy products recommended for pregnant women. Together, these two ingredients create a natural delicacy.
- 1 cauliflower (approximately 300 grams)
- 200 milliliters (about 1 cup) of mushroom broth
- Olive oil
- Ground dried mushrooms
- Feta cheese
- Boil the cauliflower in salted water until it becomes al dente.
- Meanwhile, heat the mushroom broth.
- Then, put the cauliflower and the broth in a blender.
- Before blending, add salt and a splash of olive oil.
- After blending, it should have an even, creamy texture.
- Put the puree on a plate. Chop up the feta cheese and place it over the puree.
- Finally, sprinkle the ground dried mushrooms on top.
3. Avocado and cheddar cheese sandwich
These cheese-based recipes don’t need to be complicated. You can easily make a sandwich featuring avocado – recommended for its fatty acids – and some delicious cheddar cheese.
- Whole-wheat sandwich bread
- Thin slices of cheddar cheese
- A bit of ham
- Mild olive oil
- Peel the avocado and cut it into even portions.
- Place the cheddar and a bit of ham on top of the avocado.
- You can add another vegetable (e.g. tomato) if you wish.
- Finally, season with the mild olive oil, vinegar, and salt.
“The consumption of certain cheese is prohibited during pregnancy, with the aim of preventing the transmission of listeriosis.”
4. Fig pie with mozzarella cheese
If you want to give baking a try, this exquisite pie is a good challenge. This recipe is sure to satisfy any craving.
- Puff pastry dough
- 3 figs
- 200 grams (about 1 cup) of mozzarella
- 1 egg
- Peel the figs and chop them up. Then, place them in a pan with sugar and water. It will be like making marmalade. The amount of water and sugar is a matter of preference, but keep in mind that the figs already provide a certain amount of sweetness.
- Cut the puff pastry dough into two ample squares.
- Add the marmalade, the hazelnuts, and the mozzarella (to taste) to each piece of dough.
- Close each portion of dough. Then, brush each piece of dough with beaten egg. The idea is to obtain a golden hue after baking.
- Finally, place the pies in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius (about 400 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 25 minutes.
In addition to these, there are many more cheese-based recipes for the second trimester of pregnancy.
You simply have to get creative with the cheeses allowed by your doctor. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the flavors you want no matter what.
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