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More postpartum food / soup for my sister. Here’s silken chicken slowly stewed for 4 hours. The soup is the essence of the chicken. Since I didn’t add any water, every drop of the soup came from the chicken itself, so it’s super nutritious…IMG_8922-Ginger and wine steamed chicken with chestnut and wood ear

-string beans and tofu stir fry

-garlic brussel sprouts

-papaya fish soupIMG_9020

Here are a couple more homemade postpartum meals for my sister.

1. sweet peas and mushrooms stir fry

2. wood ear and pork slices stir fry

3. chives and shallots scrambled eggs

4. papaya, peanuts, fish soup

5. rice cooked with chicken brothIMG_88761. lemongrass porkchops with chives

2. wood ear, mushrooms and okra stir fry

3. wild yam and green beans with pork slicesIMG_8897

As my gift to my sister who just delivered her 2nd boy, I have been making lunches and dinners for her. So every night after dinner, I’m back in kitchen again, busy putting another meal together. I make soup, lunch and dinner for her, nothing fancy. However, these are my ideal postpartum food. I wouldn’t mind eating these all the time! Luckily she lives so close by so I can drop these off to her in the morning before heading to work. IMG_8775UntitledIMG_8766

As Chinese practice of giving birth, mothers are recommended to go through postpartum seclusion — called zuo yuezi, or, in Mandarin, sitting the month. During this month, mothers heal through food, with heavy chicken stocks, and well balanced meals of poultry, beef and pork. Knowing that one of my older sisters is going to visit my baby sister, who just had a baby, I got up early in the morning to whip up some healthy food suitable for new mothers. Here are some I made a couple of weeks ago.

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Excited to meet our newest addition to the family later today, I got up early and spent my entire morning in the kitchen. I didn’t want to go empty handed, so of course, the practical me, wanted to make something for my sister and BIL. Since my sister had a c-section, I had to be super careful of what she can and cannot eat. As for my BIL, who might also be exhausted due to lack of sleep would appreciate some homemade food (beef noodles) and a dessert (mango sago).

As for my sister, I made brown rice, some greens and pig knuckles and ginger stew. The stew also contains cloud ear (雲耳 – or dried black fungus) and peanuts. The tendons on the pig knuckles supposedly help the recovery of maternal health, the dried black fungus help cleanse the arteries, and the peanuts help boost milk supply. This is one of the more common dish new mothers eat the first month after giving birth. For dessert, I also made black sticky rice with dried red dates and dried longans. Because black sticky rice is low in calories, high in iron and blood booster, it also has a unique place in the diets of new mothers. I think I’ve made enough to last her a few days. Knowing how exhausted new mothers are, hopefully, this can ease their way into parenthood.

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