If you don’t want to hire a nanny

Young Parents (Singapore) - - The Baby Years -

So, a con­fine­ment nanny sounds like an an­gel to have at home af­ter child­birth, but what if you’re not will­ing to fork out hun­dreds of dol­lars, or just don’t like the idea of hav­ing a stranger in the house?

Thom­son Med­i­cal Cen­tre and some cater­ers can de­liver con­fine­ment meals to your doorstep. It’s not go­ing to ease your fa­tigue from breast­feed­ing and lack of sleep, but at least you won’t have to pre­pare your own meals.

But if your hus­band or mum is happy to cook for you, di­rect them to the wide va­ri­ety of con­fine­ment recipes on Young Par­ents’ web­site (www.young­par­ents.com.sg), or fol­low th­ese from Mount Alver­nia Hospi­tal.

GREEN PA­PAYA & FISH BONE SOUP

Serves 6

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS

500g threadfin fish bones (also known as ngoh he)

1 medium green pa­paya (get the large Hong Kong or Malaysian va­ri­ety, not the small Hawai­ian type)

2 slices gin­ger

10 pieces red dates (op­tional)

METHOD

1. In a medium pot, bring wa­ter to a boil.

2. Add gin­ger and fish bones. Boil for half an hour.

3. Peel pa­paya skin and re­move seeds. Cut pa­paya into chunks.

4. Add pa­paya and red dates to soup and boil for 15 min­utes only. Do not over-boil. 5. Drink the soup. There is no need to eat the in­gre­di­ents.

TIP Add 500g fish meat to in­crease pro­tein.

NU­TRI­ENT ANAL­Y­SIS En­ergy 202 calo­ries Car­bo­hy­drates 31 g To­tal fat 3.1g

Pro­tein 16 g

Fi­bre 2.8 g

NOTE The calo­ries, pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drates and fi­bre con­tent will be neg­li­gi­ble if the soup in­gre­di­ents are not con­sumed.

PORK RIBS WITH BLACK BEANS SOUP

Serves 4

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS

1 cup black beans 500g lean pork ribs Salt, to taste

METHOD

1. Soak black beans for a few hours.

2. In a medium pot, bring wa­ter to a boil.

3. Add pork ribs and sim­mer for half an hour.

4. Add black beans and cook till the beans and meat are soft.

5. Add salt to taste. Serve.

TIP You can drink the soup as of­ten as you like, and eat the in­gre­di­ents. They pro­vide a very good source of pro­teins, which is good for pro­mot­ing lac­ta­tion.

NU­TRI­ENT ANAL­Y­SIS En­ergy 335 calo­ries Car­bo­hy­drates 30g To­tal fat 6.7g Pro­tein 38g

Fi­bre 7.4g

NOTE The calo­ries, pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drates and fi­bre con­tent will be neg­li­gi­ble if the soup in­gre­di­ents are not con­sumed.

STEAMED TOFU WITH EGG & MINCED CHICKEN

Serves 2 to 3

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS

1 block soft tofu

1 egg

200g minced chicken Salt or soya sauce, to taste

METHOD

1. Mash tofu into fine pieces.

2. Beat the egg.

3. Mix tofu, egg and minced chicken to­gether in a mi­crowave­able bowl.

4. Add salt or soya sauce for taste.

5. Steam for 10 to 15 min­utes. Or mi­crowave for 10 min­utes.

6. Serve hot.

TIP This dish is high in pro­tein and the tofu pro­vides a good source of plant- based omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

NU­TRI­ENT ANAL­Y­SIS En­ergy 174 calo­ries Car­bo­hy­drates 3.1 g To­tal fat 9.8g Pro­tein 18.5 g Fi­bre 0.1 g

Mount Alver­nia Hospi­tal’s Kang Phaik

Gaik, head of Alver­nia Par­entcraft Cen­tre, con­trib­uted the recipes and Tan Shiling, di­eti­tian at the Nu­tri­tion and Di­etet­ics Ser­vices De­part­ment, shared the nu­tri­ent anal­y­sis.

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