Everyday Mom's Meals: All in Moderation

Monday, April 25, 2016

All in Moderation

One of the worst things you can do while pregnant is to "Google" anything. Seriously, if you are a fellow expectant mother, please heed my advice. Just don't do it. Now, I will admit, I come from a medical background. I have a degree in the medical field and so when I let my stupid side get the best of me, and decide to "just look something up" I can usually weed out the nonsense. But still, it's just not a good idea. You will find the worst case scenarios, the scariest of things, and drive yourself crazy.

And one of the biggest debates on the net is what moms to be should avoid as far as food wise. Some day "Oh My God, don't eat ___". While others will take that same food and say "Sure, it's okay." It can be maddening. I tend to go by the list my OB gave me and forget the rest.

Canned tuna is one such conundrum. Same experts say a little is absolutely okay, while others say avoid it completely. I tend to fall in the middle. I am not going to eat it every day, but a little here and there is okay with me. (Notice I say "with me." If you disagree, that's completely okay, please just leave the hate mail to yourself.)

The only time this is an issue is when little man starts to ask for one of his favorite meals, Tuna Macaroni Salad. We eat the stuff year round, but especially when temps start to rise. It's a terrific light supper when he has Taekwondo, giving him lots of protein for the workout, while not being too heavy. He could eat it every single week if I let him, but right now I have to keep things in moderation.

So I figured why not take the same idea, but make it with chicken instead? Genius, I know. I'm telling you what. This stuff is the bomb. Make a batch for lunches all week long, take it to your next cookout, or like us, add some bread and fruit on the side, and a light summer time meal is done.

Pregnancy is such an exciting time...but also uber stressful. We all need to do ourselves a favor and listen to our docs and not our trusty friend Wed MD....

Chicken Macaroni Salad
1 (12 oz. ) can chunk chicken breast, drained and flaked
1 lb. elbow macaroni
3 ribs celery, diced
5 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 c. mayo
1/4 c. sweet relish
1 TBS lemon juice
1 1/2 TBS dried parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook macaroni, rinse with cold water, drain well. In a large bowl combine chicken, macaroni, eggs and celery. Mix well. In a medium bowl combine mayo, relish, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Whisk well. Pour over macaroni mixture. Chill 1-2 hours before serving.

Shared at Weekend Potluck

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