If pregnancy exhaustion has taken its toll on your dinner routine (read: You’re eating takeout more often than not because you can’t muster the energy to make a meal) you’ll be relieved to hear a proper supper need not require hours of prep or a resume of skills. In fact, with a little help from the pros, you too can create a table-worthy feast. After all, baking a baby is no excuse to give up cooking dinner—the next nine months are nutritionally critical for both of you.
The dish on saving time: Peggy Kotsopoulos, host of Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures and author of Must Have Been Something I Ate, knows a thing or two about providing nutritious, sustainable food while pressed for time and energy. Kotsopoulos suggests strategies to make the most of your minutes:
Tip: If you don’t have a pressure cooker handy, try making the meal on your stovetop instead. Boil the pasta according to package directions until al dente; strain and return to stovetop. Mix the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl before adding to pot of cooked noodles. Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and pasta is evenly coated, then serve.