Alicia Allison ~ Prenatal & POSTPARTUM CHEF, Doula & HERBALIST

 

Inspired by the principals of Ayurveda, my work in western herbalism and whole foods nutrition, I cook meals that are grounding, warming and celebratory for the postpartum period.  

I focus on simple foods that are easy to digest and equally delicious.  Every dish I prepare is designed to support postpartum healing and lactation.  I have worked with clients with various preferences and dietary needs, including vegetarians, people on restricted diets (Paleo, FODMAPS) as well as those food allergies. 

I also make herbal infusions for my clients; these rich nutritive teas bring the body back into balance and restore the nervous system. 

I enjoy selecting foods that are local, farm-fresh, grass fed, pasture-raised and organic whenever possible.  

Some of my favorite postpartum dishes to prepare are listed below.  

 

Soups

Homemade broths & bone broths

"Old fashioned" chicken soup with fresh dill, potatoes, carrots & celery

Cumin chicken soup with spaghetti squash, cilantro and fresh lime

Butternut squash soup with ghee and shallots

Carrot ginger soup with coconut & fresh ginger

Shiitake & Maitake mushroom soup with barley and dill

POSTPArtuM dAAls & beans:

"New Mother's Daal" Red lentils with digestive spices, ghee, coconut, zucchini, cilantro and freshly chopped spinach

Mung bean daal with coconut, ginger, cilantro and ghee 

Yellow split peas with fresh ginger, garlic, turmeric & coconut milk

French lentil Stew with tomatoes, carrots, potatoes & kale

 

Grain dishes:

Savory congee with ghee, black pepper and cardamom (with egg, stewed chicken or caramelized carrots)

Warm rice pudding with ghee, cardamom & cinnamom

Quinoa with sautéed leeks, butternut squash, roasted celery root and pumpkin seeds

Quinoa with sautéed shallots, caramelized carrots, greens and egg 

Farro with leeks, brown butter, shiitake mushrooms and parmesan 

Quinoa with stewed cherry tomatoes, onion, celery, greens, pinenuts and fresh basil

Savory steel cut oats with ghee, parmesan and toasted sunflower seeds

Shitake & Cremini mushroom risotto with parmesan

 

root vegetables:

Roasted Caramelized Carrots

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with spices, shallots and ghee 

Roasted Butternut Squash with cinnamon, cardamom & ghee

Roasted Red & Golden Beets with Feta

Mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese

Roasted & Stuffed Kabocha squash 

Pan fried Yucca with butter, onions and garlic

Coconut milk sweet and yukon gold potato "gratin" 

Roasted Celery Root with nutmeg, coriander and ghee

Butter fried burdock root with leeks, cayenne and sunflower seeds (in season)

Assorted roasted root vegetables with truffle butter and parmesan

Spaghetti Squash with ghee and parmesan

Old fashioned mashed potatoes with grass-fed milk, butter and black pepper 

 

meat

Moroccan Lamb Stew with butternut squash

Lemongrass Ginger Beef Stew

Fresh tomato and red wine beef stew with carrots, onions, potatoes

Tarragon and spring onion Beef Stew with garlic and winter squash 

Curry grass fed beef or lamb burgers

Butternut squash wrapped in bacon

Pot Roast with red wine, fresh stewed tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and parsnips

Lamb Saag

Oxtail Stew with tomatoes 

Lemongrass & garlic pan-fried pork patties 

Lamb & Beef meatballs with pine nuts & harissa 

 

 

POULTRY

Chicken stew with shallots, sweet potatoes, celery and warming spices

Chicken stew with zucchini, string beans, pinenuts and spring onions 

Mexican Chicken Pipian Verde (Chicken with green pumpkin seed sauce)

Whole Roasted Chicken with roasted onions and potatoes

Pan-fried parmesan breaded Chicken Cutlets 

Turkey burgers with spinach and basil

 

 

FISH

South Indian salmon curry with coconut, tomato, string beans and carrots (mildly spicy)

Spiced Fish cakes with dill, capers & lemon zest 

Fennel and tomato Seafood Stew

Roasted fish with golden beet and citrus salsa 

Wild Alaskan baked Salmon or Arctic Char

Indian chili and tamarind fish curry with coconut milk, zucchini and green beans

Sautéed fish with stewed tomatoes, sautéed fennel and avocado 

 

 

Vegetables & GREENS

Green beans and carrots with stewed tomatoes & hemp seeds

Sautéed Kale, Chard & Dandelion Greens with pine nuts and garlic

Roasted Golden Beet & Tahini Dip

Roasted Cauliflower slices with ghee and garlic (after 6 weeks)

Sautéed Brussels sprouts with Parmesan (after 6 weeks)

 

Salads: 

Steamed kale and green bean "salad" with pumpkin seeds, lemon zest and feta

Lacinato Kale salad with parmesan, hemp seeds, toasted sunflower seeds & lemon zest

Kale salad with shaved pecorino, grapefruit and pumpkin seeds

Clover and Timothy Tea

Roasted acorn squash salad with Arugula and parmesan  

Fresh Purslane, toasted walnuts & goat cheese (in season)

Fresh burrata mozzarella, stewed tomatoes & basil

 

FRITTATAS & EGGS:

Frittatas with stewed fresh tomatoes, zucchini, caramelized onions, fresh herbs and goat cheese

Frittatas with sautéed Leeks and butter browned shiitake mushrooms with goat cheese 

Frittatas with sautéed spinach, kale, onions and fresh feta cheese  

Curried deviled eggs with creme fraiche 

Omelettes 

 

NOURISHING TEAS & Drinks:

Postpartum appropriate herbal infusions such as nettles, raspberry & oatstraw

Ayurvedic Sweetwater 

Nut Milks: Almond, Cashew, Hemp or Macademia 

Warm spiced milks and herbal milk decoctions

Barley-water with fennel 

Avocado & nut butter smoothies (room temp)

 

COMFORTING Sweets

Rice pudding with cardamon and cinnamon

Bananas stewed in coconut milk, ghee and cinnamon

Stewed iron-rich fruits with spices, such as apricots, dates, figs, goji-berries, dried blueberries and cherries

Stewed or baked apples cinnamon, cardamom and ghee

Stewed or baked pears with vanilla and cardamom, topped with a dash of heavy cream

Whole Medjool Dates stuffed Ricotta and pinenuts

Ricotta, Creme fraiche or whipped cream spiced with ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and lemon zest

Fresh fruit Salad with hemp seeds and fresh lemon

Cacao and Almond butter energy "truffles"