Postpartum and Breastfeeding

Recipes for a Chinese Inspired Perfect Postpartum Dinner from Chiyo

Paula James-Martinez

Recipes for a Chinese Inspired Perfect Postpartum Dinner from Chiyo


Sharing their favorite postpartum recipes for dinner, our friends at Chiyoprovide a distinctive meal delivery service that combines Eastern food therapy with nutritional science.

These recipes are not only nutritionally balanced and delicious but also follow traditional Chinese principles designed for the well-being of a recovering new mother. 

Mapo Eggplant

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Yield: 2 servings


  • ½ tsp sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp of garlic, minced
  • ½ tbsp of ginger, fresh, minced
  • 2 tbsp of scallions, sliced diagonally
  • 3 tbsp of white mushrooms, sliced into quarters, stems removed
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups of eggplant, keep purple skin on, slice into medium cubes
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of tamari
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 1 tbsp tobanjan (*ok if you can’t find, dish will still be great without it!)


Add oil to a medium saute pan, then add sichuan peppercorns. Heat peppercorns in oil for about 5 minutes. Turn heat off and remove peppercorns but leave oil. Then add garlic, ginger, scallion in sichuan oil until fragrant ~2 minutes. Then add mushroom, red pepper flakes and tamari. In a small bowl add cornstarch and water, mix together to make a slurry and add to the pan and add tobanjan. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for ~15 minutes until eggplant is softened.

Serve with cooked brown rice, quinoa or millet. Option to add tofu, adzuki beans, chicken or beef.


Coconut Braised Mushrooms

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 45 min - 1 hr

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp of chiyo gomasio salt
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 - 5 fl oz can of coconut cream
  • 12 oz mixed mushrooms (shiitake, crimini, oyster or king trumpet), trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces


  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced into diagonal pieces
  • Drizzle with black sesame oil
  • adzuki beans, cooked


Add ginger, garlic, gomasio salt and tamari to a simmer in a medium pan, on low heat, being careful not to burn the ingredients. Stir to combine until ginger and garlic are fragrant about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and stir well then add the can of coconut cream. Stir well and bring to a boil on high heat, once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to lowest setting to simmer for 30-40 minutes. Coconut cream will have mostly evaporated. Option to cook longer for ‘thicker’ sauce. Option to garnish with scallion, cooked adzuki beans and drizzle with chiyo black sesame oil.

Eat dish with cooked brown rice, millet or with your favorite bread! Option to eat with additional meat protein like chicken or salmon.


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Paula James-Martinez, Filmmaker and Editorial Director

Paula James Martinez is a writer, filmmaker, and women's health advocate. She is the director and producer of the documentary Born Free, which investigates the truth about birth and maternal health America. Sits on the boards of non-profit organization "The Mother Lovers" and "4Kira4Moms" to raise awareness of the US maternal health crisis, and co-hosts the parenting podcast "Scruunchy."