Something clicked with Heng Ou a couple of years ago. Ou had invited a friend with a newborn baby over for a big pot of chicken soup. "It just felt so good to make knowing that I was making it not just for the mom but also for the baby, and [my friend] would go home a lot more content," Ou says. "It was such a huge pleasure. It was a moment of postpartum care that I never had."
So she decided to start a business, called MotherBees, a food delivery service for pregnant women and new mothers. A couple of months ago, she launched the company's website.
Ou, a certified nutritionist who studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, offers a menu of soups, salads and teas. The chicken soup is based on her grandmother's recipe, made with local, organic chicken, barley, red dates, goji berries, carrot, garlic, onion and ginger. Seaweed soup is mushroom broth with seaweed, ginger, garlic, onion, shiitake and sesame oil. Other soups: seasonal greens; chicken congee; and lentil, chickpea and quinoa. "I went back to the basics of what I really know," Ou says. "I basically grew up drinking soups every day when my grandmothers cooked."
Salads include: kale with fennel, spelt berries, farro, parsley and cranberries; lotus roots and sweet potatoes with green onions, sesame seeds, maple syrup and olive oil; and spelt with brown rice, edamame and parsley. Soups cost $10 to $12 for 32 ounces, and salads are $8 to $10 for two servings. Teas, smoothies and almond-sesame milk also are available. Delivery is $8 with a $35 minimum order.
For more information, go to www.motherbees.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Photo: MotherBees chicken soup with dates and goji berries. Credit: MotherBees.