Hi there. Quickly popping in before I head off to teach prenatal yoga and 200-hour teacher training with a recent eats post + attempting to do some menu planning for the week.
My recent eats have been getting a little stranger/more off the beaten path as pregnancy progresses. I felt pretty normal during the first trimester instead of battling the common nausea and aversions but I’m kind of making up for it now. My desire for a diet rich in protein and veggies is definitely waning in favor of simpler foods, lots of carbs and snacky things.
Rotating between oatmeal and smoothie bowls for the most part. In the early days of this blog I ate a LOT of oatmeal. The last few years I kind of lost my desire for it but it’s back again. This is banana oatmeal with a spoonful of cottage cheese stirred in at the end.
Overnight oats. I also used to eat a LOT of these back in the early days of blogging but I’m definitely still OFF overnight oats. This didn’t do much for me at all.
Sourdough, mayo, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and muenster cheese. Unpictured: lots of kettle chips while prepping the food.
A chopped salad mix with apples, cashews, dried cranberries and a little shredded cheese added. Unpictured: more kettle chips.
Flank steak fajitas with black beans, rice and lime crema.
Grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup.
A bowl of leftovers that my dad and I had a good-spirited debate over whether looked appetizing or not. It was rice, black beans, avocado, asparagus, salsa, sour cream and roasted cauliflower.
I did an Instagram poll and it came out around 78% YUM and 22% YUCK. Haha. What’s your take? Would you eat it?
One-pan roasted dinner with chicken sausage, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, mushrooms, parsnips and carrots. This is typically one of my favorite dinners but the chicken sausage was not my friend. I loved the veggies though.
Finally got that apple fritter I’ve been craving for over 6 months! I wish I could show this thing to scale…it was bigger than a softball!
My parents went to a social at their condo development one night and brought me back these desserts. The front is my mom’s homemade banana pudding. She uses this recipe and it’s one of my favorite things that she makes. The back is homemade carrot cake from someone else but it was delicious.
And finally, my dad made me a big batch of his homemade granola to bring home with me. I have the recipe on my blog and it’s easy to make myself but always better when he makes it for whatever reason. 🙂
THIS WEEK’S DINNER MENU
Okay, I was trying to actually plan by night but it was a little daunting to commit. Haha. Instead, I’m going to share a list of things that either sound good and that I have on hand and go from there. I’m learning that I have to be very flexible with cooking in pregnancy!
- Homemade chicken noodle soup with turmeric (I have a whole chicken in the freezer and loving soup right now)
- A take on this baked spaghetti squash with cheese (but I would never use lowfat cheese) alongside baked salmon
- Sweet potato noodle bowls with shrimp
- Trader Joe’s cauliflower rice stir fry with egg + ground turkey + sriracha
- Warm quinoa salad with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, dried cranberries and pecans
- Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza + salad
What’s on your dinner menu this week?
Are you a fan of “throw it all in a bowl” or are you more of an ingredient separatist?