All I’ve been thinking about lately is pregnancy and food. (Sponsored)

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Lately my food choices have been made based on two criteria: indulging myself and convenience. I wish I could say that it’s because I’m very, very pregnant, but really this is kind of how I always make food decisions.

Tuxedo Cookies from Safeway

Oh hey, lopsided bump! (Note: this belly was not formed solely by these cookies.)

Domestic goddess I certainly am not.

When I was pregnant with Clara the only two cravings I had were chocolate and root beer, and I’m craving the same sweet snacks with Baby Beni! (Does this mean Beni’s a girl?!)

Dark Chocolate from Safeway

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I also crave carbs. Well, I guess sugar is a carb and we already covered that, but seriously, any and all things carbs are the only food items that sound good to me on a consistent basis. A salad? Not so much. A dish of pasta? Pass me the bowl again! Bread and butter? All day every day, thanks.

Sometimes I try to trick myself by adding veggies in with carbs.

Artichokes and Pasta from Safeway

One of our favorite go-to recipes is pasta with artichoke pesto. Get ready for this complex recipe:

  1. Boil pasta per instructions on the box.
  2. In a food processor combine artichoke hearts, lemon juice, Parmesan, and walnuts, and process for 30 seconds. Slowly drizzle in olive oil until mixture becomes a thick paste. Transfer pesto to a large bowl. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  3. Put pesto on pasta.

DONE! Although, to make this a bit more interesting I would advise adding in some protein or veggies, otherwise it can be pretty bland.

Some other current favorite recipes include…

This mushroom marsala pasta.

This quiche. (I modify by lowering the amount of butter and cheddar)

These overnight oats. (Chocolate Peanut Butter is my current favorite)

This stir-fry.

Bonus: Any of these (minus the stir-fry) would be great to bring to a family who just welcomed a new baby. I got a lot of lasagna when I had Clara, and while I love lasagna, it would also have been nice to get some breakfast foods, snacks, some fresh food, or something a bit different. If you know someone who just welcomed a baby, I recommend thinking about bringing over cookies, banana bread, muffins, salad, etc. Freezer meals make sense if you know the family may be getting a lot of food at once or if you’re dropping off food before the baby comes in preparation for his/her arrival, but I actually preferred fresh food that we didn’t need to freeze, and we ate most meals we received right away.

Plus, let’s not forget the power of a good snack. Breastfeeding moms require a ton of snacks and with a newborn + a toddler running around, I plan on whipping up a few batches of easy-to-eat snacks so that I have some sustenance with as little fuss as possible. Now if someone else was to bring me these snacks, I’d be very appreciative. (hint, hint)

That’s just my two cents.

Dark Chocolate from Safeway

Dark chocolate is a healthy snack… right? I think it has good stuff in it. If it doesn’t, let’s just not discuss it.

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