I am not going to lie to you, pregnancy has been absolutely kicking my butt when it comes to food. For the first 16 weeks I didn’t eat much and there were a lot of foods that sounded awful. Couple that with the fact that I had absolutely no desire to cook, and you can guess what my diet looked like. HORRIBLE! My poor husband and bank account just rolled with the flow of these pregnancy hormones. But now that my appetite has been coming back and I’m feeling up to cooking again, I wanted to share what my weekly meals look like. Right now it’s been a lot of meals I’ve made before because I’m not quite ready to try new meals after so many food aversions. So, today I am going to walk through a one week dinner schedule that has worked for me in my 2nd trimester.
One Week Dinner Schedule
- Monday – Zuppa Toscana
Monday’s Zuppa Toscana came from The Chunky Chef and is an easy yet comforting soup to make. It make plenty of soup as its so hearty. Great for leftovers and lunches the next day. This is a copycat of the soup that Olive Garden soup and is my husband and I’s favorites. It’s also one of the things I can stomach at this point in the pregnancy so that always gives it an extra boost in my book!
- Tuesday – Chicken Piccata
Tuesday’s meal was a combination of foods. Let’s explain the boxed pasta up front. My husband is hilarious in the fact that he loves simple foods. Boxed foods, chips from the grocery store, nothing fancy. So this particular box pasta is one of his favorites and honestly doesn’t bother my stomach right now so it got added to the weeks list as well. Sometimes you just have to be okay with some adjustments in pregnancy, am I right?! For the chicken piccata, I found that it is a lighter but tasty meal. Again, one that tastes good and isn’t difficult to make. You can find my full review here: click here.
- Wednesday – Spinach, Mushroom and Spicy Sausage Pasta
Wednesday is one of my favorite recipes that I’ve ‘developed’. It’s simple but so good and full of flavor. All it really is is, penne pasta, Alfredo sauce, mushrooms, spicy ground sausage, spinach, salt and pepper. My next blog post will include a full recipe on how to make it so watch out for that!
- Thursday – Jalapeno Chorizo Queso
Thursday was a spicy meal so if you are prone to heartburn be weary. This is my husbands favorite queso as it has a whopping six jalapenos in it. Jalapeno Chorizo Queso is so easy to make and is a great dinner if you don’t want something super traditional. You can find my full review of this queso here: click here.
- Friday -Frozen Meal/Pizza Night
Friday’s meal is the epitome of not underestimating pregnancy hormones. I have been scheduling one night a week where there is flexibility. If I am feeling sick or I don’t feel like cooking. This is the day I pull out the frozen meal. I know its not healthy or what is recommended, however some nights it’s just needed. I also think its good to plan for night where you aren’t feeling well or feeling like cooking. It happens in pregnancy so planning for it in your dinner schedule is the best option!
For those who are pregnant or have been pregnant, I’m curious what were your cravings in pregnancy? Anything interesting or out there? Let me know in the comment section below!