What I’ve Been Making For Dinner Lately | Lazy + Pregnant Edition

I’m not going to do a pregnancy update because things feel the same to be honest. I still can’t hear out of my left ear. I’m still doing similar workouts. My weight is the same and I just have nothing that I really have that is worth typing.

However, last post I mentioned that I was going to share some of the meals we have been having. I don’t life blog so this is not one of those posts. I also am not a huge recipe blogger. I don’t have time to test recipes and I don’t even have time to meal plan to be honest.

A few of you have asked if I’m cooking dinner while pregnant and if so, what am I making. Here is the long answer:

Nick gets home between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. That means usually, I’m putting Tommy to bed while trying to get dinner ready for us if I can swing it. This means, we don’t make complicated meals during the week. Weekends are different. If you have a toddler (who loves affection and attention, don’t they all?), it’s really hard to cook a meal that isn’t for him when Tommy is awake and around.

During the 1st trimester, I had serious cravings and aversions so we ordered out a lot which made things easier but expensive.

We are back to “cooking” at home and these are the kinds of meals we have… semi homemade, using frozen food and half prepared fresh food from our favorite grocery stores.

I should note that we have been trying to eat less meat during the week. These are also all iPhone photos and Tommy usually doesn’t eat what we eat because we make it after he goes to bed.

#1. Bagged Salad with chopped Veggie Burger

More specifically, we do a Mexican chopped salad that I buy from Whole Foods (Trader Joe’s has like the exact same one), and then add on top a Cowboy Quinoa veggie burger and 1/2 an avocado.

Chopped Salad Mexican Veggie Burger

#2. Greek Power Bowls

These we get a little creative with. Usually I’ll start with a base, brown rice if we have time, quinoa if it’s late. We’ll add a roasted vegetable usually like cauliflower, already cooked and marinated beets, feta, hummus, olives, tzaziki, onions, falafel and more. Last night, we had these with frozen falafel from Trader Joe’s which were very hearty. The beets were Love Beets which made the meal in my opinion especially with a little Balsamic Glaze drizzle.

Greek Power Bowl

#3. Chinese Food at Home

I love the little frozen dumplings at Trader Joe’s, especially the chicken ones. They are super easy to make and I can honestly eat like 12-15 of them. I usually pair this with either the Cauliflower Stir Fried Rice from TJ’s or I’ll make rice and roast a vegetables like broccoli. Chinese Food at Home

#4. Veggie Tacos

We’ve been obsessed with tacos this pregnancy. I love all Mexican food. Usually we roast cauliflower with mushrooms and red onion. We’ve been adding black beans to the mix as well. We love the corn tortillas at Whole Foods. We usually top the tacos with cilantro, cabbage (if we have it), avocado and a little salsa verde. I’m also on a cholula kick. For roasting the cauliflower, I do a little EVOO, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic and cholula. I know I could make a crazy good sauce, but the point of this post is that I’m lazy and don’t really follow recipes, lol.

Homemade Tacos

#5. Eggplant Parmesan

This was my go to with Tommy and I haven’t been as obsessed with it this time around but not eating meat, this is easy. I buy the eggplant cutlets that are frozen. I bake them in the oven. Then I layer with sauce and cheese on top similar to the pasta bake. Here is a more in-depth post about it.

Eggplant Parmesan

Similarly, I’ll do the same with cooked pasta. I’ll just put it in a dish, add more sauce, some ricotta with spinach and onions and top with more pasta, sauce and fresh mozzarella.

Pasta Bake

When it comes to take out, we’ve been a little pizza obsessed. When it comes to going out to dinner, it seems like I’m always ordering the burger. Picco is my favorite for pizza in Boston, with Area 4 being second!

Pizza from Picco South End Boston

This is a dinner post but I figured I’d throw this photo in here as well since we are doing a “What I Eat” photo dump sort of post. Lunch is often a sandwich from Flour, soup at home or toast of some sort at home because I don’t have anything else to eat. I’ll often eat an entire bag of one of those chopped salads I mentioned above.
Lunch Pregnancy Chili

TOMMY!!!

So doesn’t usually eat what we eat because it gets made AFTER he goes to bed. However, if I need to roast cauliflower for our dinner, I’ll do it when I’m making his dinner because he loves roasted cauliflower. He also loved the eggplant parmesan. I used the little eggplant cutlets and just put a little sauce and cheese on top like little pizzas and he LOVED them.

Ok, so cat’s out of the bag. After years of trying to be a food blogger, I’v admitted that I’m an average cook and really my talents are not creating new and exciting dishes. I do make some great meals though so when I post a recipes, it’s because it’s a favorite. Maybe I will post the veggie tacos once I’ve perfected them!

Have a favorite semi-homemade meal that I can buy at TJ’s or Whole Foods? Let me know in the comments below.

What I’ve Been Making For Dinner Lately | Lazy + Pregnant Edition

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5 Comments

  • Janelle
    Reply

    This was actually very helpful since I don’t always have time to make a fresh meal from scratch! I have been buying the Frontera Veggie Taco Bowls (frozen section of any grocery store) and adding in shrimp/chicken/any type of protein + additional cauliflower rice for volume. Very filling & then just top it with avocado, hot sauce, etc!

  • Kate
    Reply

    I am all about the semi-homemade meals too! I have been on a TJ southwestern chopped salad kick recently and have started subbing the dressing for TJ’s peanut vinaigrette dressing mixed with siracha then topping it off with a TJ’s Thai veggie burger. Such a great combo!

  • Sarah @ Sweet Miles
    Reply

    Hahaha I will most certainly never have the talent of being a food blogger! At Trader Joe’s, we love those burgers as well, but also love their “sides” like their frozen green beans, sweet potato fries, etc. We do a lot meat + 3 style meals, which makes it easy to mix and match throughout the week.

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