The Cravings Never End…

This morning’s biggest decision as I sat at my desk with a long list of things to do.

Chicken biscuit or bagel?

Seriously. Simple, daily decisions, like what I am going to eat for breakfast, remind me of the little life growing inside of me. Pregnancy cravings, I’ll take them over heartburn and morning sickness every time. But, man, are they getting out of control. When I was pregnant with our first bundle of joy. All I wanted was tacos with lots of hot sauce. My poor husband became an expert at navigating the late night Taco Bell drive-thru crowd. This pregnancy is different when it comes to the cravings  everything. I want all the food. All the time.

The past couple of week the winner has been cheeseburgers, fries and salads. I think I went three days, eating salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In spite of these cravings, I attempt to change it up. I mean, I shouldn’t torture my family and make them eat burgers everyday for the next 5 months. So, once again, I hit up Pinterest to look for creative spins on one of my biggest cravings. I found two recipes that I just had to share.

Cheeseburgers and fries.

Stepable.com

Stepable.com

Oh. My. Stepable.com has a recipe for bacon cheeseburger and fries CASSEROLE. I did some digging and I gotta give props to the original creator of this recipe: Kimberly Killebrew over at The Daring Gourmet. Check out this girl’s website. My mouth is watering just looking at her fantastic creations.

This one combines salad AND cheeseburgers!!

Canyoustayfordinner.com

Canyoustayfordinner.com

Check out Can You Stay For Dinner’s Cheeseburger Salad with Big Mac Sauce. Whoa.

Well, now, I’m thinking about lunch… and a trip to the gym.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering. I chose a chicken biscuit. 🙂

All my fellow pregnant mommas, what are you craving?

Cauliflower Tortillas

Who doesn’t love tortillas? While they are delicious, they aren’t exactly the healthiest thing. Here at the Freeman house, we have been taking our favorite “not-so-healthy” foods and turning them in to “better-for-you” selections. Yesterday, Jedidiah and I rolled up our sleeves and made a batch of cauliflower tortillas. The deliciousness of tortilla with the nutrition of a vegetable. Count me in. As soon as Jed instagrammed a photo of our dinner, we were bombarded with people wanting the recipe.

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We chronicled our cauliflower tortilla experience with Jed’s phone camera. So, I’m apologizing now for the less than dazzling photo quality.

First, clean and prepare your cauliflower. I find it easiest to quarter the head and then cut off the thick stems, leaving you with the florets.

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Once you have all of the florets prepped, run them through a food processor to create a rice texture.

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Then, cook your cauliflower “rice”. You can steam it in a pot or be lazy like me and cook it in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a quarter cup of water to the bowl and cover with a dish towel. Cook until soft. Once cooked, let the cauliflower cool. Then use a cheese cloth or clean towel to squeeze out the excess water.

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Take the drained cauliflower and add 2 large eggs per head of cauliflower. (We prepared 3 heads) Mix together. While mixing, pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

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Spread into tortilla shapes on parchment paper.

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Then place in the oven. Cook until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.

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Give it a try. Tell us what you think. What other creative ways do you use cauliflower?

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Pigs-in-a-blanket. With a twist. Lots of twists.

Happy National Pigs-in-a-blanket Day!!!

Well not really. Yesterday was national pigs-in-a-blanket day and I missed it. I really need a calendar for these things! 🙂 So, we are celebrating today.

Who doesn’t love delectable little sausages wrapped in a golden buttery pillow. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack… I could eat my weight in those things. I could, but that doesn’t mean I have. While there is no harm in a random indulge every once in a while, one can’t eat these every morning. I know, it was a hard fact for me to accept.

Now, I am always one to find a way to make the unhealthy, healthy. So to celebrate the day, I scoured the web to find a healthy alternative.

Here is a bit of what I’ve found. Pick one and get celebrating!

The Food Network has Hungry’s Girl’s “De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket” recipe.

Photo courtesy of Food Network.

Photo courtesy of Food Network.

These are perfect if you are simply trying to cut down on the calories of the traditional recipe by using low-fat version of ingredients. But, these just simply wouldn’t cut it for someone who is trying to cut out as many processed foods as possible…

Summer, over at The Dirty Floor Diaries, gets it. She created a fantastic paleo recipe. Check it out here.

 So we’ve cut out the processed ingredients but what if you want gluten-free? Well. I’m glad you asked. Nicole over at Gluten Free on a Shoestring has the perfect recipe. Now this recipe looks like the most involved, but if you are making the commitment to go gluten-free, then you will work for the reward of these freshly made morsels.

And of course you know the inevitable results containing unusual recipes. Maybe you want to mix it up? I came across this pretty interesting Buzzfeed article, “19 Audacious Ways To Make Pigs In A Blanket.”

Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed

Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed

Not audacious, just delicious…