Sunday, October 18, 2009

Menu Planning in Early Pregnancy

As some of you may have already read, Jeff and I are expecting, due in June. We found out last Monday morning, and a sudden attack of a 24-hour bug (wednesday) and recovery from that in the middle of morning sickness, some meals got skipped last week (We improvised and had a big batch of chicken soup, then pretty much ate that for a few days).

Then, we had a GOOD menu plan change. We received a gift card for dining out this week, so our Sunday meal plan was changed, too. As far as pregnancy / morning sickness / potential changes in appetite, I am not sure how well we'll stick to meal plans in the midst of all this, but I am thinking that it is wise just to do them, anyway. Any moms out there with tips, comment away!

Monday: Lunch - Sunday dining out Leftovers
Dinner - Pizza
To Do: Soak Pizza Dough, Make Sauce (both night before)

Tuesday: Lunch - Leftover Pizza
Dinner - Rosemary Orange Chicken
To Do: Thaw Chicken (night before). Marinade (morning of).

Wednesday: Lunch - Leftover Chicken
Chicken Spinach and Mushroom Crepes
To Do: Soak Crepe Batter (night before)

Thursday: Lunch - Leftover Crepes
Dinner - Beef Stroganoff (w/the last of our tasty beef from Hearst Ranch)

Friday: Lunch - Egg Salad Sandwich (Using Food Renegade's Enzyme-Rich Mayonnaise)
Dinner - Leftover Stroganoff (on my own, Jeff eating w/his clients)

Saturday: Lunch - Rice and Beans, fresh veggies
Dinner - Porkchops (Very very simple, see recipe below) w/Mashed Sweet Potatoes
& Steamed Veggies

Sunday: Lunch - Out with friends
Dinner - Leftovers Parade

Citrus Apple Pork Chops

This is a recipe I improvised with a friend a few years ago. I never really liked pork chops until we cooked them like this.

4 pork chops
3 oranges
1 Apple, sliced
1 Tbsp Sucanat
1/4 - 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Juice 2.5 oranges and blend with sucanat in a saucepan over medium heat. Add apple slices and cinnamon. Add the other half of the orange, sectioned. When juice is warmed, add pork chops and cover (checking periodically to see when they should be flipped).

Serve with Sweet Potatoes sweetened with Sucanat and Cinnamon.

This has been a part of Menu Plan Monday - See Org Junkie for more great menu plans!


  1. I am so going to make the Rosemary-Orange chicken soon. It looks wonderful,

  2. Thanks for stopping by! My husband actually found that recipe and asked me to make it, I'm excited about it as well. We're already pulling a switch this week (Evening activities ended up changing a little), so I'm actually going to do it on Sunday, but I will let you know how it turns out. Hopefully it'll be pretty enough that I can post a picture :)

  3. oooh. stay far away from egg-salad!

    not really, but I couldn't handle that smell at all when I was preggo!

  4. thanks for the tip :) I'll see how it goes, and if I can't handle it, I'm positive Jeff will eat it for me :)