Blue Cheese, Spinach and a Special Surprise

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 15, 2009

All I want to eat is spinach.  I’d love to throw a little blue cheese on a spinach salad.  But I can’t!

I’m also craving asparagus, chocolate and cereal! Oh yeah, and Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese???

All these signs point to one thing… this mama is expecting baby #3!  Due Thanksgiving Day-ish! 

First Trimester + Writing a Food Blog = Toaster Struedel and Green Beans for dinner??? 

No really, I will do my VERY BEST to post a recipe each night.  But, I just might end up eating Toaster Struedels (or Stouffers or asparagus) while the rest of my men eat their dinner!  ;)

If you have any tips or experiences on how to best handle the whole “I just can’t seem to stomach what I just cooked” pregnancy issue, please share them!  (I know this will pass in a few weeks, but in the mean time…)

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Simply Frugal April 16, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Congratulations! That’s wonderful news! Many blessings upon you in the coming months.


Joy April 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm

That is great! Congratulations. I remember when I was preg. with my 2nd baby I walked past the seafood counter in the grocerystore. The smell about did me in and hit me fast and I had to run to the front of the store to get some fresh air and not spew all over everything. Smells definitely can get to you.

Do what you can and we’ll be fine.



crockpot lady April 18, 2009 at 9:27 am

eeeps! how exciting!
Congratulations, Erin!
oxxo steph


Jenny April 19, 2009 at 8:11 am

Sorry, I couldn’t stand food at all trough either of my pregnancies, so no help from me!


Tami April 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm



Alaina April 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Congratulations Erin! No tips on that eating what you just cooked…unless you eat something before you cook. Might try it!

Praying for a great pregnancy!


Emily April 19, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I’ve never experienced morning sickness, but I do have nausea with migraines that seems to have a lot of parallels…. so my advice would be to try not to cook on an empty stomach. Nibble beforehand on something you do want to eat. Or chew minty gum, drink club soda, whatever you can do to make it through. Sometimes the smelling of the food makes me want it less and less, I know what you mean.


Jena April 20, 2009 at 2:26 am

Congrats! The best thing I have found to help the “I’m not throwing up, but that might help” feeling is drinking Red Raspberry Leave tea. It is amazing for the pregnant body and every pregnant woman should drink gallons of it when pregnant, but it really helped me this last pregnancy. (Make sure it doesn’t taste like raspberries though, then its just too artificial to be helpful. Try and get a more herbal form of the tea, not just a tasty one.)


Sara April 20, 2009 at 7:38 am



Christina April 20, 2009 at 7:55 am

Congratulations! That’s so exciting! Ginger ale was my best friend the last two pregnancies!


Allison April 20, 2009 at 11:59 am

Congratulations!!! I’m 25 weeks pregnant, so I’ve been where you are very recently. And really, I just didn’t cook anything…we had no meat for about a month. lol And I just made the husband suck it up.


T with Honey April 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Congratulations!! I wish I had some tips for you on the eating during the first trimester front. But I don’t other than “what mama wants mama gets”. Eat whatever you are craving when you are craving and don’t worry unless you A) start to lose weight or B) gain too much too quickly. Keep in mind that the second trimester is not too far away and it usually gets better then.


Jennifer April 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Congratulations Erin!


Erika April 20, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Congrats! I’m expecting #5 and due Nov. 13th so I know exactly how you feel when it comes to making meals at this time. I can’t even stand the smell of most things right now. I wish I had some advice/suggestions but I’m really struggling myself and haven’t found much that helped except sleep.


Julie April 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I’m a little late to the party but I want to congratulate you as well. 3rd babies are totally priceless!


Valerie Barber April 21, 2009 at 11:14 am

Congratulations!!! I didn’t know, but when I saw that you couldn’t stomach cooking the italian sausage–that’s when I suspected. I just saw your segment on the Rachel Ray show this morning. Great job!!!! Love your website–keep up the good work.



Angela April 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Congrats! When I was pregnant, it was with my 1st, so I only had to worry about hubby. And I generally made him eat at the chow hall on base :) I couldn’t even stand to go to the commissary, because the smell of raw meat was SO strong! I just made a list of things I wanted (sprite, crackers, and Strawberry Italian Ice!), and told hubby to get what he wanted to eat.
I used a crockpot once I could stand the smell of food cooking- around 18-20 weeks. I just couldn’t handle being OVER the food cooking- maybe it was because it was so hot!
I can’t imagine future pregnancies, worrying about a family to feed!

As for my cravings- I craved super cheesy brooklyn style pizza from Dominos, and Whataburger cheeseburgers. Odd for me, since I love veggies, but when prego I wanted super greasy food!


Jerilyn April 21, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Um… I just went to my parents house for my whole first trimester. LOL.


TarynTula April 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Congratulations! My baby is also due Turkey Day-ish!


Gina April 21, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Congratulations! I remember when I had my son, I couldn’t stand the sight, smell, or taste of chicken- especially raw. But, my husband of course was not going to swear off chicken so I politely asked him to cook it and I would leave the room or even go outside. Now, I look back and chuckle at it but, it really grossed me out. It was better with my second. I say, do what you can do and don’t feel bad about it. :)


Jessica April 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I’m preggy with my first, a little girl. She’s due in September, we’re naming her Frost!

Maybe I’m one of those lucky ones, but not much has changed for me since becoming pregnant. I still cook and eat most things I did before. The only thing that seems to really bother me is drinking straight milk. Yet I can eat ice cream and am fine (guess what I’ve been craving!!)


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