Friends, fathers, fellas we all know the one thing that a pregnancy is famous for: cravings. Whether they are the weird ones like peanut butter dipped pickles, or the normal ones like out-of-season fruit, all women have them. (My wife had a craving for watermelon from day one till now…we seriously went through 6 watermelons in a month1)
Pregnancy cravings can cause us to eat out more than usual. Trust me, my wife had a Taco Bell craving like no other. We ate there a lot. In fact, we ate there so much I am convinced Macey will come out media latina. She will probably know more Spanish than me because of Taco Bell. I advise that you fulfill your wife’s cravings to the best of your abilities, but I know that they can be costly at times.
So how do you curb the budget breaking cravings? Eating out after all can take its toll. Here I have six simple, easy-to-make dinner recipes to help curb the cravings.
Oh, and fellas, we don’t get too many opportunities to kill two birds with one stone when it comes to our marriage so take this one: you are satisfying a craving and cooking for your wife (yes, I strongly suggest YOU cook these guys).
If your wife has a cheeseburger craving:
- Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta (stop drooling and read the recipe!)
8 oz. uncooked tube/spiral pasta
1 lb. ground beef
6 bacon strips, diced
1 can (10 ¾ oz.) condensed tomato soup
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, in skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.
3. In same skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon on to paper towels. Discard drippings. Drain pasta; add to skillet. Add soup, beef, and bacon; heat through.
4. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and cook until cheese is melted.
If your wife has a Mexican food craving:
- Café Rio Pork Burritos and Rice
6 lbs. pork loin
16 oz. jar salsa
1 can Coke
2 c. brown sugar
Put all in crock pot all day long. Shred.
1 lb. rice
Juice of 2 limes
4 cloves garlic
Put all in rice cooker or on stove and follow cooking directions for rice.
Include in burritos…sweet pork, cilantro rice, tortillas, black beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream, romaine lettuce, and green tomatillo sauce.
And incase you want some sauce with it…
- Ranch Tomatillo Dressing
1 buttermilk ranch dressing packet (made as per recipe)
½ bunch of cilantro
1 clove garlic
Juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeño (for a spicier dressing, keep seeds in)
Blend all in food processor.
If your wife has a sweet-tooth craving:
- Mrs. Fields Cookies
2 C. Brown Sugar
2 C. Sugar
1 lb. Butter
1 T. Vanilla
1/2 t. salt
2 t. baking powder
2 t. soda
4 C. Flour
5 C. Oats
2 (8 oz.) Hershey Bars, cut up
3 C. Nuts
2 C. raisins (optional)
Drop by spoon full on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
On my wife’s list of cravings was Jamba Juice—here is a great smoothie recipe.
- Calcium Smoothies
1 container of yogurt
¼ c. fruit juice (orange juice, apple juice, etc.)
1 c. frozen fruit of choice (strawberries, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
Combine all ingredients in a blender. If juice needs to be thickened, blend in ice.
Last but not least here is an easy to make Mozzarella sticks recipe:
- Mozzerella Sticks
2 ¼ C. Original Bisquick
2/3 C. Milk
1 pkg. (8 ounces) plain string cheese
1 T. butter/margarine, melted
¼ t. Garlic Powder
1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce, heated
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Stir Bisquick and milk until soft dough forms; beat 30 seconds with spoon. Place dough on surface sprinkled with Bisquick; gently roll in Bisquick to coat, shape into a ball; knead 10 times.
Roll dough ¼ inch thick. Cut into eight 6 x 2 inch rectangles. Roll each rectangle around 1 piece of cheese. Pinch edge into roll to seal; seal ends. Roll on surface to completely enclose cheese sticks. Place seam sides down on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Mix butter and garlic powder; brush over warm cheese sticks before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping.
Happy cooking fathers!