“Odd” Pregnancy Cravings

Welcome  It’s a topic that’s bound to come up when discussing pregnancy.  “Did you have any strange cravings?”  There’s plenty of jokes about the “pickles and ice cream” cravings and most women I know have had some type of craving during their pregnancy, although typically not that odd or strange.  Did you have any cravings?  I would be curious to know just how broad a range our cravings have covered!  I’m going to share my very specific craving I had when I was pregnant with my daughter twelve years ago.

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Food For Thought  I’ve heard women’s pregnancy cravings range from Taco Bell to Oreo cookies to peanut butter to watermelon.  Then there are the foods we absolutely avoid during those nine months.  I had already given up caffeine prior to becoming pregnant, but I drank other carbonated drinks, such as flavored waters.  I also drank decaf iced tea.  During those months of carrying my daughter I could not stand anything carbonated or anything that looked, smelled or tasted like tea.  Fortunately, I loved plain ol’ water and stayed well-hydrated.  I was fortunate to not be ill or experience a lot of morning sickness, but I knew for sure what to avoid!

So what was it that I wanted to eat, all the time, without any sort of explanation or reason, during my pregnancy?  Cheesy cauliflower!  Seriously!  I could not get enough cauliflower with a little (okay, sometimes a lot) melted cheese on it.  We ate it at least twice a week with dinner and I usually made a lot so I could have leftovers for my lunch.  Hubby was a very good sport, as cauliflower is not his favorite food and I know he got tired of it, but he never complained.  I still LOVE the smell of cooked cauliflower, which is too pungent for most people.  Nothing fancy…just boil a head (or two) of cauliflower until tender-about 20 minutes, drain, add a tablespoon of butter, and one or two cups of shredded cheese; “fluff” with a fork like you do with cooked rice.  I could have made a meal from that alone!

cheesy cauliflower
This is simple cheesy cauliflower.  Boil a head of cauliflower until tender. Drain, add a tablespoon of butter and 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese. “Fluff” with a fork, like rice.  Cauliflower is full of vitamins and nutrients.

 

The theory is we crave things our body needs, specific nutrients we might be missing.  Some nutritionists support this theory while others say cravings are simply a state of mind.  Considering that it happens a lot with pregnancy, I would predict it may have something to do with hormones.  At any rate, cauliflower is not the worst thing I could have craved.  Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. It is a very good source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin. (Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods)  The cheese, of course, is a great source of calcium, which all pregnant women need.  Interestingly, my daughter also loves cheesy cauliflower!

Back then, when I was preparing dinner to satisfy my cravings, I didn’t need anything fancy.  I will say, however, that I wanted fresh cauliflower.  Frozen just wasn’t the same, at least in my mind.  I still love cauliflower with cheese, but we don’t need to eat it quite as often these days, probably to my husband’s relief.  Since I’m not quite as precise with my craving, I’ve had a chance to explore some other cauliflower dishes, like the recipe I’m sharing today, adapted from A Sweet Life.

Today’s Recipe  I am not following the currently popular KETO diet plan, and probably won’t ever, but some of the trending recipes I see look pretty stinkin’ good!  I’ve pinned a few, eager to try, not because I want to follow any trendy diet plan, but simply because they look and sound delicious.  That was the case with this recipe for Slow Cooker Cauliflower with Pepper Jack and Bacon.  Cheesy cauliflower?  Yes, please!  With all of the cheese and bacon, we serve this as a main dish entrée, along with a side salad.  This is a low-carb dinner but it has quickly become a household favorite and the leftovers are great, too.

Slow Cooker Creamy Cauliflower with Pepper Jack and Bacon

  • 2 heads of cauliflower, cut into medium pieces
  • 1 cup cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 TBS butter, diced
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz. pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • 6 strips bacon

 

 Spray a 6-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  Add cauliflower, cream, cream cheese, butter, and pepper.

Cook on low for four hours.  Stir well.  Add cubed pepper jack cheese and continue to cook another hour.

Mix the cauliflower and creamy cheese sauce together well.  Turn off slow cooker.

Fry bacon.  Crumble bacon and add to the cauliflower.  Mix well and serve.

 

Today’s Helpful Products, available on Amazon, that I use in my kitchen:

6-Quart Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

Casabella Silicone Cutting Boards, Set of 4

Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening 15-Piece Knife Block Set

Today’s Scripture

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