Pregnancy Nausea and Cooking

One of the things I have disliked most about being pregnant is the nausea and smell issues. I am completely avoiding the kitchen and the refrigerator and sometimes meals all together. This is probably not the best thing for Baby but it is just what happens. As I am ending the first trimester and beginning my second the nausea and smell issues are waning but the want to head back in the kitchen isn’t quite back. I use to find peace and happiness in my kitchen. At one point I am pretty sure I could have cuddled up next to my stand mixer I loved it so much. But these days the microwave and maybe some boiled water are all I can handle doing. Last night I wanted pancakes so I quickly poured the ingredients in a bowl and mixed them but made my husband cook. I was too exhausted to even think about cooking them and I knew we would end up with pancake bricks not fluffy yummy circles of goodness. So as thing progress I will add more recipes but without me doing too much in the kitchen I apologize for the lull. Please check out the old recipes and start to experiment with some of the great new products out there. Beyond Meat is doing some amazing things and I hear there is a cookbook and there are always recipes worth trying out at Chef Chloe’s website. I will post my vegan spaghetti with meat sauce in the next day or two though. I will slowly be getting back to cooking. It just feels like such a long road there! I will probably post my Bisquick pancakes recipes also since it is a few simple swaps outs. Keep reading! Things will rev up soon. And for all you pregnant Mama’s out there… I started reading Alicia’s new book “The Kind Mama”. I will have a review on that coming up too! Until then remember… food is love.

 

The Hippie Gypsy.

Vegan Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

So I know we are far far from Thanksgiving. But that is when my baby is due and that was on my mind when I was cleaning out my freezer and saw a huge bag of cranberries. In Massachusetts we are known for our cranberries and can pretty much acquire them year round. So I decided to make some cranberry sauce and that way I could cook down the cranberries and get them out of the freezer. I added 1 cup of sugar for every 12 ounces and then a splash of water. Nothing fancy. As I was cooking them I realized I also had stuffing leftover and thought…. THANKSGIVING SANDWICH!

When I was a kid, my father never ever ate leftovers. He hated leftovers. I did not, I figured free food and dragged them back to college as I got older. However, my Dad was always okay with Thanksgiving dinner leftovers in which we made leftover thanksgiving food sandwiches. Turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, potatoes, whatever you had and boom it went into a big open sandwich. So when I realized I had ingredients I thought if I make a chicken salad with Beyond Meat I will have one heck of a Thanksgiving Sandwich! So I did and my husband ate two of these sandwiches so you know they are good! Enjoy!

 

Image

 

___________________________________________________________________________

Chicken-less Salad Ingredients:

1 container of Beyond Meat Lightly Seasoned Strips (diced)

1/4 cup Just Mayo

Seasoned Salt (to Taste)

 

Cranberry Sauce Ingredients:

12oz cranberries fresh

1cup sugar

Splash of water

 

Stuffing Ingredients:

1 box Stove Top Stuffing (savory not chicken or turkey)

Water (per instructions)

Earth Balance Original (per instructions)

 

-Sliced Sandwich Bread

 

Image

______________________________________________________________________________

Making it!

Make stuffing in microwave (3mins)

Cranberry sauce: Combine all ingredients in a pot over medium heat until well combined and the cranberries pop and sugar dissolves. Continue mixing until sauce becomes less whole cranberry and more jellied. Take off heat and cool.

Chickenless Salad: Dice Beyond Meat strips and then toss with mayo and seasoned salt.

Top bread with cranberry sauce, chicken salad, and stuffing. Enjoy!

 

Image

 

Food is Love. The Hippie Gypsy.