During this pregnancy, I have craved more meat that I have craved in my entire 30 year existence on this planet.
Sounds dramatic, but it feels dramatic – as someone who eats primilary plant-based, it’s been odd to simply see the words ‘lamb chop’ at a restaurant and immediately need it.
Of course, I’m listening to my body (seems like the easiest, least stressful way to manage your pregnancy – in all aspects), and letting myself have it if I really crave it. One of the most recent cravings I had was for a bone-in pork chop (yes, specifically, bone-in.)
Unfortunately, the grocery store I was at was all out of bone-in pork chops when I went, so I had to settle for boneless pork chops. I guess I was really craving the juiciest, most flavorful (bone-in delivers more flavor.)
I wanted the pork chop for dinner and I didn’t want to do your typical starch and veggies as a side, so I decided to make a simple spiralized zucchini side dish. I’ve been really all about trying to make use of the summer produce and after all the sweet potato and rutabaga over the winter, I’ve been loving the lightness of zucchini noodles.
SO, I had some sundried tomatoes leftover from a salad I had made, and I decided to whip up a quick sundried tomato pesto, pairing perfectly with the simply cooked pork chop. If you have a grill, grill the pork chops for extra flavor – and summer ease.
This definitely satisfied the meat craving. I haven’t wanted steak or any serious beef, although sausage and lamb has been on my mind. I know friends who have odd pregnancy cravings like pickles dipped in almond butter, so I’m not complaining!
Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 11 points
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