Greek Style Quinoa

One of the most common questions Wes gets regarding my pregnancy is “how bad are her cravings?”

I would have to say he has had it pretty easy. Really the only odd craving I’ve had where he had to go with me was that one time back in the first trimester when I desperately needed to go to a Chinese Buffet. I’m pretty sure Wes dropped to his knees and started saying thank you prayers the moment I announced that craving.

Unfortunately for him, it has only happened once.

Other than that, there really haven’t been cravings. But, I have been eating a lot more of certain things, namely citrus. I can’t seem to get enough. Lemon flavored anything tops my list.

Recently we went to a Greek buffet (ok, so we like buffets….) and they had the best tabbouleh. It was chock full of parsley and lemon. I would say about 50% of my plate real estate was taken up by the tabbouleh.  I absolutely had to recreate it.

So delicious.

I also made a super easy dill dip to go on top of it. That part is completely optional, but I had a whole bunch of fresh dill in the fridge just waiting to be used.

I opted to use quinoa in my tabbouleh, but you could sub in cous-cous, bulgar, or pretty much any other tiny grain. However, I personally think quinoa is the bee’s knees.

It comes together in about 5 minutes with the help of a food processor and is the perfect accompaniment to greek wraps, which we’ve been eating all. week. long.


And go crazy with the lemon. It really makes this dish pop.

This week also marks the last week in the second trimester. We are under 100 days now and a few days over 26 weeks. I can’t believe we are this much closer to meeting our little girl.

I’m still waiting for the day when a stranger asks if I am pregnant. Wes and I are also very excited about our baby shower in the Woodlands this weekend. We can’t wait to catch up with friends and family.

Baby Girl C has been very active this week. She has taken to rolling from one side to the other, and especially enjoys nudging me a bit after I’ve eaten some ice cream. Looks like she will share my Blue Bell addiction.

Nothing wrong with that.

Greek Style Quinoa
Side dish
Cuisine: Greek
  • 1½ cup cooked quinoa (about ½ cup dry quinoa & 1 cup chicken stock)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 10 sprigs green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¾ cup parsley
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • Salt
  1. In a food processor combine zucchini, tomatoes, green onions, garlic, and parsley. Pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Pour vegetables into a large bowl. Add in cooked quinoa. Squeeze lemon juice on top. Sprinkle in salt to taste.

Summer time!

2013 seems to be flying by! I can’t believe we are pretty much halfway through July, which means we are only 166 days away from Christmas. Which also means we are only 109 days left from the arrival of Baby C.

Wait what?

That’s right, Baby C!

Surprise! Wes and I were so excited to find out that we are expecting a precious baby girl at the end of October.  A little Halloween baby!

Hopefully that will help explain my long, over-due absence from the blog. For the first 13 weeks, I lived off of a constant supply of various carbs, including butter crackers, Ramen, cereal, and bagels. If I didn’t eat something every two hours, I felt pretty miserable. Poor Wes suffered through that time with me having to fend for himself for meals.

Luckily Wes is a great cook and also didn’t mind the abundance of sandwiches we were eating. I am fairly certain that boy could live off of sandwiches and sandwiches alone.

Now that we are well into the second trimester, actually nearing the end, my eating and cooking habits have gone back to normal. So really I have no excuse, other than I’ve been lazy.  Growing a baby is hard work!

According to The Bump, our baby girl is about the size of a cantaloupe this week. She is almost a foot long and could weigh up to 20.8 ounces. Amazing! I’ve been feeling all sorts of fun movements throughout the day and you can even see my stomach move if you watch closely. Wes got to feel her kick for the first time on Father’s Day. We both thought that was pretty special.

Other than having to go to bed every night at about 9, I really can’t complain. I’m still able to run, go to bootcamp, do headstands during yoga (only for a few seconds, don’t worry!), bake pies, and for the most part keep up with Wes.

I’m still waiting for the day when a stranger asks me if I am pregnant. To me, and especially in this picture, it is incredibly obvious.

But, I’m still a bit scared to wear anything form fitting out of the house yet. I think next week will be the week to experiment. She is growing incredibly fast, so I know my baby bump has to follow! However I’m hoping my chest opts to stop growing. Things are getting a bit ridiculous…

So there you have it guys.  I will try and be better about blogging again. I know I will appreciate having this when I’m looking back on our pregnancy.

Plus I’ve been coming up with some great recipes that I really need to share. We had a chicken salad this week that pretty much rocked my world. I’m hoping to recreate it next week, so maybe that will make an appearance.

Possible chicken salad on the blog… I know I’ve got you on the edge of your seat now. 🙂