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I’m back… With a helper! 


That’s right… In October, Cookin’ Up Life will add a new team member! David and I couldn’t be happier to add another mouth to feed around our table. And I think Leo is super pumped to have another human in the house 😉 

I’m still going back and forth on how much to share on the blog. Since I’m ending my first trimester, I’ll do a big post on how the first 13 weeks went. Then might just do short updates with my menu posts. Or separate ones in case you would rather just see a menu 🙂 I just know I have loved reading about other bloggers’ pregnancies. It helped me so much! Especially in the first trimester when only a few people know about the little happy growing inside of me! 

Totally honest here— I haven’t cooked but maybe once (besides melting coconut milk for chia puddings!) in the first trimester. The smell of cooking any foods have ended badly around here, so David would either cook while I was at work or I would pick up something on my way in. I think/pray I’m coming out of that! 

So I’m doing a different type of menu this week to ease back into planning. I’m picking 3 meals to cook up and will throw in some pick-up meals here and there to give me a break (or in the case leftovers sound bad). I’ll plan the meals so we will get 6 servings out of each. 

April 20th Meal Plan

  • Spaghetti bake with spinach
  • Baked chicken with rice, wilted spinach, and broccoli
  • Meatballs with farm fresh salad (Thursday our we start getting our CSA baskets… Can’t wait!)

That sounds manageable and tasty… as of now 😉 I will pick up lots of fruit (my favorite thing right now… Any kind!) and some veggies like celery and carrots to have for snacks. I’ll continue to whip up my chia puddings for the mornings and might try a smoothie here and there. We have a Vitamix now! But so far that has been too much liquid first thing in the morning… So maybe it’s time to try those again! I also will grab some whole milk yogurts– I’ve incorporated some dairy back in. Hard cheese and yogurt has been great things to have at work. 

Yall have a wonderful week… And feel free to leave any pregnancy tips in the comments 🙂 


July has been and will continue to be a little blog vacation for me. We all need a little break here and there 😉
If you want to see what I’m up to in the meantime, follow me on Instagram @cookinuplife. 😉 I might do a post once or twice! But meal planning has been pretty simple lately with all of the fresh produce we are getting. I either sauté, bake (not my fav since it’s too hot for the oven!), or eat raw then serve with a meat (eggs have been my jam lately!).

I threw this big ol’ spaghetti bake together tonight. I’m trying to remember the measurements so I can share. If I get the recipe put together, I’ll post it 🙂 If you need meal plan ideas, I’ve got a lot posted on here. Just search for the ingredient or meal you’ve got in mind in the search bar. There should be a meal in a weekly menu post to help ya out!

Happy July y’all!