I Ate A Vegetable

by HEAB on February 1, 2012

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I have not eaten anything green in months.  Just like during my first pregnancy, I’ve craved chicken and cheese, and when my sweet tooth pays a visit, I want chocolate and peanut butter.  My usual dinner of stir-fried veggies?  Ugh, can’t think about it without gagging.  Honestly, the only vegetable I’ve eaten is a potato, usually fried and salted.  However, I seemed to have turned a corner this week and managed to get in some greens.  In fact, I cannot stop eating the above bowl.

My new favorite lunch contains 1/2 cup quinoa cooked in the rice cooker with 1 cup chicken broth and 1 cup water.  As soon as it’s done cooking, I stir in 1 TBSP Kerrygold butter and a handful of spinach.  While the butter melts, I chop leftover grilled chicken or a cooked turkey burger and add that to my bowl along with a spoonful of Brewer’s yeast.  The salty broth flavored quinoa coated with melted butter is so good, and the Brewer’s yeast adds such a nice flavor.

Several of you have asked about Brewer’s yeast.  I started eating it back when I was breastfeeding as it’s thought to increase milk supply in nursing moms.  It’s an inactive yeast leftover from the beer brewing process and has a slightly bitter nutty taste. I love it and sprinkle it on everything from oats (sweet or savory) to eggs to veggies…when I’m eating them anyway.  It’s also great in Oaties!  Brewer’s yeast is a good source of B-complex vitamins, chromium, selenium, and protein, and this is my favorite brand.  It’s similar to nutritional yeast, but I actually prefer the taste of the Brewer’s.  Plus it’s not as messy – not a fan of those dusty nooch flakes.

If I remember correctly,  last time around my love of veggies returned towards the end of my 2nd trimester.  We shall see…