Everyday Mom's Meals: Cravings

Monday, April 4, 2016


Oh the things I want to eat! That's right, the pregnancy cravings have set it, in full force! And while some of them I was expecting because they are the same things I couldn't get enough of when I was expecting Alex (Can you say Coney Dogs and Fresh Fruit?) others are a tad surprising.

Now, you all know I am a pasta lover. Can't get enough of the stuff. But this little guy (Yes, for those who haven't heard, we are having another BOY!!) has me wanting one specific kind....egg noodles! Seriously, can't get enough of them! I find myself planning meals around dishes I already make with them, and searching the net for new ways I can use them. And I have to do all of this while day dreaming about eating an entire container of strawberry frosting. Oh yeah...that's another one....

This recipes came to me because I was thinking about tuna noodle casserole. Yes, there are a ton of differing opinions out there about eating canned tuna while pregnant; and I am not about to get into all of them, but for me, a touch of it here and there is okay. So, when I started to plan my weekly menu and once again I found myself staring at the picture of this family favorite, I figured why not switch it up a bit? I could still have my egg noodles, but since we had just had tuna not too long before, leave that behind.

Imagine the flavors of a classic chicken noodle soup, but in a hearty, stick to your ribs, casserole..then you are on your way to understanding why this was an instant hit! Plus, I can't forget to mention how super simple too!

With another half of pregnancy yet to go, I am sure these cravings will change and probably even become more intense. Stay tuned to see what interesting things I come up with next!

Chicken Noodle Casserole
1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken tenders
Olive Oil
1 (12 oz.) bag frozen mixed veggies, thawed
2 (10 3/4 oz.) cans cream of mushroom soup
1 c. milk
1 lb. egg noodles
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 30 minutes or until juices run clear. Shred. In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles to package directions. Drain well. Combine noodles, chicken, veggies, soup, milk, salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes until heated through. 

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