The last couple of months has been a little difficult to come up with new recipes to share, or to even post about anything food-related. I’ve been feeling incredibly tired, my appetite has changed drastically, I haven’t been able to maintain my regular exercise schedule, and even walking up the stairs would send my heart racing like I just did a one-minute sprint.

I am told that all this will change and I’ll start feeling better…

…at least for a few months until I hit my third trimester!

Yep, as of today I am 12 weeks pregnant! My husband and I will be expecting our first child in August!

Here’s the little wonder that’s been making me so uncomfortable, yet so happy:

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Crazy Cravings!

I went through several phases of food cravings, the longest lasting being vitamin C-packed fruits like strawberries, pineapple, kiwis and oranges. I also had a sudden craving for hamburgers (and I normally avoid red meats since it sits in my stomach like a lump of…well, meat!) and even had a sudden hunger (or thirst?) for vinegar.

I did make some recipes to satisfy my taste buds, though:

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Fresh Strawberry Pie – ooh, this hit the spot! Sweet, slightly tart, and juicy!

Apple Fennel Salad with Raisins – One day I had a strong craving for vinegar. I sliced up some Granny Smiths, drizzled it with a bit of agave syrup and drowned it with apple cider vinegar. I don’t know what it is about vinegar, it’s sour and salty but refreshing! Strangely enough, I started sweating like I just ate a jalapeno (any clues as to why this happened?) but it really hit the spot.

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Kal-Bi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs) – This was one of the few meat dishes I really enjoyed, pre-preggers. Sweet, salty, garlicky, and with bits of burnt fat…yum!!! Sure it’s not on the top ten list of healthiest foods, but a couple pieces were enough to make me a happy camper.

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Vietnamese-Style Rice Noodle Soup with Fish – My husband and I have been homesick for foods commonly found in Hawaii (like Kal-Bi.) So when we discovered the only Vietnamese restaurant in town (Pho Nhu-Y) we’ve been eating there every weekend. I made this soup the day after we had pho, partly because I was still hungry for pho, and also because I needed something for this month’s Recipe Redux. :)

Have any of you had weird cravings, pregnant or not? Got a recipe to share?

I’ve been craving strawberries. And not just regular delicious strawberries, but the big, juicy ones you can find in the pies at Anna Miller’s next to Pearlridge Center on Oahu:

It’s a coffee shop restaurant with a good assortment of comfort foods like omelets, tuna melts, BLTs, roast beef, and are open 24 hours. They’ve also got a good selection of homemade pies, my favorites would be the Chocolate Haupia Pie and the Strawberry Pie.

Here’s a terrific recipe for strawberry pie from Brown Eyed Baker. She also provides a recipe for a delicious flaky crust, so if you don’t have a favorite crust recipe handy, this one will do the trick. The recipe calls for 3 pounds of strawberries, but the larger size containers at the supermarket came in 2 pounds so I just reduced the ingredients by 1/3. I used a 5 1/2″ springform pan the first time (which leaked strawberry syrup in the fridge, so be careful if you use a springform pan!) and the second time I used 4 small tart pans, which fit all but 2 large strawberries. I also ate some of the pie with plain nonfat Chobani yogurt mixed with vanilla protein powder–good stuff! The protein powder made the Greek-style yogurt even more thick, it made for a deliciously healthy breakfast. :)

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Christmas breakfast: single-sized strawberry pie

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These mini pie pans are perfect for single-serve strawberry pies!

Be sure to get the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker, it’ll be a great pick-me-up for the winter!

What are some of your winter cravings? Anything out-of-season, out-of-state, or even out of the country??