Some Other Woman’s Taste Buds Are Living In My Mouth {menu-planning}

I don’t know who these taste buds belong to but the owner likes cilantro, fried catfish, potato salad, pepsi, pineapple, and root beer.

All things that my non-pregnant self HATES.

Do you know how unbelievably weird it is to crave a flavor or food that you have never in your life wanted?

Take cilantro.

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I hate, loathe, despise and abominate cilantro.  (Which makes living in Texas a little sad because it’s in EVERYTHING down here)  I think cilantro smells musty and tastes like arm-pit sweat.  NOT that I know what arm-pit sweat tastes like . . .  I’m just imagining that it tastes like cilantro.

But this other woman’s taste buds think cilantro ROCKS.  I had it allllllll over my chicken, mango, and Chipotle Quinoa a few weeks ago . . . I was drowning in that green stuff.  And. I. LOVED. It.

Sigh . . . I feel like I don’t know myself anymore.

This weird situation is certainly making my weekly menu-plan a bit . . . ahem . . . interesting, as I fill it with foods I wouldn’t normally choose to eat.

This week, the odd food added is Italian Sausage; I am not a fan of that meat when I’m not pregnant.  I never order it, never buy it, never eat it.

But, I’ve eaten it 4 different times in the past two months . . . and even ORDERED an Italian Sausage pizza.  And — we’re having it tonight in (what I think has to be) the yummiest sounding soup EVAH.

Menu Plan for March 14 – 20

  • Friday – HOUSTON RODEO TIME!!!  Mmmm . . .  roasted turkey legs and deep-fried twinkies.  My once a year splurge.
  • Sunday – Dinner with our Church Small Group

p.s.  This other woman and her taste buds do NOT like coffee, chocolate, or bacon.  She’s just cruel like that.

p.s. again: I linked up today with OrgJunkie . . . she hosts Meal Plan Monday; there are nearly 200 participants right now . . head over for inspiration!


  1. says

    I adore the menu plan! That is so much fun! I need something fun like this! I’ve lived in Houston for three years now and it’s not getting any easier to work out a regular menu! I need too!

    I saw that you lived in Houston thanks to the Houston Blogging Chicks! I love meeting new people so this is fantsatic!

  2. says

    Cilantro is soooo good! I had shifts in my taste while pregnant too – I never liked blue cheese until being pregnant the first time around, and now I still love it to this day. So weird what pregnancy does to us! :)

  3. says

    haha funny how pregnancy makes us eat things we would of never thought to eat
    I craved cereal when I was pregnant. Morning noon and night and now my almost 3 yr old wants cereal morning noon and night and the same KIND I ate when I was pregnant coco peebles

  4. says

    Ugh – I dislike Cilantro too – I never ‘fought’ with any weird pregnancy taste buds – actually I take that back, I had strange cravings for Big Mac’s <– I suppose that's kind of weird!!

  5. says

    No bacon! What is wrong with this woman??? Lol!! When I was pregnant with my son I became obsessed with pizza. It was weird because before I was pregnant I could not stand pizza. All that pizza sauce grossed me out!

  6. Sarabeth says

    So far I haven’t developed any new tastes. However, the mere idea of granola can induce a gag. I’ve always loved granola! Diet 7up, it was my favorite, now I can’t choke it down. And don’t even show me a salad. I will lose it. Mostly, everything is gross right now except for mac and cheese, chicken, and ketchup. So, you know, I’m keeping it healthy.

  7. debra hamill says

    You don’t want chocolate , coffee. Can I have your coffee maker. The one that make a fresh cup when you need it’ You know the one I mean. And bye the way I love cilantro and pineapple. Who gave birth to you anyway???

  8. says

    Maybe those are the foods wee one will like? It’s weird but the foods I craved when pregnant are my youngest son’s favorite foods. :)

  9. says

    ewww Cilantro, hate it. gives me heartburn. I’ve heard people give it the description of “earthy” to me that means tastes like dirt, the earth.

    enjoy the new flavors now, maybe they’ll carry over after baby gets here!

  10. Lara says

    Oh I haven’t had those cravings for things I typically dislike (such as most veggies – which for health reasons I wouldn’t be totally against!) but I have had the anti chocolate tastebud take up residence and I’m NOT a fan… No one warned me about such craziness happening. Sure I was warned about weird cravings and expected them but that I would suddenly NOT like chocolate!? Craziness I tell you!

  11. says

    I feel so bad for you, I hope your taste buds get back to normal quick.

    I don’t know how you are handling wanting catfish of all things. ewww.

  12. says

    It’s funny the things we LOVE when we’re pregnant that we never eat again once we have the baby. Although I love fried catfish any time and myhubs and kids love it too. :)

  13. says

    Seriously, who knew you could make all that Ground meat in a crock pot like that?! Thanks for sharing that secret!

    • Rachel says

      I am LOVING it — stumbled across the blog explaining how to do it. It’s such a lifesaver for me b/c I can’t STAND the smell of cooking meat. It was a breeze — just dumped 5 lbs ground turkey in my 6 qt crockpot and let it do it’s thing.

      LOVE it.

  14. says

    I’m curious how those slow cooker turkey meatballs will turn out. You’ll have to keep us posted.

    Honestly, I could not menu plan while I was pregnant, so I am impressed, despite the change in food preferences. 😉

    • Rachel says

      I’ll let you know – I’m a little worried about them not holding together, but we’ll see!

      As for menu-planning, I didn’t do it at ALL the first trimester, lol.

  15. says

    I’ve never pre-cooked ground meat in my crockpot before, but you’ve inspired me to try it! Your menu plan looks great.

  16. says

    I can SO relate! I’m 22 weeks pregnant and my usually coffee-loving self can now barely stand the stuff!! Which is a good thing, since coffee isn’t exactly at the top of my list of things I want to be drinking while I’m pregnant.
    I’ve also found pregnancy affecting my meal plans – sometimes for the better, like when I wanted to eat salad every single day! Sometimes not – like when I was craving rich and creamy pasta and hamburgers. I’m sorry that you’re not loving bacon this time around – I could have it on EVERYTHING – okay maybe not everything, I saw a spot on food network about bacon doughnuts and I don’t think I’ll try that – but salads & pasta & pizza definitely yes!
    Hope y’all have a wonderful time at the rodeo!! :)

  17. says

    I love cilantro but understand exactly what you’re talking about. When I was pregnant with my first son I craved seafood. Up until that point I couldn’t even look at the stuff. Now I actually enjoy it occasionally.

  18. says

    That’s hilarious you have such contrasting tastes when you’re pregnant and not. I definitely have more specific preferences when I’m pregnant but not for things I would usually eat. I can’t believe you have to be pregnant without chocolate – torture!

  19. Erica says

    When I was pregnant with my son, I craved BROCCOLI! It was the weirdest thing because I have never in my LIFE ever liked broccoli!
    Oh and I was a pepsi drinker before I got pregnant with my first daughter and I couldn’t stand the taste of pepsi the whole time I was pregnant. I only wanted coke…..strange thing is, that change stuck. I only drink coke now and can’t stand pepsi. The things those crazy pregnant hormones do to us!

  20. Renee says

    Pretty sure I’M the “other woman’s taste buds” you’re working with these days Rachel! LOVE cilantro, potato salad and pineapple ANY time! And I’m super excited to try out your Chipotle Quinoa.
    Enjoy the taste sensations while they last my friend! But definitely look forward to the return enjoyment of coffee, chocolate and bacon again. I mean seriously, what is this world without it? 😉 Happy Monday!