Pregnancy Cravings KICKED: Recipe finds

Health specialists aren’t exactly sure why pregnant women experience cravings in early pregnancy, but I’ve always imagined that whatever I wanted, the baby needs. That being said, if you are consuming an entire chocolate cake, this may not be the case! For each pregnancy, I’ve experienced different cravings.

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THIS is why I decided to start a recipe series dedicated to the weird and strange things that Preggers choose to, or rather their bodies choose for them, to eat.

What do (did) you crave??

Week #1: Pickled Red Onions (This sounds good even now!)
Recipe courtesy


  • 1 lb red onions (about 2 med or 1 large), thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 star anise
  • Dash red pepper flakes


1 Blanch red onions in a saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain in colander.
2 While the water is heating in step 1, in a separate saucepan combine the vinegar, sugar and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
3 Add blanched, drained onions to the vinegar mixture. Simmer for 1 minute.
4 Transfer to a glass jar. Allow to stand until cooled. Will keep several weeks refrigerated.
Makes 1 1/2 pints.