There are some real perks to being pregnant. One is how nice other people are to you. People hold doors for me, let me on the bus first, ask me how I'm feeling, etc. The woman who cleans during the day at work made a special point to stop me in the hall and let me know that if I ever need to use the bathroom to come right in, even if she has it closed for cleaning. It was very sweet of her, although the mental image of my giant belly sliding across a freshly washed floor as I rush into the bathroom will probably keep me from taking her up on the offer. Still, it's nice to feel special, and I'm always grateful to people who make a point to try to make my day easier.
Another perk is eating more. As you might guess from someone who blogs about food for fun, I kind of love food. Being told by my doctor that I should try to gain more weight after an appointment where my weight gain was a little backwards was definitely not a sad occasion. Challenge accepted, doctor. Since I was already eating constantly before, I made the sacrifice and added a lot more rich, fatty foods to my diet. To me, that includes this torta rustica with ricotta, pepperoni, cheese, spinach and black olives. It's rough following doctor's orders sometimes. Like a calzone on steroids, it's a yummy batch of cheesy deliciousness in a pizza dough crust. I love the way the layers look when you cut into the pie, and love even more how wonderful they taste together. It's a recipe that you could easily adapt to your own personal tastes, but this is the way that I prefer to fill it. The spinach layer on the bottom just might be my favorite part. Bonus that spinach is fairly high in iron, so I get to pig out AND get some iron in my diet. Being a good patient is really rough sometimes.