January 10th, 2006
|04:27 pm - Diet on hold|
I'm sick as a dog here so the diet's on hold. I can't do all the cooking when I can barely get off the couch.
January 7th, 2006
|06:17 pm - Dinner update|
We have yet to eat since the husband and baby are napping, but I have sampled dinner and it is GOOD!
1 head of cabbage
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 medium turnip peeled and grated
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 tsp. thyme and sea salt
1/4 cup water
core the cabbage and put in a large pot of boiling water. As the leaves start to soften pull separate them and take them out. They only need to boil usually about 3 min. to soften enough to roll.
Mix the meat, onions, turnips, and carrots and spices, and 1/4 cup water.
Put 1/4 cup scoops in the cabbage leaves and roll up. Place each one in a crock pot. Make sauce...
15 oz. can organic tomato sauce without citric acid or sugar.
2 TB Bragg's aminos
1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
2 TB lemon juice freshly squeezed
Pour sauce over the cabbage rolls. Cook on high for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
Can I just say yum one more time? I am usually not a big fan of ground meat...I hate it actually, but this is really good. I think I'm going to have to invest in a grinder attachment for my KitchenAid mixer because this is a keeper recipe. Next time I can just grind up my own whole turkey breasts. I can also gring my own meat too...I like hamburgers, but I don't like the gristle and crunchy bits I always encounter when eating one. Gag! Anyways, this recipe ROCKS!!!!
Current Mood: content
|05:29 pm - Day 6|
So far, so good. Die off symptoms are completely gone and I feel good. I'm still craving sweets, but the feeling of starvation has gone away. I hated feeling hungry after eating a full meal. Ideally, I need to be eating several small meals throughout the day, that's always worked for my metabolism, but I can't cook 6 times a day. I made a quick-ish lunch...Curry in a Hurry. It was majorly delish and I'll post the recipe now:
3 chicken breasts, cubed
2 or 3 T coconut oil
1 chopped onion
1 green pepper julienned
1 red pepper julienned
4 T curry powder
1/2 t sea salt
1 T flour, I omit this
1 t chopped fresh ginger
1 cup chicken broth
1&1/2 cups frozen peas
1-190z. can chick peas or lentils
Brown the chicken in the oil and then add everything except the peas and lentils and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the frozen peas and cook for about 10 minutes more. Just before serving add the lentils or chick peas and heat just until warmed.
I didn't use the chickpeas or lentils, I prefer it over brown rice. You can also adjust the curry to your taste. Fast and easy and delicious.
P.S. If you are sensitive to peppers you can use more onions or celery instead.
I didn't use the lentils or chick peas and ate it over 1/4 cup (dry) of brown rice. That was the perfect size for a lunch portion. I used ghee instead of coconut oil, because I haven't found it anywhere except Down to Earth, but they're charging $14 and some change for a jar that would go too fast.
January 6th, 2006
|12:30 pm - Nix on this recipe|
Easy Mineral Rich Broth
2 medium zucchini
handful of green beans
2 stalks of celery
handful of chopped parsley
Steam all the vegetables (except parsley) until soft. Then place vegetables, steaming water and handful of chopped parsely into a blender and puree until smooth.
season the soup with Bragg's liquid aminos right before serving
Current Mood: nauseated
January 5th, 2006
|08:41 pm - Day 5|
Hit the store today and dropped a nice wad of cash on some veggies and other specialty items. I had to go to three different stores before I found everything and I ended up with chinese turnips instead of traditional ones because no one sells them here. I did find the lemongrass and sweet fennel root so all is not lost.
I will be making a mock chocolate cake tomorrow. I'm also going to make a veggie broth base to use in cooking as well as a veggie soup to freeze in portions so I can make lunch easier. Cooking three meals a day gets a little tiring. I'm throwing some beef stew makings in the crock pot and we'll have that for dinner. Since it's been cold here (well, cold for Hawaii) I've been craving stews and chilis. I'll definitely have to make some more white chicken chili. It turned out great.
Confession time. I had to cheat today. I dropped Chris off at work and ran a couple of errands before our playgroup. I wasn't able to cook breakfast due to a rough night (read shylye for more info on that) so I was starving. I drove through Burger King and got two bacon, egg, and cheese croissanwiches. Boy do I feel guilty. They made me feel sick to my stomach anyways, but I can't stress over it too much because it was that or Popeyes...hmmm...I think I chose the lesser evil. ;)
I'm expecting a resurgence of the die-off symptoms again sigh
January 4th, 2006
|07:57 pm - Day 4|
Things are going okay today. I'm seriously starting to hate the no sugar thing and it's killing me at times. I'm going shopping tomorrow and I'll be making a candida safe treat (Lemon Cake). Everyone rated the recipe very highly on the candida site I belong to so my fingers are crossed. I'm dying for something sweet!
Another thing that really sucks is the starvation symptoms. My body is going into starvation mode and even though I am eating the same amount of food, if not more, my body is freaking out for sugars and flours. I have caught myself riffling through the cabinets looking for something sweet or starchy to fill me so many times. I actually opened a can of almost expired cranberry sauce (ew!) and just about ate it when I forced myself to empty it down the garbage disposal.
One good thing, the die off symptoms are starting to go away. I'm also starting to get used to the lack of caffeine and since I'm adjusting to no caffeine, I don't get my 3 pm crash each day where I can barely keep my eyes open. I'm just exhausted evenly now. ;)
I've noticed that Scott seems to be happy and there are no reactions in him except for a little irritation from the heavy spices...even that was minimal. His skin rash is clearing up and almost totally gone so something I was eating wasn't agreeing with him. I wish I knew what it was...
Here's the recipe for the lemon cake. Hopefully I can find all the ingredients at the HFS.
Lemon Cake Supreme
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
2 TBSP arrowroot powder
1 TBSP baking powder
6 large eggs
1/2 cup clarified butter
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 TBSP lemon flavoring (alcohol free)
5 TBSP vegetable glycerine
Almond and Butter Cream Icing
1/2 cup + 2 TBSP clarified butter, melted
5 TBSP vegetable glycerine
1 egg yolk
2 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup sliced or ground almonds
Current Mood: busy
January 2nd, 2006
|06:26 pm - Day 2|
Day 1 was pretty uneventful...but today. Oh boy, are we both feeling the effects of caffeine withdrawal. Chris is already sick of water only and I think he's going to cheat at work :/
I've disovered that I have to have a menu plan and shop accordingly. Yesterday I managed to scrape by, but I had to skip some key ingredients in one of my recipes. I also realized that I can't just whip something up like I used to. Each meal takes careful consideration (since I have to rotate foods) and lots of prep and cooking time must be factored in. I forgot to soak my beans last night so we didn't get to eat white chili tonight. Little stuff like that and losing recipes are frustrating.
So far so good though. We're both crabby and starting to suffer cravings so I'll be figuring out some safe snacks ASAP.
December 31st, 2005
|07:53 pm - Shah Jahan's Chicken|
This dish has always been a family favourite but I have modified it to exclude the raisins. Dishes that incorporate almonds, raisins and youghurt are typical of the Moghul's that invaded India from Persia in the 16th century. Shah Jahan, one of the most famous of the Moghul emporers is best known as the builder of the Taj Mahal, the palace that he built as a memorial to his dead wife. This dish has a mild creamy flavour.
4 - 6 Chicken Breast
1 Teaspoon Salt
Black Pepper (freshly ground)
2 - 2½ tablespoon Ghee (it is possible to use a butter and oil mixture if you do not have ghee)
9 - 12 Green Cardamom pods
2 Bay Leaves
2 ins stick of Cinnamon
9 - 12 Cloves
12 - 15 Almonds
1 Cup Yoghurt
1 Teaspoon whole Cummin Seeds
½ Teaspoon Chilli powder
(Tip:- If your almonds still have the brown skin on them, then cover with boiling and very cold water alternately. This will loosen it and make it easier to peel off)
Slice the chicken breasts, sprinkle them with salt and pepper then put aside until needed.
Heat the ghee or butter and oil mixture in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Place the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves in the pan and stir around in the melted butter then carefully add half the chicken pieces. When they have sealed turn them over and continue cooking for about another five minutes or until they started to brown lightly. Lift them out with a slotted spoon and place in an ovenproof dish. Put the rest of the chicken pieces in the pan and repeat as above. Put the almonds into the pan. Stir them around a few times then pour the almonds, spices and remaining ghee over the chicken.
In a small bowl mix together the youghurt, cumin seeds and chilli powder. Pour this over the chicken and cover with a lid or foil. Bake in a medium oven (350°F) for 30 - 40 minutes. Stir the chicken to distribute the flavours halfway through the cooking time.
Serve this with Indian breads, rice or savoury couscous and salad. My favourite salad to go with this dish is made from slivers of raw red onion, tomatoes and fresh coriander leaves. The bright colours of the red, purple and green compliment the pale creamy colour of the chicken. The Indian way to eat the salad is to provide people with salt and a wedge of fresh lime to squeeze and sprinkle over just before eating.
***This recipe is AWESOME, especially if you like Indian food. The flavors were subtle at first, but after I mixed everything in the brown basmati rice I served it with, the flavors exploded. Beyond delish! I will cut down on the ghee by half next time, it was a little greasy. I'll also have to either cut out the almonds all together (since Chris didn't like them) or put them in mine only and keep mine separate from Chris's. Even he enjoyed it and now the house smells yummy! I ♥ the smell of cardamom and cumin!
Current Mood: full
December 29th, 2005
|09:48 am - Detox drink|
I'm drinking hot water with lemon and sea salt each morning when I take my GSE. I need to start drinking it with every meal and work up to 6x a day. Ugh. Off to get some breakfast. Eggs, of course, but I'm not sure what else...
December 28th, 2005
|08:14 pm - Test|
I've downloaded semagic. Just testing to see if this is easier. I think I like it.