Sweet Potato Vermicelli, Black Beans, and Cilantro
I threw this dish together with what I had in the fridge. I would have added avocados, if I had them. It turned out really good, although many of you will want to add a little bit of hot sauce. Here is what I did, in the order that I did it.
For those of you who have been eating gluten-free for a while, you will remember the absolute travesty that was the Daiya gluten and dairy-free pizza. It was, quite literally, inedible. Well, Daiya got their act together, and now their pizza is the best on the food sensitivity market (in my opinion) AND this burrito is shockingly good. You can get it at Independent. This is a nice way to have a substantial breakfast on a busy morning (like the first business day of the New Year). Happy New Year everyone!
Filipino Beef Kare Kare
When it's a pandemic, and you live in the Near North, you have to make your own ethnic dishes!
I used this recipe, with the following variations.
When you make a special Filipino dish you HAVE to eat it with freshly made white rice. It's a rule. Ask a Filipino person, they'll tell you ;)
I cannot sing the praises of Dalew Farms enough. They're local, they're nice, they're humane, and the meat is delicious! The also put a lot of work into Click Fork, which is a local online farmers' market worth taking a look at.
Butternut Squash Soup and Savory 'Cheddar' Biscuits
This lunch is a great example of making food with substitutions and variations. I made this lunch at the home of one of the people in my social bubble who didn't have all the the tools and ingredients I'm used to having on hand. It was absolutely delicious, even if the biscuits were flat! Who cares, really, if they taste good?
I used this recipe, with the following variations.
Soups in a Vitamix are so easy! I fried two yellow onions until they became translucent, and started to brown. I dumped some leftover turkey broth (from the holidays), the onions, roasted butternut squash (peeled, although I recently heard you can eat the skin), a drained can of black eyes peas (for protein, I would have used white beans if I had some), and about a teaspoon of dried ginger. I then added enough water for the Vitamix to be able to do its thing. I left it running at high speed long enough for the soup to become hot (less than 10 minutes). SO GOOD!
Mashed Rutabaga, Lime Black Beans, and Strawberries From Too Far Away
These fresh strawberries were a delicious treat! Why do I say the strawberries are from too far away? Buying strawberries in the winter means that:
The black beans were drained from a can, and cooked in a cast iron frying pan with about two tablespoons of lime juice and two tablespoons of olive oil, until the liquid was reduced.
The rutabaga was a leftover from a holiday dinner. I peeled and roughly chopped the rutabaga, boiled it until it was soft, drained it, and then mashed it with a bit of vegan margarine. I warmed it in the same frying pan as the beans, once they were done, allowing it to brown slightly.
All in all, this was a delicious breakfast that took less than ten minutes to make, and a welcome break from holiday overindulgence.
This salad was SO GOOD! It had the following ingredients:
Sausage and Veggies
First of all, the sausage! I get my beef from Dalew Farms. I take part in an annual cow share. I love the fact that I know my farmers. I know that they treat their animals very well, AND it tastes good. They offer a gluten-free honey-mustard sausage, and that is what I ate tonight. I just can't recommend them enough! You don't have to buy a whole cow, just click on the link to learn more.
*they do not pay me, I just think they're great.
For vegetables, I was cleaning out my fridge the night before my bi-monthly trip to the grocery store.
Carrots - I cut up the carrots, boiled them, drained the water, and then added one part honey, one part plain yellow mustard, and one part olive oil. People love this honey mustard sauce, and it is so simple!
Radishes - If you've never tried fried radishes, you really should! I thought I hated radishes. Radishes (and carrots) are great because they'll keep in the fridge for weeks.
Cauliflower - I love 'Cauliflower Buffalo Wings!' Here is a sample recipe. I'm often too lazy to follow all the steps, so instead I do the following:
(Otherwise known as a chance to use my charming new bowls!)
As I'm sure most of my patients can tell you, in exhaustive detail, I'm a big fan of centering breakfasts around vegetables and a bit of protein! Once they give this style of eating a chance, most patients don't want to go back to the way they were eating before. There are many benefits, including:
I regularly see my patients benefit from making this change, including:
I have a range of vegetables I find palatable in the morning, including:
This breakfast was made from:
I found the MOST AMAZING pizza crust recipe. I've been buying frozen pizzas as a Friday night treat for months now, but I figured it was time to make one of my own. This pizza crust takes two minutes to throw together, from start to finish, I'm not even exaggerating. I worked from this recipe.
Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients. I used my Soda Stream to make the sparkling water. Stir it as little as possible, but until it is thoroughly combined. Find a pan that has sides, spread a few tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of the pan, and then pour the batter into the pan. It's really runny, so, if you're like me, you're going to think you've done something wrong - you haven't. Bake it at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, add your desired toppings, and then bake for another 10 minutes, or so.
As a side note, I used my cast iron cookie sheet to make this pizza, which I use at least a couple of times a week. I just checked, and it is actually called a 'griddle' (link here), but I use it like a cookie sheet. Not only does it make food more delicious, it lasts for decades. I'm still using my grandmother's cast iron frying pan. My griddle is well seasoned, but I was still impressed that the pizza didn't stick to it at all.
This salad dressing is also a favourite recipe of mine.
This is the dish that made me realize I have the power to recreate most of the things I eat at restaurants! Before a friend taught me how to make it, it would never have occurred to me to try. It just seemed so fancy and complicated, turns out it takes five minutes....
Mix together these things (from this recipe):
I used a combination of rice and cauliflower rice to eat with the fish because that was what I was craving. I know, why have cauliflower rice if you're already eating regular rice? It really hit the spot, though!
I made white Basmati rice in my Instant Pot with a generous portion of dehydrated garlic. I cook it at a ratio of one cup of rice to one and a half cups of water for 8 minutes, and then I leave to sit until the pressure gradually releases. Once you start making rice this way, you'll never go back.
I prepared the cauliflower rice according to the Green Giant package instructions. I've been pleased to see I can make this in my cast iron Dutch Oven without it burning, although you can see a few nicely browned pieces.
Last but not least, I included some Daikon Radish sprouts that I grew myself. Sprouting is super easy, and gives you the most nutritious greens you can eat! We're already seeing shortages of greens at the grocery stores, so it's nice to be able to produce them myself at home in less than a week. These are the seeds I use. And, these are the sprouting lids I use, I just screw them on top of large Mason jars. However, I find the mason jar lids rust with time, so I'm considering switching to a fancier BPA-free plastic version. Lots of people like more elaborate sprouting devices made from plastic. So far, I've preferred what I use because it was cheap, and there is no contact with plastic.
What I Eat
I want to give you an idea of how to eat healthfully on a restricted diet, without a lot of work, by showing you how I eat! I eat strictly gluten-free. You'll find A LOT of veggies in this blog! I eat both fish and meat a few times a week (local and/or humane, whenever possible), and dairy when I'm visiting family and friends, or eating out. I hope you find this blog inspiring and interesting!