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Best Sandwich Ever

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

at least until I get tired of it. My next batch of sprouts won’t be ready to eat for another couple of days or I’d be eating this now.

Sandwich

Sandwich

Sandwich

Sandwich

Sandwich

(bread, mayonnaise or vegenaise, avocado, sprouts, tomato)

Clearly, food blogger I am not. I don’t have the patience for making food look pretty or for getting the perfect camera shot. Maybe if I made 2 sandwiches, ate one, and then messed around with photos…

Food Choices

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

I got a shipment from Super Supplements the other day. They had Amazing Grass for 30% off and their Larabars are only about a buck higher in price than Drugstore.com.

These things have come to my diet to stay. The Amazing Grass I add to my morning smoothies so I stay full longer and also, hopefully, so I stop losing weight. Larabars are the healthiest grab & go bar that fulfills my sweet tooth.

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Speaking of Super Supplements, even with free shipping on my order it showed up at my office 24 hours after I had placed the order. How crazy is that? It also came with a 15% off coupon or coupon code for online orders that I’d be happy to pass along to anyone who wants it (seeing as how I won’t need to make another order until next year). Just leave me a comment. It’s good through the end of this month.

Some other things I’m enjoying now…
Homemade hummus without tahini, since I seem to be allergic to sesame.

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Sunflower butter with an apple. I have to admit, sunflower butter didn’t sound great to me. After eating some of it I will say it does grow on you a bit and it’s a nice change from my homemade nut butters.

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Vegan Peach Crisp. Uses agave nectar to bond the flour and oats instead of butter. On my next grocery trip I bought rice ice cream so I made this a second time and ate it with ice cream. The rice milk ice cream isn’t bad at all, more like an ice milk though. I hear the coconut ice cream is delish, but any of these alternative ice creams will have to be a special treat since they cost a fortune.

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I’m off to do more homework! Haven’t touched my knitting needles ALL weekend.

Oregon Coast Mini-Vacation

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

The weather was like this:

Oregon Coast Vacay

Oregon Coast Vacay

Okay, to be fair it was cloudy and gray the whole time, but it did not rain the whole time. If you look closely you can see Haystack Rock to the right of the binoculars in the bottom photo.

What’s one of the silliest places a person who can’t eat dairy could go?

Oregon Coast Vacay

Oregon Coast Vacay

Specifically the Tillamook Cheese Factory, but Tillamook in general is pretty much a dairy lover’s paradise. At the factory they have all 38 flavors of Tillamook ice cream (which was my favorite ice cream before finding out I need to stop eating dairy). They also have many varieties of cheese that aren’t found at the grocery store.

We also went to Blue Heron French Cheese Company where I ordered a sandwich WITHOUT cheese. *sigh* The sandwich was still very tasty.

For museums we went to Latimer Quilt and Textile which I would highly recommend for all fiber lovers. If you have any non-fiber lovers with you send them down the road to the Air Museum.

Oregon Coast Vacay

Oregon Coast Vacay

I have never seen so many looms in one place! They teach a class on these looms so if you visit during class you can see them in action. In addition there was a room with their current exhibit and another classroom with both historical and modern fiber artwork on display. Their gift shop section has many items created by local artists and a small selection of nice yarn.

All in all, it was a fun mini vacation. Next time we go we’ll stay in Cannon Beach instead of Seaside for a couple of reasons. Cannon Beach just seems a bit more adult oriented and also a bit smaller. It’s closer to Haystack Rock as well, which is really nice if you end up wet and sandy from viewing the rock (we didn’t walk out to it, mainly because we didn’t want to pile 4 people back into the car who were wet and sandy). There also didn’t seem to be any fine dining in Seaside while there were at least 3 choices in Cannon Beach.

More Food Challenges

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Preparing for more food challenges and picking up more foods that are allowed on my diet. To challenge: hops (wheat free beer) and tofu. It seems all of my grocery trips are an odd mix of items these days.

Food Challenges

Cheese challenge: brown rice tortilla with brown rice (how boring), vegetarian re-fried beans, Colby Jack cheese, and cayenne sauce.

Food Challenges

Soy challenge: tofu, onion, and peas sauteed in olive oil with rice noodles for dinner. For a morning snack I simply had sauteed tofu. Luckily I like tofu.

Food Challenges

Nightshade challenge: tomatoes with fresh basil, salt and pepper, and olive oil. This was part of my breakfast. For dinner I had more fresh tomatoes and a rice dish with stewed tomatoes.

Food Challenges

The good news is all these foods seemed fine for me to eat. The other good news is that I’m now entering the optional phase of food challenge testing. The items I’m considering testing as part of this phase are black tea, decaf coffee, chocolate (done, no reaction), hops (done, no reaction), wine, and liquor.

Food Substitutions

Monday, September 6th, 2010

I started my liver detox on July 19th, 7 weeks ago. As the weeks stretch on I’ve had to seek out substitutions for things I used to be able to eat. Luckily I’ve had some help from the Internet, namely from some vegan food blogs I discovered.

No, I’m not looking at becoming a vegan or even a vegetarian, but since it looks like I will be eliminating dairy and eggs from my diet the best way to find substitutions is to look at vegan recipes.

Even before I started the detox I was eating LÄRABARs, but on the diet they’ve become an essential snack that I always carry with me. I buy mine at Costco or from Drugstore.com. My current favorite is Coconut Cream Pie.

(Speaking of LÄRABAR, they recently came out with 4 new flavors. If you’d like the opportunity to win a case of the new flavors you can check out Chocolate-Covered Katie’s blog. I just discovered her today and I have a feeling I’ll be trying a LOT of her recipes.)

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A couple weeks ago I ordered Amazing Grass’ Amazing Meal in chocolate and original to add protein to my smoothies. Many protein powders are based on whey or eggs, this product is vegan and has proven to be pretty tasty so far. I’m looking forward to trying the chocolate in a few days.

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Do you know what Chia is? Do you remember Chia Pets? I bought the Chia to add to my smoothies and oatmeal. Then I found out it can be used as an egg substitute! For 1 egg use 1 tbsp chia seeds, 3 tbsp of water. Mix together and let sit for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. My pancakes tasted just fine! To really make the chia disappear into whatever you’re making you can buy all white chia seeds and you can grind them prior to soaking. Personally, I had no issue with the texture or visibility. Also, I can no longer have the cheap maple syrup since it is full of corn syrup. Pure maple syrup is SO expensive.

Chia

Right after I made pancakes I found Earth Balance at my normal grocery store. I was bummed I had pancakes without “butter”, maybe I need to make them again. A couple of the Smart Balance products are also vegan.

Vegan Butter

Do you want to know what the theme here is besides substitutions? EXPENSIVE. Part of it is the cost of transitioning – replacing products we already have (not throwing them out, DH is still eating whatever he feels like), but besides that all of these replacement products are more expensive than their more common counterparts. Over all though, I think it’s worth it.

Foodie Friday?

Friday, August 27th, 2010

This may be a new feature on Friday’s since food and changing my diet has been on my mind so much lately. We went to Costco last Sunday. I felt very spoiled and also pretty healthy with almost no prepared food, as I was buying lamb, tilapia fillets, scallops, and chicken for my proteins. Everything but the chicken is somewhat of a specialty item for us, though I’d like to have more frozen fish on hand in general. Lamb is a special treat, though I will say it’s tons cheaper for us to fix at home then to go out and eat at a fancy restaurant.

Do you want to see what I ate for dinner this week?

Freshly picked pea pods from my garden, zucchini, and chicken on rice noodles. I wanted to make this a Thai curry dish since I wasn’t able to eat wheat this day. Evidently DH was not on board with that plan and as a result, let’s just say that rice noodles need a flavorful sauce.

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Dessert the day I was challenging wheat. I had a portion of Cream of Wheat cereal leftover from breakfast that I needed to eat so I put strawberries and a bit of almond milk with it, a weak attempt at a similarity to rice pudding. It was gross.

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Quinoa and Black Beans. I had to swap the corn for celery. I served this on a bed of greens from my garden with half an avocado on top.

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Crustacean challenge day! About 9 am I fixed myself half a dozen shrimp sauteed in garlic. So yummy. For dinner – shrimp again, but this time we had a few scallops too. I cheated my diet and had wheat noodles with this dish.

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With the seafood pasta I also had a big bowl of salad greens with avocado, sunflower seeds, and lemon juice. I’ve been eating so many salads I get sick of them. It helps to mix them up a bit with different vegetable accompaniments.

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Steamed fish with veggies (yellow squash, zucchini, onion). Seasoned with lemon, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Next time I’ll add a splash of white wine too. This is the first time I’ve ever cooked fish; I was very satisfied with the result.

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It made two smallish servings. That was no problem though because we scarfed down some sweet potato fries while waiting for the fish to finish cooking.

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The good news is that I had no reaction to wheat or crustaceans. I also challenged egg yolks and the result wasn’t so favorable – I had pangs of gallbladder pain both morning and evening after eating a few yolks. Coming up on my list to challenge: cheese, nightshades, and soy.

My Wee, Miniature Garden

Friday, August 20th, 2010

My garden is the laughingstock of the neighborhood. It really is quite amusing…have you ever seen zucchini so tiny? Look at the size of my soaker hose next to the plant. It’s actually been a tough year for gardening even for the professional farmers in Washington so I don’t feel too bad.

Garden

These are actually the thinned out carrots. Hopefully the remaining ones will grow.

Garden

Garden

In fact, the peas are the only thing that’s doing okay which led me to believe our soil is very low on nitrogen. After fertilizing with a high nitrogen granule the plants did perk up a bit.

Garden

Garden

Here’s the first harvest. It doesn’t help that the chipmunks ate 3 of my lettuce plants.

Garden

Oh well, this is the first year. We didn’t invest much time or effort in improving the soil. Next year things will be much better because I’ll have Miss Blondie’s composted horse manure to mix in.

More on My Diet

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I really don’t think this is going to turn into a food blog, simply because I’m not a very good cook. However, I do want to share a bit more of my pain with you all.

THREE weeks of liver detox diet. Now I am 1 week into the next 4 weeks of food challenges. *sigh* At this point I’m getting desperate to add in other fruits and veggies just for some variety. There are some great gluten free and vegan products out there, but right now my diet is a mix of those two which makes it really difficult.

Here are some of the things I’ve been eating. Tuna melt style patties (tuna, Grey Poupon mustard, chickpea flour, onion) grilled in olive oil, on top of iceberg lettuce. A nice change from tuna straight out of the can. Technically I shouldn’t have the mustard because it has sugar, but I couldn’t help it. At least it’s sugar and not high fructose corn syrup (I wouldn’t have eaten it if it had been HFCS).

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Sauteed yellow squash and zucchini with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Served on brown rice. Love the little bit of heat from the red pepper flakes. Normally I’d top this with parmesan cheese.

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Turkey burger (ground turkey, chickpea flour, garlic, spices) with mustard and green beans. Boring. Only saved by the mustard and onion. A hamburger sounds really good right now.

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Ice cream! Just kidding. Believe it or not it’s banana. Whirl a frozen banana up in the food processor and this is what you get, banana flavored soft serve. Agave nectar added for sweetness.

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Currently craving:
– soy sauce (still)
– ice cream
– beer (it’s really hot here!)
– bread

Currently challenging/challenged:
– dairy, probably going to be banned from my diet. You should see what it does to my skin! Cheese is tested separately.
– egg whites, undecided, may test again later.
– corn, not looking good. Itchy throat, makes me want to cough.

Seriously wondering what’s going to be left since I keep reacting negatively to things I add back. 🙁 I know I’ll feel better if I eliminate the ones I am reacting too, but please oh please let me at least keep wheat if I can’t have corn!

WIP Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

We had a damp, rainy weekend – good for indoor projects, not so good for anything outdoors.

1. Vinca – Three repeats were completed in the last week. The measurement I’m trying to reach is at least 50 inches on the long side, maybe a touch more since I’m tall. Currently I have at least 44 inches which is exciting since it means I’m getting close to the end.

2. Misti Alpaca Baktus – a repeat here and one there, but not much to show for progress.

Can I distract you with food since I have no knitting photos? I’m also making progress on my liver detox. I completed 3 weeks of the very restricted diet and now I’m challenging some of the restricted foods to see if I have any negative reactions to them. Do you want to see more of what the restricted diet looks like?

Sweet potato, kind of plain, but they are moist, sweet, and filling. Much healthier than white potatoes too.

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This salad is almost entirely out of my friend Terese’s garden. She gave me the lettuce, green beans, carrots. Strawberries were offered, but I had California strawberries that needed to be used up.

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Not much in this salad is local, but it was pretty tasty. Something I’ve found with salads is that when I can’t have dressing, fruit makes a pretty good substitute. I’ve also been known to use some fresh squeezed lemon juice too. I’m still craving a true Waldorf salad. *sigh*

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