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Going Grain Free

After 3 days of going grain free I can say I am feeling much much…

grumpier….

But that was to be expected, I suppose, since my body is dealing with withdrawals. Josh, of course, is suffering the most from this diet. Not because he’s suffering from lack of grains (he has not stuck to the diet a single day) but because he has to deal with grumpy me! The good news is that I do feel healthier. I’m eating a lot more veggies and fruits to make up for the lack of grains. I saw a decrease in my allergic reaction to food today – I’ll hopefully find out soon if this is just coincidence or if my body is on the mend.

It’s been fun eating grain free food though! I love having the added variety in food.

First day: Meatza for lunch topped with bell pepper, mushrooms, bacon, and onions (better than regular pizza, Josh loved it too). Baked potatoes for dinner (due to lack of time).

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Second day: We were gone all day so I had the inside of a tuna wrap and sweet potatoes for dinner.
Third day: Chicken stuffed with Argula and spinach, fennel avocado salad, spinach salad with yellow bell pepper, carrots, and mushrooms (This meal was so yummy – Josh didn’t like the fennel as it has a licorice flavor, but I thought it was great). For dinner I was craving something unhealthy that wouldn’t take me off my grain free “diet” so we went to McDonald’s and I ate the patties of a burger and some fries. Twas yummy. 🙂
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For those of you uncertain as why I would stop eating grains, this lady provides a good explanation of what grains do to harm your body.

Josh is hoping this “diet” won’t last more than a week. I’m hoping it will last a life time. Some of the cons I’ve found so far are that it increases our grocery list quite a bit because we have to buy more veggies and we have fewer leftovers. I find that I can’t just make one thing anymore, I have to make a meat dish plus a couple of veggie dishes in order to fill up properly. I’m hoping the pros will outweigh these cons in the future.

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Taco Omelet

Since I had a half a bell pepper leftover from a few days ago, I thought today would be a good day to try making a stuffed bell pepper for lunch, inspired by this one: http://helloleelo.com/stuffed-bell-peppers/

I had prepared all my ingredients, only to find out that said bell pepper had started to mold. I couldn’t bear to just dispose of everything that I’d prepared, thus, my stuffed bell pepper turned into a taco omelet and it was quite delicious!

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Taco Omelet

Serves 1

2-3 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup of ground turkey
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chunky salsa
2 sprigs fresh cilantro
Garlic salt (to taste)
Salt (to taste)

Brown the turkey meat in frying pan so that it is no longer pink. Pull the leaves of cilantro off the stems. Mix the cheese, salsa, turkey meat, cilantro leaves and seasonings in a bowl.

Pour eggs into frying pan (greased with butter) on medium heat and as it cooks, push the cooked egg that’s on the edge of the pan towards the center, tilting the pan to allow the uncooked egg to fill the space underneath. Continue until no uncooked egg is left.

Once all the egg is cooked, pour the meat mixture onto one half of the egg and flip the other half on top. Serve immediately.

Enjoy.

Pastel de Papas

I am attempting to cook healthy foods for Josh and I now that I have my own kitchen and my own grocery money (to an extent). The first two weeks, however, I don’t think I managed to do that very well. It’s hard to eat healthy and also live on a tight budget. Also, I’m not sure how people save money by going to Farmer’s Markets, co-ops, and CSA’s. Maybe when I have 2 kids it will save me money, but for right now, it appears it would cost me a few arms and legs that I don’t have to spare.

With that being said, I have had to figure out a way to get all the carbs we need (both Josh and I have high metabolisms) while still eating healthy and not breaking the bank. Finally, I think I have found the way: potatoes. Sweet Potatoes and Russet Potatoes have been my lifesavers. Now most would agree that sweet potatoes are a healthy carb but there is much debate about the common baking potato (this guy writes an interesting article on that). Whether it is or not healthy, we’re eating them, because it’s a good compromise that keeps us from digging out of our savings account and from eating hard-to-digest grains.

Yesterday, I cooked a dish I learned to make from my Argentinean house-mate, Eva, while I was living there for 9 months. The main ingredients: ground turkey and potatoes. My re-creation tasted just as I remembered it! Here’s the recipe!

Pastel de Papas (Potato cake)

Ingredients:

1 small onion (chopped)

1 carrot (shredded)

1 lb of ground turkey

5-6 medium russet potatoes (peeled and cut about one inch thick)

Cheese of your choice (I used cheddar but mozzarella or provolone would be good too)

1 tbs butter

1/4-1/2 cup milk

2 Eggs (boiled)

Cumin to taste

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Boil until soft – about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, place ground turkey, onions, carrots, and spices in a pan and cook on medium heat until turkey is cooked through and onions are translucent.

Once potatoes are soft, drain the water and mash the potatoes. Add milk and butter. Mix well.

Coat a 9×11 baking dish with butter or oil.

Layer baking dish with half of the potatoes. Evenly spreading them out. Pour all of the meat mixture on top of the potatoes in the pan. Add the rest of the potatoes, making sure they cover the entire dish. Place cheese slices on top.

Bake in oven until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Sadly, I forgot to take a picture before Josh and I ate it all, but here’s what it should look like! I think next time I might try making it with sweet potatoes!

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