Saturday, February 27, 2010

Steak, Pasta, and Leeks

Tinkyada pasta shells
2 medium sweet potatoes
london broil (however big or small you want)
2 leeks
1 cup gourmet or cherry tomatoes
olive oil
3 cloves garlic

Boil pasta 15 minutes. Chop garlic and cut sweet potatoes in half inch cubes. Put in saucepan with 2 tbsps olive oil and 1/2 cup watercover, and cook over medium heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Put the steak on the grill or I have a grill pan I put on the stovetop, and cook until desired tenderness. I like mine medium rare. It might take about 5 minutes on each side depending on the thickness. Chop and add leeks* to saucepan, cover and cook until sweet potatoes are tender. Half tomatoes and add to saucepan cook about 3 minutes. You should have a little bit of a sauce by now. If it is too watery you can drain some or cook a little longer as long as it doesn't get too mushy.

When everything is ready add it all together. I like to finish it off with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, as I do with everything, but you definitely don't have to if it is a problem. I am enjoying my meal with a bag of Terra Sweets and Beets potato chips which are made of sweet potatoes and beets (I bought them from Whole Foods, Wegman's sells them, too).

*To chop leeks: cut off each end by about 1 inch. Slice vertically down the middle so you have two long halves. Rinse thoroughly. Chop each half not including the white part Although you can throw in for the stock if you want.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup

I just kind of threw this together today.

Chicken tenders (6 strips)
1 tbsp chopped rosemary
3 tsp coriander
3 tsp basil
1 tsp salt
3 tsp garlic n' herb
2 medium sized red peppers
2 medium sized green peppers
2 small sweet potatoes
1/2 bag Tinkyada vegetable spiral noodles
1 medium yellow onion

*I like to add cayenne pepper. About 1 tsp for some spice. The soup will taste fine if cayenne pepper is a problem for you.

In a pot at 1.7 L water. Add chopped peppers, sweet potatoes, rosemary, coriander, basil, salt, garlic n' herb, cayenne pepper (if desired) and pasta and bring to a boil. You can cook the pasta separately if you want, I like to cook it in the broth. Boil about 5 minutes and add chicken and onion. Boil about 5-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through.

There are sick days and then there are sick days..

People with food allergies, or intolerances, I should say, tend to feel sick more often with stomach aches, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and more. But then we also have sick days, the regular kind of sick, the kind where you catch a virus or bacterial infection (or "bug" as my mom likes to call it). Yesterday I was home with a bad virus and today I am recovering from it. I am back at work but still trying to take it easy because I know my body is extra sensitive today. I am sipping on Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger Aid tea to help calm my stomach and I also have with me Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time tea ( for ingredients: Chamomile, spearmint, West Indian lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds, gluten free).

I remember before I found out that the yeast was what was causing all of my physical problems that people used to constantly be telling me that it was just stress and I just needed to exercise. This of course, made me very angry and frustrated. Imagine if you broke your ankle and someone said to you, "oh the pain is probably because you are stressed, you should just go exercise." After I found out about the yeast, I realized that stress, while not the cause of my problems, did in fact exacerbate the symptoms. So when I have days like today, where my body is not feeling up to par, I try to relax as much as possible, which basically means I am not going to take any of your bullcrap, I am going to remain calm and not get my energy up too high.

"Not today" is what I tell myself. I will not deal with the stress, the negative emotions, and the negative attitudes today, instead I will focus on creating a relaxed environment for my body, emotionally, phsyically, and spiritually. Tomorrow I can deal with the stress. In Bikram Choudhury's beginning Bikram yoga cd he says that no one can take your happiness from you. "If someone takes your happiness from you, you are the loser." I also think that if someone stresses me out too much then I am the loser.

So now it is the end of the day and I will be heading home for yoga, chicken noodle soup, and some olympics. Will post the recipe for the soup after I make it.


"The body is a temple, the finest machine in the world. It's so sensitive, but if you treat it nasty for too long, of course it will backfire." Bikram Choudhury

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mustard and Dill Drumsticks, Sweet Potato Fries, Spring Salad

Today was a great day! Now, time to cook dinner. I decided to make chicken tonight, and while I was walking through Whole Foods I saw jars of mustard dill sauces and it gave me an idea of what to make. Now I know what some of you are thinking, that mustard dill sauce is used for fish, mainly salmon. Well it is slim pickens for sauces for people with food allergies, so I am trying it out.

Chicken and sauce
5 Drumsticks *
1 tsp salt
1 heaping tsp mustard powder
1 1/2 tsp dill
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (if you want to add some spice)
1/2 tsp ginger
4 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup water

Mix salt, mustard, dill, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger, olive oil and water in a bowl. Spray baking pan with Bakers and Chefs canola oil cooking spray and place chicken in pans. Pour sauce over the chicken and spread evenly around the pan. Bake at 375 for 50-60 min.

* Whole Foods chicken claims no antibiotics "ever", no added hormones, vegetarian diet, barn roaming, complete traceability to farms, and no added solutions or injections.

Sweet Potato Fries
3 Medium Sweet Potatoes

Slice sweet potatoes, add 1 tbsp Olive oil to saucepan, cover, and heat fries over low-medium heat, about 7-10 minutes. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Spring Salad
Green Leaf Lettuce
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
Gourmet tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped

Chop red and green peppers, and onion. Place in bowl with spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, and dress with olive oil.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

starting my day with Bob's Red Mill gluten free oatmeal, with diced pears, a 1/2 tsp of salt and 2 tsp cinnamon (Add more cinnamon if you want) and yoga. (Music playlist for yoga includes: Enya-Caribbean Blue, Bon Iver-Re: stacks, Thom Yorke-hearing damage, Enya-adiemus, Zero 7: Passing by, and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole-somewhere over the rainbow).

Sometimes I add Pacific brand rice milk to my oatmeal. Pacific brand is gluten free, I think Rice Dream is iffy about it. You can buy gluten free oatmeal and Pacific brand rice milk at most health food stores and Whole Foods and Wegman's usually carry it.


Friday, February 19, 2010

Creole Chicken

Perfect for these winter days when you want to add a little spice to your life! If you have trouble eating spicy foods, just leave out the cayenne pepper and it will still taste good.

Brown Rice: 2 cups
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 4 thick sized (try to get hormone, steroid, antibiotic free. Perdue sells hormone and steroid free chicken)
2 tsp basil
2 tsp thyme
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp dill
4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp turmeric
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 cup water

In a saucepan over low heat, cook basil, thyme, oregano, dill, paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, turmeric, garlic, and onion about 5 min. Take off heat, place in bowl or plastic bag.

Cube chicken in 1 inch cubes. Add chicken to bag (or bowl) of marinade and put in fridge to marinate about at least 2 hours (more if you have more time! 4 hours is a good amount).

When marinated, put chicken with marinade in a saucepan and cook on medium heat about 7 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Serve with Brown Rice and enjoy with a nice cup of caffeine free green tea!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Relieving the Stress

Just finished Yolanda Pettinato's "Simply Yoga" 30 min dvd. It is the perfect way to relieve some tension, relax, and clear the mind.

If you have food allergies you know that a bad day can result in pain, loss of concentration, fatigue and many other things. Exercise is great for these symptoms but sometimes more vigorous exercise can irritate my stomach. I have found that the Simply Yoga dvd helps to keep my body active in a gentle form while relieving the stress. Most often I turn down the volume of the TV, put on some relaxing music, light the candles and dim the lights. This helps to melt the stress of day away and feel refreshed. Now I am following it up with a cup of tea!

"The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain."
Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Salmon Delicious with a Side of Beets

Vegetable Spiral Brown Rice Pasta (Tinkyada brand) whole bag or Brown Rice (1 cup)
1 Salmon fillet
2 tsp basil
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp pepper
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion chopped
1 medium sweet potato
1 avocado
1 apple
3 medium sized beets

Boil beets in a pot for about 45 minutes or until tender. Cook brown rice (boil 15 min then drain) or brown rice pasta. In a saucepan, add chopped onion, basil, oregano, salt, coriander, pepper, and garlic and sautee medium heat with olive oil about 3-5 minutes. Add cubed sweet potato, cover, and cook about 5 minutes. Add cubed salmon slices, cover, cook 3-5 minutes or until salmon cubes are cooked thoroughly, add cubed apple and sliced avacado, cover, cook about 3 minutes. Serve over rice or pasta.

Peel beets, slice, add 2 tsp coriander, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 2 tbsp olive oil. Stir and serve.

I Can't Eat What?

I remember the first time it happened. The first time I felt that incredible pain in my stomach and laid on my mom's bed for 6 hours as she was begging me to go to the hospital. It was at that time of my life, my second year of grad school, that I finally admitted to the dangers of my coffee addiction. I saw my bad stomach episode as a warning sign and gave up coffee completely and switched to tea. The second time it happened the pain didn't last as long but I watched as my stomach blew up like a balloon. Then I was very confused.

After that it came very regular. After I ate I felt pain in my stomach and it looked as though I was all of a sudden 6 months pregnant, and on I put my sweatpants. So I went to my primary care physician and she told me it was IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and although I did not think my symptoms matched the description of IBS symptoms I was nonetheless very excited to get some answers and find a solution to my problem. So I tried the IBS diet for 9 months and practiced Bikram yoga about 3 times a week to no avail. I still had all of the same problems.

About 7 months after the IBS diagnosis I met with a nutritionist who told me that I could possibly have Celiacs disease but to get a test because there is only a small chance that I have it. Shortly after that my mom overheard friends of our family at a softball game talking about their son's newly developed food allergies (to gluten and yeast) and the doctor he has been meeting with. I decided to go and take the blood test to find some answers. When the test came back I had reacted severely to yeast and hazelnut. I also reacted mildly to: casein, soy, almonds, honey, yogurt, asparagus, tomatoes, lettuce, celery, eggplant, coffee, egg whites, egg yolks, and more. My doctor told me that in the beginning stages I cannot eat anything that I reacted to, even if it was mildly, because my stomach has to heal. She also told me that she was not sure if I was ever going to be able to eat yeast again.

I learned that I had developed the yeast allergy after being on antibiotics for a long time. Antibiotics wipe out all of the good bacteria in the stomach and so a yeast overgrowth can develop in the gut. I also found out that sugar feeds yeast, and I cannot consume vinegar because it is fermented. So the "cannot eat this" list (in a nutshell) has now grown to: anything containing yeast (bread, soy sauce, soup, crackers and many more), sugar (everything), dairy, vinegar (all kinds of sauces, ketchup, bbq, salad dressings), gluten (wheat), alcohol, soy (all forms, including tofu) and random vegetables.

I can't eat what?

After a year and a half of having this diagnosis I still adhere strictly to the diet, and recently have been following a very low glycemic diet, eating vegetables and foods with a low glycemic index, and pairing foods that break down into sugar with proteins and/or fats. I will be posting recipes without the use of yeast, soy, dairy, gluten, vinegar, and refined sugars or sweeteners for those of you out there who are like how I was and think you can't eat anything.