Posts Tagged ‘sulfite free recipe

17
Oct
11

She Can Lift Her Head Off The Table.


Now that I have then strength to lift my head off the table, it’s time for me to fill you in on my sulfite-free FAD DIET progress.

Official status report: SUPERFREAKINAWESOME.

ok, so I have to admit, the first three days was like walking around carrying 3 bloated elephants wearing fat suits.  BRU-to the-TAL.  But I eventually got the rhythm of everything and I.FEEL.FANTASTIC.

Mostly, probably, because I am clean.  Not sulfites or booze for 8 days.  There is not one sulfite iota in me.  (Lie.  Our body makes natural sulfites.)  But I am not intentionally putting anything in me and I feel like I could fly.  (Apparently, there may be some traces of college-age LCD.)

Down 13 pounds, too.

I did have a major RA flare-up for 5 of those days, but that is because I was late taking my shot, thinking that I might not need it anymore.  Sometimes, I am a ridiculous person.

So, unnamed fad diet working.  I am not really hungry on it, that is the trick with it, I think.  But mostly, I see the others around me not GAINING and I think that is the whole key to this thing. Whatever, still not endorsing.  Still not divulging.  It’s really no big deal because the point is that I am clean and losing weight.  Once I get through this little test of endurance, I will be back to clean living and hope I can naturally and slowly lose the rest of the weight.  This, so far, is a nice springboard.  BOINGGGGGG………

I think one of the reasons that I am doing too well on it is because I am used to being already a bit deprived having a sulfite allergy.  I am used to having to make my food, even when I am really hungry.  It feels good again to know what I am putting in my mouth is good for me.

I have some recipes that I am going to pop up for everyone and some of them are quite delicious.  I just had me some chili that was scrumptious!!  Lots of chicken, lots of fish, ground turkey, some meat…yummy veggies and fruits.

Pros: feeling great, losing weight, not hungry, great feeling of accomplishment

Cons: I miss booze.

Come back later and check out some of the recipes.  I am going to type some up now.   Bon Appétit, sulfite-nots!

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22
Aug
11

THE BLONDE CHILI ADVENTURE


*Please see bottom for photo analysis.

or otherwise known as How I Made Crockpot Sulfite-Free Chili Yesterday And It Took Me 12 Hours.  This is not the title of the recipe for a blonde chili, like, made with all yellow ingredients.  This is like, a blonde totally screwed up this recipe.  This easy, three step, a blind hamster could make this recipe, recipe.  Just to clarify.

We are not going to dwell right now on the fact that it took me an extra 4 hours to make this edible.  Let’s just not go there, because I am too menstrual to hover in the abyss.

This is a nice vegetarian, very easy and quick chili recipe…next time I am going to add some ground turkey and I am going to try really, really hard to do a better job.

Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients:

15 ounces kidney beans

15 ounces black beans

5 ounces white beans

1 can ORGANIC diced tomatoes

diced green chili pepper

1 cup organic chicken broth

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

salt and pepper as needed

Daisy sour cream to dollop on top before serving (IF you can manage this…some sulfite-nots cannot, so beware)

  1. The night before, soak beans separately, covering with water, overnight.  Make sure to pick out the ugly stepchild beans that don’t belong.  They can eventually make the end result mushy.
  2. Add the soaked beans in the crock-pot with the can of tomatoes, chopped-up chili pepper, chicken broth; salt and pepper.
  3. Let it sit there on low for about 8 hours, but please check on it.  You may need to add a bit more broth.  We don’t want a repeat of this, do we?


I am ready to talk about what happened now; Advil kicking in.  This chili was good, don’t get me wrong.  Thor not only took it to work the next day, but he had another bowl of it for lunch on Saturday, right in front of me.  I saw him put it in his mouth and he didn’t even spit it in the sink.  This is what actually occured.  When combining ingredients, I thought I was being cutesie and culinarily adorable** when I substituted a can of diced tomatoes.  I decided to just chop up a tomato and chuck it in there.  After checking on it at the 7th hour, it was like the Sahara on a bad day.

Not me. But...me.

Apparently, I needed the juice from the can and didn’t put extra water in the crockpot.  I quicky added a few cups of water and saved the bastard, but I telling you right now that it was a close one.  And this blonde needs a  I need a vacation.

********************************************************************************************************

*This drawing is reedonkulous.

Things that are wrong with this picture:

  • That’s supposed to be a pan with bacon and eggs. It looks like a tennis racket with an upside-down grumpy face.
  • I cant even eat bacon and eggs.
  • It looks like I am wearing 2 breast implants with a see-through skirt.
  • Don’t you hate it when you get black on the tip of your yellow highlighter pen?
  • I don’t look very upset.
  • I wish I was that skinny.

**culinarily adorable[adj]

cu·li·nar·il·y [ kúllə nèrr ill ee ] a·dor·a·ble [ ə dáwrəb’l ]

Sweet, lovable, endearing, huggable in the kitchen when substituting ingredients, thinking that is acceptable when you really just outright suck.

Last week while making pesto, Heather was culinarily adorable when she thought she could substitute 2 cloves of garlic with 4 cups of sugar. 

Sidenote:  In regards to my first caption picture: you can look at the word “analysis” 50 times and it STILL doesn’t seem right.  I mean it has the word anal in it and you don’t ever want to willingly use the word anal, unless you are talking about…anal stuff…especially when you are typing a recipe.

Was that Advil I just took?  Or 3 Vicodin?  Hm.

31
Jul
11

Introducing a wonderful new website….


CHECK IT OUT

TA DA!!!!

A new website!

 

 

 

http://holdthesulfites.com/

It’s awesome, ya’all.

My friend Tracy, who I met through my awesome Dr. Unger, is my Sulfite-not Guru.  She has put together a really informative and easy to navigate website for peeps like us and she really has developed superior knowledge on the subject.  It also helps that she is also really handy in the kitchen.  She often helps me out on here with some great comments and suggestions, so make sure you add her to your useful site links.

I personally am looking for updated things to make, since I am starting up tomorrow on detox and eating clean again.  Thor is starting on his journey to lose 40 pounds by his 40th birthday in May.  It should get pretty interesting around here.

So I am making my shopping list for the week and I am making my meals list.

I am going to start by making a whole chicken today (with an apple shoved right in the cavity, thanks to Tracy’s suggestion…YOWZA).

EXCUSE ME. DO I KNOW YOU?

I will then save the broth and make a tortilla-esque soup (without the tortillas.  Should be a travesty.  Will take pictures.)

I am on a kick right now making smoothies with Greek yogurt, a bit of milk, frozen organic mix of berries, a banana and a touch of honey.  I will continue to mix that up for breakfast with some homemade bread I have cooking now…I usually put honey on that…breakfast is hard and I was thrilled to see a mouth-watering, spicy option on Tracy’s site…spicy sausage, so I am going to give that a try as well this week.

I love me some artichokes so I I am going to have that for lunch one day…and I will probably stick to salads with some of the Sunday chicken I am going to make.  I make my own lemon based dressing with fresh herbs from the garden.  I got addicted to Hidden Valley ranch again and for some CRAZY reason, it doesn’t seem to affect me, except making my ass really, really FAT.

Baked potatoes are great for lunch as well….and I am going to try some Hormel chicken breast lunch meat and maybe the ham for sammies…I hear that they are sulfite-free and people have had success with them.  That would be great in a salad, as well.

Dinners are going to be interesting because Thor is going to need to eat lean and I am trying to eat clean.  So I can have a nice whopping steak and he can only have one the size of Bambi’s fist.  Poor Thor.  It will be interesting all around to have to please all 5 eaters in this house that have restrictions.  The girls are just plain picky as hell.  Although,  Alpha, God love him, will eat anything…

Things I can’t do:

*Cut of the crust on everyone’s grilled cheese sammies and shove them in my mouth.  Then say, “Oh my.  I forgot to eat lunch.”  Wake up, fat ass.  You did, and it was a sulfite pit of hell.

*Do well all day and then blow it while watching Project Runway with a handful of Cheeze It’s at 9:45pm

*go ANYWHERE without some approved food with me.  The pool is Satan’s Sulfite Haven for cheating.  The snack bar literally has not one thing that I can eat, but I go there every day and if I forget to bring something to eat, I am lunging for a piece of pizza or sneaking nachos and evil cheese from my poor children, while yelling, “Bambi!  Look over there!” They hate me when I do that.  And I hate me, too.

*Forget that, even though my joints are not swelling to a point of paralysis, what I put in my mouth is making me very sick still.  So self, don’t F*ck up.  Love me.  Take care of me.  Let’s get some Stuart Smalley all up in here, lady.  It’s time to rock this OUT!

THE GREAT EXPERIMENT

I am hoping to have a phone meeting with my pal, THE VOICE, to get her on the same page.  We are avoiding each other because we do not want to take “before” shots.  And I don’t blame us.

Have a great rest of the weekend, all!!

16
Jun
10

Chicken Breasts with Yogurt Marinade


I made these last night and they yummers.  These have an Indian flair to them. Mix up the marinade in the morning and let the chicken sit all day. When it’s time for dinner, just grill them for 10-15 minutes and you’ve got a very tasty main dish!

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp sea salt

1 Tbs honey

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Mix up the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, tarragon and salt. Put 1/2 cup of this into a small bowl, stir in the honey, and set aside to use as a sauce on the cooked chicken.

Marinate the chicken in the rest of the yogurt sauce. When you’re ready to grill, wipe or shake off the excess yogurt and discard it. Grill the chicken until done, about 10-15 minutes total, turning once about halfway through.

Make it an all-grill dinner and serve with grilled squash or skewered veggies.  Don’t accidentally stab anyone .

*WARNING: This website is meant to suggest things for people with sulfite allergies.  There are many different types and degrees of food intolerences out there,.  Many of them can be dangerous.  I am, contrary to what you all may think reading my genius blog, I am NOT an expert on this.  So please don’t sue.  Thank You.



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15
Jun
10

What the heck CAN I have…


I am going to make a list of things that I am learning to eat.  I will add to it as I go along.  There is not much on here because, frankly, I don’t know what the heck to eat.  I am sure that there will be Cecille’s corner ideas and  Tracy suggestions.   A lot of these ideas came from those two so here goes…

*I season organic chicken breasts with sea salt and some fresh dill and toss them on them grill so I can have them all week.  My favorite thing to make on the run is a chicken avocado sandwich.  I like to get that really good Italian loaf bread from the bakery section at the Jewel.  The one that only has like 5 ingredients in it.  I lather that up with avocado and throw the chicken on there with some lettuce.  Yummers.

*Avocados.  I use the heck out of these.  They replace all condiments for me.  Go to Costco and buy the big bag.  Get a big bag of lemons too.  I use a ton of lemon juice.

*Salad dressing is a hard one.  I have been putting a little LF yogurt in the blender with fresh dill, a little honey, cucumber and a bit of olive oil.  I just keep that in the fridge and it lasts a few days. My new favorite dressing is lemon based. I take 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and mix with fresh sage, rosemary and thyme. Little seasalt. Mix well then I add a cup of good EVOO. Lasts a few days and I even dip veggies and bread in it. YUM.

*Basically, I am just eating really fresh.  All organic veggies.  I wouldn’t waste money on some organic things like bananas and avacados, stuff like that with thick skin. I am also growing some veggies in my garden.  All fresh hhhhherbs on my back porch.

*For on the go, Lara bars are filling.  Watch out for the ones that have raisins and coconuts in them.

*To satisfy the munchie hunger, Cape Cod chips or any other chips made in sunflower oil is okay.

*Another SIL on Thor’s side…a.k.a. RunnerGirl….she has this same allergy and she has been eating raw for years.  She is an expert at it.  She suggested something yummy and I have been drinking it.  You can’t really have pop or other drinks, but you can have fresh juice…an alternative to juice is to put some fresh mint, ice, fresh lime or lemon juice and a bit of agave nectar or honey into the blender (I have a Magic Bullet. Haters, suck it.  This thing rocks.)  I like the agave nectar because it is just a touch less sweet than honey.  This is a really refreshing cool drink for the summer and I recommend.

*crackers are hard.  I just loved eating crackers and cheese.  But there are some gluten free crackers that are good.  Just stay away from anything that has corn or soy in them.  Costco has these pita round crackers that are awesome.

*I made this really delicious kale and potato salad.  I will post the recipe.  It’s really easy and I ate it warm after I  made it and cold the next day.  Kale is SO good for you….

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15
Jun
10

Clean Garbage Meatballs


Yeah, I am gonna love this.

I can make stupid names up for my recipes and take pictures.

ok, so my SIL has Celiac Disease.  She has really been pretty inspirational watching her tackle the disease.  In order to not “out” anyone on my goofy blog, I will give her a code name, because she is awesome and is helping me and I think I will refer to her a lot.  Let’s call her Cecille.  She is the mother of all mothers in the kitchen.  My nephews eat really healthy, will eat anything and she provides a fantastic platform for them.  She is essentially everything I am not.  She gave me an idea to throw some meatballs together and I tried them.

A few things:  I can’t cook.  I am not good at it.  I don’t like it.  I f*ck up everything I do in the kitchen.  Ask my husband…Thor.  My kids think I am Julia Child.  Give them a few years.

So when I was trying to “throw” meatballs together, I was like…taking food…and like…throwing it.  In the bowl.

So here is recipe #1

Clean garbage meatballs

((go ahead and preheat oven to 375, sugar.))

1lb. turkey or ground beef

cooked rice

shredded carrots and cucumber

fresh dill, rosemary, basil, any herbs that you want

(when I say the word “herbs” outloud, I like to say the “h”.  It feels naughty.)

sea salt and ground pepper

Look.  Let’s get something straight here.

I am not at a point yet where I can tell you how many “cups”  or “teaspoons” of stuff.   I am have high hopes for improvement and I just don’t want you to expect much.

OK, so I took all that stuff and I threw it in, took off my wedding rings, cleaned my hands and mushed it all together.  *Sigh”  I miss garlic.

Anyway, then I made these little balls and I put them on a Pan-sprayed cookie sheet, secretly wishing they were actually cookies, and then I baked them for 3o minutes.

Photo op!

BAM!  That looks fricken NASTY!

It’s all crooked and lumpy and DAYUM.

But seriously?  It was really good.  And I whipped up a little lowfat sour cream with some chopped fresh dill.  I just did a little dollop and it was seriously really tasty.

The best thing is that I have about 20 of those little bad boys to keep in the fridge and pop in my mouth whenever I get hungry for the next few days.

Things I learned for next time:

1.) Don’t bother buying the $758-a-pound sirloin at Whole Paycheck, like I did.  They were a touch greasy and I am a much bigger fan of turkey meat.

2.) Don’t take pictures of food that looks like koala poop.

UPDATE: 3:20 pm

Welcome to Corrections by Cecille.  This is where my SIL Cecille reads what I have posted, shakes her head and corrects me.  It needs to happen.  I am a mess over here.  Do NOT make any of my recipes before recieving a Cecille approved update.  Things could get messy.

” …cucumber? please tell me that was typo and you used zucchini? you can also use sweet potato and don’t forget some apple sauce or shreaded apples”  Now I didn’t use apple sauce because I have another random allergy to that.  But that’s another story for another blog.  It’s sounds yummy though and adds moisture so go for it.

“oh and maybe just stick with one herb at a time, like oregano. (ala italian meatballs)…” …Right.  Yeah.  (Hard facial shame blush)  I am…also new with using the fresh hhhherbs.  May be acting a little over zealous with them by adding them all together.  Food is tasting slightly like I am gnawing on a bush from the side of my house. Thanks Cecille!

UPDATE: 3:27 pm

first, let me out my wonderful friend, Tracy Nicolas, a.k.a. AWESOME.  She is, well, awesome.  She did however virtually punch me in gut informing me that SOUR CREAM HAS SULFITES.  Going to cry myself to sleep at naptime.  So, please replace sour cream above with yogurt!

*WARNING: This website is meant to suggest things for people with sulfite allergies.  There are many different types and degrees of food intolerences out there,.  Many of them can be dangerous.  I am, contrary to what you all may think reading my genius blog, I am NOT an expert on this.  So please don’t sue.  Thank You.


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Crazed sulfite-free woman.

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