Friday, June 7, 2013

Allergy Elimination Challenge- Day 5

We're coming up on one week of the diet and still going strong. I think the hardest meal is breakfast- I miss eggs and English muffins! We're making do and discovering some fun recipes on the way. I'm already prepping for our dinner party on Saturday and will finalize the menu when I see what's looking tasty at the farmer's market tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing if this challenge can hold up for company!

Day Five Menu

Sauteed plantain with garlic
Fresh fruit

Quinoa squash cakes
Mixed green salad with lemon juice
Steamed green beans

Grouper cheeks in garlic and olive oil
Brown rice
Green beans

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Allergy Elimination Challenge- Day 4

Today I tried amaranth for breakfast, and I have to say, I'm not a huge fan. Of all the grains I'm eating- millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth- it's my least favorite. That said, I have about three more cups of it to use up, so I'll be searching for tasty amaranth recipes. This Saturday will be another fun challenge as we're having friends over for dinner! They're vegan so we'll be making a meal that is vegan and allergy-free. I foresee quinoa and plenty of veggies!

On day four I can't say that my tummy troubles are 100% healed, but I can say that I have more energy and am generally feeling great! If we feel this much better after only a few days, I can't wait to see how we feel in a few weeks!

Day Four Menu
Amaranth porridge with banana and agave nectar
Fresh papaya

Tuna on mixed greens
Rice crackers

Fish with broiled tomatoes  and herbs
Brown Rice
Steamed broccoli  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Allergy Eliminiation Challenge- Day 3

Let me take a moment to say that this is my third, I repeat, THIRD day without any coffee. I was really concerned that I would have headaches and severe crankieness, but I'm doing great! I am still drinking a few cups of green tea, but that's it for caffeine. Here are a few more recipes to get you through your mid-week slump!

Day Three Menu
Red potato skillet fries and onions
Papaya with lime

Tuna salad (no mayo) on kale
Rice crackers

Quinoa and squash cakes
Kale, carrot and avocado salad
Jasmine brown rice

Coconut Banana Bars
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup arrowroot
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup unsweetened ground coconut 
3 TSP baking soda
1 TBS cinnamon
1 TSP nutmeg 2 tbs ground flax seed, plus 4 tbs water (substitute 2 eggs if you don't have flax) 
3 bananas mashed
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup dark agave nectar
3/4 cup brown rice syrup 
3 TBS apple juice

Combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients and blend until mostly smooth. Beat together dry and wet ingredients, careful not to over-beat. Bake in greased, floured pan at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes. These coconut banana bars are moist and delicious! They're a perfect breakfast on the go, or can even be dessert. Yum! 

Here are some recipes I'm scoping out for the next few weeks!
Garlic Zucchini Salad
Amaranth Breakfast Porridge
Creamy Avocado Potato Salad
Strawberry Mango Salsa
Parsnip Chips
Millet Cake

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Allergy Eliminiation Challenge- Day 2

Kevin has taken to calling this our Allergy Elimination Challenge, rather than a diet. I think it sounds much better! I'm loving the fact that this new regiment requires me to cook new things! Today I'm experimenting with arrowroot, brown rice flour, coconut oil and xantham gum. Hopefully I'll be able to turn all of those things into a cookie..... Here are a few more recipes from our Challenge! 

Day Two Menu
Sweet potato and banana saute
1/2 grapefruit
1 slice of Food for Life Brown Rice Bread

Millet and vegetables
Fresh watermelon

Sauteed cod loin with lemon herb sauce
Steamed green beans
Brown jasmine rice
Coconut cookie bites for dessert

Quinoa Vegetable Salad
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh herbs, chopped roughly (I used parsley, oregano and thyme)
1 cup red grapes, halved
1 cup chopped kale
1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
Olive oil
Cook quinoa according to package. Meanwhile, saute celery, carrots, onion, and herbs in olive oil. Combine with cooked quinoa. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and add kale. Kale should be wilted, but not cooked. When slightly cooled add grapes and chicken and serve. This is a great way to get rid of your leftover veggies and oh, what a tasty summer salad! This meal is gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, nut free and could easily be vegan by omitting the chicken.

Coconut Cookie Bites 
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 TBS ground flax, 3 TBS water (substitute for 1 egg if you're not on the diet)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup ground unsweetened coconut, plus 1/4 cup set aside
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup potato flour
1 tsp baking soda
Dash of salt
Dash of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until easy to handle. Using an ice cream scoop, make dough balls and roll in reserved coconut flakes. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes or until browned and cracking. Note- these are not super sweet cookies. If you want more sweetness, just add additional rice syrup.  

Monday, June 3, 2013

Allergy Elimination Diet- Day 1

So I'm changing gears here for the next month or so, because Kevin and I are tackling an allergy elimination diet! Which means I can't eat lots of the things I normally make on this blog... So, for the next few weeks I'll be posting recipes, stories and information on how to eliminate most common food allergy culprits from your diet. For a great crash course on allergy elimination, check out this link!

This morning was already a challenge! Normally, we have half an English muffin and peanut butter before our 6am workout, followed by half an English muffin and an egg after our workout. Absolutely everything in that breakfast is off limits in this diet! So, we substituted with Food for Life Brown Rice Bread and a tasty sweet potato spread, instead of peanut butter. After our workout, we had tasty and hearty millet with fruit. Recipes for both are below.

Day One Menu
Food for Life Brown Rice Bread
Sweet Potato Butter
Millet Breakfast Cereal

Organic chicken soup with rice

Quinoa Vegetable Salad
Avocado & Banana "Pudding" for dessert 

Sweet Potato Butter
1 sweet potato, boiled, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup all natural applesauce (just mashed fruit, no additional anything!)
2 TBS dark agave nectar
1 TSP cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of pure vanilla extract

Mash all ingredients together for a tasty, healthy fruit spread!

Millet Breakfast Cereal 
(Serves 2)
1/2 cup millet
1 cup water
2 TBS dark agave nectar
Dash of cinnamon 
Fruit for topping, we used blueberries and raspberries

Lightly toast millet in a pan until the millet smells nutty, about 3 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for approximately 20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Add remaining ingredients to your taste. Millet is only approximately 150 calories per serving, so dig in!