Monday, October 15, 2007

testing, testing

Well, I have tried out some potential problem foods including onions, garlic, tomatoes and potatoes. All went pretty well but I think I am going to continue to limit my consumption of these foods . . . since I could eat onions, garlic, tomatoes and potatoes every day. Onions seemed to be the problem child out of the four which is a bit heart breaking. I'm not sure I will completely get rid of onions in my diet, but I think I can eat them in moderation and definitely try not to eat them every day. I have been eating loads of bok choy, rice as well as salads like this one that had romaine lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, grated carrots and cucumbers.
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I don’t think Jared should suffer since he doesn’t have any aversions to foods so I somehow mustered up the will to make a few things for him this weekend.
Saturday morning, I made him breakfast in bed with banana pancakes (my basic pancake batter with a mashed up banana) topped with strawberry sauce made with frozen strawberries, agave nectar and maple syrup. Jared was very happy, but tried not to rub it in, too much anyway.
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I also made Jared a Thanksgiving inspired meal to thank him for working so hard every week, working long hours every day, doing a difficult and thankless job (he's a stock broker) while I still look for work. He was my official taster for almost every one of these items since I couldn't eat most of the things I made him. I made some more cranberry jelly, green beans, mashed red potatoes with sea salt, soy creamer and whipped Earth Balance, along with stuffing that had celery, onions, apples, veggie stock, poultry seasoning (just the name, not actual poultry in the seasoning)and Earth Balance buttery sticks that was made on the stove top but baked in a casserole dish in the oven. Lastly I made a pan gravy with browned all purpose flour, whipped Earth Balance, sea salt, black pepper and veggie stock. The only thing I could safely eat were the green beans since they were only seasoned with sea salt and sunflower oil and I tasted a potato after it was boiled but before it was mashed with all the soy products. JARED WAS BLOWN AWAY BY EVERYTHING! The only thing I didn't make on the plate were the potato rolls Jared found at the grocery store bakery, which ended up being accidently vegan. Jared likes to make mashed potato, stuffing and cranberry jelly sandwiches with them. From start to finish, it took about two hours to make this meal, so that's good to know for holiday meal planning in the future.
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10 comments:

VegMomma said...

How kind of you to make food that you can't even eat! And good for you for sticking to this restrictive diet to figure out what's going on with your insides. :)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Phew, you are STRONG! Those pancakes looks awesome.

Veganista said...

Wow, yes, like others I'm impressed at your cooking all this food you can't eat. It sounds and looks fantastic!

Good luck with the elimination diet...they're tough. I say this not from personal experience, but Josh went on one a few years ago to see if various substances (mainly amines) were contributing to his migraines. It was especially hard to eat out--even as vegetarians, not yet vegans! Anyway, I hope it helps you get to the bottom of those digestive troubles!

Vegan_Noodle said...

How sad about the onions. On the other hand your salad does look yummy. How are you feeling overall with this elimination diet?

That was so sweet of you to make dinner for Jared!! Hopefully you will be able to indulge on Thanksgiving as well. Nice to have a test run for all your recipes!

bazu said...

Good to know that the elimination diet is going well for you, but add me to the list of people who are impressed with your willpower! I hope it all continues to go well for you and your tummy!

VeggieGirl said...

so it sounds like you may be allergic to some of the nightshade vegetables...

that's so sweet of you to make Jared all those scrumptious meals, despite the fact that you can't partake in all of them - hang in there with this diet!

Theresa said...

How sweet of you to make such nice food when you can't even eat it! I must say, your salad looks awesome.

Kelly Mahoney said...

Glad to hear your base is expandind!

Celine said...

the pancakes...with that syrup? wow. just wow!

Pink Theory said...

ditto about your willpower! Jared is so lucky to have you! My boyfriend also likes to make "roll" sandwiches with everything on the plate with those types of meals...it looks delish!