If you are following me in Instagram or Facebook you already know why I haven't been posting, and if you aren't go do it!
The reason I haven't been posting is my entire family is on an elimination diet. If you don't know what that is you aren't the only one, I didn't before my doctor told me about it either. Basically, its a diet that eliminates all of the most common food allergens and then slowly reintroduces them with the purpose of finding out if you have a food sensitivity. So for the first weeks you are eating fruits and veggies, minus citrus and members of the nightshade family, seeds, chicken and some fish. No gluten, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol, no soy, no nuts, no alcohol, no beef or pork. You cant really eat anything that is in a package so everything is homemade. Which means I am strapped to my kitchen and constantly going to the grocery store.
We are almost two weeks in and all I can say is that it has been educational. I have bought foods I never had before, like coconut aminos. I have made some very......interesting foods. Many of them I will never make again. But the most surprising thing is that right now what I am craving isn't chocolate, ice cream or bread, it's steak and citrus fruits. My daughter has been saying she was craving something and yesterday we made a huge batch of kale chips and stunningly that was what she had been craving. I was expecting this to be torture, as someone has dieted all their life and usually is constantly craving something they aren't supposed to have I am kind of amazed. I think it helps that you can eat as much as you want as long as you are eating the right foods. I am also feeling clearer headed than I expected since we aren't allowed to have coffee. I don't have much else to say about the experience if you are curious, the book I'm using for reference is available on Amazon( I will post the link below) or go talk to your doctor. Also, I am happy to answer any questions I am able to.
Now, I don't have a real recipe to share this week but if you are looking to replace peanut butter in your life we discovered a replacement that tastes very similar.
I wanted to make a sweet and salty toasted pumpkin seed so mixed together a little bit of olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, a pinch of cumin and a pinch of sea salt, tossed the seeds in the mixture and toasted them in a 300 degree oven until they started to brown. When we tasted them we all though they tasted like peanut butter. So, I made a bigger batch put them in my food processor with a little coconut oil and a tough more maple syrup and ground them until they were very smooth. I didn't write down what I did but use more syrup than oil and more cinnamon than cumin.
I think I will be able to start working on retro food again in just a few weeks, until then follow me on Instagram or Facebook for regular updates and pictures of food that look odd. Such as the food I call Soylent Green. It's actually an herbed turkey and quinoa meatball but trust me the new name fits better.