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25 February 2009 @ 10:11 am
Elimination Diet - Day 9  
There aren't a lot of really flavorful, exciting things to eat on this diet. All the things you can't have leave most sauces and flavor-adding things on the restricted list. But last night's dinner was the best I've had so far, and I'm actually excited about eating the leftovers for lunch today! So I thought I'd post the meal/recipe:

~ Fresh salmon fillet, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, baked at 425 degrees for just under fifteen minutes (it was huge, I cut it in half after - one for dinner, one for today's lunch).

~ apple compote made from one peeled and fresh diced apple, a couple of tablespoons of brown rice syrup, a teaspoon or so of balsamic - I didn't really measure - and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Heated in the microwave until the apples were cooked, then spread over the salmon.

~ Quinoa, which is an interesting 'grain' from the Incas, apparently. It cooks kind of like couscous, and smells/tastes almost green and grassy, but it's very mild and it went quite well with the fish. I actually enjoyed it with this meal, especially after I drizzled some of the fruit compote onto it.

~ asparagus, again drizzled with olive oil and Italian seasoning, then roasted for ten minutes at 425. Yum.

It was so nice to be eating something I really enjoyed. The salmon was actually excellent either way - with just the oil and sea salt, or with some of the compote. I ate the quinoa with the salmon, and the two seemed paired quite well together. Also, the spacey lightheadedness and dizzy spells seem to have backed off some this morning, thank goodness.

Our work servers are totally down at the moment, so though I am writing this at nine o'clock this morning, who knows what time it will actually get posted. For now, we have no access to e-mail or the internet. In the meantime, this gives me the perfect opportunity to write, if the lightheadedness continues to stay away this morning.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on February 25th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yummy! That sounds delicious!
rhienellethrhienelleth on February 25th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
It really was. Maybe because I was so tired of chicken, but that salmon was soooooooo tasty.
The Mad Lorimadlori on February 25th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I LOVE quinoa and it's really good for you. I found this amaaaaaazing recipe for it...it involves shrimp and asparagus, can you have those things?

Anyway, it's here:

rhienellethrhienelleth on February 25th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
I can't have shrimp, sadly, only regular ol' fish (which I could theoretically substitute for the shrimp). But I can have asparagus. After a quick look at the recipe, I also can't have the pepper, mushrooms, or raisins, but everything else is good. I may have to try this. :D

Quick Q - the only place I was able to find quinoa in the store was Bob's Red Mill packages - any other brands/kinds readily available at most grocery stores? The Red Mill stuff is on the expensive side.
The Mad Lorimadlori on February 25th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
I bet if you put fish in it, that'd be good. How about imitation crabmeat? If you can have salmon you ought to be able to have that, and if you cut it on the bias it's kinda shrimplike. And the more asparagus, the better as far as I'm concerned. Can you have chicken? That'd probably be good in it, too.

I've made it without the mushrooms and raisins and it's fine. The key is to meld some flavors in the stir-fry step before you add the quinoa. If you dont' have shrimp you'll want some other protein, like the crabmeat or chicken. The lime juice is really important, too.

I buy quinoa in bulk at Whole Foods. I'm sure they have it at Joe's, too. I've never looked for it at the regular grocery store, though.
rhienellethrhienelleth on February 25th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't see the lime juice - not allowed citrus, either. *sigh*

But I am allowed chicken and I do love asparagus.

No Whole Foods or Trader Joe's in my immediate area, sadly, which actually makes this diet harder. Or more expensive, maybe.
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on February 25th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily.

They don't call it "whole paycheck" for nothing. Trader Joes is pretty reasonable though.

Make up a list, and I can go shopping for you tomorrow.