So, here are some of the meals I’ve made over the past week.
While I haven’t been educated in any of this, I’m just trying to get Hubs and I to eat healthier from my own research I’ve done. It’s all in hope of getting Hubs better. Hoping to find the foods that trigger his migraines and other pains and learning to go from there. Not everything is Gluten Free and some meals contain FODMaps triggers, some may even be migraine triggers for some, but I’m starting off slow so everything isn’t entirely overwhelming.
We can’t cut everything out, because then we would never last and I’d be over it real fast and in the drive thru at Maccas. But if we try to limit our intake of certain foods, and have some meals that aren’t as “healthy” as others, it’s okay…we’re not going to beat ourselves up. But the aim is in moderation. Have a cholocate. Just have one bite size one. Not a whole candy bar. I bought these Oreo wafers on sale that came wrapped individually. Perfect for a dose of chocolate without feeling the need to bust through a whole pack of Hershey Kisses. Because no doubt, if you tell yourself no chocolate cold turkey, I bet you’ll be sitting in the corner with a full bag of cookies and cream Kisses in your boca saying, “I can’t dooo ittt!!”
What I do try really hard is to buy everything fresh, and make most things from scratch unless it contains all fresh products and doesn’t have funny named stuff in it. If you can’t pronounce it, chances are it isn’t good for you. I look for products that contain no preservatives and additives of all sorts. I pay close attention to sodium, fat, carbs and sugars. Hubs is working with a personal trainer who is helping a bit with when to eat certain things. Like we don’t have to cut pasta out, just don’t eat it for dinner. So now pastas are reserved for lunch.
I try to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. It’s where the fresh items will be. Pretty much most things in the isles contain the things you can’t pronounce. You’ll notice that a lot of stores nowadays make a lot of “fresh” items that have been marinaded or prepared for you… all you have to do it stick it in the oven, microwave, etc. It sounds really nice and sure it is a heck of a lot easier, and I’m often tempted to buy some meats like that because they look delicious, but I’m conscious now of those products after researching the FODMaps diet. Most of the meals will probably have a higher sodium and fat content because of the things they’ve put in there…but also if you suffer from anything similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome….anything not FODMaps friendly could be a trigger…things that you would think are healthy, are really poison to the intestines of some. Things like mushroom, onion, garlic and watermelon just to name a few. But it really depends on the person and how they react. And if onion and garlic are a trigger, than most every pre-made, pre-seasoned, pre-marinaded, pre-packaged, and almost all sauces will almost always contain at least garlic. Back when we were living in Orange I stopped cooking with onion and garlic related products. REALLY, REALLY, hard to do. Although, you can have onion and garlic infused oils. So you can either make them yourself by sautéing those two in oil, then taking the actual onion and garlic chucks out, or they do sell garlic infused oil. I never found onion oil infused though. But the garlic infused oils was delicious. We loved adding it to our eggs, but the smell is quite strong. Okay, really strong. Lol
But all in all at the moment I’m focusing on fresh, lower sodium, lower sugar and lower gluten. Lots of fruit and lots of veggies! (Froen veggies are usually fine, we do frozen veggies…just make sure they were frozen fresh and don’t contain anything silly) There are brands that contain nothing else but the veggies themselves. In Australia, it’s the BirdsEye brand.
Stuffed Mushroom (Portobello Mushrooms filled with a chicken breast, diced bacon, onion, parsley, tomato, and bread crumb mix topped with fresh parmesan cheese) I mixed all the filling together in a bowl then put spoonfuls in the mushroom caps. This one is a major keeper. If you love mushroom, then it’s yum.
I made this one last night with some mushrooms I had to use up. The one above I made last week and that took more time. This was a much quicker version, and I didn’t do the mix. I just diced tomato, onion, already shredded bacon and tossed it in the mushroom caps straightaway and topped with regular cheese. Side of brown rice and veggies (frozen veggies that were frozen fresh with nothing added) This was a much quicker version of the original stuff mushrooms I did.
Steak & Veggie “Stir Fry” (Sautéed onion and bellpeppers (capsicum), added rump steak then frozen veggies) It looks good, but it was pretty bland, and me not a huge meat person thought it was okay. I did add salt, pepper and parsley flakes. I desperately wanted to add sauce, but I refrained. It could use other seasoning, I just didn’t have any on hand.