Sunday, July 28, 2013

// elimination diet week one and a pancake recipe!



We’re wrapping up our first week on “the special elimination diet”
Earlier this week, I thought we would starve for sure.
I could find nearly nothing that we could eat. 

There is so much thinking that goes into every single meal.
Breakfast. Snack. Lunch. Snack. Snack. Dinner.
Every time a meal time comes around I find myself racking my brain for acceptable foods.


It hasn’t been easy. That’s for sure.
But I have to admit that it has gotten bearable as the days pass.
I am learning how to use new ingredients and how to read labels.
We're definitely getting out of comfort zone and getting creative.
Learning not to feel so awkward asking questions like "what is this made of?" 
and walking away from food we're not supposed to have (even if we succumb sometimes)

This week's moment of hope was figuring out how to make pancakes.
Earlier in the week, we bought a gluten free mix that made great pancakes
only to find out one of the ingredients was milk.
Lesson learned. Just because the package says "gluten free" doesn't mean we can have it.
So an $8 bag of pancake mix is sitting unused in my pantry.

Then we went on pancake-less, which you should know is one of my kids’ favorite meals.
I mean, shocker right?

I was tired of waiting for a Whole Foods trip to find flour that we could use
So I threw oats in the blender for a few minutes and voila!
Then I threw together a few basic ingredients and onto a pan.
Pancakes. My kids’ loved them. L o v e d.

I felt saved.  And it got a bit easier from there. 
It sounds silly but I felt empowered by the ability to make and use a flour substitute. 

Here’s a few things we ate, just so you know we didn’t starve.

-       fresh salsa with chips or rice
-       huevos rancheros with fresh salsa on a corn tortilla
-    a TON of eggs
-   refried beans with chips or rice, or rolled in a corn tortilla
-       grilled chicken with rice, beans, salsa, etc.
-   roasted chicken with brown rice and vegetables
-       guacamole or plain avocados
-       home made applesauce
-       hot dogs
-       potato salad
-       turkey spinach meatballs (recipe coming!) with brown rice pasta and homemade marinara
-       coconut milk ice cream
-       bunless burgers
-   a variation of this chocolate cream banana pie


So here we go onto week two. Some meals I have in mind for the week are fish tacos, chili-lime london broil with veggies, bacon wrapped chicken strips, orange ginger chicken drumsticks, and/or stuffed sweet potato skins.

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Here's the recipe for the pancakes!

Wheat, Dairy, Sugar Free Pancakes

1 cup oat flour *
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp honey
1 egg
pinch of baking powder

Mix wet and dry ingredients separately then combine. 
If the batter is too thick, add more water for thinner pancakes.
Warm a frying pan and spray with butter. Use a ladle to create small pancakes.
Remove when both sides are golden.

* To make oat flour, just throw any amount into the food processor until a oats turn fine and flour-like!

1 comment:

Meredith said...

Sounds like you're doing really well! You can do the same thing in the food processor with almonds to make almond flour.

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