In preparation for Thailand, we’ve begun to cut back on yeast and grains/sugars. It sounds kind of extreme. It actually feels kind of violent, especially when our kids don’t get cereal for breakfast! To be fair, one reason we decided to do this has been to help address health issues, and it has really worked! But since cereal and milk are not really a “thing” in Thailand, we figured we’d stick with the “no sugar” lifestyle and start living like we’re there as much as possible. I want to share with you some of that adventure in cuisine, so this means a slideshow. But first, I just have to show off the pie I made a couple weeks ago for our “life group” Thanksgiving get-together.
This was the last sweet thing that I made and I have to say, I totally killed it! It was a cherry pie made from cherries we’d bought from Sprouts a couple months ago and had frozen. I depitted them myself and made a toned-down filling (not super-sweet and not overly starchy). The dough was of whole-wheat pastry flour, I made it myself, rolled it myself and even did a nice job on pinching the sides. My wife was impressed too! Okay, well, now that this is out of the way, we say goodbye to pies and hello to the life without sugar.
To begin I want to point out how hungry I am… always since beginning this new diet. If you notice in the picture above, I’m not too big to begin with! I’ve heard it said that American’s are addicted to sugar. I think whoever said that deserves some Nobel prize in health science because, from the perspective of a nurse who treats people with both obesity-related issues and addiction problems, their theory definitely holds up. I feel like I’m withdrawing! I just can’t seem to eat enough and I’m always thinking about cereal! I used to have it both after getting up and before going to bed. Maybe I should write a song of lamentations of how I miss it…
So I’m going to show you what we’ll have eaten in a 24 hour period by breakfast tomorrow. We’ll begin with lunch today. I started by attempting to make a pieced-together version of pad gra pao gai from Thailand, minus the rice (because we’ve cut that out temporarily) and the egg (because we ran out yesterday). It is traditionally a chicken/meat and “holy” basil stir-fried dish that you can buy at almost every street vendor in Thailand and it is seriously amazing! I had it twice while I was there. I have to say that I’m impressed with how it turned out. It tasted remarkably similar even with my own additions. Ingredients: carrot, onion, green bean, garlic, ground turkey, new mexico chili powder, crushed red pepper, soy sauce, dark soy sauce and a squeezed lime to finish.
For dinner, Shannon and I went out on a DATE. We’ve been wanting to go to one of those hipster restaurants that are locally sourced, so we tried out Tender Greens in UTC. I had the seared (raw inside) tuna with a butter lettuce salad. Shannon had the braised beef. Little B had my mashed potatoes and some of our meat since it was soft enough for his toothless gums. The food was great and the price not too high for fancy and local/organic food. I’d recommend it.
And for breakfast…. we just made some “egg muffins” for tomorrow morning. Special thanks to our friend Lori who posted her own pics and recipe for this on facebook. It was very timely since we’re “scrambling” for ideas of what to eat (pun intended!). Ingredients: sauteed onions and broccoli, parmesean cheese, romano cheese, eggs, yogurt, salt. Very simple, but, hopefully(!), very tasty. But they will be very easy since now I don’t have to cook tomorrow morning.
So now it’s your turn. I know we have a decent amount of readers on this blog. So please post your own favorite non-sugar meals with ingredients list. Remember, the Good Life is one that we do not walk alone. And… I’m still trying to figure out dinner for the next couple of nights (especially if it gives me an idea of what to do with the other half pound of ground turkey in the fridge).