This elimination diet is getting to be difficult. I just want a big bowl of popcorn. Or a latte. Or some ramen from the Korean place across town. Oh! And cheese + crackers + pepper jelly. But really, the popcorn. I would really like some popcorn. Air-popped, with just a tiny bit of salt.
Luckily, tomorrow is “Whey Day,” aka, test my reactions to whey by eating 5-6 servings of milk, ice cream, butter and sour cream. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited for a bowl of ice cream in 20 degree weather. At least the latte makes sense for this time of year. And I’m going to make this cauliflower and parsnip soup, which includes sour cream, for dinner.
In the meantime, I’m distracting myself from what I can’t eat by getting creative with the things that I can. Sometimes, I just sub something in for my usual ingredients – eating my eggs and smashed avocado on top of brown rice instead of whole wheat bread in the mornings, for instance. Other times, I’m completely mixing up my flavors to add some variety and excitement.
Like with this breakfast quinoa bowl. After 8 days of the same, I was getting a little bored with my chocolate hazelnut butter + pistachio + peaches combination. So I decided to bring a little taste of the tropics into my kitchen with some ginger, coconut and pineapple. And because I can’t make a breakfast that doesn’t include a fruit or vegetable, I threw in some strawberries as well. It is like summer in a bowl!