After a disheartening visit with Warren's gastroenterologist and the threat of outrageously expensive hypoallergenic formula looming over my head, I have embarked on the Dr. Sears Total Elimination Diet. Here are my menu selections at the moment:
Salt & Pepper
I have eaten nothing outside of these things for seven long days now, and to be honest, it left me feeling too depressed to write. Living in a world where I couldn't cook creatively left me feeling like a stranger in a foreign land (and a hungry one at that!) But today, Warren's symptoms began to improve, and with them the state of my soul. Truly, I will do whatever it takes to make that little angel's tummy stop hurting him. In the meantime, I keep daydreaming about which food to reintroduce first. Bananas? Avocados? I think olive oil is winning by a nose so I can start frying everything humanly possible.
On the bright side, the pregnancy pounds are melting before my eyes, and my husband has promised to take me bowling since I am desperate for some fun! Seriously, it is just wrong to deprive a mother of a well-earned sweet treat after the two boys are finally tucked in bed. But I am finally relieved of worrying over every little thing I eat. The diet may be monotonous, but at least it feels safe.
Since I know there are other mothers out there bored to tears with the elimination diet, I am going to keep posting what I am making in hopes of helping someone in my shoes. Here is my first total elimination diet recipe. It's very easy, filling, and comforting.
Turkey & Zucchini Pasta
8 oz. brown rice fusilli or other pasta shape
1 lb. ground turkey (not extra lean)
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
salt & pepper
Heat a non-stick skillet (I use cast iron) over medium heat. Add the turkey and break up with the back of a spoon. Add zucchini. Continue to cook, stirring often, until meat is browned and zucchini is tender, about 10 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and stir into the turkey mixture. Serve immediately.
This makes about 3 servings. Heat up the leftovers for a quick lunch the next day.