What She Ate (Hello! It’s a Link Up!)

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As some of you may already know, I was recently diagnosed with a second autoimmune disease.  Yep, my immune system is a rock star in the bad sorta binge drinking kinda way.  But moving on.  My naturopath suggested that I do a therapeutic diet for the next month to help ease the inflammation in my body, give everything a chance to heal/rest and in the meantime potentially identify some foods which may need to be completely eliminated.  The diet is pretty restrictive, but in reality is still full of great healthy options.  If you know me, though, you know I’m a high-fructose corn syrup in the form of candy candy candy kinda girl.  So that part of the elimination diet list that said ‘no sweeteners’ hit hard in my candy crack fogged brain.

fruit salad

It’s the end of my first week and I think so far I’m doing good, but the real test will come tonight when I go to the movies sans-goodies.  Oh my!  Oh wait, I can sneak a bottle of 100% pure fruit or vegetable juice.  Poo.

We already eat pretty darn tootin’ healthy.  (with the exception of the previously professed candy problem).  We make most of our food from scratch, eat a diet full of whole foods and a good variety of fresh fruits and veggies.  However, when it comes to cooking I don’t know the first thing about laying off the cheese.

curried rice apple chickpea salad

I thought this would be a great opportunity to invite some fellow bloggers to join in a link-up.  (Disclaimer:  I don’t suggest that anyone embark on any kind of diet without first talking to your doctor).  It seems that there are many of you out there who are making the choice to either eat healthier or for one reason or another have had to give up some type of food.  So why not link up together and spend a little time every couple of weeks sharing some healthy eats, new recipes and naughty (but healthy) indulgences.  You don’t have to be on a special diet to join, you just have to share an interest in home cooked deliciousness.

vegan chocolate mousse

So if you are interested in joining this link up let me know in the comments below and I’ll send you all the info you need by email (including the little banner guy up above and the button).  We will have a new theme every couple of weeks…like a culinary challenge.

Here are two recipes from my first week that I wanted to share.  Easy-Peasy my friends and so gooooood!  For starters,  I can’t give up chocolate.  I just can’t.  I was lucky to have my friend Steph stop by for a visit and she brought with her this recipe for Vegan Chocolate Mousse.  I believe it was originally intended to be served in a chocolate tart of sorts, but it makes a pretty good imitation of a pudding.  And you all know how much I love pudding.

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

2 cups avocado
1/3 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
2/3 cup maple syrup (or to taste.  I used honey and a lot less)
1 tbsp peanut butter or tahini
1 tbsp arrowroot or coconut flour
1/3 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted

whir it all up in a blender and enjoy.

And here is a lunch staple in our house (which I had to modify slightly because I can’t have peppers or dried fruit or mayonnaise or Worcestershire sauce…ho hum).

Curried Rice, Chick Pea and Apple Salad

2 cups cooked brown basmati rice
5 green onions, sliced
1 apple, seeded and chopped
1 cup or 1 can cooked chickpeas
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil

mix. mix. mix. voila. eat.

* adapted from the cookbook “Beyond the Moon” by Ginny Callan.  I love this book.

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I can’t get the link-up thingamajingy to work…hopefully up for next time.  In the meantime, you should really head on over to Abhaya to check out the gorgeous Indian Slaw recipe that Sondra posted.  It looks absolutely yummers!  Coconut and Lime and Roasted Peanuts…need I say more!

You can also head on over to the What She Ate Pinterest Board to see all the delicious healthy eats!

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6 thoughts on “What She Ate (Hello! It’s a Link Up!)

  1. mel

    mmmmmm… that *actually* looks delish! Was wondering how you were faring so far this week (I hadn’t heard any news reports of a sugar-deprived-rage-induced woman roaming the streets!)… this seems like a smart idea – happy linking fun! You need to make that salad next time we dine with you… and we also want you previous dressing recipe! ;o)
    xx
    mel
    needle and nest

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    1. letitunravel Post author

      i’m actually feeling pretty good right now. i won’t lie, the first few days without a trusty bag o’ licorice by my side and a cup of coffee to revive were pretty blah. But yesterday I feel like i came around a bend. And yep, i stashed healthy snacks into the movies last night…what a dork! The Creamy Italian Dressing…another adaptation of a Ginny Callan recipe from the book Horn of the Moon. I throw it all in the blender and whir whir whir. (2 cloves garlic, 3 tbsp cider vinegar, 1/2 cup yogurt, 2 tsp basil, 2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, black pepper, 1 tsp honey and 1/2 cup olive oil). Thanks, by the way, for a great ‘last meal’. The butter tarts were truly awesome!

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  2. sondra

    I looooooove this idea. I would like to participate! Send me the deets sondra(dot)Matara(at)gmail(dot)com

    That chickpea and apple salad sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it!

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    1. letitunravel Post author

      Fantastic! I’ll have the info sent out to you later today. And if you have any ideas for potential themes we could goof around with let me know!

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  3. minertemptations

    I am trying to get back into blogging since being diagnosed celiac (that’s right the girl who bakes cupcakes and decorates cakes can do it no longer and I am having to relearn to bake all the yummies and everything else…plus though my three kids have tested neg so far I am convinced that at least one of them has at least a sensitivity)…I would love to join you if you would have me.

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