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Reacquainting myself with salads

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Yesterday, the diet made me do crazy things: Like eat a huge, vegetable laden salad for lunch.

Before I left for work, I made a olive oil and vinaigrette dressing which took me all of 5 minutes:

“So Easy A 5 Year Old Who Is Allowed To Play With Knives Can Make It” Vinaigrette Dressing:

1/2 cup cold pressed olive oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 cloves of garlic, sliced (you can crush the garlic if you want a spicier more garlic flavored dressing)

salt and pepper to taste

1. Shake everything in a container with a lid.

2. Head to nearest supermarket salad bar to make your salad because you’re lazy, and hate cutting vegetables.

I don’t know about you, but homemade dressing always sketches me out a bit. I think it’s the mixing of oil with spices, powders, etc–it just looks goopy. That being said, this dressing tasted pretty yummy, and when I look at the ingredients on some of the dressings I’ve been eating before, this homemade stuff is about a trillion times healthier.

If there is one thing this diet is bringing my attention to, it’s how many processed foods I eat on a daily basis. It scares me that I can’t remember the last time I ate a big, healthy salad. The idea of eating a bunch of lettuce and chopped veggies isn’t appealing to me for whatever reason. In Elimination Diet Land, however, by the time lunch rolled around I was so hungry that the Ralph’s salad bar salad actually looked amazingly delicious.

After work, I forced myself to Whole Foods to buy some lamb and yam for my next recipe, which I like to call:

Lamb n’ Yam

One all natural lamb shoulder cut per person

One Yam/sweet potato

1. Sprinkle lamb with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

2. puncture yam a few times, wrap in a paper towel, and nuke it for 7 minutes

3. while the yam is nuking, cook the lamb for about 4 minutes per side in a pan lightly oiled with olive oil.

4. Cut open yam. Sprinkle yam with cinnamon if desired.

5. Eat lamb n’ yam in front of the TV and zone out because you’ve had a rough day and are going through caffeine withdrawl.

6. Wish that you could also have some mint jelly for the lamb, and butter for the yam, but also note how delicious it tastes anyway.

During the work week, I really only have the time and energy to make dishes that are this simple. I usually get home around 7PM, so anything gourmet will have to wait for the weekend. I enjoy cooking, so we’ll see what recipes I can come up with when I have more than 10 minutes!

Other than that, the fuzzy headache symptoms have subsided since yesterday, but we’ll see if that lasts.


About Sunny

I'm a happily married, 31 year old gal who is just starting her journey to conceive. I also have ovaries that may need a jump start. This blog is an attempt to channel my obsessive research on my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome into something a pregnancy test. That would be awesome. I also hope that other women with this condition will find support in this blog. There are a lot of us out here! Happy reading, whatever your journey may be.

5 responses »

  1. OMG I hate salads! But as I deal with constipation, the bane of my existence right now, I’ve learned that salads (hello roughage!) work really well….damnit. So, salads EVERY night before dinner these days, NOT a fan!

    Good start to your diet, keep it up!

  2. I love a good Greek salad with loads of tomatoes, feta, olives and avacado, sprinkled with pine nuts and seeds, mmmmmm. But I only like salads in the summer. I am so glad the sun is shining so I can get eating them again.

    • Em, out of all of the salads possible, Greek is my favorite. But I think that’s because of the feta…and now, of course, I can’t eat cheese on this diet! Grr. I may attempt a pseudo-Greek salad next.

  3. YUM! OK I’m hungry now…


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