My enjoyment in cooking, and specifically in cooking healthy meals has become a real challenge. It’s one of the reasons why I haven’t been posting as much as I used to, because it’s just so hard sometimes to come up with alternatives for the favorites I’ve always used. The list of things I can’t eat seems to grow more and more, which – when you’re a foodie like me, is just depressing!
I can’t eat/use:
- milk or cream
- ANYTHING high in fat
As a result, I’ve been forced away from some of the things I’ve always enjoyed, like STUFFED PEPPERS, sausage and peppers, sausage and potatoes, even my favored American Chop Suey, has changed because of the whole NO ONIONS thing. IT SUCKS!
So, too, is the stomach problems I’ve developed in the last couple of years since my gallbladder removal and hernia repair surgery. It seems that it made things worse, instead of better!
As a result, I’ve been eating low-fat as much as I can, as often as I can. This often means that I’ve cooked something completely different for my family if it’s too high in fat – which, it seems, I have a very low threshhold for, and me eating a microwave-baked potato with some low-fat cheese and sour cream. Yah, not much fun, especially for a food blogger.
Of course, one of the POSITIVE effects of this is that I did lose some weight, and I HAVE been actively seeking out and creating recipes that are low enough in fat for me to eat, that are still yummy and enticing to my kids and husband! They’ve learned to enjoy Boca Burgers, mainly out of my need for BURGERS once in a while, and my 6 year old daughter, who was watching me make myself a salad for lunch last week, purposely asked for and made herself a salad as well – of SPINACH, broccoli and low-fat cheese!
I’ve also learned how much more rewarding it is to buy frozen vegetables and cook them in some veggie broth, than to buy canned veggies, which have been cooked processed! Plus, it’s MUCH cheaper, and I’m ALL ABOUT THE CHEAP!
So, I hope you will stick around, maybe say HELLO, offer some advice about my goofy problems.