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For all of us – and especially anyone navigating an autoimmune condition, we need to find points of calm and comfort during these trying, stressful times. HEALTHY comfort foods will nourish your body and your soul! Below are three great recipes to support you and your family.
While the toilet paper aisle and the frozen veg freezers may be empty, hopefully in your area, the produce sections are not.
The first recipe below incorporates fresh vegetables and can be made with pretty much any kind of meat or protein that you can get your hands on. It also can be made as a vegetarian dish.
My trick at the grocery store is to look for things that most other people are NOT flocking to buy. Lamb meat is definitely on that list! You can substitute several different cuts of beef as well in the second recipe below.
RECIPE 1 of 3: ASIAN EGGROLL IN A BOWL
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
(you can also use ground beef, pork, a vegan meat alternative, fish – or omit entirely)
- 1/4 cup onion, sliced
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tbsp fresh minced ginger
- 1 tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1/3 cup shredded carrots
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- 4 cups shredded cabbage
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Cook meat and onion over medium heat until meat is fully cooked.
- Mix in ginger, garlic, and soy sauce.
- Add carrots, cabbage, and mushrooms and stir until well mixed.
- Once all the veggies have softened remove skillet from heat.
- Stir in sesame oil, top with green onions. Serve.
RECIPE 2 of 3: LAMB (OR MEAT) STEW
- 2 1/2 lb lamb shoulder, cubed (can also use stewing beef cuts)
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 T ghee
- 2 onions, cut into wedges
- 6 small/medium carrots. Peel and slice into 2-inch pieces
- 1 turnip, cubed
- 4 C beef, chicken, or vegetable stock
- 1 T turmeric
- 1 t dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Season the meat with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large dutch oven (6 to 7-QT) to medium-high.
- Add ghee and olive oil.
- Brown the meat pieces on all sides in batches. Set meat aside on a plate.
- Add the onion to the dutch oven and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden.
- Add the meat back to the dutch oven along with the broth, turmeric, and dried thyme.
- Bring the broth to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1.5 hours.
- After one hour add the carrots and turnip.
- Cook for an additional 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender to fork.
RECIPE 3 of 3: CINNAMON BANANA PANCAKES
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of your choice
- 2 mashed, ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 T ghee or coconut oil to coat skillet
- Mix dry ingredients first. Add wet ingredients and mix very well.
- Heat a skillet on medium-high heat. Coat with ghee or coconut oil.
- Spoon the batter into the skillet. Keep the pancakes about 3-4 inches in diameter.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Make sure the insides are cooked through and serve.
Be well and remember to prioritize your self care during this time!
PS: Explore more healthy recipes for your immune system. Check out Drs. Caplan cookbook “Recipes to Calm the Fires of Inflammation.”