Day 86: My 100th post and FORTHWITH with Phase 4! (plus a new SCD/paleo recipe)

This morning while deciding what to cook for dinner tonight, I suddenly realised:

WHERE IS PHASE 4?!?!

I frantically scrolled back through this blog to figure out when I started Phase 3… and it was 39 days ago – eek! If you follow this blog, you’ll know that I have no problem eating the same food over and over (and over and over) again, which is probably why I got stuck on Phase 3 without even really realising that I was stuck.

In the early phases, I was eager to test food and move through the phases because the choices were so limited. But once I hit phase 2, and even more so phase 3, I got comfortable and complacent in my little ‘safe food’ bubble. I got into a habit of cooking butternut, green beans, tomato and gem squash every Sunday, and I was quite happy with my little routine.

Until I suddenly realised that I could be eating so much more! And, after 39 days on phase 3, I SHOULD be.

Phase 4, forthwith!

So I immediately made the decision to start phase 4, and tonight I began with pineapple.

Even though you can eat raw fruit and veg on Phase 4, I decided to cook my pineapple in a sweet and sour-type dish for tonight, to which I also added chicken, ginger, veg and tomato. It’s packed with (well-cooked) veg (I’m still hesitant to take chances with raw/undercooked veg) and it’s oh-so-healthy:

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Here’s the recipe:

‘Sweet and sour’ chicken, pineapple and ginger pot

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2-3 baby zucchini, grated
  • 1 small knob ginger, grated
  • 2-3 leeks, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tsp minced garlic (depending on taste)
  • A few glugs pure tomato puree
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 8-10 baby tomatoes, halved
  • A generous handful broccoli florets
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of pineapple, chopped into small blocks (soft parts only)
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped

Method

Place the grated onion, carrot, zucchini, ginger, leek and garlic in a pot, add a splash of water and cook on high heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Pour in the tomato puree and mix well, then add the chicken and cook until white – 2 to 3 minutes. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients, turn down to a simmer and cover. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes, checking from time to time to make sure it hasn’t dried out (it shouldn’t).

I served mine with gem squash and fresh avo slices. Delicious!

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And my belly?

My tongue is singing, but my belly is growling. It’s bloated, tight and gurgly. Cue sad face. I loved this dish!

Vegetables makes me bloated, full stop. I don’t eat them before I go out, for example, and I know when I have a veggie-based meal, I’m going to blow up like the Michelin Man.

Yes, the whole point of SCD is to be able to accurately identify the foods that make you bloated, but it’s not as easy at it seems. Even though I introduced foods 3 days apart and monitored my symptoms, it was still tricky to pinpoint exactly where the bloat was coming from.

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To be honest, I got lost somewhere along the way. I’m not entirely sure how it happened, because I tried to be so careful in my testing. But I do know that sometimes I get more bloated than other times – which leads me to believe that while food plays a big role in my symptoms, it’s not the only contributing factor.

[NB: I’ve just had a brainwave: SALT?? I eat loads of it. Doesn’t salt contribute to bloating? Perhaps I need to seriously consider reducing my intake].

What I do know is that my bloating was quite under control until Phase 3, so I think it was the introduction of the more ‘advanced’ veg that put me back a few steps. I know if I cut every vegetable back out, except for the squashy veg, the bloating would pretty much disappear. But do I want to do that? Of course not. So this is a choice I make – squash only and no bloating, or a variety of veg and bloat.

Tonight's selfie (okay *yes*, you got me - I'm sucking in)

Tonight’s selfie (okay *yes*, you got me – I’m sucking in)

SIGH.

Why can’t I just live on nut butter?

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A week’s supply

PS: After my 90 days + 10 extra on SCD, I plan to transition into paleo, which is supposed to really aid in bloating. Now that SCD had healed my GI system, I’m hoping that paleo will be able to target the bloating.

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Day 82: I DID IT! (and a delicious, easy SCD/paleo recipe)

My meal: Cauliflower mash, ostrich bolognaise, cooked baby spinach, roast baby tomatoes

Ostrich bolognaise with cauliflower mash, wilted baby spinach and roast baby tomatoes

Tonight, after nearly three months on this diet, I achieved something I never thought possible: I got K to eat an SCD meal! And not only that, but she ate a whole bunch of things she’d never have agreed to if she’d known 😉

The reason that this is such a massive milestone for me is that when it comes to food, K likes what she likes. She’ll eat fruit and veg… but she prefers meat and potatoes. And while I love nuts and seeds and dates and bananas, she’d rather go hungry than eat them.

Tonight, I made a delicious bolognaise that I served on cauliflower mash. The meal was completely SCD legal (obviously) and apart from two tiny differences between our meals, we ate the exact same thing. Another reason that this is significant is that I cook two different meals every night. Being able to make one meal for both of us – at least some of the time – will be such a big time saver (except now I have to share my delicious food – damn!).

The recipe

Sneaky me: I snuck tons of veg into the mince and K had no idea. It’s a great tactic for kids too. If you’re still in the early phases of SCD, like me (I consider phase 3 fairly early still), make sure you cook the veg really well. There is no oil in this recipe, very little fat, and it’s packed with nutrients.

Recipe: SCD bolognaise with cauliflower mash, roast baby tomatoes and baby spinach

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 3 baby zucchini, peeled and grated
  • 3-4 leeks, white part only, sliced finely
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 heaped tsp minced garlic
  • 500g ostrich mince (or venison or extra lean beef mince)
  • 1 small jar / 50g tomato paste (make sure it contains only tomatoes)
  • Two medium tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped (seeds removed if you are in the early stages)
  • 200ml tomato puree (I used bottled, pure tomato puree)
  • A good glug of red wine (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • A few handfuls of baby tomatoes (I used baby roma)
  • Several handfuls of baby spinach, washed
  • 1 medium cauliflower head
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Add the carrot, zucchini, onion, leek and 1 heaped teaspoon of garlic to a pot, add a few drops of hot water, and heat. Stir constantly over high heat for about 10 minutes, adding water as you need to, until veg is cooked and soft.

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Bolognaise: The best way to hide veg that kids or girlfriends won’t eat 😉

Add the mince and tomato paste to the pot. Break up the mince with a wooden spoon or fork, and continue to cook on high heat, stirring all the time.

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Now you need to disguise all that veg…

Add the wine and stir until reduced. Throw in the chopped tomato, tomato puree and the second teaspoon of garlic, as well as a good pinch of salt and several cracks of black pepper. Stir to incorporate.

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One medium tomato contains 40% of your recommended daily vitamin C intake

Reduce heat to low, stir until the pot has simmered down, and then cover and leave to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. The longer you leave it, the better the flavour – but it smells so good it’s hard wait!

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Be patient – it needs to simmer for at least 20 minutes! But you can ‘taste’ for seasoning purposes of course 😉

Meanwhile, place the baby tomatoes into a pot with a little water, and cook on medium heat until the skins have just begin to burst. Set aside.

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Keep a close eye on these!

Next, pour some boiling water over the spinach (or leave it raw if you’re able and prefer it) and leave to soften. Then grate the cauliflower into ‘rice’, like this:

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Use the smallest holes to grate the cauliflower

I know there’s a much easier way to do it using your the food processor, but I’ve still not figured out how to do much more than blend things and make banana ice cream with mine! Anyway, it’s a great bicep workout 🙂 Grate it all until it looks like this (discarding the thick stems in the middle):

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Cauliflower ‘rice’

Cook the cauliflower in the microwave, covered, for about 12 minutes. Add a dash of water before cooking if you need to.

Now it’s time to plate! Spread a spoonful of cauliflower mash onto the bottom of each bowl, then scatter the spinach leaves on top. Top with the bolognaise, then place a few cherry tomatoes on top. K also got a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, which is SCD legal, but I can’t eat it because I’m lactose intolerant. And here’s what our meals looked like:

K's meal: Cauliflower mash, raw baby spinach, ostrich bolognaise and roast baby tomatoes

K’s meal: Cauliflower mash, raw baby spinach, ostrich bolognaise and roast baby tomatoes

My meal: Cauliflower mash, ostrich bolognaise, cooked baby spinach, roast baby tomatoes

My meal: Cauliflower mash, ostrich bolognaise, wilted baby spinach, roast baby tomatoes

Oh my gosh guys, it was amazing! And there were NO leftovers (sob).

K’s verdict

Here are some things that K said during the meal:

“Oh my gosh this is so good. I don’t know why you’ve been complaining about SCD food.” (luckily this was punctuated with a grin and a wink).

“I love it.”

“…nmmmnonmmmmsshluuuurrrpnommmmmm…”

“Is there more for seconds?”

“What’s the squashy type thing that was in there?”

“I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU MADE ME EAT ZUCCHINI. YOU’RE EVIL.”

“I’m too full for dessert.”

So I did pretty well, and it’s another dish I can add to our weekly rotation. I am SO proud of myself for taking a bunch of ingredients that K would never normally eat, and turning it into something that she actually loved – AND it was SCD legal! BEST. EVER.

Please feel free to share you recipes or links to your blogs – I love finding new SCD recipes and I need all the inspiration I can get!