Have I told you how much I love my PT? She got me squeezed into a sports medicine doctor today! He has me going in for a bone scan in the next week or so, which is progress to day the least. He thinks that it is possible that there is a stress fracture, but he thinks it’s more likely that I have a neuroma in my foot. What is a neuroma, you ask? Essentially, it is a benign tumor or enlargement of a nerve in the foot. For my sake, I REALLY hope I have a stress fracture and not a neuroma, the latter is much more difficult to treat. If the bone scan shows nothing, then the next step is an MRI.
Has anyone ever had a bone scan before? Apparently I will be injected with radioactive dye, a la Homer Simpson. I am scared and intrigued all at once. I wonder if I’ll glow afterwards? That would be sweet…
Last night, I decided that I wanted to try making stuffed peppers. Never having tried them before, I scoured my cookbooks with one goal in mind: A recipe for stuffed peppers that does NOT include rice. None of my Tosca books had anything, but my new paleo book did.
Paleo is a diet philosophy that believes our bodies have not evolved enough to be eating grains and dairy products. The diet is inherently healthy as it eschews all processed foods in favor of meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts and healthy oils. The no no’s? Dairy, grains of all kinds, potato’s, beans and legumes (including peanuts), and of course, all packaged foods.
I have tried to go paleo in the past, but it was far to restrictive for me to follow. I can reduce virtually every thing required except one group: Dairy. Any eating plan that requires me to dump dairy is usually dumped by me first. I loooooooove my cheese. And yogurt. And milk. The list is long, so I’ll leave it at that.
Last night, I was willing to try the paleo way with my stuffed peppers until I saw the recipe. Cooked carrots? Gross. Celery hurts my stomach, and I didn’t have any to begin with. Pork Sausages? Isn’t that considered processed? In the end, I made my own version of stuffed peppers, a version that included my beloved dairy.
4 bell peppers of mixed colour, tops sliced off and seeds and membranes removed from inside (I used a combination of red and yellow)
2 onions, finely chopped
6 mushrooms, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed or finely chopped
2 TBSP coconut oil
1 lbs extra lean ground turkey, the leaner the better
3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Salt, pepper, basil and oregano to taste
Preheat oven to 400. Place a large pot of water on the stove to boil. Meanwhile, melt oil on med-high heat, then saute onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and saute for 5-10 minutes, until mushrooms have reduced in size. Remove from pan, and brown the turkey. Once the turkey is cooked through, add the onion mixture to the meat, as well as salt, pepper, herbs, and 1/2 cup of feta cheese.
Once water has boiled, add peppers and boil for 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to ensure all water escapes. Stand peppers upright in a square baking dish and fill with turkey mixture (really pack it in). Top with remaining 1/4 cup of feta cheese and bake for 20 minutes. Serves 4 people.
This is really satisfying high protein fare with low carbohydrates. It was also pretty damn tasty.