Thursday, February 3, 2011

how you can help: the search for great recipes

In case you haven’t figured out by now, my days are fairly mundane. I force feed myself water all day, think about brownies and cheese while eating carrot sticks and watermelon, record my blood pressure, swallow an absurd amount of pills, alternate between being on my feet/earning cankles and propping them up on a bajillion pillows to bring them back under control, and attempt to will my creatinine count to lower itself…boring, boring, boring. Many of you have been home all week with snow days, so you know that there aren’t too many exciting things to report when you spend all day at home. SO, that being said, I think I’m going to expire the “Day posts” (Oh, and sorry about the boring titles the last 20 days – maybe lupus causes a lack of creativity as well?)

Moving on. Many of you have e-mailed, called, or messaged me and said to let you know if there is anything you can do to help. Well, up until now, prayer was really all I could think to ask for. But today, I got to thinking. Many of the recipes we like to cook involve my newly restricted food items – sodium, dairy and red meat. Recipes such as nachos, tacos, baked potatoes, lasagna, enchiladas, macaroni and cheese etc. Even our favorite fish recipe has parmesan cheese in it. The other thing is - we love delicious food. (Who doesn’t really?) But I’m having a hard time thinking of many delicious recipes that don’t involve the items bolded above. This is where you come in. Do you have any recipes that you love that you could pass along to me? You may not, because let’s face it, cheese can really go with almost anything. But if you do, and you have a few minutes (what are snow days for after all?), will you e—mail me your favorite (healthyish) non-dairy, no-sodium, red-meat-less recipes? Also, if you have any tips or recipes on healthy, but delicious baking, I would love those as well!

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