My doctor called and gave me the go ahead to do a Whole 30 for the food elimination part of trying to find out what is causing these damn hives. I am starting July 1 because it does take some time for me to prepare mentally and food wise for a round. It really can’t come soon enough for me. It really sucks to be a food blogger who is afraid to eat.
My head knows, in the grand scheme of things, most food allergies aren’t a big deal. The chances of my having a life threatening allergy are very small. It isn’t cancer or Alzheimer’s or anything like that.
My food loving heart, on the other hand, is certain I am going to have to give up everything I love to eat and survive on dry brown rice and beets for the rest of my life. Because there are only so many ways to prepare dry brown rice and beets, I will have to shut down my blog and find another far less satisfying hobby. In case you hadn’t noticed, I am a worst case scenario kind of person.
The more likely scenario is I will find out what is causing these hives, eliminate it from my diet, and continue exploring all the foods I can eat and you all won’t notice the difference.
In the mean time, I am getting ready for my Whole 30 by preparing some freezer meals from The Family Freezer. I prepared two batches of my favorite sausage stuffed mini peppers and a batch of ranch burgers.
Family Freezer is full of recipes you can prepare, without cooking anything, and freeze to cook at a later date, in the crockpot, instant pot, or on the stove. Go check her out if you like the convenience of frozen tv dinners but not all the crap they put in commercial ones.
From The Family Freezer
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 TBS dried parsley
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp onion flakes
1 1/2 tsp dried dill
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
In a large bowl, combine the meat and all the seasonings. Get in there with your hands and mix well. Form into 3 8 ounce patties. Yes, those are big burgers but the patties shrink alot.
Place them on a tray lined and place in the freezer until frozen. When frozen toss the patties in a freezer safe plastic bag, labled with what it is and a use by date of 3 months.
When you want to cook them, pull out the desired number of burgers at least 2 hours before you want to eat. I cook them in a frying pan about 6 minutes on each side. The cooking time depends on how thick they are.