I have been thinking a lot about nutrition lately. I don’t eat healthy because I am always on the go or I can’t cook because of my RA. As a result, I am overweight and that does not help my RA. I usually return to the Mediterranean Diet as my go to diet. However, I recently came across a book called The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Cookbook.
The Anti Inflammatory Diet Cookbook: No Hassle 30-Minute Recipes to Reduce Inflammation
The reason I got sucked into this book was that it claims “no hassle 30-minute meals to reduce inflammation.” Sounds good, right? Well, I am here to tell you that the recipes are easy to follow, they don’t take that long to make and they actually taste great. Is it helping with the inflammation? I don’t know yet. Do I feel better eating the meals in this book vs. fast food or other easy to prepare meals? The answer is YES. As I am writing this, I am enjoying the Russian Cabbage Soup. According to the writer, studies have shown the benefit of cabbage on the digestive tract and specifically for healing the gut lining from ulcers. I think it took me slightly longer than 30 minutes to prepare the soup but my husband and I have eaten it for lunch three days in a row. He hates cabbage yet he likes the soup. He said he feels healthy after eating it and asked me to make more. This morning I made the Banana Oat Pancakes using rolled oats and bananas as the primary ingredients. The recipe made 6 smaller sized pancakes. My husband and I had three each and were full afterwards. We did not put anything on them because they had enough flavor on their own. Yesterday morning, I made the Tumeric Lassi smoothie that was delicious. One serving kept us full to lunch and it super easy to make. I made the Pistachio Pesto that was out of this world. We had the Thai Ground Beef the other night that was also really good. Tonight we are having the Chicken Salad with Green Apples and Grapes. The book has opened the door to a cleaner and healthier menu for us.
Is there any downside? Again, the answer is “Yes.” The recipes call for things like Avocado Oil, Ghee, coconut aminos, etc. These ingredients can be expensive especially when first stocking your shelves. Depending on your area, they can also be hard to find. Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil 1 L, Non-GMO, for High-Heat Cooking, Frying, Baking, Homemade Sauces, Dressings and MarinadesOriginal Grass-Fed Ghee by 4th & Heart, 16 Ounce, Pasture Raised, Non-GMO, Lactose Free, Certified Paleo, Keto-FriendlyCoconut Secret Coconut Aminos – 8 fl oz – Low Sodium Soy Sauce Alternative, Low-Glycemic – Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Kosher – Keto, Paleo, Whole 30 – 48 Servings
The recipes also require some planning ahead. The author wisely suggests that you double the recipes for extra meals or that you take a few of the basic dishes and add to them to change your meals. I work from home two days a week so I normally prepare dinner in advance of the days that I work in the office. That way, when I have to work away from home, I can come home and have everything ready to go. For example, we had the Spinach Turkey burgers on a night that I had to work in my office. I had the patties made in advance and ready to go. When I got home, I threw them in my Airfryer and they were done by the time I had changed my clothes. The recipe calls for them to be fried in a frying pan. It would have been just as easy to do that. If you haven’t tried the Airfryer yet, you should. You use little or no oil, it is fast and easy to use. Power AirFryer XL 6 QT Power Air Fryer Oven With 7 in 1 Cooking Features with Professional Dehydrator and Rotisserie Rotisserie Rotisserie
I don’t normally endorse a book but this truly has some easy, good and healthy recipes that may help with inflammation. I am all about finding ways to treat my RA.