Food is something we all have in common.
I’m sitting here typing this up and pausing every couple of seconds to take a bite of my warm bran muffin. I’ve not come across many people who like bran muffins. Do you like them? This batch of bran muffins have slices of apple in them. Grandmama made them, and she was taking them out when I was in the kitchen. They sounded more appetizing than the Ritz crackers (my favorite crackers), and I had (have) to eat something after I take Hydrocodone, Motrin, etc. or else I get even sicker than I would if I didn’t. So I’m eating. I’m in pain – so, so much pain. 🙁
Anyway, back to food. I’ll be making my chicken enchiladas later today. I’m glad Grandmama and Papa like them, because I like them to. Actually, I love them. Yes, I LOVE them. When I lived at Mimi’s house I’d buy turkey meat (I don’t like beef, and I don’t know how to cook chicken), and I literally lived off of those things. I learned from my mom how to make them1 by helping her out once. She used beef, though, and I liked turkey. It’s harder for my body to digest beef than it is for it to digest turkey and chicken. Pork is in between beef and turkey/chicken. I don’t know why; my body just can’t handle it. I grew up eating a lot of Hamburger Helper… Would that have something to do with it?
Basically I took her recipe and added my own flare to it. I think I like it with chicken more than I do with turkey, but it can really be made with pretty much any kind of meat as long as you like it. …which enchiladas… I’ve also been using enchilada seasoning in the filling rather than taco seasoning – and it is so much better than taco seasoning!
Moving on, have you ever had weird combinations with your food? Like… I used to drink (and still will) orange juice with Italian food, but not at a restaurant, because the Italian food is not too acidic, and it balances out the orange juice’s acidity. …So I can enjoy orange juice!
I also add ranch dressing black bean burritos with rice and cheese (my dad makes it). If you think that’s odd, Mary and Chris2 like barbecue sauce in their Ramen noodles… With water still in the bowl… I mean, come on – watered down barbecue sauce??!!
Oh, I should also probably mention that I love barbecue sauce as well.
It’s funny, though, because the doctor last year told me not to eat these acidic foods (just a small list), and aside from eggs 3 I keep these (most) in anyway:
- ranch dressing
- any kind of salad dressing, really
- bleu cheese dressing is a double no, then, right…? Meh, still an exception with my cobb salad… with boiled egg… Ooh, that’s probably a TRIPLE no.
- most sauces (cheese sauce (duh, cheese), tomato sauce (I love manicotti and lasagna, but I can’t handle it at all), ketchup, barbecue sauce, enchilada sauce… basically most sauces)
- onions & peppers (no matter the kind)
- blueberries (allergic anyway; you get used to restraining yourself from something that causes you to puke)
- ice cream (dairy; again: you get used to restraining yourself from something that causes you to puke)
- peanut butter (allergic; you get used to restraining yourself from something that causes your asthma to act up and for you to have difficulty breathing, your face breaking out like CRAZY, your body itching, etc.; yes, this allergy freaking sucks)
- want more acidic foods?
If you guys knew me offline and eating-wise like my dad and Kimily know me, you’d know it’s impossible to cut salad dressing (ranch, Caesar, bleu cheese), barbecue sauce, enchilada sauce, ketchup and cheese from my diet.
But also know that I’m typically really good at behaving as far as this list goes… sort of… Cheese I can’t lose. Oh, and I have to have soy milk with my cereal. Silk brand soy milk is the best kind that I know of if you’re lactose intolerant as well. The original flavor is what you’ll want – its carton is red, and I think that the vanilla flavored carton is in blue. Typically more expensive than cow’s milk, but if it makes you sick, the money’s worth it, methinks.