When I decided to begin this Special Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), I was a bit hesitant about the SCD meals that we would be eating. I had purchased three recipes books that provided SCD meals but they didn’t look that appetizing. I was used to recipes a bit more involved and complicated.
The one perk for me is that at least I was used to cooking all of my meals from scratch. I ate no processed foods, so that would not be a big stretch. SCD meals rely solely on every single thing made from scratch, including the ketchup and mayo. The reason is because all processed, store-bought foods have sugar, a disaccharide. And if you remember from the last post, only monosaccharides are allowed.
Luckily, easy recipes are included for everything and once you make the ketchup and mayo, it’s done and in the fridge. There are also recipes for BBQ sauce, hot sauce and several other things that I haven’t tried yet.
Now onto the SCD meals. I have made many and to my delight and the delight of my hubby, they are delicious! I have not made even one that we did not like. The Stuffed Zucchini was one of our favorites and made enough to freeze the leftovers. That was from Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall.
The Eggplant Lasagna from Lucy’s Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook by Lucy Rosset was amazing. I left out the spinach because I know I don’t do well with that. And before all of the mastos freak out at the thought of eating two nightshades, both eggplant and tomatoes, either this SCD is working or something freaky is happening, because I can tolerate both without any GI problems!
This next recipe was from a website that was not SCD but I altered it to use only SCD legal ingredients and it was one of the best pork tenderloin recipes we had ever eaten. I served it with mashed cauliflower (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it) and sweet peas. Every meal is so filling and satisfying.
This last recipe for this post was Parmesan and Walnut Crusted Chicken from Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Raman Prasad. Raman worked directly with Elaine Gottschall prior to her death and he was able to heal his inflammatory bowel disease through Elaine’s diet. This chicken is the juiciest, tastiest chicken that was well-complemented by the acorn squash and steamed broccoli.
These are just a few of the delicious SCD meals I have been making. We have been enjoying the flavors, textures and different recipes. Again, I am so happy to report that I have not had any reactions to these recipes.
The one thing that I have noticed is that because they are so tasty, I have to be mindful of eating slowly and not overeating. My Dysautonomia is triggered by eating too much. I do much better by eating small amounts more frequently. If I get a feeling of fullness, even if I haven’t eaten enough to really be full, it’s my Dysautonomia kicking in, not my mast cells. That’s a clear sign to eat less next time.
Stay tuned as I describe the baking fun next.