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BeritL
Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 8:48pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I know the food lists are available in the books and I've found the updated database online, but I'd like some suggestions from others as to what they do:

Iím looking for some tips of what to have around to help with the BTD for Type O.

What are some of your favorite products?

Favorite quick snack ideas (besides just a piece of fruit) ? Ė I found some trail mix recipes, but again I donít want to do TOO much of this, either.  Also, do you have any favorite different ways you eat your fruit (vs just eating a piece of whatever)?

Favorite quick protein ideas? (since dairy is out and Iím trying to limit soy).  I like to try and eat protein with each meal/snack, if possible Ė I feel like it holds me longer.

I donít like raw veggies(at least broccoli, carrots, cauliflower (which is avoid, anyway)) but cooked are fine (or steamed).

I like something besides fruit once in awhile, and I need some quick protein ideas for breakfast/snacks.

Quick meal ideas Ė for lunches or even dinners when weíre short on time?

Items to keep on hand that are quick to prepare (or already pre-made)?

I find myself hungry a lot of the time Ė and need to keep things around that are compliant for me to snack on Ė so I donít reach for something thatís not.

I never have been much of a cook, although I would like to do a little more (but I know next to nothing unless I have a specific recipe to follow Ė one thatís not too difficult).  So I need easy ideas, nothing too complex or involved.  Iím also short on time most of the time.

Iím already struggling with having the time to plan and prepare meals (before starting the BTD).  So any help is greatly appreciated.


Thanks.
Berit
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Brighid45
Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 9:49pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hello Berit, nice to meet you

If you are looking for a treasure trove of suggestions for O meals and snacks, check out the Cook Right forum on this board. There's 10+ pages of threads about everything from pot roast to cookies. Of course not everything is labeled specifically for Os, but if you are willing to do a bit of digging, you'll find lots of gold!

Another good place to look is in Recipe Central. Plenty of fantastic ways to cook just about anything you can think of, and all rated for each blood type by ingredient and amount of BT-specific beneficials. Most of the recipes are simple and easy.

Now, to try to answer some of your questions . . .

Favorite products: anything from Edenfoods (www.edenfoods.com); Mary's Organic Crackers; Ezekiel 4:9 bread; Gerolsteiner sparkling mineral water; rooibos (redbush) tea; elderberry concentrate; ghee and olive oil mix for saute. There's more but those are the items that came to mind first.

Quick snack ideas: try making your own almond or walnut butter, it's very easy. Put a cup of toasted or raw nuts into your blender or food processor and add a drizzle of light-tasting oil (I use either grapeseed, almond or walnut oil). Blend/pulse until the butter is the consistency you like. This makes a good dip for fruit slices.

If you have some leftover pot roast or steak (turkey and lamb work well here too), cut it into small cubes and wrap each cube in a piece of romaine lettuce. This sounds weird, but it's a really great snack for Os. (I sprinkle mine with a shot of hot sauce.) It's crispy and has protein--great for those times when you're jonesing for a nosh but don't want to eat a bunch of starch. Three or four of these little bites are very satisfying. I often take a container of them to work for mid-morning or -afternoon break.

If you are short on time to cook during the week, you might try taking an hour or two on the weekend to prepare vegetables and so on for meals to be made during the next week. For example, I like to take my Saturday morning to chop onions, separate broccoli florets, slice carrots, bake sweet potatoes or squash etc, and cook a batch of rice or other neutral grain to use as a side--usually I'll turn it into pilaf, which is very easy to make and quite versatile. There's also a big salad in the fridge at all times--a large container of plain torn-up romaine and iceberg lettuce, with smaller containers of fixings to add, including leftover meat.

A great time-saver is to make a big batch of compliant soup or stew, freeze it in 1-qt containers, and heat as needed for lunch or dinner. (If you have a slow cooker, it's perfect for making your soup while you're at work or running errands.) Sometimes we have grilled mozzarella sandwiches on the side--great on a cold blustery day!

Another fantastic way to eat your veggies and protein is in a collard wrap. Gently steam or cook some whole collard leaves--you can store them in the fridge for a day or two before you make the wraps. When the leaves are cooked but still pliable, fill them with sauteed vegetables of your choice and beef, lamb or turkey, cut in thin strips or small chunks. You can also add cooked rice if you like, though I think this is gilding the lily

Changing over to the BTD takes time. Be gentle with yourself. We've all been where you are, and have lots of ideas on how to cope and make meals that are not only compliant, but pretty tasty too. Please ask lots of questions and come here for help if you get stuck or need inspiration. We enjoy helping people here

Welcome to the board, I look forward to your posts


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koahiatamadl
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Jerky is great for quick protein  

Definitely pre-prepare your own food at the weekend - absolutely invaluable when you get home tired and just want to eat fast  

In my experience you also cannot overestimate the importance of a compliant lunch - if I do not bother to get a compliant lunch ready to take with me to work chances are that even if I manage to stick to compliant fruit and nuts during the day I end up with some kind of convenience food at night   
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goro1
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BeritL - one of my favorite veggies is swiss chard.  It only takes a minute to rinse the leaves.  Fill a large pot of water to boil (you can do something else while this is heating).  When water comes to a boil put the leaves in - cook for about 10 minutes and then drain.  Add some lemon juice and olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and there you are.  It tastes delicious and I find it one of the more filling veggies.  If you are in a pinch you can add a can of sardines or mackerel (on the side that is) and there you have a meal.

I don't really do trail mixes but I find as a snack a couple of pieces of walnuts and a dried fig or two is a great.  Or a teaspoon of almond butter - it really is very filling.

I too felt very hungry when I started the diet but that diminishes over time.

I tend to cook every night so don't really have any suggestions on premade items, but would add to the list of weekend cooking - bean soup.  You can take a cup each of 2-3 compliant beans (let them soak overnight, drain and rinse next morning) and add carrots, celery, onions, salt, fresh ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, little oregano, little basil and let that cook for about 1.5-2 hours (only need to stir occasionally).  You can store portions of that in containers in the freezer and take out to heat up during the week.  You can serve as a meal or a side dish.


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goro1
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Oops forgot to add on the bean soup - I use two small cans of tomatoe juice.


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Goro1, I love swiss chard too! We've been getting a pound of it every week in our CSA share. I cut it chiffonade (in long thin strips) and saute it in a little olive oil with some chopped onions and garlic, then bake it in a greased casserole dish with some beaten egg poured over the top. A little sprinkle of pecorino cheese on top, or a few drops of hot sauce, and you've got a great side dish for turkey, lamb or beef The recipe came out of Recipe Central--it's a staple in my menu now, we love it!

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goro1
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Brighid45 - Oooh your way of preparing swisschard sounds great. Mixed with onions and garlic - yummy   (I can eat onions til the cows come home). I'm going to try it!  I'm on 3 CSA waiting lists in my area.  Hopefully I'll get in next season.  I'm sure the produce I'll be getting will be much better than what I buy in the store and I get to support the local farmers!


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BeritL, we are just starting on the diet and lately I've noticed I'm pretty hungry sometimes!  One thing I found at our local "cheap-o marked-down gourmet store" was "gefilte fish."  They had jars and jars of it, marked half off their already marked-down price!  This stuff is made of carp, whitefish, pike, and mullet;  all fish O's can eat!  It does also have "matso meal" as an ingredient, so it's not perfect!  But it's close.  They are fish cakes, already cooked in either water or jelled broth, so you can just serve up out of the jar.  Kind of weird-looking in the jar, which probably explains why it was "marked down" here.

I like that jerky idea;  would never have thought of it, since we NEVER buy jerky!  Thanks.

I like swiss chard, too.

Another food I just tried is "bean threads," made from mung beans (which O's can eat);  you cook them for one minute in broth;  pretty good.


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Hang in there with the CSA share, goro--fingers crossed that something will open up next year

Still, I love bean threads. There is a really great recipe in the Cook Right book where you make flank steak with the bean threads on the side, it's delicious. I like to use leftover stir-fry with bean threads and add a drop or two of chili oil or some fresh ginger to spice it up.


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