Kitchen Experiments – Fish Tacos

Every night seems like an adventure in our kitchen since we started the ALCAT diet.  We are doing a 4 day rotation diet and some of the days are easier than others.  Day 3 is my least favorite and most difficult when it comes to snacking.  Day 4 has also been a bit of a challenge as well though I can always fall back on hummus and falafel.  Actually, day 4 has become easier ever since we found Humbles Hummus Chips.

humbleshumbles chipsThey are really delicious and are great dipped in hummus.  If you have not tried them yet, I strongly urge you to buy a bag and dig in.  Anyway, back to my day 4 dilemma in the kitchen.  I am always looking for something new to make.  I recently posted about the buckwheat crepes that I made. They were pretty easy and delicious.  I had eaten them stuffed with hummus and lettuce and thought there must be more that I can do with them.

When I lived in Seattle, there was this very authentic mexican restaurant that made fish burritos.  They were the best.  I decided to give it a try.  The burritos in Seattle were mainly fish and cabbage so I thought about this great summer salad that I make with cabbage, mint and lemon.

cabbage saladI embellished it a little bit with carrots but it is still a very refreshing and an “eye” appealing salad for any occasion!

Green Cabbage and Mint Salad

1 Small green cabbage, thinly sliced

1 Small carrot, grated
8 Fresh mint Leaves, chopped (dried is ok, fresh is better)
4 Tbs. lemon juice (preferably fresh squeezed but bottled is ok)
2 Tbs. Olive oil
Salt to taste

In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrot, and mint.  In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and toss.  Chill for several hours before serving.

I decided a nice light white fish would probably work best so I baked up some haddock with a little lemon and then assembled my fish taco…

fish taco

It was that simple.  You could easily substitute tofu, tempeh or even seitan for the fish and I think it would be just as delicious.  It was a nice diversion from our usual hummus and falafel.  Enjoy!

Kitchen Experiments – Nut Butter

I love nuts! I love nut butters! I love how easy it is to make any kind of nut butter using my new Vitamix! With the Alcat diet plan that we have been following now for almost 3 months, it is recommended that you follow a 4 day rotation diet plus eliminate all food intolerances that were found through the Alcat blood test. The idea behind a rotation diet is that the body can become over-sensitized to certain food components if it has to deal with them constantly, which is possibly how the intolerances developed in the first place.  In order to avoid creating any new intolerances and to allow the gut to heal, the rotation diet is prescribed.  This allows the body to metabolize the “safe” foods only infrequently making it less likely that the body will develop new intolerances to them.

So back to the nut butters!  Each day of the rotation diet allows for 2-3 different nuts and seeds.  While it is easy to find peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter, it is not so easy to find walnut and hazelnut butter or macadamia and pumpkin seed butter.  Actually, the best thing about making nut butters is that the combinations are endless!

nutbutterThis is my new favorite – macadamia and pumpkin seed butter.  Oh it is so delicious!  And so easy to make in the Vitamix!  I have a Champion Juicer that I have used for years to make different nut butters, but honestly, using the vitamix was so much easier.  I did not have to feed the nuts into the top of the juicer in small batches and wait for the juicer to grind them.  Instead, a stuck all the nuts and seeds in the vitamix, turned it on, and voila!  Nut butter!  What fun! Mmmm, I think that nut butter is calling my name right now!