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My Beautiful Sandwich, with pictures

Sunday, May 12, 2013

So, after I complained about the food options here, some people suggested that I eat the local food rather than try to live on an American diet in West Africa. In theory that is a good idea. And I do eat some local foods--chicken is a staple, pineapples, bananas. But Ghanaians pretty much live on yams, mashed into fufu, fried, etc., and rice. Both of which are hugely starchy and leave me feeling like I need a nap. And the local delicacy?

YUM!!! (not)

On the other hand, the other "local" culture is Lebanese. For some reason there is a huge Lebanese population here, and they own many of the grocery stores. I could eat Lebanese food all of the time, and am completely obsessed with the hot pink pickled turnips. So I went shopping yesterday and bought some stuff to make sandwiches.

So this was my lunch. Pita, chicken, arugala, yogurt, tahini, tomato, cilantro and those pickled turnips. Isn't it yummy looking? It clocks in at 530 calories, which is high for lunch, but the chicken is leftover and was marinated in yogurt and then rolled in panko and parm, so there are some added calories there. Plus it's 6 oz of chicken because I wanted to eat it before it went bad. I think that I could make this for maybe 425-450 with plain chicken. It was HUGE, and delicous!

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  • ADZY86
    Omg you're in Ghana?! My family are from there are I go visit every year! Hope you're enjoying it. And you are SO right about the food! Rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Or another carb-heavy meal of yam, fufu or anything else made of ground corn! I always come home super bloated! I'm going there in August this year and it'll be the first time I've visited there since I went low carb. I'm kinda looking forward to the challenge actually, and not having that feeling of wanting to nap every afternoon!
    1800 days ago
    Based on your descriptions of the grocery options, I admire you for finding ways to eat a nutritious diet - not to mention for successfully completing your 30 vegan experiment. It's hard enough to take care of ourselves under optimal conditions. West Africa does not seem to have optimal conditions for healthy eating!
    1802 days ago
  • HHB4181
    that looks AWESOME!!!
    1803 days ago
  • SWP0213
    That sandwich looks great! And I don't want to know what that other thing is!

    1803 days ago
    OMG I am jealous of that wrap! Looks so yummy! I too love Lebanese food. =)
    1804 days ago
  • MUFFIY831
    Lebanese is one of my favorite cuisines, so yay! Sandwich looks great. :)
    1804 days ago
  • DR1939
    Absolutely yummy looking. I have a similar problem with "eat local." I live in the northern part of the US and there is nothing local for 5 months of the year.
    1804 days ago
    Lebanese food is fantastic so enjoy it! They have lots of amazing salads and dips! Lose weight while you discover a new for you cuisine. That's a fun way to go!
    1804 days ago
    What you ate looks good, but the other stuff...yuck! What was the thing you are holding?
    1804 days ago
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