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1/17/10 8:31 P

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Maggie's (MAGLITE7) recipe for her yummy soup with fennel:

Carrot, Fennel & Leek soup
(note -- fennel is not only tasty, but it is a known digestive aid as well!)

1 lb carrots
1 fennel bulb
1 large leek (1-1.5 inch diameter)
1 can chicken broth
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt

-Chop carrots, fennel, and leek into ~1/2 inch pieces
-Heat olive oil over medium heat, add veggies and salt, stir
-Cover, sweat for 7-10 minutes or until fennel and leek become semi-translucent and water is noticeably coming out of the veggies
-add chicken broth
-let simmer for 30-45 minutes or until veggies are nice and soft
-puree with a blender (you might want to let it cool a bit first!)

Yield: ~4 cups

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1/17/10 8:28 P

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Since fiber is so hard for most of us to digest, anyone have some ideas of good ways to make sure you get enough protein? And how do you make your substitution tasty?


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1/14/10 9:54 A

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Just in general, and even before GP, "roasted root vegetables" was one of our stand-by side dishes. Chop up your veggies (carrots, parsnips, potatoes, yams -- fennel or squash are not roots, but work too -- mix in whatever proportions you desire) into about 1/2 inch pieces and lay them out on a tray coated with a teensy bit of olive oil (just enough so they don't stick) and a bit of salt. You can add herbs if you like -- ground thyme or sage is always nice. If you can handle spices, use a bit of those too. Spread them out in one layer on a baking sheet -- if you stack them too deep they take longer to cook -- and cook at 400 degrees about 20 minutes or until tender (sometimes they take longer).

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1/14/10 9:45 A

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With fennel bulb, I really like it roasted. I have tried it chopped up with a mix of carrots & parsnips, coated with just a bit of olive oil and salt, then spread out in a pan and cooked at 400deg for ~20 min.

I have also used it as a soup ingredient, sweated with other veggies (I used carrots & leeks, you could also do it with butternut squash) then simmered in chicken broth and blended. (I posted that recipe in another "Living with GP" discussion "Recipes!")

I haven't tried it yet, but I imagine it'd be tasty roasted and then added to mashed potatoes.

This recipe roasts it with a bit of oil and basalmic vinegar: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/roasted_f
ennel/

Here's an interesting link describing how awesome fennel is: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=f
oodspice&dbid=23



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1/13/10 8:00 P

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Beth,

I never thought I'd miss salad as much as I do, but do I ever! I salivate whenever my husband eats one.

I'm betting Maggie has some good ideas on how to cook fennel. I also looked on SparkRecipes.com and saw it being roasted, used in soups, and all kinds of other dishes, like even lasagna.

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1/13/10 7:52 P

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Thanks for the great ideas. I also miss salads. I can sometimes eat cooked veges and sometimes not. I will try fennel bulb. What is the best way to cook it?

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1/12/10 4:22 P

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My big thing is figuring out what veggies I can eat. God, I miss salad! Raw seems to be out for all fruits and veggies for me. So far what I can have cooked: carrots, winter squash (butternut is my fave), fennel, parsnips, sweet potatoes. I can eat leeks, though I've only tried in soup -- they are more mild than onions, so may not be an issue for those who can't eat onions.

Fennel bulb is a great thing -- mildly sweet and anise-like, it adds a nice flavor when mixed with other cooked veggies, and is actually supposed to be a digestive aid. I feel kind of exotic when I eat it -- nice to have some neat flavor amidst the bland!

If you can eat winter squash, remember there are a ton of varieties -- look for fun ones like "Delicata" -- they are small, white & green and oblong, have a neat sweet nutty taste. Used one roasted last night as a bowl for my pasta. Yummy and fun to look at.

I am going to start a list of foods I know I CAN eat rather than thinking of what I CAN'T -- so hard, but so important to try and think positive! :)

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1/10/10 10:48 P

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This just goes to prove the weirdness of GP:
I can't eat black-eyed peas! I even tried cooking the heck out of them until I can make refried-type beans out of them, and still get sick. Can't eat green peas, green beans, navy beans, pork-n-beans (not sure what type of beans used for p-n-b)...

Anyone have any recommendations on a good protein powder? Preferably one that doesn't have meat (or least beef) in it?

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1/10/10 9:54 P

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Lucky,
I have found that I can eat pinto beans,if after I cook them, I basically make them into refried beans..I can also eat black eyed peas.. Good luck and keep us posted.. Wish I could eat carrots of any sort.. Have one for me!!

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1/10/10 8:35 P

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Anyone having any luck digesting beans? Tried kidney beans today and no luck. Black beans seem to be OK, but before I start experimenting again I thought I'd ask for some suggestions.

I have found I'm able to eat baby carrots, but not regular ones. Should have asked the doctor about it but forgot. Anyone got any clues? Must be less fiber.

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1/1/10 7:48 P

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm so excited. I did try a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast yesterday. It was positively scrumptious.

Lynda

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1/1/10 2:11 P

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Happy New Year!!

LYNDA: Congrats for being able to start eating something more than liquids. I would take it really slow and proceed with caution, but I hope you don't have any difficulties.

Wow, I can think of a few things that would be great with your new diet: peanut butter sandwiches (with jelly or maybe a banana), French toast with warmed applesauce on top, scrambled eggs with melted cheese, omelettes, pasta dishes galore! Have you checked out the Spark Recipes yet? These can be a real treasure trove and they list nutritional info as well.

Hugs,
Lucky


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12/31/09 9:22 P

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Wow! What a good thread! The doctor has now expanded my liquid diet to include white bread, pasta, some cheeses, eggs, creamy peanut butter and applesauce. I can have a veritable feast with all this solid food! Oh yes, I can also have very lean chicken if I cook it and remove all the fat prior to cooking it. I get to chew again! Yippeeeee! The breads include things like bagels, English muffins and pancakes. My stomach won't know what to do with solid food after 5 months. I wonder if there is a recipe for creamy peanut butter--applesauce over cheese ravioli. Just kidding. In all honesty, what kind of variety can I have with this variety of food? Thanks.
Lynda

P.S. Happy New Year!

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12/30/09 10:56 A

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Thank you. I will try the mushroom and rice dish.

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12/30/09 10:42 A

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Hi,
I can eat pinto beans cooked REALLY REALLY WELL..I can do edemame.which are soy.. Recipe wise i don't have any, i pretty much mash them to look like refried beans and then as crazy as it sounds, mix it with a little rice and make myself think it's a "new" side dish I invented. Crazy as it sounds it usually works.
I do however make mushroom rice, a pot of rice, and a can of cream of mushroom soup, it is good and can eat it in small amounts, and I also cook rice with a can of cream of chicken soup, and get a little more flavor that way. As carb rich as they are it seems to be the only real good thing I can eat that is veggie anything.
Wish i had some more recipes to share, but when you have GP it is all the time hit or miss when it comes to food. Good luck.

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12/30/09 9:59 A

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Hi, Can you eat cooked vegetables? If yes, any good recipes? Thanks

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12/30/09 9:28 A

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BethEllen,
I am thankful for this team as well. I have learned so much from posts, rants, raves, and everything in between. I wish I could digest chocolate, I miss it terribly. My biggest issue aside from raw fruits and veggies, is caffeine. I miss popcorn too. One of my physician groups at the hospital here delivered 2 tins of popcorn different flavors and i was miserable watching those girls stuff their faces. UGH!! WHY?!! is it we can eat the things bad for us re: sweets,bread, chocolate, etc.. but can't eat the things that are suppose to be good for us. Makes me wonder how our bodies really work.
Good luck with everything and we are here if you need to vent, rant, rave, praise and shout...
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Hi, I am so thankful that there is a team for gastroparesis. It is hard to lose weight when I can't eat vegetables or certain fruits. I hate this disease. I can usually digest cereal, bread, applesauce (but not an apple), very small amount of pasta and rice, no nuts, no popcorn, no vegetables, some soups I can some I can't. It is funny because I can digest chocolate and sweets. Go figure.

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12/30/09 7:34 A

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I am thankful for applesauce. Yet I don't know why i can't eat a raw apple. I mean I should KNOW the answer, but still frustrated as to why I can't. I have found that and vanilla wafers are my dessert many nights, but don't really need the calories in the 'nilla wafers. I MISS eating salad!!! I was a huge salad eater and that was one of the key things in my previous weight loss. Oh those were the days. Miss oranges too. I love a good tangelo, or a tangerine and can't do it because the acid just kills my stomach!!! emoticon
O.k. enough rambling.. Thanks Lucky for the post, it will be good for all of us. You are a fantastic leader.

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12/30/09 12:07 A

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Hi all!

I'm starting a new thread for us to use for any and all food issues we want to talk about. What foods are you able to eat/not eat? Found any good substitutions? Any links to websites that would help us learn to eat better even though we've got GP?

By pooling our resources and knowledge, we can benefit our team and each other.

Your thoughts, ideas, and info are appreciated!!

Hugs,
Lucky

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