23 February 2011
Here's a quick post because I'm on my phone and suffering from caffeine-induced insomnia. I've been sick for about 2 months now with some horrible sinus infection that morphed into the flu and then back into a sinus infection. It's been the definition of not fun. Apparently this isn't "normal" and after going to three different doctors to try to get antibiotics to treat it, one decided that I should get a blood panel to see if there was something wrong. It turns out that I have a crazy huge vitamin D deficiency, which is bad for a host of reasons. I also found out that I'm glucose intolerant. This means that my body can't properly deal with sugars in blood after I eat something that is carb-heavy. From what I've gathered, this is a pre-insulin resistant state, which is pre-diabetic. I guess this means that I'm pre-pre-diabetic, which is kind of scary to think about.
What does this mean for my food blogs? Well, nothing really. I need to eat smaller meals more often and when I do eat carbs, I need to make sure that they're always paired with protein. In an effort to make sure that I do eat properly, I've been trying to incorporate a whole lot more vegetables and fruits into my diet. And tomorrow, for dinner, we're going to have broccoli, rice, and cheese casserole as a stand in for the carb-heavy mac'n'cheese. Brown rice is a vast improvement over normal macaroni and bulking up the dish with broccoli adds nutrients, fiber, and lets me use up some stuff in my refrigerator.
Broccoli, rice, and cheese casserole
1 c brown rice
2 c stock (or 2 c water + 2 T bouillon), I used chicken
1 T butter
1 T flour
1 c milk
s+p to taste
1 c mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 oz chevre.
3 c broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces, cooked (broccoli stems work well here)
Cook the rice with the chicken stock. In a small sauce pan, heat butter until melted. Whisk in flour and stir until it turns tan. Add in milk and stir again until smooth. Bring to a simmer and let thicken. Add in cheeses, lower heat, and stir until the cheese is melted and well combined. Combine the rice, broccoli, and cheese sauce and eat up.