May 13, 2018

I’ve been having a lot of stomach problems recently. Initially I contributed it to stress and to having too much going on. Then I realized it may be what I eat as well. I am currently going to start weaning off of meats because I’m noticing the stomach nausea and pains come when I eat meats. The only meat that does not seem to bother me is fish. I’ve always eaten meat so this will be difficult but if I feel better then I’m all for it.
In respect to trying to cut out meats, the following recipe is simple and does not include meat. I love making this dish because it’s easy and feeds me for a few days and tastes wonderful!
Ratatouille! Yes, I love the movie too!
You will need:

  • 1 onion, sliced (I use a yellow onion)

  • minced garlic (to taste)- I LOVE garlic

  • olive oil (to saute the veggies)

  • eggplant (I cube it)

  • zucchini (cubed)

  • 1 bell pepper (I used yellow)

  • at least 1.5 cups of chopped tomatoes (I chopped my own but you can use canned)

  • oregano (to taste)

  • thyme (to taste)

  • ground coriander (to taste)

  • fennel seeds (to taste)

  • salt

  • basil (to taste)

I grow my own herbs, so the oregano/thyme/and basil came from a real plant. I pick off the leaves and chop them. You can use ground though. Here are the steps:

  1. cook the onion and garlic with some oil over low-medium heat until the onion is softened

  2. add more oil and increase heat to medium-high (do not smoke)

  3. add eggplant and cook for about 8 minutes

  4. add zucchini and bell pepper and cook for about 12 minutes

  5. stir in tomatoes and cook for about 6 minutes

  6. once all veggies are tender add oregano, thyme, coriander, fennel seeds, salt, pepper to taste (I never measure my spices, I have a bad habit for that)

  7. cook, while stirring, for 1 minute

  8. stir in basil

  9. Enjoy!

Soooo simple and delicious! It makes great leftovers too!
For exercise: I took the day off. I’m confessing. I’m actually a little sore and since my stomach has been feeling really crummy, I decided to rest up for today. Tomorrow I will get back to it! I will try and do some yoga this evening before my meditation so that I can feel a little more refreshed for tomorrow!


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