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Re: I might just be crazy, but...

Postby cyborg13 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:47 pm

LOL I'm starting small, with salmon, beef, brussel sprouts, asparagus, and green beans (small fridge). What in the world is kale, btw? I've heard of it but I've never seen it in my touring of the produce section (and I'm in oh-so-hippie SoCal). I have a blender/food processor but it's a worse pain to clean than the skillet (almost had stitches last time, thanks to my clumsiness). I love veggies, but I can't do spinach. I've tried. The texture + taste = BLEHHH. I scraped it of my pizza two weeks ago. Ironically enough I ate a a baked sweet potato a couple days ago...

Not big on nuts and dried fruit right now, that's all eat in the field, which I just came out of (and beef jerky). MREs just give me digestive issues, if ya know what I mean O.o
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Re: I might just be crazy, but...

Postby jimmylegs » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:02 pm

hey your choices sound pretty great so far :) that's too bad about spinach. one option - puree cooked spinach into pasta sauce (you can still have brown rice pasta if that's any consolation). if you have a hand blender, those can be awesome for easy cleanup. hey if you get an intermittent dose of nuts and dried fruit, great. in the meantime the salmon will just have to do :)

re kale, it's one of the cruciferous veg, like brussels sprouts (these two have about the same amount of magnesium content; spinach and swiss chard have way more): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kale

you *might* be able to get around the texture of boiled chard, instead of spinach. but in the meantime, brussels sprouts are a great start :) and for non-leafy greens, the asparagus and beans are good too.

glad you're enjoying sweet potato! so good for ya :D
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Re: I might just be crazy, but...

Postby cyborg13 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:04 pm

I got food poisoning from brussel sprouts this weekend. Back to not trusting veggies.

Gotta love irony.
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Re: I might just be crazy, but...

Postby lyndacarol » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:44 pm

Cyborg, I am sorry to hear of your recent experience with Brussels sprouts. I used to hate them until I discovered how really good they are roasted – I start with a bag of frozen sprouts, drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake in a single layer in a pan at 375° for 25 minutes.

Since you don't have an oven in the barracks, this might not work for you. Maybe you can find a friend with an apartment (and an oven) off base?… Good luck to you.
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Re: I might just be crazy, but...

Postby lyndacarol » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:26 pm

Cyborg, in addition to the Veterans and MS forum, you may find someone or something interesting in the following post from current active duty military in the General Discussion forum:

general-discussion-f1/topic19618.html
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Re: I might just be crazy, but...

Postby tzootsi » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:40 pm

I can't imagine getting food poisoning from brussel sprouts - who knows? Anyhow, kale is often found in the fresh produce section, it's got coarse blue green wavy leaves. It's very tough, and doesn't get tender readily, but it's great in soups if you chop it. Also kale makes very delicious veggie chips. Just cut off the thick stems, cut it into 3" pieces, sprinkle with olive oil & sea salt, and bake on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes.
If you are not a spinach lover, try stir frying it with olive oil, hot pepper flakes, lemon juice, salt, and a little garlic - very tasty!
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Re: I might just be crazy, but...

Postby jimmylegs » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:13 pm

heya! boo. that sucks. also, curious how you nailed down the brussels sprouts as the cause of the problem? i have heard of alfalfa and bean sprouts being recalled, but i can't successfully search any info on brussels sprouts and food poisoning. tricky!
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