Scan Results are In!

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My oncologist’s office called. My scans were clear!! Everything looked good! I don’t have to go back to my oncologist until August. I am so relieved!

Crockpot Pepperoncini Pot Roast (LID)

Crockpot Pepperoncini Pot Roast

This is a super easy and delicious recipe. I love the little kick the pepperoncinis provide. I based this recipe on the Mississippi Pot Roast recipe that’s everywhere. That recipe calls for butter, ranch dressing mix, and a package of au jus or gravy mix, none which are LID-friendly. I do not use those ingredients even when I am not on LID. The pot roast turns out so flavorful, I don’t think you will miss any of those ingredients.

Vlasic does not use iodized salt in their products, so Vlasic brand pepperoncinis are perfect for this recipe.

You can eat the Crockpot Pepperoncini Pot Roast over mashed potatoes, as a sandwich filling, or in a flour tortilla. I made a burrito with the pot roast, pinto beans, and barbecue sauce in a flour tortilla.

Crockpot Pepperoncini Pot Roast (LID)

1 2-3 pound beef pot roast (chuck roast, mock tender roast, brisket are all good for pot roast)
kosher salt
black pepper
1/2 16-ounce jar of whole pepperoncinis with pickling liquid

Place beef in the bottom of the crockpot. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Pour 1/2 a jar of whole pepperoncinis and their liquid over the beef. Cook on low 8 hours or on high 4 hours until very tender. Use a fork to shred the beef and keep in the cooking liquid until ready to eat.

LID Round 3, Day 17

My whole body scan was this morning. I arrived at the Nuclear Medicine Department at 8:30 am. The first scan was of my neck.  It took about 20 minutes. Afterwards, I went to another room for a 3-D whole body scan. That took about 30 minutes. They didn’t have the 3-D scanner the last time I had a whole body scan in 2015. I was told it gets a better picture. Now I just have to wait for results. They told me if I haven’t heard from my oncologist by Wednesday, to give her a call. I’m looking forward to hearing I am clear. Fingers crossed.

I was able to stop the low iodine diet after the scans. I stopped at a grocery store on the way home and bought a can of Rico’s Nacho Cheese Sauce and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Everything But…

I can’t even explain why I got the canned cheese. It wasn’t planned. I got home and made ballpark-style nachos and they were delicious! After lunch, I made coffee and put real creamer in it. I am soooo glad to finally be off LID!

What I ate today:

Breakfast:  Leftover spaghetti with Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce, Coca-Cola

Lunch and Dinner – officially off the low iodine diet!! Yay!!

 

LID Round 3, Day 16

I am so tired today. I didn’t have to go to the hospital, though. I ran a couple of errands and went to the grocery store in the morning. I came home and started the Pepperocini Pot Roast in the crockpot.

Dinner was an easy meal. The roast took minimal effort. I reheated some pinto beans that I had in the freezer. I had cooked them several weeks ago in the crockpot and froze portions for later use. I generally cook with kosher salt even when I’m not on LID, so they were acceptable for me to eat today. I put the shredded roast, pinto beans in a flour tortilla and drizzled with barbecue sauce

What I ate today:

Breakfast:  Toasted crumpets with peanut butter and cherry preserves, Stōk cold brew coffee with Trader Joe’s Coconut Creamer

Lunch:  Boar’s Head Sweet Slice ham, Lay’s potato chips, 2 Mandarin oranges

Dinner:  Crockpot Pepperocini Pot Roast, pinto beans, flour tortillas, with barbecue sauce

Cinnamon Rolls (LID)

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I won’t lie, I am sick of being on this low iodine diet. It is easier, in a way, this time, but that doesn’t change the fact it is a soul-crusher.

I had some time to bake this morning and I used my Easy White Bread recipe to create these Cinnamon Rolls. I was really, really happy with the results. These are quite possibly the best cinnamon rolls I have ever made. They definitely lifted my spirits.

Cinnamon Rolls

For the dough:
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups flour, plus more for kneading
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

For filling:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 – 3 tablespoons Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread

For icing:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
enough water to make a thick, but pourable icing

Put the dough ingredients into a bread machine in the order given. The yeast should be the last ingredient going into the bread machine. Set the machine to the dough setting and press start. Let the machine do the mixing and kneading for you. Once the machine is finished, turn the dough out into an oiled bowl. Cover and let the dough rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

Punch down the dough and turn out onto a floured surface. The dough will probably be sticky. Knead the dough a couple of times, adding a little more flour to prevent sticking. Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough out evenly into a rectangle that is about 9 X 13 inches. Spread the Earth Balance spread evenly over the top of the rolled out dough. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and spread evenly over the Earth Balance spread. Starting at the shorter side, roll up the dough. Pinch the seam to close. Slice into 12 even slices. Spray a 9 X 9-inch square baking pan or a 9″ round cake pan with cooking spray and place the slices in the pan. Let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

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Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Bake the cinnamon rolls for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, make the icing. Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and a little water at a time until you get a thick, but pourable consistency. Drizzle evenly over the cinnamon rolls.

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Vegetable Gumbo (LID)

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It takes some patience to get the roux to the proper color, but the time and work is so worth it.

Since the amount of meat that can be consumed per day is low, I have been trying to eat some meatless dishes each day. This gumbo can be made vegetarian by using LID-safe vegetable broth or vegetable bouillon (like Rapunzel brand).

You can add some chicken or even some LID-safe sausage (Eckrich and Boar’s Head brands are safe – double check ingredients to make sure) at the same time (or instead) of the zucchini to make the gumbo more substantial.

Vegetable Gumbo

1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup flour
1 large onion, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, cored and diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 14.5 oz. can salt-free diced tomatoes, with juices
1 32 oz. carton unsalted chicken broth
1 pound fresh or frozen sliced okra (trim ends)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 T. fresh parsley, chopped or 1 tsp. dried parsley
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 medium zucchini, diced
hot cooked rice

In a Dutch oven, heat flour and oil over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring almost constantly, until flour browns to a copper color, about 20 to 30 minutes. (Hint:  I have a penny next to the stove to compare colors). Add onion, bell pepper, and celery to the roux and cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juices, chicken broth, thyme, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add the okra. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini and simmer 20 to 30 more minutes, continuing to stir occasionally.

To serve, place about 1/2 cup hot cooked rice in a bowl and ladle hot gumbo over the top.  Pass the hot sauce (Texas Pete and Frank’s are both LID-friendly) and enjoy.

LID Round 3, Day 3

It’s Girl Scouts Cookie season. Several Girl Scout Cookies are LID-friendly. Thanks-a-Lot, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, and Thin Mints are all vegan and do not contain iodized salt.

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For breakfast I had a hashbrown patty and scrambled egg whites.

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For lunch I had Baked Chicken Taquitos with LID-safe salsa (Pace Picante) and Avocado “Cream”.

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For dinner I split a New York Strip steak with my husband. I deglazed the pan with red wine and reduced it down to make a yummy sauce for the steak. I made baked potatoes, but I only ate the inside of mine. A simple salad with Ken’s Zesty Italian dressing and red wine rounded out the delicious meal.

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What I ate today:
Breakfast:  Hashbrowns patty, scrambled egg whites, and Pepsi.
Lunch:  Baked Chicken Taquitos, Avocado “Cream”, salsa
Dinner: New York Strip steak with red wine reduction, baked potato with Earth Balance spread (insides only, no skin), salad with Ken’s Zesty Italian dressing
Snack:  Thanks-a-Lot (Girl Scout Cookies)

 

Baked Chicken Taquitos (LID)

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Serve Baked Chicken Taquitos with LID-safe salsa and Avocado “Cream”Avocado “Cream”.

The last time I was on the low iodine diet, I made Chicken and Kale Taquitos. It was basically this recipe with cooked kale that had been squeezed dry and chopped. Just mix it in with the chicken mixture. I’m sure spinach would be good too.

These freeze really well, but have to be reheated in the oven (or toaster oven) to maintain crispiness. They get soft and chewy when reheated in the microwave.

Frozen Baked Taquitos

Baked Chicken Taquitos

1 whole chicken
kosher salt
black pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup LID-safe salsa
LID-safe corn tortillas
cooking spray

Season the chicken with kosher salt and black pepper. Place in the crockpot and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or on high for 3 -4 hour until the meat is tender and falling off the bones. Remove the chicken from the crockpot and let cool. Remove the chicken meat from the bones, discarding the skin and bones (unless you plan to make chicken stock.…in that case, reserve). Shred the chicken. You should have about 6 cups of shredded chicken meat.

Preheat the oven to 400º F.

Add the ground cumin, garlic powder, and salsa to the shredded chicken. Season with more kosher salt and black pepper, if needed. Mix to combine.

Place 4 corn tortillas on a large microwave safe plate. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds to soften tortillas. Place about 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture on  bottom third of the warmed corn tortilla. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Don’t roll too tight. Place the taquito on a baking sheet. Repeat until all of the chicken mixture is used. You will have approximately 18 taquitos. Use two baking sheets if you need to. Spray the taquitos with cooking spray and place in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes, turning after the 10 minutes, until crispy and golden brown. Remove the toothpick before serving.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

LID Round 3, Day 2

Eating today was easier with a bunch of store-bought LID-safe products.

Trader Joe’s does not use iodized salt in their products. They do use sea salt often, so make sure to check ingredients lists. Their Tuscan Pane bread is delicious toasted.

Boar’s Head does not use iodized salt in their products. You can get their meat products sliced to order at many grocery store delis. Publix carries Boar’s Head products. You can browse the Boar’s Head products and see their ingredents list (as well as pre-order the deli meats) in the Publix app or online.

Newman’s Own does not use iodized salt in their products. They have a wide selection of pasta sauces, salad dressings, and salsa available in grocery stores nationwide. As long as there are no forbidden ingredients (like cheese), their products are safe to use on a low iodine diet.

Ken’s Foods does not use iodized salt in their products. They have a wide variety of salad dressings that can be used while on LID.

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What I ate today:
Breakfast:  Toasted Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pane with Earth Balance spread, Boar’s Head Salsalito Roasted Turkey Breast, cold brew coffee with So Delicious Coconut Creamer
Lunch:  Sopa Ranchera, Tostitos
Dinner:  Penne pasta with Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil Bombolina Pasta Sauce, salad with Ken’s Zesty Italian dressing

LID Round 3, Day 1

I survived my first day of this round of LID.

I just found out yesterday that I was scheduled for a whole body scan on March 10th and that LID was starting today. I was committed to attending a PTSO meeting and a school board meeting last night, so I had no time to plan or shop.

I decided to take today off from work and spend time shopping for LID-safe groceries to get me through the first week. The LID Life Community was a huge resource, although I found that some of the items they had listed as safe actually were not. This can be chalked up to regional differences and recipe changes. Always read ingredient lists!!

I shopped at Earth Fare, Trader Joe’s and Publix. Here are some of the groceries I got:

Since I didn’t have time to prepare or shop, I started the day with a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter, a banana, a mandarin orange, and a Coke. I am a coffee person, but I don’t like black coffee. I need cream. And lots of sugar. Finding a LID-safe coffee creamer is a challenge.

The Sopa Ranchera is becoming a LID tradition. I have made it each time. It’s nice to have a soup on hand for quick meals. It freezes well, so it can be made ahead and kept frozen in individual servings in Ziploc bags.

What I ate today:
Breakfast:  banana, 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter, mandarin orange, Coca-Cola
Lunch:  Salad of lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots with Ken’s Steakhouse Zesty Italian dressing
Dinner:  Sopa Ranchera
Snack:  2 Oreo cookies

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