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!

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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)
non-iodized salt (I use Morton’s 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 non-iodized 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

LID Round 3, Day 15

I got my tracer dose of radioactive iodine this morning. They didn’t give me any restrictions for eating or drinking beforehand, so I ate Overnight Oats and drank some coffee. I made the Overnight Oats to use up some of the So Delicious Coconut Creamer that was left. I was really happy with the results.

At the Nuclear Medicine Department, I was taken to a small room. A nurse came in to check my hospital ID bracelet and then cut it off of me. Another nurse came in with the heavy lead container that held my radioactive tracer dose. She dispensed my RAI pill into a little plastic pill cup and gave me a small bottle of water. She instructed me to take the pill without touching it and to drink some water. She checked to make sure I had swallowed the pill and sent me on my way with a list of precautions. I took the day off from work and went home. Although, I only got 3 mCi of radioactive iodine, there are still precautions I have to take. For instance, I have to flush twice after using the toilet, not use disposable dinnerware, and wash my dishes separately from my family’s dishes for a couple of days. No big deal. I was told it was safe for me to be around my family, but to not let my kids sit in my lap. My scan is Friday. I’m nervous, but ready for this to be over.

For lunch, I made nachos with some of the Daiya Shreds and a little bit of leftover taco meat. I topped them with lettuce, diced tomato, and salsa.

For dinner, I made one of my favorite meals, steak and baked potato. I got a 12 ounce New York Strip steak from Trader Joe’s and my husband and I split it. This is what we usually do. A whole steak is too much for us. I cooked the steak in a cast iron skillet. I pulled out the steak to rest and added some red wine to the skillet to reduce. Makes and awesome sauce for the steak. I ate the my baked potato with Earth’s Balance Spread and didn’t eat the potato skin. A tossed salad and a glass of red wine completed the meal.

I forgot to take pictures of my lunch and dinner today.

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Overnight Oats, Stōk cold brew coffee with Trader Joe’s Coconut Creamer

Lunch:  Nachos with Daiya shreds, leftover taco meat, lettuce, tomato, and salsa

Dinner:  Steak, baked potato (didn’t eat the potato skin), salad with Ken’s Steakhouse Zesty Italian dressing, and red wine

LID Round 3, Day 14

I went to the Nuclear Medicine department this morning to get my second Thyrogen shot. Since I didn’t have to register or get blood work done, I was in and out of there quickly. Fortunately, other than being more tired than usual, I didn’t have any harsh side effects from the Thyrogen. I will go in to get my RAI tracer dose tomorrow morning and then have the scan on Friday. I can see the finish line. So glad this process is almost over.

For breakfast I had a couple of the leftover Baked Egg White Cups with spinach and mushrooms. They can be reheated in the microwave a few seconds for a quick breakfast. For lunch I had some leftover Garbanzo, Potato, and Spinach Curry. Thank goodness for leftovers!

I made tacos for dinner. This time around, I found out that Old El Paso Taco Shells are acceptable for the low iodine diet. Yay!  They are so much more convenient than frying your own (although those are super delicious, way better than store-bought).

Tacos are an easy meal. It can be as simple as ground beef in a crunchy taco shell with lettuce, tomato, and salsa. Add avocado to make up for the lack of cheese and/or sour cream. Avoid a taco seasoning mix, unless you can verify it is LID-safe. Many of them contain dairy ingredients. I use a combination of spices (cumin, garlic powder, salt-free chili powder, cayenne, etc…) to achieve the flavor I want. You can substitute ground chicken or turkey for ground beef when making tacos. Just make sure the ground poultry doesn’t have an added flavor/salt infusion.

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Hashbrown with Baked Egg White Cups with spinach and mushrooms and coffee with Trader Joe’s Coconut Creamer

Lunch:  Garbanzo, Potato, and Spinach Curry and Basmati rice

Dinner:  Tacos

LID Round 3, Day 13

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I got my first Thyrogen shot today. So glad this week is underway. Thyroid scans are so stressful. Including the time on the low iodine diet, the process for a thyroid scan takes 2 1/2 weeks (sometimes more). That’s 2 1/2 weeks of thinking about it, worrying about what may be found, sticking to the soul-crushing diet, making several trips to the hospital, and taking precautions after taking the radiation. Plus, I don’t know how is it is for others, but preparing for and ingesting radiation is a total mindfuck. Other types of scans don’t seem to elicit the same kind of feelings. Although, I have to say, I didn’t like the CT Scan at all and I would probably experience much anxiety if I ever had to go through another (that involved drinking the liquid and get the stuff that makes you feel like you peed yourself injected into your veins).

I didn’t take pictures of food today. I’m done. So looking forward to Friday when I can go off this diet.

What I ate today:

Breakfast:  Toasted Crumpets with peanut butter and Bon Maman Cherry Preserves and cold brew coffee

Lunch:  Buffalo Cauliflower and tossed salad with Ken’s Steakhouse Zesty Italian dressing

Dinner:  Spaghetti with Newman’s Own Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce and another salad with Ken’s Steakhouse Zesty Italian dressing

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 non-iodized 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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LID Round 3, Day 12

I made a batch of Baked Egg Whites Cups with spinach and mushrooms this morning. I made 6 and will have enough for one or two more breakfasts. They are quick to heat up in the microwave in the morning. Great for a grab and go breakfast on busy mornings. I like to eat them doused with a little Texas Pete hot sauce.

For dinner I made Garbazno, Potato, and Spinach Curry.

I served it with Basmati rice and Trader Joe’s Vegetable Samosas. Those samosas are so good. I wish they came with some kind of chutney or sauce. I should have made my Cilantro Chutney or Tamarind Chutney to go with the samosas. Next time. : )

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Baked Egg White Cups with Spinach and Mushrooms, hashbrowns, and coffee

Lunch:  Trader Joe’s Green Chile & Chicken Tamales, salsa, and Tostitos

Dinner:  Garbanzo, Potato, and Spinach Curry, basmati rice, and Trader Joe’s Vegetable Samosas

LID Round 3, Day 11

I made the best Cinnamon Rolls I have ever baked this morning. They were amazing! My family loved them so much that there were none left to have for breakfast another day. They do require some work, so this isn’t something you could make everyday.

You can only have 5 – 6 ounces of meat per day on LID. One of the ways I’ve been limiting the amount of meat I consume while on LID is to eat mostly vegetarian/vegan meals. Tonight I made Buffalo Cauliflower, which is a vegetarian play on Buffalo Chicken Wings. It’s a dish I make often (using butter when not on LID). It was still very good made with the Earth Balance soy-free spread.

What I ate today:

Breakfast:  Cinnamon Rolls and coffee with non-dairy creamer

Lunch:  Beef Stew

Dinner:  Buffalo Cauliflower and a tossed salad with Ken’s Steakhouse Zesty Italian Dressing

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