A Note About Salt

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I use Morton’s Coarse Kosher Salt when I am on LID. In general, kosher salt does not contain iodine. I have assumed that most people know what kosher salt is, but I may have been wrong to do so.

A recent commenter on this blog expressed concern that I use kosher salt on LID and list it as an ingredient in my recipes. He was concerned that kosher salt could contain sea salt or iodized salt. Sea salt and iodized salt can be certified as kosher, but they are not safe for LID. I have never seen sea salt or iodized salt that has been certified as kosher labeled as “kosher salt”. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen. ALWAYS READ LABELS.

On a low iodine diet, you can not have sea salt or iodized salt, even if it is certified kosher. You can’t have Himalayan rock salt, gray salt (sel gris), bay salt, solar salt, fleur de sel, bamboo salt, smoked sea salt, black salt, or iodized table salt. Avoid fancy, gourmet salts, just to be safe.

You can have non-iodized (table) salt, and non-iodized kosher salt.

Here’s the deal, you can not eliminate salt completely from your diet while you are on LID. It is very dangerous to do so. Your body needs salt and if it doesn’t get it, you could die. Do not eliminate salt from your diet. 

I am in the process of changing all my LID recipes on this blog to list “non-iodized salt” as an ingredient instead of “kosher salt”.  I don’t want someone to have a non-productive LID because I assume everyone knows what kosher salt is.

Buffalo Cauliflower (LID)

LID Buffalo Cauliflower

When I’m not on LID I make this recipe with butter, but it’s just was good with the Earth Balance Soy Free Spread. Frank’s and Texas Pete hot sauces are both LID-safe (of course, always check ingredient list, as ingredients can change). Alternatively, you can use the Buffalo sauce on baked chicken wings (just make sure that the chicken wings have not been injected with a salt solution….ask the butcher).

Buffalo Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, wash and dried, separated into florets
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water
pinch of non-iodized salt (I use Morton’s Coarse Kosher Salt)
1 tablespoon oil

1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Originial Cayenne Pepper Sauce (Texas Pete is also LID-safe)
2 tablespoons Earth Balance Soy Free Spread, melted
pinch of non-iodized salt

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine the flour, water, and non-iodized salt in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower florets and mix to coat. Using tongs, place the battered cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet. Throw out any left-over batter. Bake at 450° F for 20 minutes or until the batter becomes crispy and golden. I flip the cauliflower halfway so that it browns evenly.

Meanwhile, combine melted Earth Balance Soy Free Spread, Frank’s hot sauce, and non-iodized salt in a large bowl. When the cauliflower is done baking, add it to the sauce and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Overnight Oats (LID)

Towards the end of this round of the low iodine diet, I used the last of the So Delicious Coconut Creamer and Trader Joe’s Coconut Creamer to make Overnight Oats. I was really happy with the way they turned out. Creamy and filling, but without an overwhelming coconut flavor. I kept mine fairly simple, only added shredded coconut and pecans.  You can customize you overnight oats however you want them. The sky is the limit. You can also make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for up to a week. I would suggest adding the fresh fruit right before eating.

Overnight Oats (LID)

1/2 cup rolled (old-fashioned) oats
LID-safe milk or creamer substitute
sweetener of choice, to taste
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Combine the oats, dairy substitute, sweetener, and vanilla in a Mason jar. You can include your add-ins now or wait until you are ready to eat your oats. Stir to combine. Place the lid on the Mason jar and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Add-Ins
.Nuts and Seeds
-pecans
-sliced almonds
-walnuts
-pistachios
-sunflower seeds
-chia seeds
-pumpkin seeds
-sesame seeds
-flax seeds

.Dried Fruit
-raisins
-cranberries
-coconut
-apricots
-dates

.Spices
-cinnamon
-nutmeg

Fresh Fruit
-pineapple
-berries (strawberries,blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc…)
-apples
-bananas
-peaches
-mango
-kiwi
-pumpkin puree

Other Add-Ins
-peanut butter
-cocoa powder

-dairy free chocolate chips (or break up a dark chocolate bar0

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

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 4

I used Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds (Cheddar Style would have probably been better) to make nachos for dinner. By adding black beans, sauteed veggies, lots of salsa, and candied jalapenos, I could hardly taste the sadness that is vegan cheese.  Ha ha! I kid. I am happy I have found Daiya Shreds and look forward to experimenting with them.

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What I ate today:

Breakfast: Coffee with So Delicious Coconut Creamer, toasted Tuscan Pane with Earth Balance spread

Lunch:  Vegetable Gumbo and rice

Dinner:  Nachos with Black Beans and Veggies

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

 

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