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Chicken Visit

Here we are, in the final week.  (Okay, final half week… I’m a little late; the beginning of this week was kind of hectic.)

[Side note: This kind of experience/experiment really makes you think about time.  I’m feeling both ‘wow, 6 weeks already?’ and ‘wow, that thing I did after just starting the elimination diet feels like it was so long ago!’]

Actually, there’s a plot twist, because Mer’s doctor told her to continue this way of eating for another month.  So, the plan from here is a little up-in-the-air.  But one thing we do know is we’re trying eggs this Saturday!

Speaking of eggs, I’d like to introduce you to Winnie Jr.  She came in for a visit Monday night because her crop (the section of a chicken’s gastrointestinal tract at the base of the esophagus where food is stored prior to digestion) was empty (meaning she hadn’t eaten) for the second night in a row.  We are especially sensitive to this because we just had a chicken die, and we aren’t sure why, but she was emaciated when we discovered she was sick.


[Winnie Jr. and observer, Buddy]

Winnie Jr. had a healthy appetite, so perhaps the reason she hadn’t eaten that evening (nor the evening before) was due to some sort of pecking order bullying?  We aren’t sure.  One thing’s for certain: she’s cute.

The variety in protein options will be great to have.  I’ve been eating more fish than usual, which is probably good for my health, but bad for the environment…


 [Salmon salad, pre-mixing.  Canned salmon, mustard, celery, carrot, olive oil, S&P]


[Salmon salad on kale.]

Speaking of kale, I’m going to go full nutrition lady on you.  Would you look at these micronutrient stats?!!


Way to go kale 🙂  It’s foods like this which are why a vegetarian diet can provide plenty of iron and protein (the main nutrients people tend to express concern about for vegetarians).  Green leafy vegetables are key (it’s always going to be true).

I think I’ve been getting more iron on this diet than I would be on my usual diet, since I have replaced dairy (which does not contain iron) with other proteins like beans, and am eating more grains like amaranth and quinoa.

I’ve posted about puffed amaranth here before, but probably haven’t done it since that post!  (It’s another technique I learned from Ashley at Edible Perspective).  We’ve made cookies with puffed amaranth in them, as well as just eating it like cereal.


[Puffed amaranth with walnuts, cinnamon, and cherries]

The texture is so light and fluffy.


I’ll be back next week, with eggs!


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Over the summer I learned to pop amaranth from Ashley at the edible perspective. It takes a while to get the hang of, and unless you’re some sort of popping natural you end up burning a few batches. If you get it right, though, the amaranth puffs into tiny little popcorn-esque babies that make a really fluffy bowl of cereal. I hadn’t done it since moving back from Owego and was a little rusty (I may have completely cremated the first batch) but it didn’t take too long to got back into the groove. And now I have this jar of little puffs!


This morning I built myself a bowl of cereal. I started with about a cup of my puffies, a teaspoon of unsweetened coconut, grated nutmeg and some raisins.


Then I added blobs of sunflower seed butter and that honey pretzel peanut butter…


And finally a few cinnamon Puffins, some granola, and milk.


My next goal in the cereal realm is homemade bran flakes! I actually really love bran flakes…. Strangely enough, they may be my favorite cereal. Something about they way they soak up milk– they hold texture even when they become soft. If I try it, you’ll be the first to know!

So now, a weighty and significant discussion topic: what’s your favorite cereal and why?


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