Special Diet - Created Date : 11.10.2019
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Growing up close to Mexico meant having authentic Mexican cooking in our home, as a way of life. It meant holding poblanos over the gas flame to char them, boiling nopalitos and mixing them with tomatoes, raw onion and cilantro, it meant albondigas soup. (It never meant an easy Keto, Paleo, GAPS Mexican dinner casserole, by the way; but we’re getting there!)
It meant chili rellenos on Friday nights.
Some were stuffed with meat, and some cheese. They were spicy and refined, silky and rich, surrounded by a bath of unadorned, smooth, hot tomato sauce. They were my dad’s favorite Mexican food. And they felt at once mysterious/other and like home.
Chile Relleno Casserole
Canned green chilies are one of the few prepared foods I still buy. For a busy mom that would NEVER at this stage in my life roast poblanos, their flavor brings me back to the comfort foods with which I grew up. This casserole is spicy, by the way, so get mild chilies and mild salsa if you don’t want heat.
It has all the classic elements of an old favorite, but in casserole form– which means an easy assembly; it can be made ahead of time if that’s helpful; it has a quick kitchen clean-up; then pop it in the oven. I love casseroles! They’re down home, yet special.
Serve topped with sour cream, fresh cilantro and olives.
Keto, GAPS, Paleo, egg-free Mexican casserole~
It’s a Keto, GAPS, and Paleo Mexican casserole, yes! Such a lovely dinner for all these diets. You’ll see the few variations below in the recipe, to make sure it’s right for you on the healing diet you’ve chosen! Enjoy!
I have a note there, to add as much or as little onion as meets your personal dietary goals. For folks on GAPS the onions are fine. You can entirely omit them for strict Keto, and the casserole is still great; they’re not needed. Thanks for the great question!
Hi Lori, you can use the *coconut flour option* instead, if you prefer. See the recipe; it gives it as an alternative. ?? The powder or flour binds the casserole together and helps it to be light, because it gives it rise when it bakes. Don’t omit it entirely. ??
Hi Shelley, yes, you can sub in almond flour. But I would go with the 2/3 cup measurement designated for the Paleo cassava flour option. (Coconut flour uses less because it functions differently in the recipe, not a 1:1 conversion to almond flour.)
Microwave cooking and nutrition
Are microwaves bad for your health? Almost every American house has a microwave. The convenience they offer is undeniable. However, despite the widespread use of microwave ovens and excellent safety recordings, some people suspect that cooking microwaved food makes it somewhat less healthy by removing foods from eating. Do you cook with microwave? Are microwave foods healthy?
How does microwave cooking work?
Understanding how microwave ovens work can help clarify the answers to these general questions. Microwave ovens cook food similar to radio waves but using shorter energy waves. These waves are highly selective, mainly affecting water and other electrically asymmetrical molecules - one end is positively charged and the other is negatively charged. Microwave ovens cause these molecules to vibrate and rapidly generate thermal (heat) energy.
Are microwaves safe to cook?
Some foods, when they are exposed to heat, from a microwave oven or a normal oven, are broken down. Vitamin C is perhaps the most clear example. However, since microwave cooking times are shorter, cooking with microwave does a better job of preserving vitamin C and other nutrients that are decomposed when heated.
When going to the vegetables, cooking in water takes some of the nutritional values ??because the nutrients flow into the cooking water. For example, boiled broccoli loses glycosinolate, a sulfur-containing compound that can give vegetables the ability to fight against cancer (and many find it distinctive and some find it disgusting). Steaming vegetables - even steaming microwave - is it better? In some ways, yes. For example, steamed broccoli holds more glucosinolate than boiled or fried broccoli.
Are microwaves bad for your health?
The method of cooking, which keeps the nutrients in the best way, is a method that quickly heats, warms food and uses as little liquid as possible. The microwave meets these criteria. Using the microwave with a small amount of water evaporates food from the inside out. It contains more vitamins and minerals than almost all other cooking methods and shows that microwave foods can be really healthy.
But let's not get lost in details. Vegetables are good for you in any way you prepare, and most of us don't eat enough. Is the microwave oven good or bad? Microwave is an engineering wonder, a miracle of convenience - and sometimes advantageous in feeding.
Learn more about safe microwave cooking. See. "Microwave food in plastic: Is it dangerous or not?"