If you haven't heard via facebook, scrapbook.com, or my mouth, you know I'm having some issues with my body lately. For the past few weeks I've been having some pretty severe abdominal pains whenever I eat. My doc sent me for a CT Scan and blood work, which showed that I am *ahem* normal. Keep your jokes to yourself, Jack. LOL
So, then she sent me to a specialist. Yesterday he performed an endoscopy and a biopsy on my inflamed esophagus and stomach. He said he thinks that the build-up of inflammation is a result of my bile duct not doing its job, which is common in people who have no gallbladder. That darn gallbladder has caused me more trouble than anything else. And it's still causing me trouble 9 years after it was thrown in the trash! Geesh! So, I have to wait 5-10 days for the results to come back from the biopsy. They will tell us whether or not I need to have surgery on my bile duct to open it up more so the acid can drain. Argh!!!
In the meantime, I have been having a lot of trouble eating solids. The doc prescribed a pain med that works really well on the pain, but it makes me loopy (again, Jack...keep the jokes to yourself!) So, the doctor suggested that I eat a no-fat or low fat diet to minimize the pain for the next few weeks.
I dug out my old Weight Watchers "Cut the Fat" cookbook to look for some low or no fat meals. I modified this one, because I didn't have all of the ingredients, so this is my version of Broccoli Alfredo.
Makes 4 servings
Minced Garlic (several cloves)
1 Tbsp flour
1 cup skim milk (I used rice milk)
1/4 cup (about 2 oz) NONfat cream cheese
1/2 cup low fat Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
4 cups cooked whole wheat linguini
Salt and pepper
Cook pasta according to directions on box.
In a work, stir fry a couple cloves of garlic, the broccoli, carrots and onion.
In a separate saucepan over med heat add oil and 1 clove garlic, cook 30 seconds. Add flour and milk, stirring 2 minutes. Whisk in cheeses and cook 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
Combine drained pasta, veggies and sauce. Season to taste.