...he said, shamelessly plugging the site that you're ALREADY VOLUNTARILY VIEWING.
Sorry about that.
I've been asked to focus on an anti-inflammatory diet, and I've discovered some interesting things, and I have a nummy, simple little recipe for you here in a second, but first a public service announcement, which I really feel I have to share:
ALCOHOL MAKES YOU FAT IN TWO WAYS
I know, I know; I'm a huge buzz-kill (literally! ha!), but every. single. site. that I went to pointed out that alcohol has terrible effects on your body.
In the first place, it's the opposite of anti-inflammatory, and it actually makes you swell as your body deals with the light poison it is being fed.
Secondly, and more importantly, alcohol is just FULL of completely nutritionless calories. Every diet site, every anti-inflammatory site, and even Mr. Alton Brown himself tell me that cutting alcohol will help you slim down. If you must, Brown suggests one big, hearty drink a week. A nice glass of wine on a Friday evening, or a stiff cocktail once a week, is his recommendation.
I'm not preaching, honestly, and I'm not saying, "Drink will ruin your life!!" But I did want to put out there that alcohol will make you swell up, so if that's something you're concerned about, cut back, or eliminate it completely.
Every drink you don't have helps!
Okay, enough of that. Let's get on with the nummy!
Okay, I nearly NEVER link to other people's sites, because... well, because I want you to stay here. Don't go!!
That said, this is fascinating, and informative: DR WEIL'S ANTI INFLAMMATORY DIET PYRAMID
Reading through that, I decided to put together a quick, easy, delicious meal that followed (most) of the rules, and
was (nearly) 100% anti-inflammatory, to help me deal with my body's irrational decision to be all annoying and stuff.
1 piece of frozen salmon (it's cheap, and it's delicious when cooked properly; if you use fresh, cut the cooking time in half!!)
1 small knob of ginger, skin off, diced fine
1 clove of garlic, diced fine
1 tbsp onion, diced fine (I use freeze-dried onions for this, as the water that cooks out of the frozen salmon rehydrates them perfectly; if you use fresh salmon, use fresh onions)
2 tbsp black rice vinegar (this is a treat I found at the local Chinese grocery store; it's AMAZINGLY fragrant and delicious)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil
1 healthy pinch sea salt
1 tbsp butter, diced from cold
1 good grind fresh black pepper (NOTE: This is actually an inflammatory thing, and you should avoid pepper, peppers, pepperoni, Pepper Potts... but a little bit won't kill you, and it's just good seasoning)
... AND NO SOY SAUCE
I know. I was totally heading in a completely Asian direction, but had to pull up on soy sauce. It's like alcohol; it's on everyone's list of "things you definitely have to avoid". I LOVE soy sauce, and it would be beautiful with all of this, but it's one of the most common allergens, and Dr Weil advises that if you must eat soy products, you should do it in "solid forms", which leaves soy sauce right out. ** sigh **
Okay, so get all of the above together, and wrap it up in a nice envelope of HEAVY DUTY ALUMINUM FOIL.
Then crank up your oven to BROIL.
When it's good and cracking, pop the envelope onto the medium shelf, and cook for 30 minutes.
Unwrap, pour onto plate, and stuff in face.
This is a recipe for one, but of course you can just make as many envelopes as you have people, and they'll all be done at the same time, and they'll all be delicious.
Sometimes, we find adventure in the strangest places, and this has definitely been one of them. I can testify that this is actually a wonderfully delicious meal, and it will help if you're feeling poorly. Eat it in good health! I had it tonight with a little green salad on the side for a lovely, healthy meal!
Tomorrow, ADVENTURE!! :)