Danny’s restricted diet (no fat, low sodium, low/no sugars, no processed foods, no juice concentrates), following last year’s stroke, has been further limited since his recent heart attack and quadruple bypass. He can have only fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken, turkey, skim milk, nuts, and very little lean red meat; besides no white bread, he cannot have any potatoes, rice, most pasta, or fried foods. I’ve been scrambling for suitable meals, as his appetite increases, and created several so far…
Recipe of the Week: Corn and Whole Wheat Quesadilla
corn and whole wheat tortillas
low-sodium black beans
mild green chilis, whole or diced
roasted chicken breast, cut into thin strips
low-sodium Swiss cheese
1. Drain and rinse black beans and place in food processor. Whip them into spreadable consistency.
2. Drain whole chilis, rinse off seeds, and separate into strips.
3. Cut slices of Swiss cheese in half or a third.
4. Place nonstick skillet or griddle on medium heat. Spread black beans onto tortilla. Place chicken pieces on top. Sprinkle with cumin. Cover with chilis. Top with cheese. Place in skillet and top with another tortilla. After 5 mintues, carefully flip over and cook another 5 minutes. Repeat for as many as needed. (We only had one each.) Serve with fruit salad and/or sliced avocado.
Options: 1)To avoid cheese altogether, spread black beans on both tortillas. 2)If you like spicy, use chili powder and hotter peppers. 3)Substitute regular corn tortillas.
Thought of the Week: With the arteries of my husband, mother, and father now bypassed or stented, as well as Dad’s bleeding intestinal ulcer cauterized and our son-in-law’s heel cyst removed, I may be able to settle down. Although I have never believed in thirteen as being a superstitious number, the first quarter of 2013 has me wondering. It began with Mom on New Year’s Day and has been practically non-stop emergencies and critical care until Danny came home from the hospital on March 23rd and Mom and Dad were discharged on the 27th from hospital and rehab, respectfully. The nurses on the 3rd floor of Christus Santa Rosa New Braunfels know us all by name now, and vice versa. Let’s pray they’ll have time to forget us before we see them again.
A tremendous THANKS to Christus Santa Rosa New Braunfels for your excellent care!