LID, Day 8: Picture of my lunch

One of my little quirks is I get particularly pleased with myself when I can create something at home that looks restaurant-worthy. I always joke to my wife: “I need to take a picture of my lunch today.” Today is one of those days.

For starters, we’re having the LID pizza tonight, so I wanted to save all my four servings of grains so I could have a reasonable amount of pizza. I’m not sure how many servings one piece of pizza is, but wanted to be safe. I’ve already figured out breakfast with no meat or grains (egg white omelette and fruit), and the pizza tonight is veggie, so I had to have a lunch no grains, although I could have meat. Can’t do a sandwich without grains, so I made this grilled chicken salad. The salad had lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, mushrooms and the really good vinaigrette from the LID cookbook. Since it is just a salad, and I’m a real man, I of course had to make it huge. There’s a bowl of watermelon on the side (nice color addition, huh) and a glass of iced tea. That’s a whole chicken breast in there, and it weighed just under my alloted 5 ounces.

But, wait, there’s more! As I mentioned before, my daughter and I have been fooling around with various types of candy we could make, mostly chocolate-covered fruits. I had a hankering to try to make my own peanut-butter cups, but I couldn’t do it when the kids were home, because my 8-year-old son is allergic to nuts. So I did it after lunch. I just melted the chocolate chips (dairy-free, salt-free) in the microwave, then poured a little into these mini cupcake papers. I plopped on a little squeeze of natural peanut butter (salt-free, obviously), and then poured more chocolate on top. I gave the cups a little jiggle to smooth out the top, then stuck ’em in the fridge (not the freezer!) for 15 minutes.


Sorry for the poor lighting. I would have looked around to get a better picture, but I ate it first. Tasty!

Anyway, the point to all this is to not be worried about the  LID. I’ve had a lot of good stuff over the first week. It just takes a little more effort.

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