We decided to tiptoe into Stage 2 today. Everyone is feeling well, no bowel issues and the littlest guys are really struggling with soup, soup, soup so we thought we'd try some eggs. I did a sensitivity test on everyone's wrists last night - ghee on one, egg yolk on the other. All clear in the morning!
Breakfast (late Stage 2)
Soft-boiled eggs mashed with ghee
Well, you are supposed to start with a raw yolk in a bowl of soup but I knew that wouldn't fly so I went for the next step which is soft-boiled. Only I don't know how to do that very well and accidentally medium-boiled them. It still worked and they ate them with gusto.
I had leftover beef soup from yesterday with 1 clove of crushed garlic and a raw egg yolk.
Lunch (Stage 1)
Chicken w/acorn squash and peas
To heat the cooked chicken I boiled it in salted broth.
The acorn squash was cut in half then deseeded. Place upside down on a shallow pan with about 1/4 inch water and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until soft. I added a touch of ghee and some salt to each portion.
Boiled frozen peas until mushy.
Dinner (Stage 1)
Broccoli Meatball Soup
Since the meatballs were such a big hit last night we decided to repeat.
I started with a pot of chicken stock and added 1 cooked acorn squash (I cooked extra at lunch) and about 1/2 cup leftover cooked peas. Boiled with 1/2 an onion, chunked, and 1 summer squash, also chunked. When it was soft I pureed with an immersion blender. I brought it back to a boil and shaped the meatballs and dropped them into the broth. They dropped to the bottom then after a minute or two they'd pop back up. They simmered, covered, for 20 minutes or so then I added some frozen broccoli (I defrosted first and cut off all the stalks). I didn't mean to let it cook until the broccoli turned to mush, but I got distracted. It was basically pureed when we served it...I would have preferred the broccoli to be a bit firmer and greener! The meatballs weren't as flavorful as last night - I think it makes a difference to boil them in well-salted broth as opposed to pureed squash soup, but they still ate quite a bit.
Everyone did well today. We're still letting them have a bit of juice now and then, but I got sneaky today and added chicken broth to the juice. I used a ratio of half and half room temperature, unsalted broth and they never knew.
I'm feeling a bit achy, but I can't tell if it's the diet or that I've been on my feet cooking non-stop for the last 3 days or that I'm training for a 5K. Maybe I'm just old.