So I just recently finished the Candida Diet and I must say it was quite the ride.
When Dr. Kirk first showed me her Candida book and I looked up all the foods that I could and more importantly COULDN'T have, I really never thought I could make it six weeks. Not to mention the reaction of my family, friends and roommates who all thought I was crazy for even attempting such a difficult endeavour.
So far I can truly say it has been such a worthwhile journey. I find it easier getting up in the morning, I am more alert throughout the day and I just feel more like myself, a healthier more energetic version of myself I suppose.
Working in the clinic I have also had the opportunity to meet many others going through or commencing the Candida Diet and I thought it may be worthwhile and useful to many of you to share some of the more successful recipes I have concocted (or copied).
My favourite recipe so far, hands down, has been the Super Sunflower-Bean Burgers from Jeanne Marie Martin's "Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook" (pg 397 incase you also have it).
These burgers are 100% delectable! I actually eat them for lunch, dinner, snack, everything. They go down just like cookies!
So here's what the recipe calls for:
~1 cup cooked, mashed beans (pinto, kidney, adzuki or black) I just used pinto and it worked fine.
~1 cup vegetable pulp from a juicer or finely chopped steamed vegetables like carrots, celery, broccoli, peppers.
~1/2 cup ground raw sunflower seeds
~1 tbls ground raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
~1/2-3/4 cup amaranth or teff flour
~1/2 cup finely chopped onion (I personally don't add onion and it still works just fine)
~3 teaspoons dried parsley
~2-3 teaspoons simmered tamari soy sauce or 1/2 homemade vegetable bouillon cube
~1/2 tsp basil and dill weed
~1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
~several dashes cayenne
And finally for the instructions:
1) Precook and mash the beans.
2) Mix all the ingredients together and add extra flour if the mixture is too wet.
3) Shape the mixture into 6 or so burgers about 1/4" thick and 4" in diameter.
4a) Broil on a flat surface for 8-10 mins on one side then 5-8 on the other side.
4b) Bake at 375oF for 25-30 mins.
5) Enjoy with homemade Ketchup (which is one of the easiest things to make EVER!
Just simmer 2 tbsp of tomato paste with 2-4 tbsp water and a squirt of tamari soy sauce and lemon or lime juice for 5 minutes and stir often. You can store this for 2 or 3 days in the fridge too.
And Voil�!! You now have delectable Burgers that are both nutritious and delicious! Feel free to share with family and friends or just freeze the extras for yourself for future use.
Hope this recipe was helpful to all of you. I will be keeping in contact for the next while, adding other delectable recipes, words of advice, helpful hints and of course support and encouragement.
Until then, HAPPY EATING!!
p.s. I'm in the office on Wednesdays and most Saturdays if anyone would like to share experiences or swap recipes!