Autoimmune Recipe – Turkey Rice Soup with Grilled Fish Salad

Turkey Rice Soup with Grilled Fish Salad

Here’s a great autoimmune recipe that works well with those that have an autoimmune disease (especially gut-related).  The turkey and the rice can be substituted or removed in the turkey rice soup and you can use just about any type of white fish in the grilled fish salad (my favorites are cod, grouper, and corvina).

turkey soup and grilled fish salad

Turkey Rice Soup

Brown Rice Recipe (Takes 1-hour to complete)

  • 1 Cup gluten-free organic brown rice
  • 1 Tbsp (or more) minced garlic or chop up garlic cloves
  • Chop up 1/8 yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Ground Pepper
  • 2 Cups Water

On medium heat, add coconut oil, onions, and ground pepper.  Let it fry up for 2-3 minutes (onions soft and/or translucent), add in garlic for another minute. Add in rice & water, cover until it boils.  Reduce heat to low, uncover & stir, cover again for 50 minutes.

Turkey Soup (Takes 1-hour to complete)

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 2 cups sweet onion
  • 1 1/2 Serrano Pepper or 1 Jalapeno removing some seeds
  • 6 Cups Water
  • 5-7 carrots
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch curly / Italian parsley
  • 4-5 cups cooked turkey
  • 1 cup of coconut or almond milk (if you can handle dairy, use cream)
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 cup peas
  • 5 minced garlic cloves
  • Sea Salt to taste

Chop up the carrots, celery, onion, parsley, turkey, and garlic and set aside.  Add in the oil, saute the celery & onion with pepper & Serrano / Jalapeno for 5-7 minutes.  Bring water to a boil, add in bay leaves, carrots, garlic, parsley and meat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Add in coconut milk, corn, peas and (Optional) veggies like Swiss Chard, Kale, and/or Spinach and simmer for another 15 minutes..  Combine cooked rice and enjoy!

Grilled Fish Salad

This recipe comes from Whole Foods.  You can substitute the vinaigrette on the fish for other herb-based vinaigrettes out there.  My choice is a local raw vegan organic like this one.

  • 1 pound white fish (I used Cod)
  • Coconut oil (Brush on fish)
  • 6 tablespoons prepared red wine vinaigrette
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 5 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 large tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted Niçoise or Kalamata olives
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons drained capers

Prepare a grill for high heat cooking and oil grill grates. Brush swordfish with 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette and sprinkle with the fennel, salt and pepper. Let sit for a few minutes and then brush / add on the coconut oil to reduce sticking to grill.  Grill the fish, turning it once  until nicely browned (with grill marks) and just opaque in the center, 8 to 9 minutes.

Toss spinach, tomato and red onion with the remaining vinaigrette and mound the mixture on a platter. Scatter with olives and capers. Cut the fish into chunks, arrange it on top of the salad and serve.

Day 21 Food Reboot

“Uniqueness” of the Day:  What I thought was a flare-up, turned out to be getting worse. On day 19, the coconut water & coconut meat may have activated it or not.  This time I honestly thought that the food would come in & start to reverse some of the shooting pains & inflammation.  In reality (for now), AS flares up and won’t let go until I take the Enbrel and when I start to get this kind of pain, I need to get  back on Enbrel as soon as I can.  Instead of cycling it 1X / 2 weeks, I will start using it as-needed while my body heals itself through healthy food. If I don’t, my body continues to degrade the longer I delay taking Enbrel after the initial shooting pains arrive.  Even after the Advil wore off, the inflammation continued to be reduced.  For now, combinations of Enbrel and eating healthy are working.

UPDATE 12/2/12:  February 7th is the last time I took Enbrel.

Waking Up:  Went to bed at 10:30 and got up at  3:30am and the inflammation and shooting pains are unbearable at this point.  Although I did not want to, I ended up taking an Advil for the immediate pain and took my Enbrel at 4am.  I went back to bed at 4:45am and got up at 7:45am with much less pain (but still some shooting pains coming out of bed).

Breakfast:  Green Smoothie
  • 2 cups red grapes
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 large pear, cored
  • 1 cup wild frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of dulse flakes
  • 6 to 8 ounces filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon bee pollen
  • 1 small slice of turmeric (look at #11) & ginger root – both reduce pain & inflammation
Directions:  Blend together water, banana and grapes. Then, add blueberries and blend. Add remaining ingredients and blend on high for 30 seconds or until smooth.

Synopsis of Breakfast: Definitely one of the better smoothies of the bunch.  Nice even taste & the texture is a little chunky.

Lunch Menu: Avocado-Lime Soup
  • 2 green apples, cored
  • 2 large cucumbers, chopped
  • ½ lime, peeled
  • ½ medium avocado, peeled and pitted
  • about ¼ cup water

Directions:  Chop 1 apple, 1 cucumber and the lime. Add the chopped ingredients the avocado and water to your blender. Blend until creamy. Add more water for a thinner consistency. Next, finely chop the remaining apple and cucumber and mix into soup base right before serving.

Synopsis of Lunch:  Tasted better than I thought & I did eat it unheated.  The soup’s consistency is thick enough to make as a light dip for other vegetables too.  This recipe made for two bowls and in the future I would suggest making 1/2 this recipe + adding some collard green wraps and/or something else to balance the dish out with enough variety.

Dinner Menu:  Green Smoothie

  • 5 oranges, peeled and deseeded
  • 3 cups kale, chopped (subbed swiss chard – all out of kale)
  • 2 bananas, peeled (subbed 1)
Directions:  Blend the fruit together. Add kale and blend on high for 30 seconds.
…and I decided to combine this as a side meal with parts of my “snack” they suggested:
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Brazil nut
  • 4 medium carrots, carrots (subbed 2)
  • Added raisins
  • 1 large apple, cored
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 6 to 8 ounces filtered
Carrot Soup Directions:  Blend together the water and apple. Add remaining ingredients and blend on high for 1 minute.

Synopsis of Dinner: Just before dinner I felt full due to drinking the water + fiber supplement + whatever else I had today.  But I know I’m hungry because I’m feeling light-headed.  During the meal I was able to eat the carrots, raisins, & nuts & 1/2 the smoothie and it took me 2 1/2 hours to finish the other glassful of smoothie.  Although I don’t feel shooting pains, I’m feeling kind of woozy.  I’m pretty sure it’s the excessive amount of food I had.  As a sidenote, I found the drink to be warm which I was told was due to the chemical reaction in the smoothie or the way that oranges get blended makes it combustive.

Evening inflammation check:  Inflammation is a 2 out of 10 vs. yesterday which was more like an 8 out of 10 on the pain scale.

Gas / Bloating Check:  Standard day during the food reboot & had some BMs due to large amounts of food.  The bloating & gas was there, but minimal compared to the rest of the days.

We Made It!:  Hopefully by now you can tell that my intentions were helping others as I’ve been helped.  If you’ve just finished, send me a comment & let me know your experience.

Day 10 Food Reboot

Unique Events for the Day: Tackled a Chinese Buffet today.  It’s a landmine of Starches and inflammation foods.  Look at the dinner portion to check out & see what I got.

Waking Up:  Went to bed at 11:30pm & got up at 6:30am with the right leg / buttock area of inflammation with shooting pains.  While I see improvement in the continual pain, the shooting pains are at their worst when I’m sitting for too long or out of bed.

Chiropractor: Head alignment machine, Pettibon / Wobble Chair, neck & lower back / spine adjusted, neck alignment for 12 minutes, Head weights 2X per day (10 min. morning & evening) + Denny roll 1X in evening (20 min.)

Morning Physical Symptom Check:  My normal stiff lower & less mid-back (less than moderate stiffness), I’m fine turning my head all the way + the chiropractor saw a major improvement.  Smoothie gave me another boost this morning & really helps out the tiredness & pain.

Smoothie Recipe (Papaya-Banana Smoothie Recipe) Papaya might not be completely ripe, but I’m not waiting any longer…
•1 frozen banana
•2 Cups Papaya
•4 Cups Swiss Chard
• 1 Cup Frozen Berries
• Almond Butter (1 Tbsp)
•3 to 4 ounces of filtered water
• Bee Pollen (1 Tbsp)
Synopsis of Smoothie:  Yep, this works.  It’s got a nice, even taste to it & doesn’t seem overly sweet.  I can easily see subbing Kale & spinach.  Made 2-2 1/2 glassfuls.
Lunch Menu:  Nutty Mixed-Up Salad (Jason’s Deli)
Nutty Salad - Jason's Deli
  • Natural, grilled chicken breast
  • organic field greens
  • grapes
  • feta
  • nuts
  • dried cranberries
  • pumpkin seeds
  • raisins
  • strawberries
  • organic apples
  • citrus balsamic vinaigrette
Synopsis of Lunch:  Salad was quite tasty.  However, it wasn’t big enough and I ate more of the tomato soup from Day 9 with raw broccoli (heated up in the saucepan).
  • bean sprouts
  • broccoli
  • squid
  • red peppers
  • onion
  • green beans
  • salmon
  • imitation crab (1 small piece)
  • shrimp
  • egg drop soup (1 spoonful – my friend Mary Anne mentioned they usually use corn starch to thicken the soup – NSD nightmare!)
  • pineapple
  • oranges
  • fish eggs & seaweed (I did not eat the rice underneath nor the fried tofu “breading” around it)
Synopsis of Meal:  So I went a little crazy here tonight.  It’s Friday night and I don’t want another salad.  Except for the fruit, everything was cooked and I could tell a big difference. After eating all this food I still felt hungry.  Even as I write I feel hungry.  Clearly there are some nutritional deficiencies when eating cooked food covered with sauces.  The Mongolian Bar they had (look at 1st picture of cooked food on the left) did have raw ingredients that they prepared to cook for you.  I wouldn’t grab it because they’ve got the buckets of meat right next to it.  To me that’s asking for food poising.  I’d rather be hungry than sick.

Evening inflammation check:  Right thigh & right buttocks area  are noticeable, but ok.  Still my biggest issue is the shooting pains when I get out of bed. The worst is during the Denny roll exercise.  That pain is brief, but it hits around a 9 out 10 on the pain scale.  I’m anxious to get that issue out of my life. Stiffness in lower back – not bad, but noticeable.  I added a helpful lumbar support in the car so that my sacroiliatic joint areas (lowest parts of back) don’t press against the seat;  only my mid-lower back does.