Why the healthy eats, you ask?

Tuna, tomato, cucmber sanwich with pine nut hummus as “dressing”

 

Hello All!

I will normally post my recipes under the Cookbook Menu Tab, however this recipe comes with a little bit more! I wanted to share WHY I cook the way I do and what motivates me to do so. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis back in December of 2011, when I was 19 years old. If you don’t know what ulcerative colitis is, it is an inflammatory bowel disease which is the result of an abnormal response by my body’s immune system. Normally, the cells and proteins that make up the immune system protect you from infection. But in my case, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria, and other materials in the GI tract for foreign or invading substances. When this happens, my body sends white blood cells into the lining of my intestines, where they produce chronic inflammation and ulcerations. OUCH!

With all of my health complications regularly occurring, my doctors have not been able to state I am in “remission”. Instead they are investigating whether or not I was mis-diagnosed, and if I have a case of chrons disease. But we will get to that another day!

The main reason I cook so healthy, and cook with whole foods, mostly organic, is because of this disease I have! Not only does eating healthy help with the ulcerative colitis, but it is just generally good for my body to begin with. (And my husband’s body, and my kids’ bodies, etc)

So instead of the boring “chicken, brown rice, and veggies” people usually associate with “healthy” eating, I like to get a little more than creative with it! This recipe I came up with is very flexible when it comes to ingredients. The bottom line is, sweet potatoes make great bread replacements!

Take your sweet potato slices, about 1/4 inch thick max, and place them in your TOASTER. That’s right, I said it. TOASTER. Like where you put your bagels and such 🙂 Toast the sweet potato slices for TWO ROUNDS (2x longer than you’d normally toast your bagels!) Careful when they’re finished because they will be hot! Personally, I was too eager my first time and totally burnt my fingers and then dropped it on my dog – lol.

Once the yummy sweet ‘taters are toasted and tender, get out your tuna,cucumbers, hummus, and tomatoes! Assemble your sandwich, and then DEVOUR!

I also turned mine into open faced sandwiches which I have pictured below!

Hope you enjoy!

Open Faced Sweet Potato Sanwdwich! From left to right: Tuna + Tomatoe, Hummus + Cucumber, Egg Whites + Acocado. Not Pictured: Plain Oikos Greek Yogurt topped with creamy almond butter!