As I’ve said before, cooking for David now that he has so many dietary restrictions has not been easy. Some days I feel like pulling my hair out for ideas, and other days it just sort of happens. Here was a success that lasted for 2 lunches for him:
Prep time: 30 minutes
3 large cloves of fresh garlic, crushed
1/2 onion, chopped (optional)
1 eggplant, cubed
3 small yellow squash, cubed
1/2 – 1 carton of cherry tomatoes, halved
2 small zucchini, cubed
2 healthy sized sprigs of fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon of dried oregano leaf
Freshly ground salt and pepper
3 thin boneless pork chops
1 large avocado, sliced on top
1 tablespoon chia seeds sprinkled on top
Stir-fry the vegetables, basil, and spices in olive oil till fully cooked. In another pan stir-fry meat cut into bite sized cubes (I imagine this dish would be as good with chicken as with pork) in olive oil, with salt and pepper. Once fully cooked, mix the meat into the other vegetables. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve up with sliced avocado and chia seeds as garnish toppings. For extra dietary restrictive friendly calories, you could melt some Ghee (clarified butter) into the vegetables.
Including the toppings this recipe provided roughly 1200 calories. For someone like David it’s difficult to get enough calories in a day since the Paleo diet plus the extra restrictions he’s on consist of nearly entirely low-calorie foods. This meal is a great healthy and tasty way to get the nutrients in the vegetables, as well as the calories for burning energy! David’s verdict was to keep this recipe, and make it anytime I want!