Lemons 'n Lyme

When life gives you lemons, use them to beat Lyme


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Crock Pot Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Veggies Plus A Rant on Insurance

Well, for those of you with Lyme you know how annoying insurance can be. They won’t cover this blah blah blah. I honestly don’t know too much about the health care system in the US and I wish i knew more, it is just so dang confusing! Anyway, We recently got new insurance. My old insurance was FANTASTIC, they covered a lot and payed for all my meds (besides a 10 or 20 dollar copay…. no big deal). Well I went to refill 3 of my 6 prescriptions today.  THAT WAS EXPENSIVE! Our new insurance SUCKS. They barely cover my meds. One of the medications I’m on is extremely expensive and I’m scared for when I need to refill that (in about a week)… they probably won’t cover much of it and I know I certainly don’t get paid enough at work to afford it. My parents help me out so much already and pay for the rest of my treatment, but I don’t want them to have to pay anymore! It’s not fair. It’s not my fault I got sick.

Okay, on to the recipe. You get one picture because my camera lens is still broken and I could barely manage to get a descent pic with the reverse camera on my iphone. I really need to take it in… ANYWHO:

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Sooo appetizing looking, I know. Contain yourselves.

Crock Pot Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Veggies:

Ingredients:

4 sausages (whatever flavor you like, I love the spicy italian! Make sure you get good quality sausages here, the flavor just isn’t the same with pre-cooked or knock off brands or anything like that)

2 large sweet potatoes

2 yellow onions

3/4 bag of collard greens (I buy pre-cut/pre-washed greens that come in a bag like spinach. If you don’t have access to that it is probably about 5 cups? I’ll try and find out for you guys 🙂 )

1/2 cup of chicken broth

1 tbs. salt

pepper to taste

1 tbs. paprika

1.5 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. cumin

Peel and chop your sweet potato into chunks. Slice our onion so you have strips (not all chopped/diced up). Place onion and sweet potato chunks in a bowl, add your spices and mix it up.

Layer some of the sweet potato on the bottom of the crock pot. Place your sausages in. Add the rest of your onion and sweet potato. Pour in the chicken broth.

Set your crockpot to low for 4 hours. When you have about 2 hours left, add in your collard greens. Sprinkle on some more salt and pepper and mix in the greens with the other veggies just a little. Continue cooking for the remaining time or until sweet potatoes are soft and done and your sausage is cooked through. (If it seems like everything else is cooked but your sausage is still pink, try and fish them out and cut them up into chunks- they’ll cook faster).

Eat warm! This makes about 4 servings.


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Sugar-Free Banana Coconut Protein Cookies

Sorry, no picture. I ate them all before I could snap a shot. Just kidding… sorta. My camera lens is messed up and I need to get it fixed.

Ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup almond butter (or nut butter of choice)

2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (I use Vitol 100% egg white protein powder- all natural ingredients, very minimal, doesn’t make my stomach hurt and tastes delicious!

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tbs. coconut oil

1/2 cup chocolate chips/chopped dark chocolate (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash bananas and combine with the nut butter. Add in the rest of the wet ingredients and beat well.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl then add in to the wet, mixing everything together. If using chocolate, fold in now.

Place dollops on a greased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Flatten with back of the spoon OR tap tray gently a few times on the counter.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

 

If your bananas are ripe enough it makes the cookies plenty sweet! The vanilla protein powder doesn’t hurt either ;). If you use plain protein powder, you could add in a little stevia (maybe 1 tbs? taste test it!). 


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Long Time, No Post

Wow, it’s been a while. I’ve been on winter break for school and off doing all sorts of things that do not involve blogging. Why don’t I catch you up on life then?

Hmm… Christmas was nice, it was spent with my parents back home.

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I then proceeded to get sick on Christmas day. I think I just came down with a bad cold. But it took me out for the week! Sadly, I spent the remainder of my time in DC in my bed :/.

Back out to Colorado I came for New Years, which was fun. I got to spend time with friends all week and even went skiing!

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It was cold and I was sore and out of skiing shape. But very fun! I recovered from being sick just in time and luckily didn’t have a Lyme attack after the big day (which I feared might happen!).

I then headed out to Oregon to visit my aunt. The trip was a blast and I just got home last night. My aunt and I went skiing, we celebrated my birthday, and did lots of shopping. The perfect girls week trip :). We even got massages- yay! I am feeling pretty worn out from all the traveling and plan on resting a bunch this week before school starts. I also plan on doing some cooking and baking this upcoming week so I will *hopefully* have a new recipe for you guys!

My best friend, Ammie, has left for an adventure to do Semester At Sea. I’m going to miss her this semester but I know she will have a blast. She’s going to be traveling around the world on a ship and posting about her adventures on her blog- check it out if your interested.

I arrived back to Colorado to a present from my roommate (who is studying abroad in England this semester!)….

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HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! She’s the best. now all my pills are in one giant organizer… it doesn’t even fit in my cabinet! I feel so crazy with it but it’s just what I need 🙂 #lymeproblems