Healthy and Hearty Meals

My hubby’s favorite meal now…

Sweet and Sour Tofu

tofu (sliced)

1 small bell pepper (sliced)
1 small pineapple chunks (drained, set aside juice)
1/2 tbsp. banana ketchup
1 tbsp. sugar
a pinch of ground black pepper
a pinch of salt
1 tbsp. corn starch

Fry tofu, cut in cubes then set aside. Mix all the ingredients except for tofu and cornstarch. Bring to boil. Dissolve cornstarch in a little water then add to the mixture. Stir until thick. Pour the mixture on top of tofu.

Vegetable Salad

lettuce
big tomato (sliced)
small carrot (grated)
pineapple chunks
thousand island dressing (or your favorite salad dressing)

Mix the vegetables together. Pour salad dressing on top.

*low fat, low calories, low sodium but nutritious

What is Gluten?

My husband gave me a cook book 4 years ago. I love reading cook books but I did not pay much attention to this one because the primary ingredients in its main dishes are gluten and tokwa. I didn’t know what gluten is and I only use tokwa in making “Tokwa’t Baboy”. Last month, because of my husband’s needs I looked for the cook book he gave me.

I learned that the complete protein has all the essential amino acids, they are lysine, threonine, trypthopan and methionine. All these amino acids are present in meat. Sad to say that my husband can not eat meat for now so I need to use other foods that have these amino acids, but other foods has imcomplete protein, like for example, rice is deficient in both lysine and threonine, corn in trypthopan and lysine and beans in methionine. In order to have diet that is complete in protein, it is necessary to combine foods so as to have all the essential amino acids. Some good food combination would be macaroni and cheese, rice and beans, cereal and milk, gluten and tokwa.The doctor advised my husband not to eat beans…cereals and milk are good for breakfast…macaroni and cheese are good for breakfast and snack, so I have no choice but to use gluten and tokwa for the main dishes. What is gluten? Gluten is a substance occuring naturally in wheat. When extracted and cooked with appropriate protein rich food like tokwa, it has the consistency of some types of meat and can thus form an excellent substitue for flesh in the diet.

How to make Gluten

To make your own gluten,mix8 cups of gluten flour (white bread flour is the most common souce in the Philippines) with 2 1/2 to 3 cups of water to make stiff dough. Form into a ball and knead well. Let stand underwater for at least 1/2 hour, or overnight if possible. Wash out the starch by kneading with the hand in the water, being careful to keep the dough together. Pour off the starchy water frequently and continue washing until the water is almost clear.The lump of gluten should next be sliced into choplet-size pieces, 1/2 inch thick and 4 or 5 inches square. Cook for 1 hour in salted water. Seasoning maybe added to the water such as onion, soy sauce and a yeast extract. Refrigerate or freeze until needed. 

I made half of the formula yesterday. The first picture above is the finished product. In the second picture it is like cubed meat. I used it today in stir-fried vegetables (third picture). This is good for vegetarians.

Ginisang Ampalaya w/ Tofu

With my husband’s condition, I’m having a hard time thinking of what to cook everyday. Our body needs protein that can be found on meat but the doctor advised him not to eat meat for 2 months. So I found a way to get as much protein from other foods as we would get if we were to eat meat. I thought of using tofu and gluten instead.

After the day we found out that he has a kidney problem, I cooked ginisang ampalaya (bitter gourd) and used tofu and egg as a substitute for pork. I sauteed onion, garlic and tomatoes to a very little corn oil. I add the ampalaya (sliced thinly). When the amplaya is almost cooked, I add the fried tofu (cubed), add a little water then add 1 pc. egg (beaten).

I didn’t use any seasoning because my husband was advised to eliminate salt from all his food. For those who has no kidney ailment, just add a little fish sauce or powdered seasoning. MSG is optional.

Diet for Patients with “Nephritis”


My husband was detected yesterday of having kidney problem. Not acute but can lead to chronic nephritis if he won’t follow the doctor’s advises. Nephritis refers to inflammation of one or both kidneys. It can be caused by infection.



The doctor advised my husband not to eat sea foods, beans in any form, internal organs, foods rich in oxalic acids like spinach, coffee, cocoa, chocolates. All salts should be eliminated from his meal including other condiments like soy sauce, fish sauce, seasonings, etc. The safest treatment for acute nephritis is fasting. I did a research yesterday and found this at http://www.diethealthclub.com. Just want to share this to those with kidney ailment like my husband.

TREATMENT CHART FOR NEPHRITIS PATIENTS

A – DIET

I. A fast on carrot or orange juice and water for three days. Use warm water enema this period.

II. An all-fruit diet for further three days, with three meals a day at five-hourly intervals.

III. Fruit and milk diet for further five days. In this regimen fresh milk may be added to each fruit meal.

IV. Thereafter, gradually adopt a well-balanced low-protein diet on the following lines:-

1. Upon arising: 25 black raisins soaked overnight in water along with water in which they are soaked.

2. Breakfast: Milk sweetened with honey and fresh fruits such as papaya, banana, apples, grapes, pear, peaches, and pineapple.

3. Lunch: A bowl of freshly-prepared ‘steamed vegetables such as carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, two or three whole wheat wheat tortilla, unsalted butter and a glass of buttermilk.

4. Mid afternoon: A glass of carrot juice or coconut water.

5. Dinner: A large bowl of fresh green vegetable salad. With lemon juice dressing and green gram beans sprouts.

6. Bedtime snack: A glass of milk sweetened with honey.

Avoid: Tea, coffee, flesh foods, salt condiments, sugar, white flour products, refined cereals and foods containing oxalic acid such as spinach chocolate and cocoa.

Take Liberally: Garlic, cucumber, French bean, carrot, bananas, papaya, watermelon and pineapple juice.


Note: Repeat short juice fast followed by all-fruit diet and fruit and milk, diet at intervals of two months.

B – OTHER MEASURES

1. Fresh air, brisk walks, and “yoga”.

2. Avoid all hurry, excitement and late hours.