Right before our New Orleans trip, I learned that I have Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid. Similar to Celiac sufferers, people with Hashimoto’s have a sensitivity to gluten/wheat. Eating foods that contain these items can exacerbate hypothyroid symptoms. Do not want.
In usual hippie form, I’m attempting to treat this as naturally as possible. The first thing I did when the doctor told me I had this disease was dread my hair and douse myself with patchouli. Okay, not really. The first thing I did was go to my dear friend Google and search for foods that were known to Chuck-Norris-kick thyroids into functioning and incorporate them in my diet. Vice versa for the foods that inhibit thyroid function. In addition, I’ve cut out most refined sugars, aspartame, and now stick to lean meat (I need to avoid soy as well — not easy considering I was vegetarian upon diagnosis) and fruits/veggies.
With all that said, here is my cook-something-new-once-a-month recipe for May, which [from now on] will be Hashimoto’s friendly.
*I substituted bread crumbs with rice crumbs and substituted fresh herbs with dried. I put the patty on a bed of spring green mix and topped it with lemon juice. Super easy!