Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sausage, Pepper and Onions, my Farewell dish to eating Delicious Flavorful Food - Hello Bland Diet!!!

For days,
I have been feeling like there is something stuck in my throat.
It does not hurt,
and I am able to swallow with no problem.
So I called to make an appointment with my doctor.
No swollen tonsils,
definitely not suffering from a cold.
So she ordered a thyroid test,
and to see an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.
The next day,
off I went to see the ENT Specialist and after examining me,
he could not find anything lodge in my throat.
The only explanation he said,
 because I have GERD,
the acid might have been irritating my esophagus.
And he ordered me to seriously change my diet
to a GERD bland diet.
I have been given a special diet by my primary doctor
since she diagnosed that I have GERD a few years back.
I have to stay away from spices,
tomatoes, garlic, onions, citrus fruits, dairy,
oily/fatty food, mint, chocolate, 
and the list just goes on and on and on.
I love food, I love my spices,
and I most especially love my citrus fruits,
 mint & chocolate.
I have been ignoring the diet that was ordered,
and I have been eating whatever I want.
So now my symptoms are getting worst.
Stubborn me!!!
The specialist ordered for me to get a Barrium Swallow.
And let me tell you that Barrium sulphate suspension I had to drink
while I am having the Ultrasound,
was disgusting!!!
I am still awaiting for the results.
Hopefully, I have not damaged my esophagus from my stubborness.
This will be so hard for me to blog about food.
I will make food, taste it, but I can't eat it.
I will just salivate while my family and friends enjoy the dishes I make.
And guess what I am craving today?

The ingredients is a perfect example
of the

goodbye curries, goodbye peppers, goodbye tomatoes,
goodbye grapefruit, goodbye mint and chocolate!!!
Chocolate???!!!! Maybe!!! 
I promise this will be the last spicy dish I will be eating.
This will serve as my last meal before I sentence myself to a very bland diet.
I feel like I am  being force to walk the plank then jump off the ocean.
This is Death!!!

this doesn't mean I am going to stop posting delicious flavorful dishes.
Like I said,
I will make it, I just can't eat it.


2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
4 Andouille Sausage,  cut into 1 inch pieces
         (you can use Sweet/Spicy Italian sausages if you prefer)
1/2 of a Medium Onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Green Pepper, sliced
1 Red Bepper, sliced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • In a 12 inch skillet, heat on medium-high heat, saute onions until golden brown.
  • Add garlic, cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add sausages, saute for about 4-5 minutes. (If using italian sausages cook separately according to cooking instructions, set aside to cool and slice into 1 inch pieces).
  • Add the tomato paste and stir.
  • Stir in wine, let it simmer. Stir and scrape brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Simmer. Cook until sauce has reduced and thickened.
  • Add peppers, and saute for another minute.
  • Take out from heat.
  • Brush sub rolls with garlic butter, then toast.
  • Pile the sausage mixture into the sub rolls, and serve.
  • I also love this over thin spaghetti, toss the spaghetti and sausage, peppers and onions in a bowl, sprinkle parmigianno, and serve. 

  • If using Italian sausages you can do 1/2 lb sweet and 1/2 lb spicy. Cook according to cooking instructions. Set aside to cool and cut into 1 inch pieces.
  • You can also use marsala wine instead of dry white wine.
  • My husband loves mushrooms, so you can add that if prefered.


  1. So sorry to hear that you have been prescribed bland food (really sorry!). Being a creative cook, I am sure you can find a way around that. Lovely pasta dish by the way. Take care.

    1. Thank you!You are so sweet!
      I think of this as a challenge.
      Thank you for encouraging me, means a lot coming from one of the best filipino culinary talents.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear this!
    I exactly know how you feel when you say "this is Death".
    My father had the same feeling and it was not for him and the whole family that loves flavorful food.
    I agree with Adora, I am sure you will find a way to make those bland food flavorful.
    I'm glad you'll still be sharing your delicious recipe,I'm your biggest fan.

    1. Oh Cassie! You always know how to uplift my spirits.
      Just like your dad I will find a way to make this bland food
      Challenging but I am up for it.

  3. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog. You left such a sweet comment on my blog this morning, and I wanted to return the favor. I am SO sorry that you are experiencing this awful reflux problem!!! This is particularly problematic because you are obviously an excellent cook. I peeked around your blog a bit, and you have posted some BEAUTIFUL food!!! You do a fantastic job of explaining the recipe procedures, too. That's a wonderful service for people who aren't as proficient in the kitchen! I want to be among the first to wish you the very best of success with your new way of eating. It may be tough at first, but I have a feeling you will be OK over time. I don't know if that reflux thing ever goes away or not. I hope it does!!! Meanwhile, maybe you'll be able to find and post some cool recipes for people who share the same reflux problem so they can benefit from your expertise! :-) Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you so much for stopping by my place!

    1. Thans for dropping by!
      I need all encouragements I can get to get through this bland diet.

  4. What a delicious and easy dish you made here! I love the combination of sausage, pepper and onions. Hope you feel better soon. I know that feeling, and I've had the same condition a few years ago. Thanks for the kind comments on the blog. Happy weekend :-)

    1. Thanks Betty!
      It is super delicious too bad I can't have it anymore. LOL!
      Thanks for visiting. Miss you here!
      Have a great weekend as well!


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