Indian Meat + Peas Recipe {Iodine Free}

January 1, 2017

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This past year came and went with it’s own set of challenges. It was not an easy year. Along with a shift in my career (and the husband’s), a move, my eldest graduating from high school, I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. And unfortunately, I have the type of Thryroid Cancer(differentiated thyroid cancer) that should it spread, it’s the aggressive kind. In the 24 days that it took for me to find the lump in my neck(July 4th) to the day of my surgery(July 28th), I walked around in a state of unorganized clarity.

I was fortunate, I did not need chemo. But I did have to do a round of radiation(Radioiodine). Which meant that I had to be on a very strict, iodine free diet 14 days prior to my treatment. I could basically eat nothing and because salt is in everything, eating out was not allowed. I tried hard, giving my dietary limitations, to be creative, but it was so hard! After day 10, I became so disinterested in food that, I basically lost my appetite. I did, however, find a few dishes that I enjoyed and this meat and peas saved me on more days than I can count.

Right now, I continue to be monitored. MRI’s and full body scans have become part of my new venacular. Spending time in the “Nuclear Medicine Unit” at Cedars has become all too familiar and taking a daily dose of a thyroid replacement hormone is my new normal. “Cancer” makes you re-evaluate, makes you think about the inevitable, and made me think about how I want to “live”.

So, as I head into a new year, I take each day. I am trying to find the positive in often times too much negative, and I no longer spend time doing what doesn’t bring me joy nor spend time with those that don’t embrace me for exactly who I am. I am hopeful for a better 2017 and grateful that I get to have a new perspective.

Happy New Year! Cheers to new beginnings!!

Indian Meat + Peas

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon iodized salt
10 oz. frozen, organic peas
3 cups cooked basmati rice

• in a small castiron pan, heat a little olive oil
• saute turkey until it is no longer pink. remove to a bowl and set aside.
• add more oil if needed and saute onions until translucent, about 10 minutes.
• add garlic, ginger and saute for 1 minute.
• add spices and mix for 1 minute until fragrant.
• add peas. heat through.
server over basmati rice


{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth Baumgartner January 17, 2017 at 11:11 am

Praying for a continued healthy recovery!


2 Susan January 18, 2017 at 8:58 am

Hi Beth! I so appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Challenges somehow turn into triumphs and this is what makes us stronger! Much love and light in the new year – for all of us!! xx


3 Cheryl - Pook's Pantry January 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Wow. So glad you caught it early on and were fortunate in your diagnosis.


4 Susan January 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

Thank you, Cheryl! I love your blog and find all of this so and this community so inclusive and healing!! Good things to come this year for you, me, and all of us! xx


5 Liz January 17, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Oh, Susan, I am so glad you found and acted on the lump before it metastasized. I’m certain that rocked your world and still does. Wishing you a much less stressful 2017!


6 Susan January 18, 2017 at 8:56 am

Thanks so much Liz, and so fantastic to meet you. This is an interesteing platform to share stuff like this, but the support and feedback is always so comforting and healing. I am very positive about the year ahead and look forward to getting to know you better! xx


7 Kristen Chidsey January 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Oh Susan. I am so sorry for all you are dealing with. Praying that you will be cancer free from here on out. And cheers to a new beginning!


8 Susan January 18, 2017 at 8:55 am

Thank you so much, Kristen. As mentioned in my last comment, this community helps and sharing on this type of platform is oddly cathartic! And yes, CHEERS to new beginnings!!! xx


9 Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen January 18, 2017 at 6:08 am

I am so sorry you have faced such a stressful battle, but so glad it has turned out well. I hope this new year is much much better for you!!! And so glad you were able to create this yummy recipe to help you through, and to share with the rest of us! It looks delicious. 🙂


10 Susan January 18, 2017 at 8:53 am

Thank you so much, Ashlyn. I wasn’t going to share this, but so many of my “virtual” friends has asked me to share my story. And with a pending, additional round of radiation, I just felt now was the right time. I am doing well and staying positive! This community helps!! xx


11 Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) January 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm

This looks so flavorful!


12 Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 18, 2017 at 4:51 pm

I wish you the best of health! This looks like a very flavorful dish.


13 Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons January 18, 2017 at 7:15 pm

Here are a few prayers, but I know you’ll kick cancer’s ass. Peace,


14 Susan March 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm

F Cancer!!! Right?! xx


15 Allison - Celebrating Sweets January 18, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Wishing you health and happiness. What a scary journey you’ve been on.


16 Susan March 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Thanks, Allison! It’s such a surreal journey – never expected to be spending my days in the “nuclear medicine unit” at Cedars! I felt like I was writing a movie rather than battling cancer! Ugh…Life… we must live in the moment and take a big, long breath!!


17 Elizabeth January 19, 2017 at 8:36 am

I’m so sorry to learn of your diagnosis. Thank you for sharing the news with us.

And the recipe looks fabulous! I’m so glad you were able to find something that you enjoyed and that fit your diet during such a hard time.

Peace and good health to you.


18 Susan March 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Thank you Elizabeth. I know I am going to get through this and I so appreciate your well wishes!


19 Serena January 19, 2017 at 7:01 pm

Good thoughts and prayers for a full recovery!


20 Susan March 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm

thanks, Serena. Your well wishes are so comforting!


21 Megan @ MegUnprocessed January 20, 2017 at 1:06 am

Those seasonings sound good!


22 Susan March 3, 2017 at 5:17 pm

I love indian spices – they rock my world!


23 Jenny | Honey and Birch January 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Good luck with your continued recovery! Salt is overrated 😉


24 Susan March 3, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Hi Jenny! Thank you – everyone has been so generous with their thoughts and prayers and it is so comforting!! xx


25 michele January 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

Continued wellness in your recovery! <3
Thanks for sharing your story~~.


26 Susan March 3, 2017 at 5:17 pm

thanks, Michele! I was asked by another blogger to share and I am glad I did!


27 Nancy January 27, 2017 at 10:01 am

Sending prayers your way. So sorry to hear your news but sounds like you are responding well. This dish does look comforting, healing and best of all, easy! Think I will give it a try this week. Take care!


28 Susan March 3, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Thanks Nancy. It’s still a process, but one that I am embracing


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