Need ideas!

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 11:18am
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I know this has been posted before, but I really need some new ideas for dinner. I have a 3 year old and a 19 month old. DD is allergic to diary, soy, peanuts & eggs. We are avoiding all seafood as she may be allergic to that now as well.

I feel like we eat the SAME the all the time. I try to fix something we can all eat. Before the allergies, I made lots of casseroles that had cheese, etc in them. They are all out now. Any ideas are appreciated!

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 12:40pm
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Well, anytime I make food for all of us to eat, it has to meet your criteria... so here's a sample of what we eat (with modifications for individual allergies)
Tonight? Split pea with ham. Dry split peas, mirepoix, garlic, cook 1 hr in chicken stock, add chopped ham, salt and pepper. Serve with bread or crackers. We like to put frozen corn in DD's-- she likes it and it cools it off nicely. Sometimes I add brown rice to this one, too.
Some other things we've eaten in the past three weeks:
Topped focaccia bread (no cheese)
Turkey sausage and veggie marinara (add onion, carrots, zucchini, garlic finely chopped) add two lg cans crushed Italian tomatoes and simmer ten minutes. We eat it on whole wheat pasta, DD with EA eats homemade sourdough breadsticks with hers. It also is great on polenta or the aforementioned focaccia.
German "feast" made with brats/turkey sausages, cooked with red onion, potatoes and fennel seed (which can be omitted) then spiked with honey mustard (we use only French's, but again, you can omit it altogether) and cider vinegar. Steam julienned cabbage on top in last 10 min of cooking, then toss to coat and mix. We also bake apples topped with honey and oats to go with this one.
Fish and chips (bread your own and deep fry... we like cod, DD will only eat pollock)... I have to be careful to only get the flash frozen fish from very cold water so that it isn't XC with shrimp.
We like this with coleslaw, made either with veganaise or with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Fish tacos are good too!! Pan fry, top with a little pico de gallo or salsa verde and very finely shredded cabbage and onions.
Spanish Rice--(crockpot heaven!!) 1-2 c brown rice, 14-18 oz salsa (we buy it in embarrassingly large jugs... ) about 1c chicken stock... when cooked, stir in 1 can low sodium black beans, a can sliced olives, and a package of frozen corn. It is great with meat in it too-- we use either ground pork or shredded chicken. It makes a wonderful burrito/taco filling.
Chicken or pork stir fry... made with a sweet and sour sauce (basically just ginger, pineapple juice, sugar, corn starch and a splash of cider vinegar...) I get the pineapple juice from the can of pineapple.
We like fruit and BLTs for a really easy summer dinner. (Sourdough, low sodium bacon, tomatoes from our garden, romaine and veganaise.)
Crackers and tomato soup, but this is a little low in the protein dept.
Hope that helps a bit!!
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Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 9:40pm
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YUM!!! Thank you so much Corvallis Mom! I can't wait to try some of your ideas. We just get stuck in a rut. If others have ideas, keep them coming!

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 12:21am
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We love the cookbook by Cybele Pascal, The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook: 200 Gourmet & Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family ISBN: 1890612456.
It might be worth checking to see if your library has it.
It is top eight free. We have liked every recipe we've tried so far and we've tried a good majority of them.
------------------
Jodi mom to:
D 5/22/01 NKA
Z 3/18/03 Peanut, Milk, Egg, pineapple, etc...

Posted on: Thu, 08/24/2006 - 12:33am
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Thanks for the cookbook recommendation. I have a couple of allergy cookbooks that are okay, but maybe I can find some new things in this one! I just placed it on hold at our library. Can't wait to try out some new things!

Posted on: Fri, 08/25/2006 - 3:50am
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We used to be soy,egg and wheat free and we're still pn, tn, and milk free (along with fish/shellfish).
I hope these help, but I'm not sure about the chicken broth.
Last night, I pounded and then rubbed chicken breasts with fresh basil and rosemary, crushed garlic, onion powder and pepper. I let it marinate with a cup or so of chicken broth for about 30 minutes. I sauteed them in olive oil and then added in about 3-4 cups of chicken broth (which I stirred flour/cornstarch into to thicken) and white wine. I covered and let it simmer for about 6-7 minutes and served over brown rice.
Try making your own pasta sauces (which are really easy) and adding in different seasonings/meats/fish/shellfish. I lived in Italy for 4 years, so I have some awesome pasta sauce recipes.
Roasts taste delicious cooked in a crockpot with beef broth, red wine and herbs.
I sympathize with feeling stuck in a rut. I miss casseroles cooked with cheese and/or sour cream. It's a different way of cooking now, but it can be delicious too.
Anne

Posted on: Fri, 08/25/2006 - 4:16am
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Thanks Anne! I appreciate all the different ideas.
I also did get the cookbook whole foods cookbook and it is so exciting to be able to read the recipes and know that I could make any of them that I want to! I love cookbooks, but I get depressed because something will sound so good and then I know I can't make it.
I went grocery shopping this morning and we have a whole new menu for next week. I'm excited about trying all the new things. Thank you all!

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 12:40pm
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Well, anytime I make food for all of us to eat, it has to meet your criteria... so here's a sample of what we eat (with modifications for individual allergies)
Tonight? Split pea with ham. Dry split peas, mirepoix, garlic, cook 1 hr in chicken stock, add chopped ham, salt and pepper. Serve with bread or crackers. We like to put frozen corn in DD's-- she likes it and it cools it off nicely. Sometimes I add brown rice to this one, too.
Some other things we've eaten in the past three weeks:
Topped focaccia bread (no cheese)
Turkey sausage and veggie marinara (add onion, carrots, zucchini, garlic finely chopped) add two lg cans crushed Italian tomatoes and simmer ten minutes. We eat it on whole wheat pasta, DD with EA eats homemade sourdough breadsticks with hers. It also is great on polenta or the aforementioned focaccia.
German "feast" made with brats/turkey sausages, cooked with red onion, potatoes and fennel seed (which can be omitted) then spiked with honey mustard (we use only French's, but again, you can omit it altogether) and cider vinegar. Steam julienned cabbage on top in last 10 min of cooking, then toss to coat and mix. We also bake apples topped with honey and oats to go with this one.
Fish and chips (bread your own and deep fry... we like cod, DD will only eat pollock)... I have to be careful to only get the flash frozen fish from very cold water so that it isn't XC with shrimp.
We like this with coleslaw, made either with veganaise or with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Fish tacos are good too!! Pan fry, top with a little pico de gallo or salsa verde and very finely shredded cabbage and onions.
Spanish Rice--(crockpot heaven!!) 1-2 c brown rice, 14-18 oz salsa (we buy it in embarrassingly large jugs... ) about 1c chicken stock... when cooked, stir in 1 can low sodium black beans, a can sliced olives, and a package of frozen corn. It is great with meat in it too-- we use either ground pork or shredded chicken. It makes a wonderful burrito/taco filling.
Chicken or pork stir fry... made with a sweet and sour sauce (basically just ginger, pineapple juice, sugar, corn starch and a splash of cider vinegar...) I get the pineapple juice from the can of pineapple.
We like fruit and BLTs for a really easy summer dinner. (Sourdough, low sodium bacon, tomatoes from our garden, romaine and veganaise.)
Crackers and tomato soup, but this is a little low in the protein dept.
Hope that helps a bit!!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 9:40pm
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YUM!!! Thank you so much Corvallis Mom! I can't wait to try some of your ideas. We just get stuck in a rut. If others have ideas, keep them coming!

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 12:21am
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We love the cookbook by Cybele Pascal, The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook: 200 Gourmet & Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family ISBN: 1890612456.
It might be worth checking to see if your library has it.
It is top eight free. We have liked every recipe we've tried so far and we've tried a good majority of them.
------------------
Jodi mom to:
D 5/22/01 NKA
Z 3/18/03 Peanut, Milk, Egg, pineapple, etc...

Posted on: Thu, 08/24/2006 - 12:33am
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Thanks for the cookbook recommendation. I have a couple of allergy cookbooks that are okay, but maybe I can find some new things in this one! I just placed it on hold at our library. Can't wait to try out some new things!

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