What do you cook when you can’t use your favorite foods? That is what we have been wrestling with since we found out about my son’s allergies/sensitivities, you can read more about them here.
We have drastically changed our diet before; it has been over a year and a half since we switched from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a whole food, plant-based diet. About a year ago I realized my youngest son had a problem with gluten and wheat and removed it from his diet and decreased its use overall in our household. Now we find ourselves trying to remove almost 30 different allergens, many of them are staples in our home.
Dealing With It
I was texting with a friend about all of these changes recently and I told her, “it’s much easier shelling out advice than dealing with it every meal.” I’ve “coped” by relying on more processed food. I don’t like feeding my family a lot of processed food but it has made it a little easier; especially since our babysitter will be out of town for the summer and I’m trying two new sitters to take her place. His normal snacks of bananas with almond butter, homemade granola bars and a handful of walnuts are no longer an option. The giant bag of Veggie Straws have become a welcome “junk food” while we figure this out. I’ve also been cooking pasta often, not one of my favorites but my son LOVES it. (A note: we are still a whole food family. We are eating lots of grains, potatoes, fruits and veggies.)
- Gluten-free Pasta with fresh basil from my garden
- Gluten-free Veggie Pizza
- Potato and Broccoli Soup or this Slow Cooker Potato Soup
- Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Chips and Salsa
- Fresh Fruit
- Raw Veggies
- Taco Potatoes (recipe coming later this week)
- Enchiladas with Mexican Rice
- Cauliflower Steaks, Sautéed Mushrooms, and steamed veggies
- Mushroom, Basil, and Marinara Pasta with a garden salad
- Potato and Broccoli Casserole or a giant Broccoli topped Baked Potato with Faux Cheese Sauce
You may have noticed a severe lack of BEANS! I love beans, we love beans! My son’s IgG came back with a sensitivity to Lima Beans and Pinto Beans (also Green Peas) but not Green Beans. Since the test didn’t include other types of beans we are avoiding those for now as well. I’ve read that many people with nut allergies also have bean allergies. Since it is very hard to keep my kids from “sharing” my food I’m focusing on meals that do not include beans. I am adding beans to my dish though. I have a bean addiction!