Last week we started a Candida diet that was also (mostly) free of gluten, casein, corn, and a host of other smaller allergens.
The verdict? Success. And Mr. Violets is sick of salad.
In the world of food allergies, one question seems to arise more than any other. At least, when the subject of either corn or gluten is involved. That questions is..."What do you eat?" (said in a variety of tones ranging from pity to suspicion or outrage)
So here's a list of dinner dishes for a week's worth of meals.
Baked cod on a bed of spinach and onions. (3 thumbs up. Bumblebee declined to taste.)
Homemade 'quiche' (4 wavery thumbs up. It's better with some sort of cheese. Off the candida diet, we make two dishes, one with dairy cheese one with dairy free corny cheese.)
Chicken breast with mashed turnips and salad. (It's better than it sounds. 3 thumbs up, Bumblebee only gives a 4th thumb up for the salad. But she at least contemplated the turnips.)
Tuna casserole. (not gourmet, but we like it.)
Crepes with nut butter and soup.
There are a lot of eggs in there, but eggs are a good source of protein, calories and fat. And they're cheap, which goes a long ways in their favor. Next week, we're looking forward to Mr. Violet's diet including beans and sweet potatoes again...adding several potential delights to our menu.
We found that the second week was a bit harder than the first week. We wanted to revert to our old "make a starch and everyone chooses their own veggies and protein" cycle. And the heat wave that hit made our appetites wane. But we seem to be muddling through. Tonight's menu is stuffed squash for Mr. Violets and the girls; leftovers for me. Not bad; and could be made corn free if you have a safe source of ground beef. (or you could probably use lentils. They aren't listed on the candida free diet, and I haven't actually tried adding them back to my own diet...but I can't eat squash and am still deciding how well tomato sits.) While nothing we made was gourmet, and probably doesn't compete much with restaurant fare, it was homey and tasty and filling. What more can you ask for?
That it feed a whole family? Well, it did that, too. (Or it would have if Bumblebee were just a little less stubborn. But again, she tried and gets points for eating salad almost everynight.)