One thing that I realized after my food allergies were diagnosed, was that I just wanted to eat the same normal foods I was used to eating. I didn’t want to have to eat strange foods when everyone else was eating burgers, nachos, pizza or many other things. So I have tried to adapt my food limitations to the foods that I wanted to eat.
I make salsa from the left over tomato slices and onions from the burgers
and made cashew cream for the sour cream.
So although I do have some foods that I had never even heard of before( like quinoa), I’ve stuck close to my standard comfort foods. When I first found out about all the foods I couldn’t eat, I had panic attacks. Its a hard blow to tell someone who has always eaten certain foods, that they can’t have them anymore.
As I have written before I love to cook and I definitely love to eat, so I learned to adapt.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza is amazing!!
An easy night used to be going out for say pizza,nachos or burgers. So make it easy again. Make pizza crusts and freeze them for a quick dinner. Take them out and top them how you’d like. Either make hamburgers ahead of time and have them in the freezer, or buy a brand that will work for you. I enjoy Kirkland brand from Costco as well as their Deli Cart Sausages. You can also go straight to your butcher and order some that are gluten free. Cook up a few pounds of ground beef or chicken, season it for tacos and freeze it in individual packages. If you’re making Shepherd’s Pie, why not make two or three, and freeze the extra. Same with spaghetti sauce, chili, soup; I always double the recipe and freeze the extra. Why not try cabbage rolls or sloppy joes.
So just because you’re limited in the choices of foods that you can eat, it doesn’t mean that you no longer have easy nights or that all of your meals have to be stressful. You can make mealtime and food enjoyable again!
Don’t think about the foods you can’t eat. Just think about ways you can make the foods that you used to eat work for you!