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ALLERGY COOKING: an oxymoron? 
Dec. 6, 2009 6:15 am 
Updated: Dec. 7, 2009 12:20 pm
Say it isn't so!  A chef finds out she has food allergies?  Bummer.  I recently delved into the world of Biofeedback to try to shed some light on Fibromyalgia.  My husband has spent a good part of his career in Pharmaceuticals so need I say that he was a tad sceptical?  A naturalpath administered the test and to my horror, presented me with a list of many food sensitivities that could be agravting my ongoing issues with muscle pain.  I know from my own experimentation with food , that some foods do tend to make me feel worse, so I'm on board with her at least initially to try to fiind a solution to my isuues.  For me it's less about the science and more about the proof is in the to speak...I know you think I'm nuts  honey.
I won't bore you with the list but the things she most wants me to avoid at the moment are...meat, sugar, wheat, gluten,dairy, and saddly, chocolate.   For a moment I spin into a frenzy of  "how can I cook!"  Life without bread?  Life without sugar?  Life without chocolate?????, pout, stomp, yell and eventually can I make this work for me and still enjoy cooking?
It will be a journey.  I have been dabbling in vegetarian/vegan cooking for some time so I'll continue to educate myself and somehow, somewhere find a suitable substitute for anything and everything I want to cook.
So here it is, my first allergy free (for me) pretty darn good recipe.......adapted from "The Kind Diet"

If allergies aren't an issue for you, you can sub chicken stock and even add some chunks of cooked chicken for a really hearty stew.


l/4 cup canola oil
1 med onion diced
8 cherry or grape tomatoes, halfed
1 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/1/2 tsp tumeric
1/1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne
fine sea salt
3 good size sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
7 cups vegetable broth
1 cup green lentils

**heat the oil and saute onions until they begin to soften..2 min.
*stir in tomatoes, and ginger and cook 2 min.
*stir in spices and cook 2 min.    add salt as needed...just a pinch should do
*add sweet potato, broth and lentils.  Sitr and bring to boil over high heat
*reduce heat and simmer covered 40 minutes or until lentils and potatoes are soft.

Now, don't turn up your noses to the thought of lentils and sweet potatoes.....keep an open mind, it's not fillet mignon but it is extremely tasty....promise!

Dec. 6, 2009 7:04 am
Wow! How exciting! I have been looking into more vegan cooking myself for other reasons than allergies, so this has really caught my eye. I assume that you will me eating a lot of rice and legumes. I will break out some of the recipes my vegan girlfriend gave me and see if I can throw a few ideas your way. I love the challenge of new cooking styles, I hope you enjoy this learning adventure! Oh, I have another girlfriend with fibromyalgia, and she refuses to change her diet because she lives with her parents. Lets just say I do not envy her her choice to live in that extra pain when we know for a fact different eating habits would help so much. I am sending warm thoughts you way that the efforts you are taking improve your condition.
Dec. 6, 2009 7:17 am
Ok, I have found two or three recipes that I think fit your allergy restrictions. I haven't tried any of them yet, because my husband is a veggie-phob, but maybe you can get some use out of them! Chickpea & Potato Bake: Saute 1/2 cup chopped carrots, onion, celery with a bay leaf for 6 mins, add 2 cups chopped mushrooms and saute until soft. Add 1 1/2 cups dry white wine, cook 5 mins. Combine with 4 cups diced potatoes and 2 cups cooked chickpeas in a baking dish, cover, and bake at 350* for 20 mins. Uncover and cook until brown.
Dec. 6, 2009 7:20 am
missivy...thanks for your encouragement and ideas. i discovered a long time ago that Fibro can respond somewhat to diet and have made big changes to get to the point of mostly handling this condition. The no wheat challenge will be my biggest but at least there are some good gluten free products on the market and I'm fortunate to live close to a good market that carries things like that....i've noticed a trend toward veganism, especially in the younger crowd...i think they're on to something...we have to do something about our diet and our environment in this country!
Dec. 6, 2009 7:27 am
Asparagus Pilaf with Artichokes: Saute 1 med died onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, and 8 to 10 white mushrooms, chopped, in olive oil a few minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 cops long grain rice, 3 1/2 cups water or veggie broth, 1 can artichoke hearts (drained), 10 to 12 asparagus spears (trimmed and cut)and 1 1/2 tsp curry powder. Simmer 20 min until rice is tender. Fluff, and sprinkle with lemon juice before serving.
Dec. 6, 2009 7:32 am
I am glad I could help a little bit :D. Yes, vegetarianism and veganism have been growing in popularity, and I think its a good path for diners to be on. There are so many benefits to people and the environment. That's not to stay the meat and dairy don't have their cultural and dietary place, but America as a whole needs to make a change to depend on them less heavily for everyone's sake. Good Luck, cocojo! Have fun with this!
Dec. 6, 2009 11:21 am
Wow cocojo, I feel for you! My husband has Fibro for 15 yrs. now and just recently realized he is allergic to wheat, gluten products. He has been as gluten free as possible for about 5 months now and is feeling soooo much better. Hope you will too!
Dec. 6, 2009 3:37 pm
cocojo have you looked at the blood type diet, i'm o + and this diet has helped me
Dec. 6, 2009 9:05 pm
I spent the summer with fibro type pain. It came on slowly and kept building until I happened to see that muscle pain was a possible side effect of two of my medicines. My doctor switched me to another diabetic medicine, and the pain retreated quite quickly. We think that the blood pressure med that can cause it and the diabetes med combined could have been the problem. If you are on any meds, espcially for cholesterol (?), sorry I can't remember which one, check with your pharmacists or doctor, or do some research to make sure that either the medicine or the combination isn't causing the problem. I had 4 doctor's visits with 3 doctors but had to figure it out myself. I was getting ready to buy a walker because I had no strength left in my legs. That was in October. Today, I shoveled heavy wet snow with no problems. If it were me, I would eliminate the foods one at a time. That way, if gluten is the problem, you might not have to give up chocolate, etc. Most adults develop lactose intollerance - actually, they lose the ability to digest lactose. It isn't an allergy to dairy. The intollerance usually causes gas pains, loose movements, stomach aches and other gastric nasties. By all means try the vegan recipies. I hope that they will make you feel better while you are trying to sort out what is making you feel bad.
Dec. 7, 2009 7:19 am
thanks for the great ideas everyone! Ivy..thanks for the recipe. Argentina..your husband is only the second male i've heard of that has fibro...interesting about the gluten..i've made a goal to cut it donw until after christmas and them get more serious about it. i think even cutting down has helped.....daisy...thanks, i'm not on any meds but i'm sure glad you found your problem..i'm just concentrating on getting my diet as pure as I can to see if that makes a difference. Ah, getting older..such a trip ey??
Dec. 7, 2009 10:59 am
This website has yummy vegetarian recipes, you may have already come across it in your wide experience! :)
Dec. 7, 2009 12:20 pm
liane..thanks, no i haven't seen that one yet.
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