Saturday, December 14, 2013

Family dinners

My weekly dinner menus have been stacking up on the fridge, and I haven't wanted to throw them out in case I need them for inspiration. The purpose of this post is to enable me to recycle two months' worth of menus.

Our eating restrictions, which are a little challenging: K refuses to eat most sauces, cooked vegetables, melted cheese, and generally anything with a remotely creamy, mushy, or slimy texture. (He's getting a lot better, though.) X is allergic to nuts and eggs, although he can tolerate small quantities of eggs in baked goods and pasta. No quiches, casseroles, or enchiladas for us.

Our current eating obsessions: Freshly grated Parmesan, chicken noodle soup (K); french fries (X).

Here's what we've been eating:
  • Traditional chicken noodle soup with egg noodles
  • Asian-inspired chicken noodle soup with soba noodles and bok choy
  • Wheel pasta (rotelle) with grated Parmesan, often paired with broccoli because I can throw it in with the pasta for the last minute of cooking + Great Northern or navy beans
  • Ziti with chicken and broccoli
  • Chicken tenders, soaked in buttermilk, dredged in panko, and baked (I think finishing them on the stove would be best -- we heat up leftovers this way)
  • Trader Joe's Harvest Grain Blend (includes Israeli couscous, orzo, chickpeas, and quinoa) with sausage and roasted cauliflower
  • Tacos
  • Bacon + rice + salad. This was a very popular meal.
  • Chicken nuggets + fries + salad. No cooking.
  • Fake bibimbap: rice, beef, spinach, zucchini, carrot, and scallions. This was really good and could be easily customized for the tastes of kids and grownups. 
  • Rice and beans - K wants plain rice and plain black beans on the side. Can be mixed together with added veggies for everyone else.
  • Quesadillas - for K, just a plain tortilla with grated cheese sprinkled on top (not melted) and salsa and beans.
  • Chili and pasta e fagioli soup - the grownups liked these, the kids did not.
  • Acceptable vegetables: cooked broccoli or cauliflower; roasted or sauteed asparagus; raw bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers.
  • Acceptable proteins: sausage as long as it's not spicy; chicken in any form; steak in small pieces; shrimp or scallops; fishsticks or chicken nuggets; fish for X only; beans for K only

2 comments:

  1. Do you have the Food Allergy Mama cookbook(s)? I was used to avoiding nuts for me, and avoiding peanuts for Pea wasn't bad, but I developed a dairy allergy and found her stuff really useful for inspiration. The recipes are nut, egg, and dairy free.

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  2. No, but I'll keep it in mind in case any other issues come up for us. Since X can tolerate a lot of foods with egg in them (including things like pasta, meatballs, and pancakes) it's mostly a matter of avoiding any foods with actual pieces of egg and foods with nuts, which I don't find that difficult. A more severe egg allergy, or a dairy or soy allergy, would be much harder to deal with. It's actually K, with his strong food aversions, who really limits what we eat.

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