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


  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.

  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.