Over the weekend I downloaded sample allergy free menu planners from Heart of Cooking and used that as a starting point and guide for my shopping and cooking this week.
To prepare, I made ahead some turkey patties and granola for breakfast. I improvised the granola recipe so don't have exact amounts, but the ingredients were:
- gluten free oats
- coconut oil
- chopped dried dates
- chopped cashew pieces
I mixed it and then baked it for a while on very low heat and then let it sit out for a few days (unintentionally -- we were originally going to start the diet on Friday). DH and C ate it like cereal with almond milk for breakfast yesterday and today, and also had a few turkey patties.
This morning C and DH ate the last of the granola, but I mixed up something very similar only I microwaved it with almond milk to make a quick oatmeal. Yesterday I had cream of rice with bananas and pecans and a turkey patty, plus C's leftover granola.
As part of my make ahead prep, I also baked up a bunch of chicken breasts seasoned with garlic powder so they'd be convenient to use for lunches and dinners.
For lunch the past two days, I packed DH a big spinach salad with chopped bits of bell pepper, celery, red onion, sun dried tomatoes, almonds and pieces of the baked chicken. I made him a honey mustard dressing with approximately one part honey, two parts mustard and one part grapeseed oil.
My lunch yesterday was pieces of baked chicken on a rice cake spread with ground sesame seeds (tahini) and a pear. Yesterday afternoon I baked up a dozen chicken legs with grapeseed oil, salt and pepper. My lunch today was two of the chicken legs. For sides I had slices of pear on a tahini-covered rice cake, and most of a can of green beans.
C's lunch yesterday was a variety of things:
- bits of baked chicken
- slices of carrot, apple and bell pepper
- half a banana
- Trader Joe's Crunchy Green Beans
- rice cake with tahini (she requested that I not repeat this)
Last night I made this sandwich bread from the Spunky Coconut's recipe (subbing extra apple cider vinegar and baking soda for the baking powder), so I sent one of those in C's lunch today, leaving off the tahini.
C and I snacked on bananas, apples, cashews and raisins in the afternoon. DH snacked on carrot sticks and apple slices that I sent with him to work.
Dinner last night was Zucchini Noodle Chicken Soup from Heart of Cooking's recipe. I reduced the amount of broth called for in the recipe because DH prefers a heartier soup, and used only one zucchini because that is what I had on hand. We ate it all with no leftovers.
For dinner tonight, I'm planning to make something with asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, rice and shrimp or fish.
C had an oops yesterday when she couldn't resist a cracker the other kids were having for snack at school. I haven't noticed any changes in her behavior or appearance yet.
The only noticeable result thus far has been in baby Z. He hasn't spit up since yesterday morning, when he's normally a fairly frequent spitter, and he's drooling much less.
I'm curious to see what more results we may see as the week progresses....