What Jem Eats 2011

January 12, 2011 at 6:00 am | Posted in GFCF, Mixes, Staples, YUM | 9 Comments
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By Shannon Penrod

I did a blog last year about what Jem eats. I did it for two reasons: to show people who are curious about how you can do the GFCF diet thing without a lot of hassle and because the people I have charged with taking care of my child should there ever be an emergency expressed that they had no idea what they would feed him.  It seemed like a good idea to turn it into a blog – that way it wouldn’t just be on a piece of paper that could be lost.  It occurred to me the other day that his diet changes from time to time and it might be worthwhile to revisit the subject for 2011, so here it is.

Breakfast – Generally this is two pieces of toast (Food for Life’s Yeast Free Brown Rice Bread – which can be bought locally at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts or Lassen’s)  This summer when I was teaching in N.Y. we were given a lovely furnished apartment that did not have a toaster so we improvised and came up with something called “Salt Toast”  think of making French toast with out butter or eggs.  I put a very small amount of olive oil in a pan and lightly brown the bread turning once, and then sprinkle lightly with salt.  In a pinch you can do this in the microwave by spreading a small amount of olive oil on the bread and nuking it for 20 seconds, the bread will be chewy if done in the microwave, but Jem loves it either way.  For special occasions we will sometimes do Van’s waffles for breakfast.  He can only have the simply plain variety, everything else has sugar and he can only have 2 waffles.  On rare occasions I will make pancakes using Trader Joes gluten free pancake mix, which has been on back order for months, or Namaste’s Waffle and pancake mix – in both cases I add water or carrot juice to the mix and cook them on our cast iron griddle.  We no longer use teflon of any kind in our home.

Lunch:  For school lunch Jem gets some kind of a sandwich or roll up.  This year he has become addicted to the no-nitrate sliced lunch meats by Applegate Farms.  He likes the plain turkey, which he calls “flat turkey”, the turkey bologna and the turkey salami.  He will have 3-4 pieces of that on either the Food for Life bread or more frequently the Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas.  Trader Joe’s also makes a brown rice tortilla.  Sometimes I will send chicken nuggets to school but this is no longer a favorite because he prefers them warm, not cold.  Likewise he no longer wants cold hot dogs in his school lunch,  at home though hot dogs are a favorite.  We use Shelton’s Chicken and Turkey, there are regular sized dogs and jumbo Franks, Jem loves them all.  We also used Applegate Farms chicken and turkey hot dogs on occasion.  Jem typically has 2 to 3 kinds of vegetables with his lunch.  Favorites are Persian cucumbers (with the skins on, served whole – bought at the farmer’s market or Trader Joe’s) regular cucumbers (peeled and sliced) carrots (in a sealed cup, bought at Walmart) slice peppers (every color), and Seaweed Snacks – he can only have the sesame variety, the others contain sugar, our favorite brand is Trader Joe’s followed by Whole Foods and Annie Chung’s if we are desperate.  On very special occasions Jem gets a small portion of fruit for lunch,  one of the following: 2 slices of persimmon, the short rounded variety,  five blueberries, a half of  a banana, 4 blackberries, one small wedge of watermelon, a cutie orange, one dwarf sugar pair or spoonful of pomegranate seeds.  Too much of any fruit makes him behave like a drunk.

Dinner:  Usually this meal consists of a protein, a carb and 2 vegetables of different colors, sometimes 3. Protein is generally turkey or chicken, but occasionally we have salmon.  Turkey is served as meatloaf, meatballs, cutlets that are breaded to make nuggets, turkey legs, and ground turkey as hamburgers.  Chicken is served as chicken legs, whole roasted chicken, meatballs, breaded to make nuggets, stuffed breasts, pounded breasts that are rolled around vegetables (the pounded chicken recipe on this blog), grilled, boiled, broiled and sauteed.  Salmon is served in a pasta salad, in patties and straight out of the can when desperate (we buy Trader Joe’s)

Carbohydrates:  Jem loves brown rice this year and loves to eat it plain.  He also is very big on baked sweet potatoes, rice sticks (noodles from Trader Joe’s) and brown rice noodles.  He loves rice cakes, especially with red pepper hummus (Tribes) or with Tahini Sauce (Trader Joe’s).

Vegetables:  Trader Joe’s Frozen Broccoli, cooked carrots, green beans (inside pounded chicken or cooked with Trader Joe’s tri color peppers) acorn squash, peas, snow peas, snap peas, fresh peppers of all colors, cucumbers (see lunch), grilled portobello mushrooms, sliced raw white mushrooms, baby peppers, and occasionally a small amount of lettuce.

When we eat out Jem gets a Subway Salad with lettuce and spinach, green peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, olives and three pieces of their oval shaped grilled chicken, not cut up.  He likes to make faces on the chicken using olives and peppers before he eats them!  If we go to a regular restaurant I generally ask the kitchen to cook him some chicken in a separate clean pan using only olive oil and salt, and we ask for steamed veggies or he gets the salad bar, focusing on the same things he would eat in a subway salad, but adding shredded carrots to the playlist.

Bubbies Pickles are a current favorite treat as well as Nana’s Banana Bars.  Jem still loves puffed brown rice cereal (Arrowhead Mills) served with carrot juice, and he has recently discovered cashews, walnuts and macadamia nuts, but he is allergic to almonds.

To drink Jem generally has plain bottled water (Arrowhead) but he loves “bubble water”, Seltzer that has no sugar or artificial sweeteners.  We like Arrowhead, Crystal Geyser and this summer in N.Y. we had Poland Springs and a Price Chopper variety that came in Vanilla! Yum.  Every once in a while he will ask to make “Pink Lemonade” with bubble water, some fresh lemon juice and a dash of water from a can of salt free beets.

That’s what my kid eats.  You can see that it requires very little prep, but a fair amount of shopping.  My boy eats well, his meals are colorful and balanced and I am rarely in the kitchen for longer than 15 minutes preparing meals.

GFCF Lunches Hard? That’s Bologna!

November 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Posted in GFCF, Staples, YUM | Leave a comment
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By Shannon Penrod

The older my son gets, and the more recovered he gets, the more he notices what the kids at his lunch table think.  This is a quality problem.  On the one hand I want to tell him not to worry what they think, but the truth is it’s part of his recovery to take their thoughts into consideration.  So while it used to be “cool” with my son to take seaweed snacks in his lunch box now it is “not cool” because one of the girls said they were weird.  Heaven help me that I not only have to pack a nutritious GFCF meal, I now have to pack one that passes inspection from a snotty 7 year old girl who thinks that flame colored cheetos are healthy!  Thank goodness I like a challenge!

I have found a few things that are really helpful to pass the little girl lunch police.  Applegate Farms lunch meats are GFCF, they taste good, they smell good and they look like regular cold cuts with none of the crap.  No nitrates, no fillers, nothing but turkey and water.  You can even get it in bologna flavor!  Hah! Take that cheeto girl! 

Jem’s favorite lunch is now bologna wrap – using a brown rice tortilla from Food for Life.  I throw some sliced cucumbers in a bag, some baby carrots in another bag, a bottle of water and  an ice bag and I have an easy GFCF lunch that passes everyone’s test, including Jem’s.

Bubbies Pickles…Oh! Yum!

October 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Staples, Yeast, YUM | 1 Comment
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By Shannon Penrod

We make no bones about the fact that we are in a never ending battle with yeast at our house.  Over the years we have taken so many things out of our child’s diet that it boggles the mind.  I remember when we went GFCF and I realized that there would be no more macaroni and cheese – I wasn’t sure any of us would survive it.  But it was okay, and my kid could suddenly acquire language.  Then when it was time to eliminate potatoes, I remember a cold shiver ran down my spine – but again we survived it and he flourished.  By the time I got around to eliminating vinegars and other “yeasts” we were old hat at elimination and I literally thought nothing of taking away my child’s beloved pickles.  They were turning his butt bright red!  It was a no brainer.  But the loss of pickles is what my child has mourned for years.

My kid sits at birthday parties and watches all the kids stuffing purple and blue cake down their gullets and never complains, but when he sees a pickle he gets sad. 

Recently I have been hearing alot about the body ecology diet and naturally fermented foods.  It turns out that when food is naturally fermented it becomes something that is beneficial in the fight against yeast!  Then some one told me about Bubbies naturally fermented pickles.  No vinegar! Naturally fermented!  A pickle that not only doesn’t make my kid’s butt red, it also helps to control his yeast.  I’m sorry, do you hear angels singing?  I do!

I ran out and bought a jar; they are not inexpensive pickles – it doesn’t matter – they are amazing.  Did you know they were voted the best pickle by chefs? So, yes they taste really yummy too.  I almost hyperventilated when I tasted them. They are an answer to a prayer.  A yeast fighting pickle that tastes great?  Don’t tell the people at Bubbies, but they aren’t charging enough.  Buy them at Whole Foods Market in the refrigerated section and enjoy!

Shannon Penrod is the host of Everyday Autism Miracles, an internet talk radio show about Autism.  Everyday Autism Miracles broadcasts live on Fridays at 2pm Eastern time and 11am Pacific time at www.toginet.com or you can download the free podcast by visiting www.toginet.com/shows/everydayautismmiracles or on iTunes by visiting  http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/everyday-autism-miracles/id356451530

Ending the Food Rut

October 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Recipes, Staples, YUM | Leave a comment
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By Shannon Penrod

I’m a big fan of eating seasonally.  I starting eating seasonally out of financial necessity as a college student.  Food is expensive, but I learned as a college sophomore that I could go to the local farmer’s market and get more food than I  could carry for under $15.  I bought what the farmer’s had in bulk, because it was cheap.  At the time I didn’t understand or appreciate that it was also what was in season and what was going to packed with the most nutrients.  Now as a mom I have a greater appreciation for the nutritional facts of eating seasonally.  But beyond the nutrition there is also an emotional element.  When you eat seasonally you end the food rut.

I don’t know about you but as much as I love food sometimes I get in a food rut, and my child definitely gets in a food rut.  When something tastes good and I know he will eat it I tend to give it to him over and over again.  We all know that eating the same thing day in and day out is not ideal.  Even my son now says to me, “Mom, we need to eat the rainbow!”  Isn’t it nice when they parrot back the lessons that you have tried to instill in them as if they invented it!  Eating the same thing over and over can create food sensitivities or even food allergies.  So it is important to eat a variety of foods.  Eating seasonally helps you to automatically rotate your food.

Our bodies often tell us it’s time to change foods, but our brains don’t always listen.  Last week my son informed me that he wanted pumpkin pie for dinner!  I totally shut him down at the time and then started thinking about it but he’s right it is pumpkin time!  His body is asking for beta carotene and a more carbs because it’s fall and that’s what it should be asking for.  My husband asked for pea soup the other day.  At the time I thought he was crazy!  It was a 113 degrees, record breaking heat for Los Angeles at the end of September, so my head was saying, “Summer!” and thinking about gazpacho, but in reality my husband’s stomach was right, it’s fall! 

Fall seasonal foods happen to be yummy, so now is a great time to take advantage and eat seasonally.  The colors tend towards more red and orange, but there are still some great greens at this time of year.  Our family loves to enjoy red and orange peppers this time of year – make every attempt to eat these organically.  Pumpkins and fall squashes like acorn, butternut and even spaghetti squash are great right now.  If you are buying pumpkins to eat make sure you get “cooking” pumpkins rather than a “carving” pumpkin!  Some pumpkin patches will carry both and stores like Whole Foods Market will clearly mark cooking pumpkins.  If you’ve only ever eaten canned pumpkin treat yourself to the real deal, you won’t believe the difference.

I love to cook acorn squash in the oven by simply slicing it in half and throwing it on a baking sheet face down and baking at 350 until I can easily pierce it with a fork.  I let the squash cool and then flip it to scoop out the seeds.  I sprinkle a little salt, a little olive oil and I have an easy, nutritious, inexpensive, seasonal side dish.  Did I mention it tastes good? It’s serious comfort food, and kids love being able to scoop the squash out to create a boat on their plate.

This week my son and I have big plans to cook a squash stew inside a pumpkin.  We will throw all of the fresh, seasonal veggies we get from the farmer’s market into a pumpkin and bake the whole thing on low heat until it’s bubbly.  Yum.  Eat seasonally it’s a worthwile adventure.

What’s For Dinner Tonight?

August 6, 2010 at 12:14 am | Posted in GFCF, Recipes, Staples, YUM | Leave a comment
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by Shannon Penrod

A friend and fellow “Autism Mom”  called me last month and asked we what was for dinner that night.  I didn’t have a good answer, in fact, I didn’t have an answer at all.  I felt embarrassed, like I had failed in motherly duties.  But it got me thinking about how I plan meals and how I cook for my son.  I’m big into improvisation. 

I know I need a protein, a carb and a vegetable – within that format I like to play.  Over the last month I took some pictures of dinners, to document what I cooked.  Here are just a few of the easy prep improvisations I pumped out with little planning and almost no fuss!

The first one I like to call “Can Salad” this is when you have no fresh food in the house and don’t feel like slaving over a hot stove.  Okay the nutritional value isn’t the same as fresh food, but it’s not as bad as eating fast food either.  I included kidney beans, sauerkraut, olives, sliced beets, italian green beans, hummus on rice cake and some canned salmon.

The next dinner was a twist on tuna noodle casserole, with rice sticks, olives, tuna and olive oil.  Sometimes I make this with salmon and add a splash of lemon juice. It requires salt but Jem loves the texture of the rice sticks and they are easy to make.  I get mine at Trader Joes. The garnish is cucumber and carrot.

The last is one of our staple meals, Shelton’s Hot Dogs with carrots, hummus on a rice cake, and some left over rice noodles with olives and peas.  The eyes are black olives also.

I like improvisation.  I probably should know what’s for dinner every night before 4:45, but in truth this way seems to work best for me.

A Visit to the Mustard Seed

July 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Posted in GFCF, Staples, YUM | 1 Comment
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by Shannon Penrod

Traveling can be challenging when you have a child on a special diet.  A few weeks ago I mentioned that we were going to be doing some traveling this summer and I had called ahead to find a store that would have my son’s staple items.  I got incredibly lucky when I located The Mustard Seed.  The employees were so helpful on the phone, prior to the trip, letting us know what they carried normally and what they would be able to special order for us.

I am happy to report that the service we got in person was even better!  We had a great time visiting The Mustard Seed.  Jem enjoyed playing with the turtle displayed in the water feature in the front of the store;  I had a great time checking  out the bulk items on the side of the store, and Daddy watched as they made a fresh batch of cashew butter – YUM!  More importantly we were able to leave with the essentials that got us through our stay!

Our reality is that we can’t just go to the local grocery store and pick up whatever we need.  We need something a little more specialized and for this trip The Mustard Seed in Oswego, NY did the trick.  This weekend we are off to Saratoga – I’ll let you know how we fare there!  We weren’t able to find anything gluten-free at the Sterling Renaissance Faire, I’m hopeful that the track in Saratoga will offer a gluten-free breakfast!  I have a feeling I’m pipe dreaming.

Traveling with a Kid on GFCF

June 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Posted in GFCF, Staples | Leave a comment
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by Shannon Penrod

I always tell people the GFCF diet is not hard, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  I like to keep things simple, fast and easy.  Nothing else seems to work in my life.  It’s the same principle I apply to traveling.  We are getting ready to take the longest “vacation” we have been on since my son was born.  I say “vacation” because the reality is that I will be working while my husband and my son will “vacation” right near me.  Vacationing or even being away from home can be a real adventure, especially when there are dietary restrictions.  There are several things that I like to do to smooth the way.

1. Call ahead and get the lay of the land.  I googled health food stores in Owego, NY (that’s were we will be for the first 13 days) and found a wonderful shop called The Mustard Seed.  I called and introduced myself, told them when I was coming and asked if they had my core staples.  I was in great luck!  Erik, the helpful clerk on duty, was able to confirm that they have my son’s bread (Food for Life brown rice, yeast free) his brown rice tortillas (also Food for Life) and they carry Namaste mixes!  They do not carry my son’s hot dogs (Shelton’s Chicken and Turkey) but are looking into getting them.  And while they do not carry the red pepper hommus that we are addicted to (Cedar’s), they do carry a different brand from Emerald Valley that is also gluten free, I can’t wait to try it.  I also got the great news that they are open 7 days a week so we can get what we need even on Sunday!  Yeah!  I feel so much better knowing that I’m not going to be attempting to smuggle a case of brown rice bread onto the plane!

2. Have a restaurant back up, mine is Subway!  Subway’s grilled chicken is gluten-free, did you know?  When ever we need a quick meal out we head to Subway!  Thank goodness they are literally EVERYWHERE!  My son gets a salad with 3 chicken breasts.  I am always very specific with the sandwich artists about the fact that both my son and I are horribly allergic to wheat.  I ask them to put on fresh gloves and to refrain from touching bread while making our salads.  We have had great luck with this.  So whenever we travel I always make sure that I know where the Subway restaurants are.  As it turns out there are 3 Subways in Oswego, NY and one of them is within walking distance of the college campus where I will be teaching.  Life is good.

3. Get accommodations that suit your lifestyle.  For us having a refrigerator and at least a microwave is imperative.  Yes, a stove is even better, but a microwave will work for my family if it’s a fairly short period of time.

4. Pack something for the trip.  Years ago when we had only been GFCF for a few months we flew to Iowa to be there for my niece’s wedding.  Actually, that’s wrong, we TRIED to fly to Iowa – it didn’t quite play out the way we intended.  We ended up stranded in Denver after hours in the airport we ended up renting a car and driving the rest of the way.  It was the most hellish 48 hours of my life, BUT I did have a little cooler with food that my son could eat and that saved us.  I had no intention of being in Denver so I hadn’t researched ahead to find out what if anything was close to the airport. It didn’t matter.  I was covered.  Rice Cakes are lightweight inexpensive and a life saver when it comes to traveling.  I also cook hotdogs and then freeze them – they thaw slowly giving you a healthy window when you can eat them.  While on planes I ask the flight attendants for ice to keep them cold.  I learned the hard way that taking a gel pack presents a security nightmare.

Traveling with a GFCF kid may not be the easiest thing, but it beats the heck out of traveling with a kid that is in the middle of huge meltdown and unable to control or console himself.  I’d rather plan ahead and pack some rice cakes.

Unless Someone Like You….

May 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Staples | Leave a comment
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By Shannon Penrod

I know this is food blog, where I usually talk about what I feed my son.  But every now and then you come to a crossroads on an important topic and I want to get the word out – becuase our children’s education is in jeopardy.  We all see it happening but there is something we can do to stop it.  So I am using the blog this week to spread the word.  Here is a repost from one of my other blogs, please take action, we need to be our children’s advocates.

By Shannon Penrod

When so much is wrong where do you begin to prioritize?  We all know we are in an economic crisis; we all know that there are things that are going to have to be cut.  But can we afford to continue to cut funding to our children’s educations?  Can we afford to continue to cut teachers and funding for books and music programs and other essential services?  Are we really saving money when we cut these things?  Does anyone really think we are saving money when we lay off crossing guards who keeps our children safe?  If we are forced to put 35 children in a classroom, do we really think there is dollar savings?  It seems more like mortgaging our children’s future than actually saving money.

Fortunately there is an alternative, but it requires us to use our voices and to use them loudly. We need to be one voice telling Congress to pass the Education Jobs Fund.  This is an amendment to a bill that will prevent drastic cuts to our schools and create government funding to help keep teachers in the classroom. The vote on this bill is scheduled for next Tuesday.  We need to let our congressional representatives know how we feel about children’s education as well as support our teachers! We need to take action now because next week maybe too late!  

Please take action in two ways:

1. Visit  http://www.capwiz.com/nea/issues/alert/?alertid=15045411&type=co to forward a letter directly to your representative to have your voice heard. 

2. Spread the word!  Tell your friends, family members and colleagues to do the same.  If you are a social networker here is a sample of how to spread the word  in your status:

Tell Congress 2 pass #EducationJobsFund 2 support teachers w/ no cuts in class #education http://bit.ly/8ZBh8M. Vote is next wk. Pls RT!

As Doctor Suess said, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

Use your voice!  Help our teachers, help our children, help our society.

For more information on this important legislation visit http://www.educationvotes.nea.org.

GFCF Veggie Burrito

April 26, 2010 at 6:53 am | Posted in GFCF, Recipes, Staples, YUM | Leave a comment
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By Shannon Penrod

Lunches tend to kick my butt a little in GFCF land.  Finding things that can survive the lunchbox and the scrutiny of my kid’s classmates is tough, but it’s even harder to find something that my kid will eat cold.  He’s not so fond of the cold thing, and I’m not so fond of food poisoning.  He keeps asking me to get him a cooker to have at school, like Sam has on iCarly.  Not possible.

Food for Life has these great Brown Rice Tortillas.  They are a chewier version of a burrito, and they tend to break on rolling, but the taste rocks!  Cedarlane makes a red pepper hummus that is a huge favorite at our house.  Mix these with some veggies and you’re  talking about a great lunch entrée.  Of course you can add meat, Jem loves chicken in his, but for this day I went strictly veg.  We call this eating the rainbow!

Ingredients:

Brown Rice Tortillas (Food For Life)

Red Pepper Hummus (Cedar Lane)

Veggies (use whatever you have on hand, I used peppers, onions, zucchini, baby bok choy, carrots and  mushrooms)

1 tbs. Olive Oil

Garlic

salt to taste

Clean and slice the veggies and steam them until al dente. Heat garlic and oil in a heavy pan and add the veggies for a quick toss.  Salt to taste.  Spread hummus on the tortilla and add veggies.  Tuck and or roll the tortilla to make a burrito!

Only add veggies that your child likes to start.  If that means just carrots it’s okay. You can gradually sneak other stuff in.

I send these in Jem’s lunch, or for a snack and we frequently take these on the road.  One word of caution, the hummus leaves messy hands and face so you will want to think of quick clean up solutions for the road.  I usually pack a wet napkin in a ziploc to take care of the aftermath.

Quick, easy, nutritious, and it can travel!  Eat the rainbow with your kids today!

What Jem Eats

October 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Posted in GFCF, Staples | Leave a comment
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By Shannon Penrod
 
Okay, three times this week people have asked me to make a list of what Jem eats.  The requests in two cases were people who want to be helpful in the event of an emergency and the third was a mom who is looking for hope.  It’s time to BLOG!

So here it is – this Jem’s GFCF, Soy free, No Yeast, No Sugar, Picture or Video 273No artificial flavours, color or sweeteners, no potatoes, no corn, no eggs, no almonds, no apples, no rasins, no grapes or strawberries, Feingold modified, Specific Carbohydrate modified diet – fondly refered to in my home as “The Autism Miracle in my Kitchen!”

 

Breakfast

Usually this is 2 peices of Food For Life Yeast Free, Gluten Free, Brown Rice Bread – toasted in the GF designated toaster – served plain.  With breakfast he gets a Ecological Formula Co-Enzyme B and what ever Probiotic we are currently using (we usually alternate between Kirkman Labs and Klaire Labs)  he takes these pills with water.

For a special breakfast treat he gets pancakes – Namaste sugar free pancake mix mixed with either carrot juice, pear juice, water, flavored seltzer water or around halloween- pumpkin, we do not add eggs or any kind of milk.  For an extra special treat – maybe twice a year – we make pineapple upside down pancakes by adding three tidbits of pineapple (packed in its own juice) to each pancake. He will eat 3-5 pancakes. 

He will occasionally ask for cereal.  This is puffed brown rice cereal, make sure that it is gluten free, many are processed in factories along side wheat!  He likes just a little carrot juice or seltzer water on the cereal.  We get Trader Joe’s carrot juice (no sugar, no preservatives)

Lunch and dinner

Lunch and dinner are  fairly similar and can be broken down into categories:

Protein

Shelton’s Hot Dogs, Free Range, Gluten Free, Chicken or Turkey -they come in two sizes big and small, Jem likes both.  He will eat 4 of the small hot dogs or 2 of the large ones. He will ask for more, we don’t let him have more.

Chicken – I usually roast two chickens a week, I buy them at Sam’s – I think they are Tyson.  I rinse the chickens, stuff an organic lemon in its butt and roast the hell out of them.  400 degrees for four hours, the meat falls off the bone but is not dry because of the lemons, make sure to prick the lemons many times. Jem loves to eat the legs, thighs and wings bone in.  A leg/thigh and wing is great for one meal, he will eat it hot or cold. 

Later in the week I slice the breast meat and coat is with Namaste’s Sugar Free Pizza Dough mix and lightly fry it in Canola oil to make chicken nuggets.  Be careful with these they are so good Jem will over stuff himself with these to the point of making himself sick if not monitored.

I also use the breast meat to add to burritos.  We use Food For Life’s Brown Rice Tortillas, spread a little Cedar’s Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers on it (All hummus is not created equally, much of it is not gluten free – Cedar’s is available at Whole Foods Markets)  and then throw almost any fresh or grilled veggies in.

Shelton’s Gluten Free Turkey Sausage Patties – we call these meat cookies in our house.  They have to be cooked for a minimum of 20 minutes, so when I cook them I cook the whole package by boiling them in water and when the water boils out pan searing them to get them brown.  3 is an appropriate amount, he will ask for more.

Fried or Baked Chicken – thighs or drumsticks – bone in or out, coated with Namaste Pizza Dough mix or not.

Chicken roll ups – when chicken breasts are on sale I buy them and butterfly them and then pound them thin.  I roll them around green beans (Trader Joes Frozen) and then pan fry them.

Turkey Burgers/ Meatloaf.  To bind the meatloaf I use brown rice bread crumbs or rice cakes sent through the food processor along with pureed, steamed veggies (what ever is in the fridge)

Once in a blue moon I will roast a turkey, he likes the dark meat and I make nuggets from the white meat.

Jem loves salmon and tuna.  I never give him fish more than once a week because they can raise metal levels.  He loves salmon in any form – on picnics I take a can of Trader Joe’s no salt added and he loves to eat it right out of the can.  He will eat tuna, but not as enthusiastically.

Carbs

Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes – Low or no Salt – He will eat them plain or with Hummus (Cedar’s) or Mutabul (Sam’s Flaming Grill).

Bicuits, bread sticks or buns made from Namaste’s Sugar-Free Pizza Dough mix. 

Pizza – made from Namaste’s Sugar-Free Pizza dough mix, topped with shredded beets (not pickled) tri-colored peppers (Melange a trois, Trader Joe’s frozen) carrots and broccoli.

Vegetables

Canned Beets (not pickled)

Carrots (cooked or raw) Walmart carries cooked carrots in a plastic cup which are perfect for lunches.

Green Beans (Trader Joe’s Frozen)

Broccolli – Fresh, Steamed or boiled

Cucumbers, peeled and sliced

Green, Red, Yellow and Orange peppers – his favorite, preferably organic

Squash – butternut, pumpkin or acorn – he won’t eat much

Sugar snap peas – he won’t eat much

Eggplant – steamed

Mushrooms – raw

Cauliflower – raw, steamed, mashed – he won’t eat a lot.

Treats

No, No Nana’s Lemon or Ginger cookies – give sparingly, no more than one a day – you will get a reaction.

Fruit – Melon, bluberries, pears, bananas, mangos, pineapple, peaches, cherries and nectarines – these must be given sparingly or he will have a reaction -so less than 1/2 cup a day and not given every day – just special occasions.

Cashews – Jem loves cashews but should not have them often, he is already allergic to almonds and we certainly don’t want to add on to that list.

Pink Lemonade – 1 tbs. Lemon juice, 1/8 tsp of water from can of beets, 2 cups of lemon flavored seltzer water – served on ice with a straw.

That’s pretty much what my kid eats!

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