Talking About Food…Again

Hi MOE Readers,

We’re in the middle of a pandemic and the problems of the world feel positively insurmountable. I’m not sure if I’ve given up hope, or I am just PMS’ing. (Probably the latter.) In an effort to provide a little humor, however, in these dark days….let me share with you our “eating problems” around here.

I used to feel extremely food restricted because of SC1’s food allergies. As a family we do not eat:

1. Any nuts

2. Peanuts (peanuts are a legume, not a nut)

3. Green peas (a legume)

4. Sesame

5. Shellfish

Then we learned that SC1 is also allergic to Chick Peas (a legume) and we should pretty much avoid all legumes except for those we’ve eaten often safely. That left black beans and pinto beans in the legume family.

Then I realized I was sensitive to gluten, so we cut that out.

Then The Hub got gout, and we cut out meat.

Then we learned about other vegetables that contain a lot of purines (which cause or contribute to gout), so we are also avoiding: cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, and mushrooms. Oh, and now figs.

The Hub will not eat carrots or spinach (except very sparingly). He’s also trying to avoid sugar.

So…you can probably appreciate my exasperation when someone (albeit with good intentions, I’m sure) told me the other day that I shouldn’t be cooking rice too often because it contains arsenic. (1) I already knew that; and (2) What in the name of all that is good and holy would you suggest I make for my entire family given the above restrictions?

In all actuality, I am (frustratingly) often making at least two different things for dinner in order to meet the different dietary needs of each individual in this family, though I try my hardest not to. We already have enough dishes! I feel like a zoo veterinarian.

Yesterday, suffering from Pandemic-Induced-Existential-Ennui, I really wanted to make something different for dinner…preferably in my Instapot. I found a dish for Indian inspired Tofu Quinoa.

It looked easy enough….

Two hours later, we had our dinner.

Five minutes into the dinner, the kids were only eating canned pineapple and The Hub had grabbed a bowl of cereal.

If you have any great, easy, vegetarian, legume-free, recipes that don’t contain any of the above foods, please share them with me!


Econ-mom: First of all, my heart goes out to you on this! I feel like I don’t have the best attention to detail in the universe, so I would be in a low-level state of panic 24/7 if my child had food allergies.

As far as recipes, if you like the sofritas (tofu option) at Chipotle, I made a copycat recipe at home that 3/4th of my family liked. (I’m sure I’ve mentioned many times that Peanut has a very restricted diet – due to ASD/sensory processing, not allergies). Most days I do make something different for Peanut, and I can tell you one thing – it’s almost ALWAYS less healthy than rice!! LOL. For example, last night we had potstickers and Peanut had Chef Boyardee Ravioli. Sigh, what can you do?

Law-Mom: Sure, Econ-Mom, please send me your Sofritas recipe. Maybe you should post it for our readers, if they are interested? Comment below, if you are! 🙂

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