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Allergies and intolerances - i need help!!

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sbear22 Thu 12-Feb-15 20:23:47

Hi all! First post in food section, hoping for a few ideas.

I'm coeliac, which seems hard but is workable as there are plenty of gluten free versions of certain foods now eg pasta, stuffing, sausages etc.
The hard part is that my husband is gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, cannot have red meat, only poultry and fish, and follows a low FODMAP diet meaning there are certain foods he cannot have such as onions, garlic, peppers, anything with skins on etc.

So I was hoping that you bright MNers might have some experience or ideas to share with me for dinner time - we're finding ourselves more and more limited and stuck in our ways but there must be some ideas that we're missing. We have baked potatoes, gluten free pasta and pasta sauce, chicken with plain sauces and rice, rice noodles and fish etc. I am at a loss!

Thanks all!

cdtaylornats Thu 12-Feb-15 22:29:04

Have you tried quinoa or lentils?

I believe most raw nuts are gluten free.

Could you try other birds rather than chicken - pheasant or grouse for example. Rabbit might be a possibility.

Blondie1984 Thu 12-Feb-15 22:55:27

Chicken or seafood risotto?
Chicken fajitas? You can buy gluten free wraps
Turkey escalopes with potatoes or pasta

MoustacheofRonSwanson Fri 13-Feb-15 02:33:26


I can't have gluten, dairy, nuts and have to follow a low fodmap diet, DH can't have gluten, dairy, soya or mustard. Took us a while to get our heads round that one.

FODMAP bit is especially tricky as it is so variable so to an extent you can't always rely on the "lists" that are about - for example peppers don't bother me if I grill and skin them, but I understand that doesn't mean that they don't trouble your husband. I have also found that removing the seeded parts from some foods e.g. courgettes, cucumbers makes a big difference.

The Paleo community has a lot of recipes that are gluten and dairy free, and that world has been an invaluable resource to me. It's been a bit of a journey over the last couple of years, but we've got to a point where things are pretty workable.

We've found a good range of foods/recipes that suit us, plus also have used some supplements that have made a difference, especially to the fodmap part. PM me if you want to chat about it/get some ideas, as I could write a book about this and it would take too long here!

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 13-Feb-15 16:05:06

If your husband is so unwell that he has to have such a restricted diet can't he get a referral to an NHS dietician? Surely the doctor isn't expecting you to muddle through with no guidance? Malnutrition has to be a real risk

LizziTea Sat 14-Feb-15 10:47:43

Can you have eggs? If so, with gluten-free buckwheat flour you can make lovely pancakes, which you could do with a savoury filling. I have a restricted diet and my favourite recent discovery has been a type of pesto sauce made with any combination of roasted/steamed veggies (like butternut squash, kale, broccoli, peas-whatever fits the Fodmap list), cashew or pine nuts, fresh herbs like basil if you like, and maybe something like creme fraiche, or a dairy-free cream substitute - all whizzed up in the food processor with a little good quality oil like olive oil. It's lovely on pasta or quinoa, and a good filling for buckwheat pancakes.
Also, quinoa is lovely if you cook it right (which involves washing off the soapy residue and toasting it before steaming) and it's lovely with pasta sauce. It also freezes well - I freeze it in single portions and defrost in the microwave when I need it.

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