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peanutbuttermarmite Wed 19-Feb-20 09:27:51

I’ve got some guests with children who are dairy, gluten, wheat, and sugar intolerant.

Any nice recipe ideas for snacks and mains?

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PurpleDaisies Wed 19-Feb-20 09:29:34

Sugar intolerant?

OopsUpsideYourBed Wed 19-Feb-20 09:29:43

For snacks what about apple pizzas? Rounds of sliced apples topped with peanut butter and berries.

Mains could be grilled chicken and chips with peas.

peanutbuttermarmite Wed 19-Feb-20 09:54:23

Oooh I love the idea of apple pizza! Thanks the chicken, chips and peas sounds simple.

Sugar makes then very hyper I believe, perhaps intolerance is the wrong word.

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ChateauMargaux Wed 19-Feb-20 09:54:41

We eat like this all the time. We eat less 'desert' and 'snack food's than other people.

Breakfast often has cooked eggs, dried meat (though most has some sugar derivative like glucose, dextrose, Maltese etc apart from Parma ham which is expensive!) rather than cereal and milk. We make rice flour pancakes with eggs and rice milk with dried meat, almond butter, homemade jam (bag of frozen berries, heat up and boiled a little with some chia seeds to thicken).

Mains are:
rice, chicken, spring onions, cumin and egg
Roast chicken and roast potatoes
Salmon, rice, roasted sweet potato cubes with rocket
Rice pasta (not corn) with cheese free pesto

We generally start a meal with bowls full of raw carrots, cucumber, fennel etc

We do eat fruit but not a huge amount due to the sugar issue.

For snacks we have rice cakes, raw vegetables, some fruit, date balls (with cashews or coconut and then either dried raspberries or cacao powder.)

They will be used to this diet so don't feel like you need to adapt your diet to fit theirs.

Ask their parents for suggestions!!

Don't add sugar substitutes or even lots of fruit where you would ordinarily have sugar. If they are sugar intolerant, they may also limit fructose.

I make banana bread with buckwheat flour, eggs and cinnamon.

peanutbuttermarmite Wed 19-Feb-20 10:01:46

Thanks - it generally sounds healthier than most children’s diets.

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CountFosco Wed 19-Feb-20 12:04:18

I'd ignore the sugar 'intolerance', have their DC been medically confirmed to have CMPA and Coeliac's disease or are they just being a bit faddy and precious? The amount of care I took would depend on that (have family members with both and know how serious they can be so e.g. we keep all gluten containing ingredients in a gluten cupboard to avoid cross contamination for when they visit).

Crisps, sausages (check for gluten and dairy), baked beans, fruit, nuts (but often 'may contain' gluten so avoid if proper Coeliac), hummus, omelette. Anything with potatoes and rice rather than pasta.

Ricekrispie22 Wed 19-Feb-20 12:14:14

Curry - this is my DC’s favourite
Chilli con carne
Shepherd’s pie with Free From Worcester sauce (we use Tesco) and dairy free spread and cheese in the mash
Egg fried rice (make sure the soy sauce is Gf)
Smoky bacon beans with wedges or jacket potato
Sausages (most are automatically Gf these days) and dairy free mash
GF fish fingers and chips

peanutbuttermarmite Wed 19-Feb-20 12:27:05

They’re asd so don’t think medically dx for intolerance, it’s more impact on behaviour - this has given me lots of ideas, thanks, want to make them feel welcome.

They don’t eat soy cheeses either, so I’m on the hunt for coconut cheese which Sainsbury’s does.

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ChateauMargaux Wed 19-Feb-20 12:49:56

@Countfosco there is no need for you or the OP to be judgemental about their dietary choices. It is none of your business. The OP may choose to decline to cater for them if she wishes but it is rude to ignore their wishes.

@peanutbuttermarmite . Baked beans, Worcester sauce and bacon are all likely to have sugar in some form in them (dextrose, etc).

If they avoid soy as well, I would not spend too much effort on searching for cheese alternatives for them as it is likely that there is something in there that is not suitable, lecithin for example. Maybe ask them if there is something special you could get in for them.

I tend not to give people the whole list of things we don't eat (*@Countfosco* we are under the supervision of a doctor and it is his advice) as the list is long and boring and we avoid many additives which are often found in alternatives as well as seemingly random things like chicory but instead I make suggestions and do provide a whole list if requested.

It is kind of you to be so thoughtful. It is very difficult to travel with a complex diet and is sometimes easier to just say.. 'it's ok this one time' but with the children already being out of their routine, the food that could potentially be causing them challenges may make things difficult for their behaviour but also impact the longer term strategy of trying to reduce the reactions they are having by excluding things with the hope that they will absorb nutrients better and eventually maybe be able to reintroduce foods. This process can take years so just putting it aside for a few days is not that easy. (Obviously I am projecting my own situation here but I think it is useful to see it from their point of view.) If they do decide to let it lapse for one treat, think about what they might have done that ... feeling that they are depriving their kids while others are eating around them and maybe that if their diet is controlled 90% of the time, small controlled deviations are OK but a whole days worth wouldn't be.

PurpleDaisies Wed 19-Feb-20 13:13:40

If they have an asd diagnosis, I’d ask their parent what they would like to eat. Food issues are very, very common.

peanutbuttermarmite Wed 19-Feb-20 13:30:38

I know I get it, I’ve got many friends with complex food rules - I take the point about the alternatives having additives, I hadn’t thought about that. My dc are terrible sleepers and really, anything that would help I would do.

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JulietTango Wed 19-Feb-20 13:44:38

Violife is dairy and soy free

PurpleDaisies Wed 19-Feb-20 13:47:23

Violife is horrible.

PurpleDaisies Wed 19-Feb-20 13:48:15

Unless you know they eat cheese alternatives, I really wouldn’t bother buying them.

peanutbuttermarmite Wed 19-Feb-20 13:54:40

Yes sounds like no cheese is easiest all round. I don’t want them to feel they have to break any rules as I do understand how unpleasant the consequences can be.

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JulietTango Wed 19-Feb-20 14:10:19


😂😂 I've never tried it to be honest. I was just stating a fact 😁

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