Thursday, August 24, 2006

Ideas for dinner - Part 2

With a bit of imagination you can come up with lots of ideas for main meals. But it's best not to get stuck in rut - anecdotal evidence suggests that you may become more susceptible to forming new allergies/food intolerances if you have a limited diet. At the moment I tend to eat fairly light suppers, with plenty of salad and vegetables (I'm loving beetroot at the moment - the Co-op sells it ready cooked and vacuum-packed without any added nasties). So, here's a few more ideas for the summer.

Oatmeal goujons

This is a really easy and quick way of cooking chicken or fish. The oatmeal is a great substitute for breadcrumbs and makes a lovely crunchy casing.

1 chicken breast or fillet of salmon (without skin) per person
Seasoning (salt & pepper, or Schwartz Season-all, for example)
Sunflower oil

Place a little oatmeal on a plate or in a bowl. Add a little seasoning (just enough to liven the oatmeal up!) and mix well. Take strips of chicken or fairly chunky slices of salmon (cut 'with the grain'). Roll in the oatmeal mixture until well coated and shallow fry in sunflower oil, turning occasionally to ensure the goujon is evenly cooked and browned.

Serve with salad and new potatoes (or chips!).

Ginger and cashew stirfry

You could add chicken or tofu to the stirfry, if you fancy something a bit more substantial. Just chuck the ingredients in, according to how much of each you fancy (I'm really not a very accurate, 'measured' cook!). The green vegetables and cashew nuts are packed full of iron, and the brown rice and noodles contain B6 (which activates iron) - just what the doctor ordered if like me, you're slightly anaemic.

clove of garlic
piece of ginger
bok choy
chinese leaves
cashew nuts (unroasted/unsalted)
dark soy sauce (if you're allowed it) or miso paste
sesame oil

Grate the garlic and ginger and gently fry in the sesame oil. Quickly add the onion, cut in half and sliced and the broccoli (cut into florets) - try peeling the stalk, slicing it finely and adding that to the pan too! Stirfry for a few mins, until the vegetables start to soften. Add the bok choy leaves and the chinese leaves (sliced) (as much as you want - or fits in the pan - but remember, they'll cook down to nothing in no time at all!). Stir fry until the leaves start to wilt and add the cashew nuts. Fry until the nuts are starting to brown and add a splash of soy sauce or a good heaped teaspoon of miso paste (with a splash of hot water). Combine well and serve immediately with brown rice or brown rice noodles.

If you are adding chicken or tofu, slice or cube and cook until brown on all sides in a separate pan. Add to the vegetables just before the soy or miso.

Variation: Butterfly some king prawns (i.e. de-vein) and marinade in the grated garlic and ginger, with a splash of soy sauce or squeeze of fresh lemon juice, for at least an hour before cooking (remember to refridgerate!). Add to the vegetables (instead of the cashews) just before you add the soy sauce or miso paste.


Anonymous said...

You've used cashews - most diets state that you shouldn't eat cashews. I'm confused as the diets on the web have conflicting recommendations.

Djinn said...

I think you've hit the nail on the head there, Anon. A little bit of research reveals the diversity of advice offered to Candida sufferers. IMHO, it is important to find a practioner for support and nutritional advice. If it makes sense to you, follow their plan. A little further down the line you can start to test your intolerance levels - if you feel comfortable doing that. Everyone is different; some foods will trigger symptoms that wouldn't affect other people at all. I know - after nearly four years on this diet - that sugar is my top enemy. Cashews (and other nuts) are fine for me. Mind you, I don't profess to be an expert, and this blog is certainly not a substitute for decent support from your health practitioner.

The recipes I provide are for inspiration. Feel free to adapt to suit your needs. If the cashews worry you, simply leave them out!

Anonymous said...

I have done a little research and found out that cashew nuts are technically seeds! They do not come in a shell. As far as I know all seeds are ok? I know the available info is totally conflicted, but i guess you just have to do your best without getting totally driven insane by rules and use a little common sense and see what works for you individually.

Djinn said...

Exactly Anon. I think the reason why 'nuts' (peanuts aren't nuts in the strict sense either) are often prohibited is that, as they tend to hang around a bit, they can attract yeasts and moulds. I've never had a problem with them though.