When the midnight craving occur, a portobello mushroom is a lifesaver. Get it done fast using the toaster-oven, microwave, and saute pan to get components done simultaneously. I just whipped up this balsamic portobello with spinach and bacon for my wife before heading to bed. Here’s how to do it:
After frying up some bacon, I am always compelled to do something with the savory bacon grease. I’ll either saute some chicken breast for later in the day/week or will immediately toss in some diced onion and garlic and see where it goes. Typically, I end up making some sort of rice using whatever is lying around the kitchen. It gives my wife something to snack on and takes the time, and pressure out of preparing later meals. It also consolidates cleaning. I also love that it saves me a lot of money on the olive oil I would have used and provides the opportunity to make use of any underused food items.
2 c. Rice or quinoa (Quinoa cooks best if soaked for a few hours before cooking.)
- On medium heat, saute diced onion and salt in olive oil until soft, stirring often
- Add diced carrot, diced garlic and saute 3 more minutes, stirring often
- Add tomato paste and stir for 1 minute
- Add tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes
- Add rice and saute for 2 minutes, stirring
- Add water and/or stock and Goya. Stir then heat to boiling.
- Cover and simmer low for 20 minutes (until rice is tender)
Having allergy-free snacks is essential. The following are my wife’s go-to snacks.
- Plantain (very ripe), just slit lengthwise and nuke for 2 minutes
- Avocado, plain or with salt or add a little lemon
- Sweet potato chips
- Potato Chips, salt or some bbq brands
- Rice cereal, cold or hot, with blueberries, cinnamon, and sugar
- Hot tea with raw sugar and rice milk (vanilla or plain)
- Chicharrone (fried pork rinds)
- Banana chips (from Trader Joe’s)
- Left-overs (always have on hand!)
- Cut up vegetables
Of course, these are based on our very restricted list of foods, and takes into account that, as a nursing mom with a very big and hungry baby, she added some foods that are very high in fat because it was hard to keep up her weight. As the baby starts to eat real food, she plans to cut down on the chicarrone and banana chips. The most important thing is to have plenty of foods she can quickly prepare and eat while holding a crying baby.
My son is allergic to and/or intolerant of, the foods listed below, so these recipes avoid all of them. Patch testing confirmed a dozen allergies, while intolerances were found via the elimination diet process.
- Tree Nut
- Oat & Barley
- Beans (including peas)
- Acidic fruits
- Gassy foods, such as onion and garlic
This would have been overwhelming to discover all at once, but at first, we thought he was only allergic to dairy and soy. It was only after we had adjusted to reading labels that we started to realize there were still allergens in our diet.