Allergy-Free Portobello

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:

1) Preheat oven or set toaster oven to bake at 375 F
2) Clean the mushroom and marinade it with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar bottom side down
3) Toss the frozen spinach in the microwave for 4 min with a little water
4) Fry a strip of bacon until crisp, med-high
5) Put the mushroom into the oven/toaster-oven
6) Plate the cooked bacon and saute roughly chopped onion in the same pan
7) Add salt and Goya Adobo to the onion and stir frequently
8) Transfer as much of the spinach into the saute pan as you wish to top the mushroom with
9) Add a splash of red wine vinegar, stir frequently
10) Plate the portobello, top with bacon broken into bits, the top with spinach and onion
* Note that omitting onion and Goya seasoning is recommended if you wish to eliminate all gassy foods.

Using bacon fat

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.

Chorizo Rice/Quinoa

Chorizo rice is a great recipe to prepare ahead of time.  By the next day, the chorizo (a type of sausage) has flavored the rest of the dish and is even taster than when fresh.  It’s a fairly quick and easy recipe, and the leftovers are easy to heat and eat.  If allergic to rice, quinoa can easily be substituted.
1 tbsp Olive Oil*
1 med onion*
1 carrot
4 garlic cloves
1-2 chorizo sausages (or any sausage)
2 tomatoes (or 1 14oz can diced tomatoes)
1 tbsp tomato paste

2 c. Rice or quinoa (Quinoa cooks best if soaked for a few hours before cooking.)

2 c. water (and/or chicken or beef stock)

4 shakes of Goya Adobo seasoning
  1. On medium heat, saute diced onion and salt in olive oil until soft, stirring often
  2. Add diced carrot, diced garlic and saute 3 more minutes, stirring often
  3. Add tomato paste and stir for 1 minute
  4. Add tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes
  5. Add rice and saute for 2 minutes, stirring
  6. Add water and/or stock and Goya.  Stir then heat to boiling.
  7. Cover and simmer low for 20 minutes (until rice is tender)
Optional: Mix in more vegetables, like asparagus, peppers, or zucchini after adding water.
Toppings/Garnish: Cilantro, Avacado, Tomatoes, etc. can make this a main dish.

Allergy-Free Essential Snacking

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)
  • Bananas
  • Banana chips (from Trader Joe’s)
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • 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.

Our Baby’s FPIES Allergy List

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.

Foods Omitted in All Recipes:

  1. Dairy
  2. Wheat/Gluten
  3. Soy
  4. Egg
  5. Peanut
  6. Tree Nut
  7. Corn
  8. Oat & Barley
  9. Beans (including peas)
  10. Caffeine
  11. Chocolate
  12. Salmon
  13. Shellfish
  14. Acidic fruits
  15. Coconut
  16. 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.

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