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post #1 of 20
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My roommate is on a very strict diet and I was wondering if anyone could throw out some ideas of things to make using only limited ingredients.

what we can use
Fish, Eggs, Vegetables, Nuts/Seeds, Sprouts, Lemon/Lime, Stevia, Herbs, Butters/Oils, Tofu, Rice.

what we can't use
Breads, Anything with Vinegar in it, Cheese, Sugars , Mushrooms, Fruits(besides Lemons/Limes), Peanut Butter, Anything with Yeast in it, Dairy.

We have made a few different things.
We did a pretty decent Salmon dinner one night. We also made a darn good Stir Fry and used Tofu soaked in almond soy sauce as the meat substitute.
Unfortunately I'm starting to run out of ideas and the poor girl gets hungry and all she can think to eat is carrots and celery.:(

So I am wondering if some of you food geniuses had any good ideas for us. :D

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 20
How come she isn't doing the footwork? I mean fingerwork :D

Welcome (but I'm no food genius)
post #3 of 20
Indian and Chinese cuisine are full of stuff to fit that.
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
I'm just trying to surprise her...
post #5 of 20
Start fooling around with fresh herbs and SOME spices, you can never go wrong with fresh herbs...
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post #6 of 20
What about poultry? Is the diet health mandated or weight loss oriented? It doesn't seem to follow any of the more popular formulas. Weight watchers, South Beach, Atkins or Andrew Weil.

No Matter. Pan seared fish of your choice with a nice bearnaise sauce, toasted pine nut pilaf and steamed veggies or sauteed squash is always good.
Maybe a nice fish & vegetable stew with lots of good ripe tomatoes garnished with some rice.
Almond crusted firm tofu seared in olive oil with butter bean & quinoa ragout.
Crisp field greens with seared shrimp, sunflower seeds and citrus vinaigrette.
Shrimp and spicy sesame veggies with ginger rice in lettuce wraps.
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post #7 of 20
All the vegetables! Take any leafy vegetable - boil it in lots of boiling water, drain and then put some sliced or smashed garlic in olive oil, fry slowly a couple of minutes, then raise the heat and add the drained veg. stir a minute to flavor.

Minestrone of various kinds- Take beans and soak overnight - cannelini, pinto, brown, whatever you like. Next day do a slow saute' of onion, garlic, celery cut in small pieces, carrot cut in small pieces, in olive oil. When they begin to get soft, add spinach or swiss chard or escarole (or all of the above), zucchini cut in cubes, potatoes in cubes, other veg as you like - the cabbage family will add a strong flavor which some like and some don;t - add water to cover, and the drained rinsed soaked beans. Boil till the beans are tender - an hour or so. Check that there's still enough water, you may need to add more. Salt to taste. You can cook short pasta or rice separately and add to the soup or add at the last ten minutes or so and let it cook in the soup, but then the leftovers will have soft pasta or waterlogged rice. This fully satisfies your protein requirements (beans and grains). You can also cook the minestrone and then add canned drained beans in the last ten minutes.

Pasta e ceci (pasta with chick peas) soak chick peas in water 24 hours. Saute' smashed garlic, chopped onion, celery, carrot in olive oil slowly till soft - add chick peas and water - consider the chickpeas will double in volume so you need to put about twice as much water as peas but check it while cooking if you need to add more. Boil for at least an hour (chick peas can take a long time and they vary in how long they need) until you can squish one between your fingers and there are no hard bits inside. Salt to taste. Take half the chickpeas and some of the broth and put through a blender, food processor or old fashioned food mill to puree. Put back in the pot - add short pasta and cook. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some freshly grated black pepper.

and get a cookbook! particularly one that tells you how to cook vegetables and one about fish.
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post #8 of 20
p.s. i'm assuming this terrible and depriving dietary restriction is due to some real medical condition, diagnosed by a real doctor - i do know someone who couldn;t eat many of the things you mention for a very severe inability to metabolize yeasts and stuff like that.
There are so many quacks around who will do some hocus pocus and tell you you;re allergic to half the edible things on the planet based on some flakey theory. I'm guessing this is not the case here - in which case, my condolences to your roommate. I hope it;s not permanent.
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post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
hehe no nothing terminal. It's some sort of one month detox thing I guess. I do think it's a little hocus pocus myself, but that doesn't matter cause she doesn't lol.

Thanks for all the great ideas everyone.

Motelago I'm definitely gonna try that seared fish. She won't eat poultry cause shes a vegetarian (but loves fish, go figure) and sense meat was one of things she could eat that really limited what we could make. I like the idea of a stew, but couldn't use tomatoes cause they are still fruit (a berry if I'm not mistaken).

Siduri, Soup was a great idea I hadn't thought of going down that road yet, thanks. I think I'm gonna give the Pasta e ceci a shot tonight also.
post #10 of 20

Meal Ideas

I can't eat several of the things on her list. I would second the soup/stew idea. I do a sweet pot, corn, soy milk one with a dash of spice. Also, a 3 sister stew from Low fat Moosewood is incredible! Beans, squash, corn and shrooms. It has vinegar, but that could be substituted.

Another idea is rice, gf pasta

Always love roasted veggies

lentil, brown rice casserole - yum~
ok I could sit here all night with ideas - just use your imagination
post #11 of 20
Hey if she doesn't know tomatoes are a fruit, maybe don't tell her :D Ask her if she'd like tomato-something lol
post #12 of 20
According to wikipedia:
Though it is botanically a fruit, the tomato is nutritionally categorized as a vegetable...Since "vegetable" is not a botanical term, there is no contradiction in a plant part being a fruit botanically while still being considered a vegetable.
Technically, any food containing seeds is a fruit. So, if your friend tries to restrict her vegetable intake to only non-fruits, she's going to be even more limited than she already is. There are many other foods that are botanically classified as fruits but which, for nutritional and/or culinary purposes, are considered vegetables:

cucumbers
peppers
eggplant
squashes
snap or snow peas
green beans
okra
avocado

This "diet" sounds really extreme, totally arbitrary, and of highly questionable nutritional value. Presumably, fish and eggs means "no other animal product" but it's not clear. Butters are permitted but not dairy? Huh? What is the value of avoiding vinegar? Is she allowed nuts and seeds, but no beans and legumes (peanut butter, legume)? What about booze? There appears to be no real rhyme or reason...

That said, I say she should regard the tomatoes as vegetables, and eat them.
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post #13 of 20

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"the tomato is nutritionally categorized as a vegetable..."

While that may be true, in the United States tomatoes are legally vegetables.

Had to do with tarrifs and import duties. Congress, in it's infinate wisdom, decreed them to be vegetables.
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post #14 of 20
As is ketchup, for the 5-a-day thing.
post #15 of 20
KY, you are correct about the tariff thing. Nevertheless, the tomato is still more similar nutritionally to other foods that are classified as vegetables. It's sugar content is about 20% of what most fruits contain, and is actually about half that of vegetables like carrots, peas and onions.

Presumably, fruit is forbidden in this diet due to its sugar content. If so, tomatoes should be acceptable. But who can tell? Is she allowed to eat starchy vegetables, like potatoes and yams? What about grain? Rice is apparently okay, but what about wheat or barley? Corn, peas and beans fall somewhere in between. Are they permitted?

The whole thing is a bit odd.


MODERITH... By the way, I think it's really wonderful that you're trying to help your friend, and being so supportive. So my criticisms aren't about that at all. But maybe you could be more helpful by pointing out that there doesn't seem to be any nutritional basis to this arbitrary "detox" plan, and suggest that she should might want to consider getting some new, more reliable advice...?
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post #16 of 20
oh, well, i'm glad for your friend, but i wouldn't have spent all that time writing recipes for a fad diet. I thought it was a serious medical condition. (sorry, don't mean to be offensive, but really, i wouldn;t have)
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post #17 of 20
It's a good exercise in creativity, tho :D
post #18 of 20
Plenty of good suggestions here by everyone - but I really do hope she gets over it.

But I really don't get the whole idea from some so-called vegetarians that they still eat fish...Aye aye aye. But that's another thread entirely.

Oh btw- tomato is a fruit - so it is told .... :) And tasty.
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post #19 of 20
For some reason I'm reminded of a poem I read as a kid, "Pigs is pigs at forty-one."... about a man trying ship a box full of guinea pigs arguing with the trainmaster as to whether they are pigs or pets, because the shipping price is different.
post #20 of 20
I'm trying to figure out why this is so abhorrent to some of you....

It's short term (30 days) seems to have enough components for a full diet.

Moderith, the best advice on this thread was to look through vegetarian cookbooks....Deb Madison has several that may work well for you.....as well as fish cookbooks.
Herbs/spices may be your lifeline.....Penzey's has a comprehensive store/catalog if you are not around a store.
The reason why tomatoes are getting such thread space is because they have no fat, are an easy sauce/soup and add alot of flavor to a dish.

I'd keep a lemon vinagrette on hand just to dress up salads/veg...even fish.
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