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    I've been primal for the last year I guess, but have so many food allergies that I'm sick of eating the same foods all the time. :/ I'm hoping others will have ideas for me...

    It's probably easier for me to post what I CAN eat, rather than what I can't, so here goes:

    Organic/grass fed/free run: Beef, pork, eggs.
    Veggies: All except corn.
    Fruits: All, except apples must be cooked.
    Pure Maple Syrup

    I can use olive oil & save my bacon drippings.

    And that's about it.... If it's not on the list, I can't eat it. So no tree nuts, dairy, no sulphites, coconut is hit & miss... Pretty much everything else gives me hives.

    Breakfast is usually bacon or bfast sausage with eggs, dinner is some meat with steamed veggies, sometimes a sweet potato or squash.

    I know this is all good, healthy food but I'm bored with never having any variety in the food I eat.

    Any other meal suggestions for me to get me out of this rut?

    I should add, I'm 5'9, female, and prefer not to fast (although i rarely eat more than twice a day) or my weight drops too quickly. It's all I can do to keep my weight around 117lbs.

    Thanks for any help....

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    Beef tartare. Beef Carpaccio. Why no fishies? I would go for some good tuna belly, shred it up with a fork, add a little soy, a little seasame oil, green onions. How about Chocolate beef? Marinade beef with a marinade based on garlic, and cacao powder, and sear in butter, maybe finish in the oven, I would just eat it blue.

    Veggies? That's easy, sauteed fiddlehead ferns. People get into a rut with veg because they decide to purchase from a comfortable list of 5 or 6 different veg. Expand.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Primal Babe View Post
      I've been primal for the last year I guess, but have so many food allergies that I'm sick of eating the same foods all the time. :/ I'm hoping others will have ideas for me...

      It's probably easier for me to post what I CAN eat, rather than what I can't, so here goes:

      Organic/grass fed/free run: Beef, pork, eggs.
      Veggies: All except corn.
      Fruits: All, except apples must be cooked.
      Pure Maple Syrup

      I can use olive oil & save my bacon drippings.

      And that's about it.... If it's not on the list, I can't eat it. So no tree nuts, dairy, no sulphites, coconut is hit & miss... Pretty much everything else gives me hives.

      Breakfast is usually bacon or bfast sausage with eggs, dinner is some meat with steamed veggies, sometimes a sweet potato or squash.

      I know this is all good, healthy food but I'm bored with never having any variety in the food I eat.

      Any other meal suggestions for me to get me out of this rut?

      I should add, I'm 5'9, female, and prefer not to fast (although i rarely eat more than twice a day) or my weight drops too quickly. It's all I can do to keep my weight around 117lbs.

      Thanks for any help....
      Have you visited any of the great Paleo Cooking blogs? There are some amazing recipes out there. Your food list is not too far off mine - I eat low lectin: so no dairy, eggs, nightshades, nuts. I have to search through a few more recipes, but there is an unlimited bounty of great food out there.

      I can post a few links if you would like.
      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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      • #4
        Davem, can't have soy, I am allergic to ALL dairy, marinades typically use vinegar/soy sauce etc, can't have either of those. No fish because I need to find somewhere around me to buy organic fish that hasnt been "fish farmed", I'm allergic to food additives/chemicals/preservatives as well. I do eat whatever veggies, guess I need to expand my cooking knowledge in that department.

        Jammies, would love any links you have to share, thank-you!

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        • #5
          Well crap, I just replace the hard drive on my laptop and just realized that I lost all my recipe links! Bummer... but here are a couple. I have to comb through recipes to avoid foods I can't have. You may have to be creative for substitutes for some of these recipes. For example - coconut aminos instead of soy; lime/lemon/orange juice instead of vinegar; ghee or olive oil instead of butter; apple cider plus lime juice for cider vinegar. But they are usually still good and it is nice to change things up some times: Good luck - I hate it when i get in a food rut....a new recipe or flavor can usually bring me out of it.

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          • #6
            My friend made this tonight and told me it was to die for - she used sirloin roast instead of rib roast but it was still awesome.

            Rib Roast with Mushroom Crust Recipe : Chuck Hughes : Recipes : Cooking Channel

            I've made this one recently with a mixture of lime and orange juice instead of vinegar - also used pork butt and belly - fantastic served on romaine lettuce leaves with red onion chutney:

            Braised Pork Belly Tacos Have Knives, Will Cook

            I just remember - did you know there is a recipe section on this forum? You could try there as well.
            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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            • #7
              Thank-you, Jammies!!

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              • #8
                Dude, one word: SPICES. Meat is meat until you do something with it; there's a world of difference between steak that's been simply seasoned and grilled, a flank steak with chimichurri, something that's been hit with a dry rub of cocoa, cumin, allspice, salt and pepper...it's all about the spice. Same thing with veggies - stir fry with garlic, ginger and sambal olek, salad with homemade citrus vinaigrette, oven-roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic and lemon - it's all in what you do with the raw materials. My own restrictions are pretty much in line with yours - no dairy, no nuts - and my diet is pretty varied. Check out sites like Tastespotting for ideas (though be warned that it's not a primal site, so there's a lot of chaff - so to speak - to sift through), or the Recipes section of the forums.

                As for the seafood, you might look for wild-caught canned sardines and salmon. Wild Planet is a good brand.

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                • #9
                  Someone posted a recipe for primal chicken liver pate this morning that had a very simple ingredients list. What about giving something like that a try?
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                  • #10
                    I agree, spices, seasonings, citrus juices in marinades...each time you shop, pick up a new veggie and a new spice/seasoning...and find a way to use it before it goes bad! I don't see any green leafies...

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                    • #11
                      I also have a whole mess of food allergies, along with no gluten or dairy of any kind ... but I've learned to adapt and come up with new ways to prepare things to keep it interesting. I don't do any soy either, but you can get a nice flavor with Coconut Aminos instead of Tamari or Braggs. I have yet to come up with substitutes on some things (like garlic, mustard, tomato ) but overall, I am eating a wider variety of veggies and meats than I ever did before.
                      Completely in love with fresh arugula right now, watercress runs a close second with Dino kale ... and my next planned veg are Dandelion greens.
                      I find a lot of great ideas at Everyday Paleo (and in the book) as well as on MDA.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sudenveri View Post
                        Dude, one word: SPICES. Meat is meat until you do something with it; there's a world of difference between steak that's been simply seasoned and grilled, a flank steak with chimichurri, something that's been hit with a dry rub of cocoa, cumin, allspice, salt and pepper...it's all about the spice. Same thing with veggies - stir fry with garlic, ginger and sambal olek, salad with homemade citrus vinaigrette, oven-roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic and lemon - it's all in what you do with the raw materials. My own restrictions are pretty much in line with yours - no dairy, no nuts - and my diet is pretty varied. Check out sites like Tastespotting for ideas (though be warned that it's not a primal site, so there's a lot of chaff - so to speak - to sift through), or the Recipes section of the forums.

                        As for the seafood, you might look for wild-caught canned sardines and salmon. Wild Planet is a good brand.
                        Wild Planet sardines are amazing!!!! But I thought I was the only person in the world who liked Sardines.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pdovers View Post
                          Wild Planet sardines are amazing!!!! But I thought I was the only person in the world who liked Sardines.
                          I'm having sardines in my BAS for lunch today, in fact.

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                          • #14
                            You can make your own condiments instead of avoiding them completely. Orrenhawk recommended tamari or Bragg's aminos above instead of soy sauce, and I make my own ketchup, mayo, and bbq sauces. You can also make your own dressings with olive oil, vinegar, and spices, or citrus or herb infused olive oil. You can also do a lot more with veggies, like I make "pasta" with zucchini or spaghetti squash, and right now we're eating a lot of cucumber/vinegar salads just because my cucumber plant is taking over the yard. Though I will note that my first attempt at ketchup didn't turn out, and I found out from a guy at the farmer's market that you really need to use a paste tomato or buy tomato paste. It's more like a tomato water sauce.

                            I have found that with my food allergies, focusing on variety in vegetables and fruit really helps. I try to get different veggies every week. as well as a different type of fruit, although I stay more with the berries and low FODMAPs fruit.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Primal Babe View Post
                              Davem, can't have soy, I am allergic to ALL dairy, marinades typically use vinegar/soy sauce etc, can't have either of those. No fish because I need to find somewhere around me to buy organic fish that hasnt been "fish farmed", I'm allergic to food additives/chemicals/preservatives as well. I do eat whatever veggies, guess I need to expand my cooking knowledge in that department.

                              Jammies, would love any links you have to share, thank-you!
                              Don't use a marinade, make your own. Simple fix there. For the tartare, don't use the soy. With the butter, you can use coconut oil, didn't think about it... might be totally awesome, coconut plus cocoa.
                              Have a whole foods? IF you're having a big problem getting decent fish, you must be in the interior of the country, and therefore pretty SOL. Maybe find someone who fishes a lot and is will to share some bass and trout?

                              Back to like I said, try the chocolate beef.
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                              Me vs. Russian Boar, hunt is on Aug. 20th. WHAT'S MORE PRIMAL THAN THAT?!
                              Recently survived Warrior Dash, New England.
                              Game Developer, ex-Chef, long time Fatbody.

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