So today is the backwards edition of "Works for Me Wednesday". Which means that instead of sharing with you something I've found that works for me, I get to ask you a question that I've been struggling with and ask you all "What works for YOU?" Let's get to it, shall we?
As most of you know, I suffer from a kidney disease that forces me to adhere to a pretty strict diet. Therefore, I can't eat a whole lot of traditional foods and recipes. Couple that with four kids who are picky about what they eat, and a husband who isn't picky, but doesn't want to suffer along with me, and I find myself making two complete meals many evenings. Sometimes, it''s not that big of a deal...like spaghetti nights, I just make myself a different sauce, and substitute sauteed zucchini and onions for the meat, and it's not really that much more work. Sometimes, however, it's a giant pain. While I don't want to cater to picky eaters, I also know that I don't like to eat things that don't taste good to me either, so I try to make things they will like.
Your mission today is to give me your tried and true recipes for main dishes, sides, desserts, whatever, that kids will eat. The catch is that said recipes can not include any of the following:
no cheese, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese
no chocolate (sob....sob....waaaaah!)
no greens of any kind (collards, spinach, turnip)
no salad dressing
no dried fruit
no molasses (which also rules out brown sugar, unless it calls for 1/4 or less to the entire recipe)
no salt (this means, no canned soups, no powdered soup mixes, and only "no salt added" canned veggies)
no canned meats
no olives, pickles, or sauerkraut
no deli meats
no barbecued or smoked meats
no barbecue sauce
no corn chips or corn tortillas
I also have to limit my protein intake, so I can only eat 6 oz. of protein a day, and lean red meat and eggs are better than poultry, so I try to only eat chicken or turkey once or twice a week at the most.
I know there are a few more restrictions that I can't think of off the top of my head, but they are of the more "rarely used" variety, so I only will remember them if they show up in a recipe. I have a formal list, but it is missing from my purse at the moment, and I'm not sure where it is, so we'll just go with the above list for now.
So there you have it...can any of you out there help me with some tasty recipes that my kids will eat and I can have too?
Now head on over to Rocks in my Dryer for more "Works for Me Wednesday: Backwards Edition" questions and answers! But not until AFTER you leave me your yummy recipes!