Friday, September 17, 2010

Question - No sugar and yeast menu ideas

A friend of mine needs to go on a strict diet for her health and is asking for help.

I'm looking for complete meal ideas that are tasty and yet don't include any form of yeast or sugar (this includes anything with high fructose corn syrup, fruits, white potatoes, pasta, etc.). Basically, I'm looking for main dish and vegetable ideas but recipes of any kind would be greatly appreciated. My goal is to make a meal list for 3-4 weeks and then rotate it for about 6 months or so. So I need lots of ideas asap! :) Thanks for your help!
 I know how hard menu planning is for any mom with young children. I can't imagine the added challenges my friend is facing.

You all have been so helpful in the past. Can you help with this question? Thanks!


  1. Wow, this is tough. My father-in-law is diabetic and also gluten intolerance (celiac disease) so I have sympathy for your friend. How about:

    Taco Soup (minus the chips)

    Sausage-stuffed acorn squash (omit bread crumbs and dried cranberries)

    or Chili, Roast in the crock pot w/carrots and celery, baked fish with vegetables. Can she eat rice? Substitute rice for potatoes when possible. I hope others can help too!

  2. Hi there! I did the yeast-free diet a few years ago and found the Yeast Connection Cookbook to be helpful. Even better, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon contains many recipes that are meat and vegetable based. (You'll still have to avoid the fruit and dessert sections for the time being) Nourishing Traditions is an excellent book to have on your shelf anyway, as it has so much information on body-healing nutrition. Good luck- you'll be amazed at the results if you stick to your yeast-free challenge!

  3. Here is a link to a website that might be helpful. Since she is still able to eat meat, it could be added to any of the recipes. The Daniel Diet is essentially fruits, vegetables and grains, but there are plenty of recipes without fruits. And there shouldn't be any sweeteners or yeast in these recipes. I hope this helps a little!

  4. I think I forgot to post the link - whoops! Here it is -

  5. One of our favorite Fall meals is (butternut) Squash soup & grilled cheese. Of course you will sub tortilla for the bread (maybe add some lean ham in the tortilla).
    We use, an onion & some garlic cloves sauteed in olive oil, 1.5 cups pureed / roasted squash (any type), and 3 cups chicken broth, a little butter adds great flavor, and a bay leaf. Salt pepper to taste, and we add roasted red chili flakes for a kick! (I never use a recipe). Tortilla / taco night would fit her diet too, and of course taco salads with the leftovers!

  6. I highly recommend She blogs just what you will need. Her recipes and cook book bake this style diet taste fabulous. I'm busy today but if I come across some of my own recipes, I'll forward them. Can she have brown rice?

  7. I made this before and it is really good, I got it from a tv show a long time ago. Cream of Red Pepper Soup: 2 Tbs butter, 1 cup chopped onion, 2 large red bell peppers seeded and chopped, 2 cups chicken stock, 1 8oz. pkg of cream cheese (can use neufatchel cheese)softened, 1 cup half-and-half, Cayenne pepper (to taste), 1 tsp salt (or to taste) In a 4 Qt soup pot saute onion and peppers in butter until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in Chicken stock; simmer 15 minutes. Pour soup to pot; stir in half&half, cayenne pepper andn salt; heat to serving temperature. Serve hot.


    this lady does the gluten free plus its all in a crock pot, she is ez to read plus yummy ! PLus a YEARS WORTH !

  9. I thought of another that I want to make but haven't and that is crustless pizza. No dough, you just use sausage or hamburger like a crust. Many recipes on line. You could use a sauce without sugar. We make our own, but I found a jar of marinara sauce at Ollie's without sugar that tastes like spaghetti sauce.

  10. We have been cooking for years without sugar or starches. Cooking this way for children can be a trick though. What about dairy products?
    We sub winter squash for potatoes, but they can sometimes be too starchy too. Spaghetti squash or grated zucchini can used in place of pasta even steamed carrot strands and we use this with any type of sauce, maranara types or cheese sauces. Thickening can be done by cooking down the milk and cheese a little and then when it is added to the veggies it is quite creamy.

    I have a stuffed pepper recipe using squash on my blog now.

    Are you able to eat whole wheat flour? Corn? What about meat?

    You can stuff vegetables too like zucchini "boats" or peppers or acorn squash. Use a little cheese to help things stick together.

    Milk and butter added to vegetables make them a little more filling and kids seem to like them better.

    We eat lots of stew beans too. Then add yogurt or cheese and tomatoes to it. If you can have whole wheat flour then a tortilla is good with it.

    2c ww flour
    1t baking pow
    1t salt
    4 T oil
    1 3/4 c warm H2O

    roll and place on hot griddle

    Let me know about other things you may or may not be able to eat. The possibilities are endless. Don't get discouraged.

  11. Can you have any grains? Quinoa is a grain that is gluten free. My kids love it because it tastes like pasta. I cook it in chicken broth, but you don't need to because it already has protein in it. I add onions (ground up for my son.) cubes of sweet potato and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Sometimes we skip the parm and put craisins and walnut pieces in. Yum! It's been the perfect substitution for my carb loading daughter. They actually get excited when I'm making it. You can google it and a lot of different recipes come up.

  12. Hi, I have been reading some Suzanne Somers' books and there in s a recipe in Eat Great and Lose Weight that I tried today. Oh, it is so yummy!!! It is called Clay Pot Chicken and Leeks. I made it in a large pot instead of a clay pot. Here it is:
    4 Large Leeks, washed and halved, green tops removed
    1 chicken (3 pounds) cut into pieces with skin removed
    3 tablespoons ground cumin (yes that much)
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    3 tablespoons butter
    3 cups chicken broth

    If you have a clay pot, soak it in water overnight (or for at least 1 hour). If you don't have a clay pot, a Dutch oven will be fine. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of the pot or Dutch oven with a layer of leeks. Then make a layer with pieces of chicken. Sprinkle the cumin, salt, and pepper over the chicken. Dot with a tablespoon of butter. Begin layering again with leeks, chicken, cumin, salt, pepper and butter. Over the top layer, put an additional layer of leeks. Pour in the broth and add any remaining butter. Cover and bake for 2 hours or until chicken is cooked through.

    I would highly recommend this book and have your friend use the level one recipes. I also made baked garlic with the recipe above and spread on the chicken - WOW!!! You can make the garlic roasted with or without olive oil. You just cut the tops off of the garlic bulb and put that end up in a pot. You can drizzle olive oil on top if you want (or not) and bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes. It then spreads like a butter. I baked my garlic for the first hour with the chicken and then let it cool until the chicken was done. This all will make the house smell wonderful.

  13. Thank you so much for the time you spent in sharing your ideas and recipes in the comments and by email. I've shared your tips with my friend and I know she appreciates it!



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