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Since we're newly grain free due to food intolerances and poor digestion, I'm learning how to feed us all over again. If any of you all have grain free meal ideas, post em here. I'll record what we're eating, in case it might help someone else tackle the grain free lifestyle.

I'm finding that we're eating several times a day, instead of 3 squares.

Snacks include bananas, dried papaya, red grapes (I appear to have gotten over my acute sensitivity- yay!), peanut butter, chai with coconut milk...

Meals thus far as follows:

Pork chops with baked beans and a green salad
Omelette with red cabbage, red onion, mushrooms and bell peppers
Fried chicken with carrots, walnuts and honey
Steak and shrimp with bell peppers, mushrooms and sweet potatoes

And tomorrow is another day.

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Breakfast - scrambled eggs, yoghurt, fruit, leftovers

Snacks - yoghurt with LSA, cheese, fruit, peanut butter on carrot sticks or apple slices, dried fruit, nuts

Lunch - banana pancakes (banana and egg mashed together and cooked), homemade baked beans, open sandwich without the bread - boiled egg/tinned salmon/avocado/grated cheese, mashed vegetables cooked into patties.

Dinner - we never used to use a lot of pasta, rice or other grains anyhow, so just more of our regular type dishes...

Chilli beans/mince, thinly sliced potato and pumpkin with butter drizzled on and baked, coleslaw or other veges that the kids like

Chilli beans/mince over baked potatoes and veges

Roast meals

Fish pie using mashed potato for the crust

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My mother baked some chicken breasts the other day, and paired that with the most wonderful salad. It was a can of black beans, 1 avocado cut up, half a cup of salsa, some lime juice, and some cilantro.

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Last night we had cheeseburgers in a bowl (though I had a hamburger in a bowl, I guess)... just 1lb of ground beef fried up with onion and then we put it in a bowl with chopped tomato, lettuce, bubbies pickles and DH added cheese. We also could have added condiments, but we didn't.

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I eat grain free for the most part!

Breakfast was so much easier when I had eggs...my favorite meal is fried eggs with black beans on the side. Now that I don't have eggs, I eat either just beans or almonds with banana.

Lunch we often have canned salmon salad with lots of veggies thrown in.

Dinner will be a meat with either zucchini (surprisingly filling and sustaining), winter squash, beans, regular potato, or sweet potato on the side along with another veggie.

Snacks are nuts and fruit.

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Also, I wanted to say that you do adjust and feel less hungry all the time after awhile. Especially if you lay on the fat in everything.

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http://mothering.com/discussions/sho....php?t=1098824

To get some ideas, I wanted to post this group, which is still sorta active. They may not have as many other restrictions as you've got, or the frequency of foods going in/out, but it may have ideas. And I don't know how much you've already searched, but Cristeen and ChristieB have old posts with lots of meal ideas.

And here's the thread I started a while back, there were websites recommended for meals, and I've checked out some, you may find some tasty stuff...

http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...ighlight=paleo
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Oooh, thanks for the links!

FTR, we're dairy free- but hoping to not always be...
It definitely throws a bit of a wrench into things.

I like the sound of those banana-egg pancakes!

Does anyone know how to make a squash pancake?

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aaaand this thread is now stuck in the resources under 'G'.
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This is so yummy

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/g...ipe/index.html
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let's see...

yesterday we had -

- br: fried zucchini & baked potatoes
- sn: carrot sticks w/vinegrette
- ln: broccoli-onion soup, tuna fish
- sn: celery sticks & leftover potatoes
- dr: buffalo burgers, coleslaw w/"french" dressing (tomatoes + vinegrette), homemade pickles, lettuce

today we've had -

- br: pate & carrot sticks
- sn: cherries at the farmer's market
- ln: sweet potatoes w/CO & honey, sauteed kale
- sn: chicken-veggie soup
- dr: will be having more chicken-veggies soup possibly with oven potato "fries"

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Snacks to add... fresh raspberries and strawberries!

Meals... pork chops sliced small with zucchini and bell pepper and grape tomatoes, drizzled with honey-mustard-ACV.

And...moose ribs with green salad.

Starting to dream of coconut-tapioca pudding:
http://www.recipezaar.com/Vegan-Tapi...Pudding-134105
http://www.recipezaar.com/Banana-Coconut-Pudding-67499

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Tonight's dinner was shepherd's pie with leftover lamb roast from last night. Loaded with veges and a potato/pumpkin mash on top.

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Yesterday I made a great sardine dip for cucumbers:

1 can sardines
3 Tb olive oil
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked then chopped
1/4 cup spanish olives, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper
2 Tb lime juice

everything mashed together with a fork. all those strong flavors really hid the fishiness.

That was lunch. Dinner was roasted chicken with avocado and warm potato salad. (Boiled potato mixed with olive oil, diced celery, minced garlic, salt & pepper).

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Can you have seeds that act like grains? Such as buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth?

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No, not for now anyway. Nope, we lost all of the alternative grains due to incident or accident. But there's still tapioca right? I want to figure out how to do a little baking with tapioca... beyond just pudding or using starch.

You guys, I feel like superwoman on this diet. I'm not hungry, mostly not even missing the whole grain component. My meals and snacks are satisfying and I get to eat as much as I want.

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The Chebe baking mixes are just tapioca (you add egg): http://www.chebe.com/

I'm sure you could do that on your own. We're off egg so I haven't tried.

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Taryn- THANKS! I knew it could be done...

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Here are some recipes for baked goods that I've found but haven't tried yet...
http://www.paleofood.com/baked.htm
http://www.recipezaar.com/gluten-fre...muffins-379340
http://www.recipezaar.com/blueberry-...-grains-381254

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Well, I'm definitely losing weight on this diet. I haven't been hungry until today. At lunch I ate two normal sized servings of meat and veggies, spaced an hour apart. And 45 minutes later I was still hungry. So I busted out a bag of potato chips. We'll see how the carb boost does for me.

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obvious question: prior to the bag of chips , were you eating enough fat?

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Good question. Yeah, I think my fat intake has been pretty steady... though I believe this diet would be better for me with dairy. Ah well... IDK, maybe I do need to boost fats though. Or maybe not. The child and I have been eating a jar of peanut butter every other day.

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Good question. Yeah, I think my fat intake has been pretty steady... though I believe this diet would be better for me with dairy. Ah well... IDK, maybe I do need to boost fats though. Or maybe not. The child and I have been eating a jar of peanut butter every other day.
the PB might be messing with you, doing insulin spike-y things. ?

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I don't think its the PB, though its reasonable we shouldn't be eating so much. It just tastes so damned good. Anyhoo, we eat it at night before bed... so I doubt it would be fooling with me in the afternoon- would it?

I've had really steady weight loss since March... a pound every 10 days. Since I went (mostly) paleo... its switched to 3 pounds this week. I'm really curious to see if this keeps up- or if it will stabilize and go back to the normal flow.

I don't think I can sustain more than a month of weightloss at that rate. At this point I'm only about 11 pounds heavier than what I think is optimal for me. But I guess we'll see when we get there.

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i don't know about the timing of the PB. my hearburn is pretty fast - within 30 minutes.

edited... we're talking about hunger but not poop. can't keep my threads/rxn straight.

foods that cause emotional stuff are delayed for us. anywhere from 3-18hrs it seems, depending on the amount eaten and when (i.e. is there a night to spread it out).

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Today I baked an apple crunch, simmered bone broth, made banana nut muffins, created a crustless bacon-broccoli quiche, and cooked a spaghetti squash.

Then I flaked out the spaghetti squash into the bottom of a deep dish and mashed it out into "pizza crust". Leftover pizza sauce came out of the freezer and simmered with sauteed mushroom and Applegate Farms pepperoni. I spread it out over the "crust" and topped with Follow Your Heart mozzerella cheese. We haven't had soy in months... so this is a trial.

Everything smells SO delicious!

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Wow, never would've occurred to me to try the spaghetti squash as a pizza crust. I like the idea. We caramelize onions (really dark brown, really tasty) as a pizza topping--are onions ok? Wait, they're on your bad list, aren't they (I can't see far enough back in this thread to check, and my memory is unreliable)? So probably never mind.

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mtn mama - re weight loss. My mum lost a lot of weight quite quickly on the GAPS diet (grain/starch free) even though that wasn't her main aim, but she was kept full and wasn't hungry so we figured it was ok for her to have the rapid weightloss since she was eating balanced food and wasn't going hungry. She did stabilise though even though she would have been happier to drop a few extra kg's. Also, my family (me, dh and kids) did the same diet and none of us lost weight (and we didn't have any to spare). So I suspect that the surplus drops off but you won't become underweight providing you're eating a well balanced diet and plenty of good fats. If any of us get hungry we reach for a protein/fat snack and it seems to sort us out.

I also tried a pizza using grated pumpkin and it came out really well.

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MtnMama (remembering my bad memory), have you looked at the foods you tend to lose with regard to sulfur content? Let me see if I can find a list of high sulfur/low sulfur foods...

http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/heali...hur_foods.html

skim about halfway down the page, things like dairy, onion and garlic, all high sulfur. Have you ever tried MSM as a supp, and was it good/bad?

Just a thought, really off-topic in this thread, sorry about that!
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Just lurking around- I have followed a grainfree diet off and on for about 3.5 yrs. I do best on it but sometimes it is a struggle. I have to be off of sugar as well or it sets off the grains cravings for me. I don't tolerate lots of baked goods either- whether grainfree or not- I guess becasue of the sugar- even the raw honey sets me off.

I did have a menu plan before but need to get it out again. Mostly I just cook things that are naturally grain free as that is easier, although sometimes I get a wild hair and do substitutions. LIke spaghetti- sometimes I eat w/ spaghetti squash- sometimes as a soup kinda- with lots of chopped veggies- or sometimes over sauteed veggies. For sandwiches we just do lettuce wraps- ds calls them cheeseburgers and he thinks they are the best thing ever!

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