Cooking with alternative ingredients

  • 2667 days ago

    So, I am allergic to gluten, and lactose intollerant. I have found a lot of great recipes, but I am having a hard time getting in all my carbs and calories. Does anyone have any ideas about some healthy meals I can make where I can get enough carbs and calories for the day? I will try almost any kind of ingredient as long as I am not allergic to it.

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  • 2645 days ago

    Hey, Belle!

    I'm guessing you've figured all this stuff out by this time - you posted three weeks ago, and I'm pretty sure you mentioned doing a Whole30 this month. How's it going so far?

    Here's some good info for all sorts of people who might find this thread later!

    Try eating lots of veggies and lean protein. I get most of my carbs from veggies, and some from fruit. I used to be vegan, but being gluten intolerant, having trouble with all grains, and being allergic to legumes, I got sick. I still have a bias toward eating lots and lots of veggies, though! Eat veggies at every meal, combined with a healthy protein source and some good fat. Breakfast doesn't have to be eggs all the time, though omelettes and frittatas are easy and delicious. Try fish. Try last night's leftovers. Try a cauliflower "rice" stir-fry! This morning, I made sushi with coconut cauliflower "rice", salmon, and seaweed. I dipped in a sauce of wasabi, coconut aminos, and a splash of apple cider vinegar. The coconut "rice" was based on a half batch of this recipe but I used a spoonful of coconut manna and a splash of water because I don't have any coconut milk, and just skipped the dried coconut and honey. So easy! I liked the "rice" enough that I'll make it again soon. I also intend to try this with the other half of the cauliflower.

    Sweet potatoes are a safe source of healthy carbs. So are squashes - both winter and summer varieties. If your farmers market has sunshine squash, that is so good roasted! Delicata squash is also amazing roasted in rings, or baked and stuffed.

    If you want to do baking, use recipes featuring coconut flour, almond flour, and sometimes a little bit of arrowroot starch. is a good source for hundreds of recipes using safe, grain-free flours, as well as savory recipe ideas.

    All Whole30 approved recipes are GF and dairy free. Try looking up recipes described as paleo, primal, real food, or Whole30 approved. Whole30 has a very specific meaning, but the other terms are all kind of vague. They may mean one thing to one person and another thing to another person. Regardless, it's best to read through the recipe and make sure it's made only with ingredients that make sense to you, and doesn't overdo sweeteners (all sweeteners and bready/muffiny/pancakey kinds of baked goods are forbidden on Whole30, but other eating plans permit baking and using reasonable amounts of honey, maple, and sometimes coconut sugar.)

    I've recently started a new blog about eating gluten free real food, and also chronicling my Whole30 experience from a positive and encouraging perspective. It's at It's still new, so there are not very many recipes yet, but more will come soon! Please stop by and make suggestions about kinds of recipes and articles you'd like to see.

    How's your Whole30 going so far?



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  • 2611 days ago

    I'm gluten-free and allergic as well - my problem is that i go over the protein component pretty fast! :) And carbs are not a problem. Can you have any type of allergen-free gluten-free bread? I find that having 2 slices of Udi's pretty much puts me close to my carbs for the day. I also *really* love beans, but found that if I have them, I need to decrease my animal protein for the day. I have a blog called - you can go there and I have recipes. Not all of them are "diet" recipes, but I have friends on diets who eat my food - they're all high in carbs and protein, but I have some good recipes for beans and veggies on there too...

    Good luck!

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