What's for Dinner? Heck if I Know!!

I don't like to cook. Baking I can stand. Cooking? Not so much. Not even a little, actually. But I started cooking more years ago when we found out our baby (who's now almost 8) couldn't tolerate dairy. I wanted to avoid dairy and to serve healthier food to my family. While it never stopped being a challenge, I guess it wasn't enough of a challenge because we found out recently that said child cannot eat wheat or peanuts, either. Awesome.

He started having really severe allergic reactions to outdoor allergens. To the point we thought he'd be one of those kids who always toted an inhaler around. Our doctor years ago just told us to give him Zyrtec and Mucinex. Every day. Twice a day. He was two then. We did what we were told. For years. But I started feeling uncomfortable about that. I mean, I know they test drugs, but just for a few months. Not years on end. Praise God for our current doctor! She recommended testing Luke for food allergies and talked about how underlying food allergies can damage our gut and intestinal flora and basically stress out the body. Thus the severe reaction to outdoor stuff. His body had just had enough. He wasn't gaining weight. And he had a lot of cavities despite a strict oral hygiene regimen and otherwise healthy eating. I was really bummed about further dietary restrictions, but I knew I needed to step up to the plate and figure this whole thing out. Not that I actually have it all figured out, but I'm beginning to stop feeling sorry for myself and get into the game a little bit. I'm sure there will be hit and miss for a while, but I'm ready to experiment and see what I can come up with.

Here was dinner tonight:

[caption id="attachment_721" align="aligncenter" width="169" caption="Almond Meal Chicken, Fruity Salad, Liquid Potatoes"][/caption]

The chicken was perfect! I mixed almond meal with Italian herbs, garlic powder, and sea salt, dipped the chicken into the mixture, and then placed into an olive-drizzled baking pan. Carefully put a little water into the baking dish, covered with foil, and baked for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

The salad turned out well, too. Luke really liked it. Romaine and cabbage, diced (?) blood orange, red grapes (halved), and diced gala apples. Drizzled the greens with poppyseed dressing and then added in the fruit. Ben and I also had some feta cheese and pecans. Yum! Next time I'll leave out the cabbage and put in spinach instead. Spinach works well with sweet salads.

The potatoes were terrible! I'll spare you the whole story, but suffice it to say...blenders and potatoes don't mix. Total goo! Flavor was good....but the texture was almost gag-worthy. Definitely a miss! LOL.

So, that's what's up around here lately; my current obsession. There's always got to be something, right? ;)


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