Healthy Recipes

I have modified recipes for years to accommodate my own eating challenges. Like many people, I have a number of foods I cannot tolerate. Over the last year or so, I have slowly slipped back into eating many of those foods and suffered the consequences of this lapse of judgment. Effective the first of the year, I went “clean” and removed all of my food intolerances from my diet. At the same time, my mate and I decided it was time to make some changes to increase our overall health. The recipes here are all a result of these changes.

You will find these recipes to be free of:

Curry Powder (Nightshade free)

We have a chicken salad we love that is seasoned by curry powder, the type you buy in the spice section of the grocery store. I love that chicken salad. Unfortunately, I am one of those who cannot tolerate plants from the nightshade family. Its a huge family of plants that includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers (bell, cayenne, paprika, chili, etc.). Peppers seem to season almost everything I love including curry powder. So, I set out to create a curry powder that was as delicious as the one we were buying but didn't have any peppers in it.

Baked Squash Custard

Another one of Tom's favorite foods is custard. I don't eat dairy and we try to limit our sugar intake which makes custard seem out of the question. I did some searching and found a recipe at Whole Foods.

It was a starting point and I did my usual tweaking from there. It turned out really delicious. I have found I can leave out the squash or play with the seasoning and have an equally delicious custard.

Baked Squash Custard

Serves 5-6

Gluten-free Bread

I remember watching my Grandmother make bread as a child and the smell and taste of that fresh bread as it came out of the oven. Whenever she made bread, she'd freeze the extras so there was always bread in the house. I remember for a while she had a hacksaw hanging on the wall of the kitchen to slice off pieces of bread if we needed to use some of that frozen home-made goodness.

Valentine's Slaw

Valentines Slaw

I arrived at this recipe quite by accident. We have been eating a lot more vegetables this year and I attempt to include as many different types as possible in our meals. We wanted cole slaw for dinner so I started adding. The resulting color was so much fun, I had to share. Please note, all ingredients are approximate. If there's something you really don't like, just leave it out. But, if you leave out the beets, the color fun will not be there. It should still taste delicious though. En