I knew that dinner was going to be interesting last night, because I didn't have a chance to brainstorm any new meal planning ideas, or glance at the ol' Paleo cookbooks that I bought when we first discovered that Patch had allergies and were trying to figure out what they were, much less go to the store to pick up anything for the recipes I hadn't yet started thinking about.
So instead I glanced around the cupboards and into the fridge and began to assemble a lineup of ingredients on the counter.
My goal was to make something that the newly diagnosed kid couldn't just eat, but something that she would actually enjoy eating, since she's still pretty bummed about the news.
For anyone who didn't see the last post about the new allergies, the meal needed to be gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut free, and green pea free. Her doctor also wants us to avoid tomatoes, oranges, caffeine, chocolate, and other more acidic foods.
Here's the recipe that I came up with after double checking labels and coming up with an idea.
8 servings of instant rice
(seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder and salt to taste)
6 ounces of bamboo shoots (which was half a jar)
1 link of kielbasa, cut into small pieces
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cups of fresh baby spinach, washed
2 tbs of garlic
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs paprika
1/2 tbs garlic powder
1/2 tbs onion powder
1/2 tsp pink salt
Optional: Eggs prepared the way you like them! I thought that scrambled would be great, but Sadie has informed me that she hates scrambled eggs, so...
In one pot I prepared the instant rice to the directions on the box, adding garlic powder, onion powder, and salt to taste.
At the same time, in frying pan, I added the olive oil and set the burner to medium heat, adding the onion, garlic, kielbasa, spinach, and bamboo shoots and cooking it for about five minutes before adding the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. After mixing the entire thing well I poured the meat and onion mixture over the now cooked rice and mixed everything together.
Then I quickly prepared a bunch of eggs over medium, since that's how Sadie loves her eggs, and served them on top (or alongside, depending on the child and whether I thought they'd eat the eggs) of the kielbasa and rice.
It was an instant hit. Even Maggie, who is incredibly picky was found not only eating her own food, but began sneaking over to swipe bites from my plate too.
This is definitely one recipe I'll be saving for the future!