Today was the first day of our week on a M-friendly diet. Mike and I were both quite looking forward to the challenge of eating as our youngest does, not least to see what health benefits we gain as the week progresses. I don’t think it will come as any great surprise to anyone that Mike and I would both like to loose a little weight and this seems like the perfect opportunity to kick-start that whilst supporting M in his daily struggle too.
I’ve spent some time explaining to M what Mike and I were doing this week and think it only fair that I do the same for you. From today to Thursday, we will be eating food that M could eat if he wanted to, but will not be eating necessarily exactly the same meals. For example, Mike and I will be adding vegetables such as mushrooms, courgettes and tomatoes to our meals, knowing full well that M won’t eat them, but that they currently are part of his “safe” foods. Friday will be different. We will eat exactly the same things that M eats, nothing more, nothing less and, at M’s request, we have both agreed to drink his protein shake (Neocate Active) on that day too.
Breakfast was, perhaps, the easiest meal to cope with as, for the most part, it wasn’t going to see any major changes to our usual fare. Mike usually starts his day with a bowl of cereal, raisins and either coconut or rice milk and as M can eat all of that too, he didn’t need to change that meal at all. My breakfasts will need a little more adapting as I typically eat fresh fruit and yoghurt or some toast, neither of which fits into the wheat, gluten, dairy, soya and egg free regime.
Lunch was a little more challenging and saw our first pitfall of the week. We headed to Tesco to pick up a couple of their Free-from frozen pizza bases as well as a couple of other free-from ingredients to see us through the week. I was disappointed to discover that our local Tesco appears to have stopped stocking these pizza bases, which are the only ones I’ve found that M can eat as they are egg-free too. I had to make a quick decision and decided to pick up a pack of their fresh bases instead as they contain a little egg, but are safe for G to eat.
Getting home, I made my 1 remaining M-friendly pizza base into a pizza for Mike and him to share and used the smaller, individual bases to make a pizza each for G and me. The ingredients were as follows:
- Heinz tomato ketchup and Barbecue sauce on the base (though mine had a home-made salsa of chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, chilli flakes, balsamic vinegar and sugar)
- Marks and Spencer’s salami slices and gluten-free breaded ham
- Pimiento stuffed olives
- Tinned pineapple (though I forego this as I’m not a fan of fruit and savoury together)
G had the same, except without the pineapple or olives and with some goats’ cheese grated on the top.
The pizzas were delicious, but I was soon to suffer the consequences of a very silly mistake. In my rush to check the ingredients to make sure that we weren’t inadvertently adding anything that M couldn’t eat, I forgot to check for my arch nemesis: potato. Within minutes of finishing my pizza, I started experiencing stomach cramps and quickly realised my mistake. Thank goodness that the mistake was mine and didn’t cause problems for my boy!
An afternoon bike ride and play in the park for Mike and the children followed, whilst I got started on tonight’s dinner. I decided to ease us in gently and opted for something I knew we could all eat and would enjoy – a Roast Chicken dinner. This consisted of:
- Roast chicken (with enough left-overs for Mike’s lunch tomorrow, dinner tomorrow night for us all and even some chicken soup for later in the week)
- Sweet potato mash made with Dairy and soya free spread for M and me
- Mashed potato for G and Mike
- Peas and corn
- Courgettes topped with mustard (just for Mike and me, though M did give this one a go)
- Gravy made from Knorr chicken stock cubes (wheat and yeast free), onion and a little balsamic vinegar
I even managed pudding tonight and adapted a recipe for Treacle sponge pudding made with rice milk, rice flour, xantham gum, dairy/soya free spread and egg replacement powder and all cooked in the microwave in 5 minutes. Some custard made from Birds’ custard powder, sugar and rice milk topped it off perfectly.
Today was an easy day for us food wise. I chose to cook things that I knew were easy to ensure as being M-friendly as well as things that the whole family enjoy to eat. The rest of the week will most definitely be more challenging, but it’s a challenge that I feel I’m up to, after all I’ve been cooking this way for the last 2 years.