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Have you tried quinoa? My daugher loves if if I make it with some chopped chicken breast, chopped onions, carrots, celery, peas and chicken broth. You can also buy quinoa pasta. Just make sure that the kind you buy has only quinoa because some are blends.

You can make a beef stew using beef broth as a base. If you like it thick, you can thicken it with tapioca flour, potato starch, or even allergen free potato flakes. Add potatoes, carrots, peas and whatever other vegetables he likes and can eat.

Meat sounds like an easy option. Just buy the plain meat and cook it yourself, or you could do some canned meats. You just have to read the label because some contain allergens.

For a side dish, you could do potatoes or sweet potatoes. My daughter likes sweet potato fries. I do them in the oven using olive oil. She also likes oven fries made of chunks of regular potato and red onion. I use Italian seasoning, plenty of salt and pepper and a bit of nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.

Daughter also loves stuffed potatoes. I bake large potatoes, then cool enough to handle. I slice off the tops, then carefully hollow them out, leaving about a 1/8" shell. I then mash the potatoes. I usually use rice milk, but you could sub in some beef or chicken broth. Add plenty of nutritional yeast if you want a cheesy flavor. I usually add olive oil, but I've recently discovered something called Smart Squeeze. Again you would have to read the ingredients. It's possible it might contain corn. I can't remember. But I don't think so. Tastes buttery. I also add plenty of chopped chives or green onion. Stuff back in the shells. I usually mess one up so they are nicely overstuffed! Top with paprika to aid in browning. Put them back in the oven to heat through and brown the tops.

You could make a chili of sorts. You wouldn't be able to put in the tomatoes, but perhaps some chopped red pepper would suffice. Add some beef broth, beans (if you like them in chili) and whatever kind of beef you like. Or you could use chicken or pork.

You can do a casserole of ground beef and a gravy made of beef broth and thickened with the same things I said as for the stew. Chopped mushrooms and onions would be good in this. Add whatever veggies he likes and can eat. Then top it with potatoes. We often use Spud Puppies (like Tater Tots) but I see that they contain corn flour. So instead, you could use a layer of hash browns. I have done this and it worked well. Just look for the kind that is just plain potatoes. If you can't find those, then use some fresh potatoes, thinly sliced. If using the fresh potatoes, you might want to drizzle with olive oil. Bake until the potatoes are crispy and the meat and vegetables are heated through.

For cereal, you might try gluten free oatmeal. Just make sure the kind you buy does say gluten free on it. You can also use this oatmeal to make fruit crisp. You would have to use an alternate flour mixed in with the oats, like tapioca or potato. Use some coconut oil or Spectrum shortening in place of butter or margarine and add cinnamon and brown sugar. I find it needs quite a bit of brown sugar to make it get crisp. My daughter loves eating fruit crisp for breakfast. I believe there is also an Amaranth cereal, but not sure that it doesn't contain any of his allergens.

Enjoy Life makes chocolate chips he can eat. You can buy molds and make them into little candies quite easily, simply by melting the chips in the microwave at half power, or over hot but not boiling water. Stir until melted. Pour into the molds and let harden in the fridge.

I'm not sure what to tell you for breads and baking. I looked online and haven't seen any ready made breads that would work. All of them seem to contain rice. There are the alternative flours that I mentioned as well as some others like garbanzo and garfava bean. At least he can have eggs. So that might help with the rising of the bread. You will have to experiment with different mixes of flours to see if you can get something to work.

For milk, I think you could use Vance's Dari Free. It comes in chocolate and regular. I find the regular rather sweet and it seems better to use as a drink or in sweet foods. You can also freeze it in popsicle molds. You might want to check with them though to make sure there is no corn in it. It is potato based, but it has fructose. Doesn't say it is derived from corn, but daughter isn't allergic to corn so this isn't something I check for.

For school lunches, you might have to buy thermos containers and send in soup or meat and potatoes. You could also send in hard boiled eggs, fruit, fruit leather or other fruit snacks. I've been buying apple chips for my daughter. She loves them. I believe some potato chips would be safe for him to eat as well.

Hope this helped!

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Wow, you have a tall order feeding your boy. Sorry you're up against such a big challenge--must be really frustrating. Here are a couple of ideas:

Enjoy Life brand sells an allergen free trail mix--it has sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, etc. Actually, Enjoy LIfe would be a good bet for lots of products. Check them out.

School lunches:

--Enjoy Life products

--deli turkey slices (I get mine at the health food stores--no nitrates or preservatives) rolled up in a lettuce leaf.

--banana with almond butter slathered on it. Or sunflower butter. Get these at natural food stores.

--hummus with raw veggies for dipping.

--Apple slices, with a little container of almond butter or sunflower butter for dipping.

--hard boiled eggs. You could also make egg salad--you could probably find a mayonaise at the health food store that would be OK for him, and use that, chopped hard cooked eggs, a little onion and celery. He could eat that with a spoon, or with raw veggies for dipping.

Dinner: have you tried coconut milk? You could bake chicken breasts or fish in an pan with coconut milk poured over, and herbs or whatever spices he likes sprinkled over.

--salad--whatever greens he likes, with chopped harb boiled egg on top, or chopped deli turkey, or sliced grilled chicken.

--hamburgers--we grill ours, and eat them with a lettuce leaf instead of a bun.

Treats: meringue cookies--I find these at Trader Joe's, but you can also make them--I think all they have in them is egg whites and sugar--if the recipe calls for cornstarch, you can substitue arrowroot. Arrowroot is a great thickener, too, for sauces.

Good luck!

Susanna


Diagnosed in March 2006 by blood test and biopsy. Eleven year old son diagnosed in May 2006. Both gluten-free since diagnosis.

The Susanna (Flagstaff, AZ)

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There are a lot of good suggestions in the above. At least he can have eggs and there are many good milk substitutes. Our daughter is on a strict detox diet, because of allergy testing, so I appreciate your problem. She makes a lot of stir fry meals with whatever meat and veggies appeal. How about omelets? Google gluten-free websites or recipe sites, and you'll find many recipes you can at least adapt. A lot of Celiacs have additional allergies, and they often post recipes they have tried successfully. Try www.recipezaar.com. There is even a sunbutter (tastes just like peanut butter) made from sunflower seeds. There are many good cookbooks for gluten-free and allergy recipes, so visit your public library (cheaper than buying a lot of books). I know it's discouraging, but you'll be surprised once you decide you can and will do this. Many of us felt the same way when we first had to go gluten-free. Good Luck!

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I have a container of Vance's Dairy Free and it looks like your son can have it....it is not sold locally and I had to order it...expensive, but I needed it. Delivery was very quick via U.P.S.

Vance's is: Gluten,casein,fat,soy,rice,msg,protein,cholesterol free.

I purchased it for baking and cooking, and have not had a chance to try it yet, but have seen several recipes using it as an ingredient.

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Hi everyone,

Would someone please help me. I am trying to feed my 15 yr. son something to eat. He can't have Rice,Corn,Soy,Greanbeans, Tuna,Watermelon, Squash, Peanuts,Walnuts,Gluten,Milk,Casein,Tomato.

-Hamburger patties (with ground beef or ground turkey) and oven fries:

I add a beaten egg, a dash of garlic powder and dry mustard to the meat and then form into patties, season with salt and peeper and grill.

For the oven fries wash any variety of potato (I use 6 med. red skinned), slice into chunks and toss with a little olive oil and then bake on a cookie sheet at 425 for 35-40 minutes

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