I can’t eat eggs. Azita can’t eat dairy. Payman doesn’t eat beef or pork because of his Kung Fu background. Ada adores beef and lamb, and seems to throw up more often after she eats chicken or fish. And we are all gluten free.
So when it comes to protein, what meals can this allergic family share in common? Those with nuts. Seriously. I do realize that everyone thinks nuts are the most common allergens around, but dairy and gluten far surpass them in prevalence. Nuts just get press because of anaphylaxsis.
Organic, raw nuts that are good for cooking with are a decent cost per pound, not terribly available locally, and I’ve found it’s best to get them in bulk.
Payman might think my bulk-buying habits are a bit nutty, pun intended, but I am focused on getting us some meals we can all share together (instead of the seperate meals we enjoy half the time). I also want Ada to get some more vegetarian meals under her palate. She really grooves on red meat, and I think that is because when she was at her sickest, between 6 months and two years, lamb really helped sustain her. She basically lived on lamb, breast milk and blueberries, the breakfast of champions. The lunch of Olympians. The dinner of winners. Anyway, she eats too much of it.
So I found a great little company that will sell you their nuts wholesale if you meet a minimum order and send the nuts unopened, straight from the farm. They only have barley malt in their facility from a trail mix, and what we buy stays sealed and safe from that— another issue because Ada reacts to little traces of gluten contamination at the factory level. Anyhow, I sure can make a post about a few vegan recipes complicated, can’t I?
With a few friends (the coolest kind are the ones who will buy $100 dollars of raw nuts right along with you, smiling as their husbands’ shakes their heads in shock as well) we ordered 25 pounds of raw organic cashews, almonds and dried cranberries. Organic, juicy, lovely little cranberries with no cane sugar. Take that, craisins! We split them all up and made it *somewhat* affordable. It’s without argue affordable in the long run. You just have to budget. If you can’t extreme coupon, bulk buy!!
This week we’ve made vegan veggie burgers (so many of them have egg, and I was pretty happy with how these turned out), almond flour, almond milk, blueberry muffins with the almond flour, cashew cream, vegan malai kofta (Indian potato/cashew dumplings… almost like meat balls, with no meat) and pesto. I’ll post the recipes separately for ease.