Food intolerances are a pain in the gut! I generally don’t make too much of mine on this blog. In reality, they have got so bad this year that I am having to be more careful than ever about what I eat.
Food intolerances can be expensive, but they don’t need to be. What I find, is that the more I cook myself the more control I have over what I am eating. The upside is that the more scratch cooking I do, the cheaper it is.
It helps a lot that both Aldi and Asda now sell the lactose free milk that I drink. It is still more expensive than the bog standard stuff but is cheaper than the branded Lactofree that I have been drinking for years. This can cost as much as £1.65 for a litre! Aldi charge £1.15 and Asda £1.20. I still look out for the buy three for £3 type offers on Lactofree as well.
I eat a very low gluten diet. Rather than go for the expensive and not very nice gluten free versions of bread, I tend to avoid it altogether. I do buy gluten free rolls for picnics etc. and have found a couple of brands that I enjoy. I also make my own spelt bread. It’s not gluten free, but much lower in gluten than traditional wheat. Asda seems to be the cheapest for gluten free stuff, but Aldi and Lidl have some good specials.
I don’t eat onions; where you find them in my recipes, I will actually be substituting them for chopped celery. I avoid cauliflower, sprouts, cabbage and, most recently (and sadly) mushrooms. I can eat pulses in small quantities. I make my life more difficult by not eating meat, but I still have fish to give myself a break.
What I have found recently is that if I avoid processed stuff containing weird sounding additives, I feel a lot healthier.
I am continuing to eat low fat, as with last week’s meal plan. Meals have become a lot less fussy and more simple, which saves time.
Food intolerance meal plan
Fish pie with vegetables. I use a mix of fish and some hard boiled eggs. I will make a white sauce with lactose free milk.
Rice and cashew pilaff – I have an idea of what I will put in this so if it turns out OK, I will publish the recipe.
Just me, so I will have an omelette, a baked sweet potato and salad. I eat a lot of eggs!
Saag aloo and rice. I use a recipe from Jamie Oliver. I love spinach.
Cod in parsley sauce with new potatoes and veg.
Thursday and Friday
Vegetable casserole. I will make a big pot and chuck everything in. We can have this for two nights, maybe with mashed potato.
Lunches will be simple soups, salads or maybe a couple of gluten free rolls. We will snack on fruit, nuts, hummus and crackers.
So, this is my meal plan for food intolerances. I don’t think you would notice!
This week I am linking up with Katy Kicker and the Organised Life Project. If you want more ideas on meal planning and saving money, take a look at their blogs. For more of my tips on food intolerances on a budget see here.