In my last post for Hearty Pasta Sauce, I forgot to include this picture of the finished sauce- whoops!
I included the container of honey in this picture because I love how the label says "from local forets" (instead of forests). And make sure you get a load of my little stove/oven... Isn't it cute-in-a-completely-inadequate-way? Yeah, I found a nice square pan that fits inside the oven (no 9x13 is going in there). I made meatloaf the other day in my muffin pan (that I brought from the states) and I had to remove the rack & actually slide my 12 cup muffin pan into the guides for the rack- but I got it in there & it worked! Now, you've seen my itty-bitty fridge & oven, I'll save for a post for another day the photo of my slightly-unique-and-kinda-odd sink...
I have been reading a book called Disconnected Kids because of some developmental issues my 6 (almost 7) year old son has been dealing with for some time now. I have decided we are going to give his program a try (and I've gotten the rest of the family on board). Besides very specific exercises, part of the program includes modifying what your child eats. You are supposed to go through an "elimination diet" for at least 4 weeks (quite possibly more), eliminating all foods which could be behavior triggers. Common triggers include: wheat, dairy, corn, tomatoes, apples, peanuts, yeast, sugar, food additives etc. (Eggs are supposed to be excluded also, but we've decided that we don't think our son has a problem with them & he needs the morning protein.)
This brings me to my call for "Help!" As you know, we are here in Rwanda, where you can probably guess that there are no health food stores & not a lot of options food wise period. At the store I have seen millet flour and rice flour (they use these for porridge). Grain wise they have rice, quinoa, oatmeal. I do not have any electronic kitchen devices (no food processor for making flours or nut butters, no electric mixer, the blender we do have just basically stirs, however we do have a crock pot I just bought from another missionary family).
Do you have any recipes that we could use for our family that are free from the triggers listed above? I know for breakfasts we can have oatmeal or baked oatmeal, eggs, rice porridge, and I might even try making pancakes using millet flour (although my attempt at making home made syrup using honey & maple flavoring was not so great today- their honey has a very strong flavor here). For dinners we can have things like meat, vegetables, rice, potatoes, soup- but I would like more options & recipes for me to plan what exactly we will be eating & to make sure everything has good flavor. I would also like ideas for lunches and snacks as well.
Can you help? Please post your recipes or links in the comments below- I am weary of spending hours scouring the internet for recipes that don't include any of the "offenders" or ingredients that are unavailable (like nuts, special flours, dried fruits, etc.)
I do have some spelt flour coming with a team in a few weeks- that will make many things easier, but until then things are going to be challenging. I have thought about doing something similar to this in the past, but always pushed aside the idea because my son is picky already & just won't eat a lot of things as it is. So, here I am, being crazy in Rwanda & giving it a shot. The good thing is that even though our options are more limited, it also means the temptations for him are a lot less as well.
Thanks for helping if you can!
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