The Recipe Search

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I am the self-appointed hunter-gatherer of recipes for the new style of eating that Tall Guy has been prescribed. Food, is the new miracle drug for his auto-immune disorder and for my occasional joint issues.  Tall Guy's shopping list must now exclude 23 specific foods and chemicals, dairy, gluten, corn and soy. That's it. We can easily grill some fowl or fish, make a nice big salad (minus onions, mustard greens and cilantro), drizzle some oil and vinegar, sprinkle a little salt and pepper, and call it good. But with all that's available today, we can easily do better than that.

This new food list has me quite intoxicated (alcohol is also not allowed) by the challenge of replacing our favorite snacks, condiments, sides and soft drinks. They are the little extras that add sensual variety to any diet. I've been nosing around online and realize that I want:

  • a greater understanding of food allergies and sensitivities, a quick-start guide;
  • a reliable method to search for recipes that fit our particular food and taste choices;
  • a system to hold and organize the recipes.

Perhaps helpful for all cooks and diets, here's what I've found so far.

The Paleo Approach

The quick-start guide. Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D, has written a comprehensive book, on the use of diet to manage autoimmune disease. She has a doctorate degree in medical biophysics and personal experience with multiple auto immune ailments. In a video (YouTube 12:38) tour of the book, I could see that all of the graphics and images used would make the immune system a lot more interesting and easier to comprehend. I ordered a hard copy of The Paleo Approach which should be on island before the end of the week.

Search Tools

I hear that relying on Google is like online dating, but when I needed an ENT surgeon that specialized in parotid gland tumors, I went with the top search result and we were a perfect match. Also, I know a strikingly attractive couple who met online on their first and second tries and are soon to be married! I love exceptions. Therefore, Google recipe view, Pinterest searches, and Foodily are my starters. If I begin by searching for Paleo recipes, the results will yield those already free of gluten, dairy, sweeteners and legumes and I'll adjust from there.

Plan to Eat

This is a tool that will clip, save, and organize recipes online as well as accept your manual input. You can drag and drop them into a meal planning calendar and it will automatically generate a shopping list. When you're ready to cook, you can either print the recipe or use the Cooking View function for step-by-step instructions using the highlighted ingredients. I'm on Day 6 of a free month's trial of Plan to Eat and so far, can't come up with any reason why I shouldn't sign-up for a year's service. 

My Cooking Queue

This week I plan to make some granola, a carrot ginger soup, some Paleo mayonnaise, a macadamia nut ricotta and a couple of grain-free crackers. I may even take some photos with cameras other than my iPhone. I may.