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    What can I make with these limited ingredients?

    Wed May 15, 2013 12:02 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My wife is temporarily on a very specific diet with extremely limited food options. So, we need to figure out a way to get creative here.

    Here are ALL of the things she can have.

    * Apples
    * Pears
    * Steamed white fish
    * Steamed vegetables
    * Sea Salt
    * Red Pepper
    * Garlic

    That's it. No butter. No oils. No other spices.

    So...any ideas? icon_smile.gif
    Wed May 15, 2013 12:20 pm Groupie
    OMG, my condolences to her! You could stuff thick fish fillets or steaks with vegetables before steaming, or roll fillets around some veggies (asparagus, for example) before steaming. Fish steams very nicely in packets with vegetables, baked in the oven. Are there no starches allowed? If she can have pasta, this is one of my favorite fish packet recipes. White fish fillets could be used instead of the salmon, and you could omit anything not allowed on the regimen, like the oil, mustard, and herbs, and substitute with items she is allowed to have. If she can't have pasta, leave it out.

    Salmon in Parchment

    8 ounces thin spaghetti
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons fresh dill or parsley, chopped
    1 cup carrots julienned
    1 cup zucchini, julienned
    1 cup asparagus tips
    1 cup red bell pepper, julienned
    24-ounce salmon filet, cut into four 6-ounce pieces
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    4 large sheets of parchment paper

    1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.

    2. Cook thin spaghetti in rapidly boiling water until al dente, drain, toss with a bit of olive oil, salt and chopped fresh dill or parsley.

    3. Rinse salmon filets and pat dry. Spread Dijon mustard evenly over the top of each one.

    4. Prepare the parchment. First, fold each piece of parchment in half. With scissors, cut the shape of half a heart from the folded side. (Remember the valentines you made in grade school?) Open the heart shape and place 1/4 of the pasta on the center of the paper, top with a salmon filet, and add the vegetables. Bring the sides of the heart over the fish and fold the edges together - starting at the top of the heart, overlapping the folded edge as you go. Fold the tip several times to secure it.

    5. Place the pouches in the middle of the hot oven and bake for 10 minutes. Serve immediately in the sealed pouches, opening them just before eating.

    The fruit could be poached or made into sauces. I hope this diet is VERY temporary, it's a tough one!

    Last edited by Zeldaz on Wed May 15, 2013 12:26 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Wed May 15, 2013 12:24 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Like I said, those things I listed are literally all she can have. Nothing else. icon_sad.gif

    So, most of that recipe won't work, I'm afraid.

    Basically looking for creative ways to mix up those ingredients so they aren't so mind-numbing to eat.
    Wed May 15, 2013 12:30 pm Groupie
    As I said, you can omit what must be omitted and add what is allowed. It's the technique, not the precise recipe, that is the idea. For example, yellow and green summer squashes can be cut into very long strands or shaved with a vegetable peeler to stand in for pasta, or you could use Frenched green beans, or cooked spaghetti squash. Use the red pepper instead of the mustard and herbs. The choice of vegetables is what will add the variety in flavors, so that's the one place you can get adventurous.
    Have you also posted in the Special Diets forum?
    Wed May 15, 2013 12:41 pm
    Forum Host
    My guess is that steaming is required to avoid any fats? Perhaps you could make this recipe Festive Fish Fillets with these changes:

    Line a baking dish with parchment paper or that non-stick foil. Mash garlic with the sea salt to make a paste - rub over the fish. You could add a little water to make it more liquid. Omit the lemon and oil and cilantro (or perhaps that's permitted as a veggie? - if permitted, I'd blend together the garlic, cilantro and some water for the marinade).

    Bake the veggies first, then add the fish as indicated.

    The parchment paper will keep it all from sticking to the dish and avoid the need for any oil or fat.
    Wed May 15, 2013 12:44 pm
    Forum Host
    I like to steam fish fillets like this - put the fillets in a heat proof dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, red pepper if you want, chopped green onion and garlic, some chopped fresh ginger if that's considered a vegetable. Put in bamboo steamer basket and then into wok (or whatever steamer device you have). Steam until the fish is flaky, maybe 15 or 20 minutes, depending on thickness. Serve with your steamed broccoli or whatever.

    (I actually drizzle a little soy sauce instead of using salt, but realize that's not on your list. I hope this does not last very long!)
    pinky kookie
    Wed May 15, 2013 11:47 pm Groupie

    Hope I can help you with these other ideas, according with the 7 ingredients that you listed above:

    * Apples
    * Pears
    * Steamed white fish
    * Steamed vegetables
    * Sea Salt
    * Red Pepper
    * Garlic
    That's it. No butter. No oils. No other spices.

    You can make one fruit smoothie with an apple and pear. Just wash the fruits and slice. Place them in the blender with a glass of cold water and blend until smooth. Serve with some ice cubes, if she prefers.

    We love Cod white fish fillets because we have never found any bones in them.
    You can make a red pepper sauce with red pepper slices from a jar, or use fresh red pepper slices with a little of sea salt (if any), and some water to make a puree in the blender.

    Use fresh or frozen vegetables that she likes and steam them with some water and some sea salt for a few minutes in the microwave, until crispy tender, not overcooked.

    Season the Cod fillets with some sea salt and fresh garlic clove, minced. Place them in a shallow microwave-safe and cover them with the red pepper sauce.
    Place in the microwave oven in High for 6 or 7 minutes, or until the fish flakes with a fork, not overcooked.
    Serve the fillets warm with the red pepper sauce and the steamed vegetables on a side.
    Thu May 16, 2013 4:21 pm Groupie
    Shpigford wrote:
    My wife is temporarily on a very specific diet with extremely limited food options. So, we need to figure out a way to get creative here.

    Here are ALL of the things she can have.

    * Apples
    * Pears
    * Steamed white fish
    * Steamed vegetables
    * Sea Salt
    * Red Pepper
    * Garlic

    That's it. No butter. No oils. No other spices.

    So...any ideas? icon_smile.gif

    Curried fruit is really good - doesn't sound like it, but it is.

    Steamed veggies: can you use some of the herb mixes? I use popcorn seasonings now on veggies, potatoes, a lot more than popcorn! They have white cheddar, nacho cheese, parmesan and herb, on and on....

    Roasted garlic doesn't even NEED butter nor oil: smear it over fish and bake or bbq it.

    Poached pears w/maybe cinnamon stix or vanilla bean?

    Applesauce w/red pepper (cayenne, right?) might be good.

    Can you use Stevia at all?

    Jeez, what kind of diet is that? She must be losing weight like mad! No wheat, no dairy, no fat, hardly any carbs.......
    cookee monster
    Mon May 20, 2013 12:48 am Groupie
    Unfortunately there are probably not a lot of recipes that are going to match the very limited options you have. You probably have to do a lot of omitting. One thing that might help is presentation. If you find a combination of things that taste good one day grill it another day puree it. Fancy plates and candle light (so she can't see she's eating the same thing again.)

    I thought a gazpacho soup might fit but all that I've looked at have something she can't have. Maybe you can find one that's close. And if you find one you can do something like Gazpacho Dip (minus the dressing).

    Here's a recipe for mock mashed potatoes. You would have to leave out the mayonnaise Mashed Cauliflower.

    Maybe Ratatouille if you leave out the spices. You can saute in water instead of the olive oil.

    Pescado Sudado (Peruvian Steamed Fish Fillets) substitute water for the oil and wine.

    One thing you could do is roast red pepper on the grill or over the flame if you have a gas stove. Lay the whole red pepper on the grill. Let the skin turn black and blistered. Turn until the most or all of it is black and blistered. Over a flame stick the pepper on a carving fork or skewer or hold with metal tongs. Blacken and blister the skin. When skin is black and blistered put in a clean paper or plastic bag or a bowl with a lid and close. Let the peppers sit for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel off the skin. Do not rinse! Cut open and remove seeds. You can slice and serve. They can be pureed to make a dip or sauce. You can add a little bit of water to thin it. I would probably add roasted garlic to. The sauce could go over chopped veggies and fish.

    I hope you find something that your wife can live with. I'm not a veggie eater for the most part so I can't imagine.
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