You’re allergic to WHAT?
Funny this should come up a few days after my friend on The Green Phone Booth got a thorough dressing down from some particularly “compassionate” vegans about her decision to not be a complete vegetarian any longer…
Okay, so Saturday my husband goes to the allergist. He’s been having some sort of odd rashes and stuff, and lots of snuffliness in his nose, and started wondering if he might have any food allergies (he’s already allergic to practically everything else).
This is the husband who, if you recall, would love to be a carnivore but not enough to actually cook on a regular basis, so I’ve managed to get us to a point where meat is a comparatively infrequent dinner guest–maybe once or twice a week. He’s resigned to When Jenn Cooks, Probably No Meat. To do so I’ve relied heavily on grains and legumes and stuff, since he also doesn’t much like cheese.
So he brings home the list, and what’s he allergic to?
Beans. Peanuts. Almonds and most other tree nuts. Soy. Rye. I think that’s about it. He’s supposed to stay off of them all for 2 months, to see if it changes the way he feels at all.
I’m in a slight panic…on the one hand, it sort of feels like we’ve been handed this “get out of veggieguilt free” card, because without beans or nuts where the heck is he supposed to get his protein? We can only eat so many eggs, and he doesn’t like cheese. Except on pizza. On the other hand, I don’t think I WANT a get out of veggieguilt free card, because veggieguilt is only the smaller part of my leanings in that direction–meatscariness is the other, since it’s increasingly difficult to get non-scary meat these days.
I can still eat beans. My kids don’t love meat so much anyway, though they eat a little of it sometimes. But this puts a new spin on the family dinner.
Anyone got any great recipes to share? Non-legume-non-cheese-non-nut-high-protein-vegetarian dishes? Or is this Real Man going to have to learn to eat quiche?
This could be a challenge.