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food suggestions please

goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
Please help me come up with recipes and a menu for food to cook Friday night, store in fridge and then transport to my brother’s house an hour away on Saturday. He and his wife have a 4 week old baby and my SIL is having trouble with food aversions now that she’s breastfeeding.

She cannot stand the smell of onions, garlic, or anything spicy so the food needs to be relatively bland but nutritious and basically comfort food they can warm up as they want it.

Last weekend I fixed them a ½ broccoli and ½ chicken casserole and left out all the spices and herbs I’d normally use but they loved it anyway, even my brother. I did half and half because he’s vegetarian but now that the baby has arrived, he will pretty much eat anything you put in front of him. I thought he might not want chicken, but he ate it anyway. Also, my SIL wasn’t sure she could “handle” broccoli, so she could have opted out on that side. It went over so well that she asked for the recipe this week so she could make it for them today. I recommended making them in mini loaf pans and freezing instead of a huge casserole. She loved that idea.

I know she will eat potatoes and green beans. She cannot have gas causing foods like dried beans. I know she loves tator tots. I’m thinking about making a very mild sausage soup with potatoes and kale but I’ll have to ask her if she can handle sausage at this point.

I’m also thinking about making homemade bread of some kind too. Maybe cheese biscuits or cranberry and orange scones.

Suggestions please? I don't seem to be able to pull a whole meal together in my head . . . .

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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Nothing more comforting than baked macaroni and cheese!

    Make with melted butter, heavy cream, milk, sea salt, coarse-ground black pepper and various cheeses (shred yourself, if possible). Top w/ extra cheese and breadcrumbs brushed with melted butter. Bake.

  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,251Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    A pan of chicken and gravy and a container of biscuits.

    Meatloaf, gravy, homemade bread. Not as good without onions and garlic but certainly still edible.

    Tuna noodle casserole.

    Fried rice with lots of veggies.
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    Empanadas.

    You can make breakfast empanadas with potato egg and cheese

    You can make lunch empanadas with tomato sauce mozzerela cheese and mushrooms

    You can make dinner empanadas with roasted chicken or chicken breasts.

    Make the empanadas really plain and you can jazz it up for those who need more seasonings by having dipping sauces to go with it (i.e. coconut curry sauce, pesto, salsa etc.)

    I can't make empanada dough to save my life so I use the Goya discos

    Also you can make a batch of oatmeal flax seed chocolate chip cookies and put them in a roll so she can slice as many as she wants and cook them as she needs them. It'll help with breastmilk production. If you want to go the instant route, Kashi makes a really good multigrain dark chocolate chip cookie.
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  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    baked potato soup (with bacon bits/cheese on side to add if they want)

    Lasagne
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Salt Roasted Chicken
    Salt-Roasted Chicken Recipe at Epicurious.com

    Mashed Potatoes
    Asparagus

    Salmon en papillote
    Salmon Papillotes With Fennel, Potatoes, And Olives Recipe - Cooking Index
    *Omit the garlic, etc.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    webjockey wrote: »
    Empanadas.

    You can make breakfast empanadas with potato egg and cheese

    You can make lunch empanadas with tomato sauce mozzerela cheese and mushrooms

    You can make dinner empanadas with roasted chicken or chicken breasts.

    Make the empanadas really plain and you can jazz it up for those who need more seasonings by having dipping sauces to go with it (i.e. coconut curry sauce, pesto, salsa etc.)

    I can't make empanada dough to save my life so I use the Goya discos

    Also you can make a batch of oatmeal flax seed chocolate chip cookies and put them in a roll so she can slice as many as she wants and cook them as she needs them. It'll help with breastmilk production. If you want to go the instant route, Kashi makes a really good multigrain dark chocolate chip cookie.

    Do you have any recipes you like for fillings? I see the discos in the store all the time and might try something tonight.
  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    webjockey wrote: »
    Empanadas.

    You can make breakfast empanadas with potato egg and cheese

    You can make lunch empanadas with tomato sauce mozzerela cheese and mushrooms

    You can make dinner empanadas with roasted chicken or chicken breasts.

    Make the empanadas really plain and you can jazz it up for those who need more seasonings by having dipping sauces to go with it (i.e. coconut curry sauce, pesto, salsa etc.)

    I can't make empanada dough to save my life so I use the Goya discos

    Also you can make a batch of oatmeal flax seed chocolate chip cookies and put them in a roll so she can slice as many as she wants and cook them as she needs them. It'll help with breastmilk production. If you want to go the instant route, Kashi makes a really good multigrain dark chocolate chip cookie.

    Do you have any recipes you like for fillings? I see the discos in the store all the time and might try something tonight.

    Actually I don't. Since she's into plain stuff maybe using condensed soup + meat + veggies?

    or ricotta cheese, spinach, egg, parmesan.

    also found this: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thekitchn.com%2Ftasty-empanadas-5-recipes-to-make-freeze-176338" class="Popup
    I know Saria likes empanadas. She may have some suggestions for you.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    webjockey wrote: »
    webjockey wrote: »
    Empanadas.

    You can make breakfast empanadas with potato egg and cheese

    You can make lunch empanadas with tomato sauce mozzerela cheese and mushrooms

    You can make dinner empanadas with roasted chicken or chicken breasts.

    Make the empanadas really plain and you can jazz it up for those who need more seasonings by having dipping sauces to go with it (i.e. coconut curry sauce, pesto, salsa etc.)

    I can't make empanada dough to save my life so I use the Goya discos

    Also you can make a batch of oatmeal flax seed chocolate chip cookies and put them in a roll so she can slice as many as she wants and cook them as she needs them. It'll help with breastmilk production. If you want to go the instant route, Kashi makes a really good multigrain dark chocolate chip cookie.

    Do you have any recipes you like for fillings? I see the discos in the store all the time and might try something tonight.

    Actually I don't. Since she's into plain stuff maybe using condensed soup + meat + veggies?

    I know Saria likes empanadas. She may have some suggestions for you.


    My fave empanadas have cheese (maybe some South American kind but tastes like Monterey Jack) and black beans. Yum!

  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    A baked spagetti is easy, and you could easily do it to fit there tastes.

    Classic Baked Spaghetti Recipe - Food.com - 32731

    What about a couple frozen crock pot meals? They would just need to dump the stuff in in the morning.

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  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    Stuffed shells?
    Baked ziti?
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  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,455Registered Users
    Mac & cheese casserole.

    Mashed potatoes is a simple side to have around.

    Soups are easy to freeze & reheat. I make springs cheesy potato soup using better than bouillon veggie base. Also minestrone soup is a hearty vegetarian soup.


    I have actually never heard of food aversions while breastfeeding. That's interesting. I have many times seen cravings of sweets while breastfeeding.
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    goldy wrote: »
    Mac & cheese casserole.

    Mashed potatoes is a simple side to have around.

    Soups are easy to freeze & reheat. I make springs cheesy potato soup using better than bouillon veggie base. Also minestrone soup is a hearty vegetarian soup.


    I have actually never heard of food aversions while breastfeeding. That's interesting. I have many times seen cravings of sweets while breastfeeding.

    The obgyn told her it's not common but it is "normal" due to the raging hormones. As long as she eats a variety of things to stay healthy it'll be okay.

    What is springs cheesy potato soup???

    I like the idea of empanadas. Of course no stores around here have those discs. So I may commit blasphemy and make some with canned biscuits. Maybe even peel a biscuit in half, stuff it in the bottom in a muffin tin, fill it with lord knows what and cover with other half of the biscuit: like mini pot pies!

    Soups are an option too. Mac and cheese too. Decisions, decisions :blob2:
  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    I may do a white lasagna.....chicken, spinach and mushrooms and tons of cheese.
  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,455Registered Users
    Springs Cheesy Potato Soup was originally posted by soring1onu (if I remember correctly) many years ago


    Cheesy Potato Soup
    3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes*
    1/3 cup diced celery
    1/3 cup finely chopped onion
    1 cup diced carrot
    3 1/4 cups water
    2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules or 3 cubes*
    1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
    5 tablespoons butter
    5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 cups milk (or 1C milk 1C cream or half &half)*
    1-1/5 C shredded cheese, any mix
    Sautee celery, onion and carrot in butter or olive oil until tender. Add potatoes and water and bring to a boil. Add bouillon and stir to dissolve. Boil for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. While the potatoes cook: In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour a little at a time and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick. Stir in cheese until melted and combined. Lower heat on the potatoes and add cheese sauce and stir to combine. Heat for about 10 minutes to let flavors meld. You can also add diced ham, cooked hamburger or bacon pieces. Garnish with crumbled bacon, chopped scallions and hot sauce.

    *I never peel the potatoes.
    *You could also use chicken broth instead of the bouillon. Or for a vegetarian friendly meal just use veggie bouillon or broth. **I've used all 2% milk and it worked great.
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    goldy wrote: »
    Springs Cheesy Potato Soup was originally posted by soring1onu (if I remember correctly) many years ago


    Cheesy Potato Soup
    3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes*
    1/3 cup diced celery
    1/3 cup finely chopped onion
    1 cup diced carrot
    3 1/4 cups water
    2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules or 3 cubes*
    1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
    5 tablespoons butter
    5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 cups milk (or 1C milk 1C cream or half &half)*
    1-1/5 C shredded cheese, any mix
    Sautee celery, onion and carrot in butter or olive oil until tender. Add potatoes and water and bring to a boil. Add bouillon and stir to dissolve. Boil for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. While the potatoes cook: In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour a little at a time and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick. Stir in cheese until melted and combined. Lower heat on the potatoes and add cheese sauce and stir to combine. Heat for about 10 minutes to let flavors meld. You can also add diced ham, cooked hamburger or bacon pieces. Garnish with crumbled bacon, chopped scallions and hot sauce.

    *I never peel the potatoes.
    *You could also use chicken broth instead of the bouillon. Or for a vegetarian friendly meal just use veggie bouillon or broth. **I've used all 2% milk and it worked great.


    OMG that sounds awesome! Thank you for posting it. I'm not sure it would be the same without celery and onions so I will make this for ME very soon and for SIL later when she's able to handle onions. I cannot imagine a life without onions.

    I think I have talked myself into shepherds pie using ground chicken, peas, carrots and potatoes with a side of mac & cheese. And biscuits made with 1/2 whole wheat flour and ground flax seed and wheat germ. Or just plain ole white biscuits.

    Now I am hungry :glasses8:
  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    GC, Walmart, giant, shoppers, and food lion sell the discos. You will find them in the frozen isle.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    Omg. I want all that food
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  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    goldy wrote: »
    Mac & cheese casserole.

    Mashed potatoes is a simple side to have around.

    Soups are easy to freeze & reheat. I make springs cheesy potato soup using better than bouillon veggie base. Also minestrone soup is a hearty vegetarian soup.


    I have actually never heard of food aversions while breastfeeding. That's interesting. I have many times seen cravings of sweets while breastfeeding.

    The obgyn told her it's not common but it is "normal" due to the raging hormones. As long as she eats a variety of things to stay healthy it'll be okay.

    What is springs cheesy potato soup???

    I like the idea of empanadas. Of course no stores around here have those discs. So I may commit blasphemy and make some with canned biscuits. Maybe even peel a biscuit in half, stuff it in the bottom in a muffin tin, fill it with lord knows what and cover with other half of the biscuit: like mini pot pies!

    Soups are an option too. Mac and cheese too. Decisions, decisions :blob2:

    I have disc now becuase I went the the grocery store when I was in Pittsburgh, but I use biscuits and people love them. even my friend who is Jamaican and swears by his mama's meat pies loved them.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    goldy wrote: »
    Mac & cheese casserole.

    Mashed potatoes is a simple side to have around.

    Soups are easy to freeze & reheat. I make springs cheesy potato soup using better than bouillon veggie base. Also minestrone soup is a hearty vegetarian soup.


    I have actually never heard of food aversions while breastfeeding. That's interesting. I have many times seen cravings of sweets while breastfeeding.

    I got a SERIOUS, SERIOUS aversion to mint-flavored toothpaste that started when I was breastfeeding. It might have started during pregnancy, though. I thought it was strange but never heard of anything similar until I read this thread. To this day the only mint toothpaste I can bear is the Crest sensitive kind. And that's stretching it, really. I haven't seen any "total" formulas that come in cinnamon.
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    I make what is called oven stew that's pretty tasty. You can omit the onions (I do all the time...not a huge fan of onions). And it's soooooo good with homemade bread.

    Steak
    Diced raw potatoes
    Carrot slices (raw) similar to size of potatoes
    1 can condensed tomato soup
    1 can condensed cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
    1 package onion soup mix OR beef bullion (I usually do 2-3 teaspoons if I do bullion instead of the onion soup mix)

    1.Layer the bottom of a greased casserole pan with diced steak
    2.Top with as many sliced carrots as you wish
    3.Top with an many dices potatoes as you wish
    4.Add sliced onions on top (again, I omit all the time)
    5.Top ingredients with onion soup mix packet or bullion
    6. Mix condensed tomato & cream of mushroom (or cream of chicken) soup with enough milk to make it pretty liquid to sink into all the ingredient crevices. I like mine more like soup than stew, so I put quite a bit of milk in. If I don't have milk (often), I put in water and it does just as well.
    7.Cover casserole dish and put in 250 degree oven for 4 hours (I have made this in a crockpot without issues and have cooked it at 350 degrees for 2 hours and been just fine...the longer it cooks, the more tender the meat is).

    This freezes extremely well.

    Another one you could do is broccoli, cauliflower and cheese soup. That freezes well and would be vegetarian for your bro.

    Another I love, love, love is Chicken enchilada casserole. I used diced green chile's, which aren't spicy at all (to me and anybody I cook for, but it could just be the luck of the Irish).

    Dice cooked chicken
    Cook egg noodles until al dente so they won't get mushy while cooking in casserole
    1 can diced green chile's
    Cheese (I usually use about 2 cups total...1 1/2 in casserole and 1/2 cup on top)
    1 can condensed cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
    1 small tub (16 oz I want to say?) sour cream
    enough milk or water to thin condensed milk and sour cream enough to mix all ingredients together

    *You can do this recipe kind of like a lasagne using flour tortilla's instead of cooked noodles, I'm just too lazy to layer something when I can mix it all together and then bake it.

    Mix chicken, cheese, diced green chile's, noodles and sauce. Top with enough cheese to cover top or as much as you want (I'm a cheese fiend, so it gets a little out of hand). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on how long it takes to warm all the way through and let it get bubbly.

    This freezes extremely well and you can make it as big or as small as you want with as much of each ingredient that you want.

  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,455Registered Users
    OMG that sounds awesome! Thank you for posting it. I'm not sure it would be the same without celery and onions so I will make this for ME very soon and for SIL later when she's able to handle onions. I cannot imagine a life without onions.


    Now I am hungry :glasses8:

    You can decrease the onions or use scallions instead I imagine. You could also sautée the onions then remove them so you only get a little flavor from them. I make it with all nonfat milk & it works great. I don't like onions very much so I usually pick out the onions, I only leave them in cause my husband loves onion :)
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  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    discs in the frozen section, discs in the frozen section, discs in the frozen section . . . wait, what? Where are they? I looked in the refriderated dough aisle and can't find them. Duh. My short-term memory has, uh, hmmmm, the discs are where?

    :p
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    discs in the frozen section, discs in the frozen section, discs in the frozen section . . . wait, what? Where are they? I looked in the refriderated dough aisle and can't find them. Duh. My short-term memory has, uh, hmmmm, the discs are where?

    :p

    I went to Walmart last night and they had NONE. I was very pissed.

    The Food Lions here, however, have an entire Goya/Latino frozen food section and I know they carry them.
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    A picture of the package might help you locate them, they're in the frozen section.

    IMG_0041aa.jpg


    And I can't believe someone is making a recipe I posted and enjoying it. That's awesome.

    Here is another similar recipe with a little different method. Just leave out the bacon and use veggie stock and it's good for the non meat eaters.

    One Pot Potato Soup
    Makes about 4 servings
    · 4 slices bacon
    · 2 stalks celery, diced
    · ½ large onion, diced
    · 1-2 cloves minced garlic, optional
    · 3 C chicken or vegetable stock
    · 4-5 C diced potatoes (peel if skin is tough)
    · 3 T all purpose flour
    · 2 C skim milk, divided
    · Salt and pepper to taste
    · 2 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    · 3-4 tsp. Dijon mustard, optional
    · ¼ tsp cayenne, optional


    Cook bacon until crisp, remove and drain on paper towels, crumble when cooled. Cook celery and onion in bacon grease until translucent (add 1-2 cloves of garlic, cook one minute, if wanted) then add stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, cover and cook until potatoes are tender then lower heat.
    In a small bowl combine flour and ½ C milk until well blended. Add mixture to the pot with 1 ½ C milk. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently and cook for 1 minute. Turn off heat once thickened; add salt and pepper to taste and stir in shredded cheese until melted. Stir in Dijon and cayenne, optional. Serve with crumbled bacon sprinkled over top.
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