Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Culinary Cry for Help

I love to cook. I think that's been evident from many of my previous posts. But I have been thrown a challenge. Chris and I have a good friend who's been diagnosed with an allergy to yeast and mold. We've been invited to a Christmas party at their home and it's a pot luck of appetizers and deserts. Poor Krista won't be able to eat much so I have volunteered to bring one of each and ensure that they are things she can eat.

I have pasted her list of "do NOT eat" foods below and am looking for some recipes that I can share with her as well as 2 to bring to the party; one sweet, one savory. Any suggestions are welcome as are any resources. Keeping in mind that Krista is a self-proclaimed bad cook. She's mastering the art of the crock pot and her husband, Justin, is pretty good with the grill.

Can't wait to see what my friends come up with here, and THANK YOU in advance for your suggestions :-)

Foods to avoid on a yeast free diet

Yeasty foods:

Breads, rolls, cookies, pastries, pretzels and other bready foods

Vinegar, and foods which contain it, like mayonnaise, salad dressing, barbecue sauce, mustard, pickles and pickled foods.

Wine, beer and spirits

Fermented foods and beverages like sauerkraut or cider

Moldy foods:

All cheese

Dried, smoked or pickled meats

Cured bacon

Mushrooms, peanuts, and pistachios

Soy sauce, miso, tamari, and tempeh


Pre-packaged herbs and teas

Canned tomatoes

Sugary foods:

Processed sugar (granulated, confectioner’s, brown)

Grapes, raisins, dates, prunes and figs; citrus fruits

Fruit juices and dried fruits

Soft drinks and drink mixes

Honey and maple syrup

High-fructose corn syrup


Starchy foods:




  1. Quinoa salad with celery, green onion, carrots, zucchini, fresh tomato, eggplant, parsley or basil with a bit of oil.

    Or mix the above and put on a wedge of endive for a portable appetizer.

    A berry/melon blend with yogurt or sour cream mixed with fresh nutmeg, cinnamon or fresh grated ginger for dipping.

    For those unlimited, my go-to this holiday is the mixed olive, cherry tomato, herb roast. I think I sent that recipe, if not let me know.

    Sweet: dried apricot dipped 1/2 way in dark chocolate on your pretty holiday plate. You could also dip a commercial ginger snap cookie in chocolate and alternate with the apricot on you plate.

    You are a good friend to take on this challenge. I will be anxious to see what else you get for ideas. Kellie and Sue are usually very good about creative alternatives.

  2. Just thought of another. Shrimp, cherry tomato, cucumber kabobs drizzled with fresh herb infused oil.

  3. Oh my, what can this poor girl eat? Once you are told not to eat something you get a craving for it. Nobody can take away my pickles!

    I will think about it. Try looking online in gluten free. Jessica's Quinoa with endive is fun. Go buy a bunch of skewers and do different kabobs, sweet and savory.

  4. All great suggestions. Mom, we aren't sure if she has to be gluten free too...which opens another can of worms, and Jessica, she isn't sure if all dairy is off limits or just the cheese. She's meeting with her doctor this week and a nutritionist next week to hopefully get some answers. Here's the challenging part of the "sweet" stuff...she cannot have any sweeteners, artificial or natural, even honey and molasses are off limits. Poor girl. Meat and veggies.

    But is sounds like the Spanish Rice will work, she'll just have the stew the tomatoes at the same time. And the Quinoa salad is a great idea. I am going to make an Italian version and a Mexican version. Same idea, just different stuff in it. One will have basil, one cilantro, one with black beans, one with garbanzo beans. Should be fun dishes.

    I am going to make a cookbook for her of some of the things we eat that I know she can eat. She and Justin are both very much recipe followers and not too adventurous beyond the rules so having something written down will help them. Fell free to pass along anything you think will fit the bill :-) Thanks guys! And is Sue still with Meredith? I was hoping to hear from her too...she great with alternatives to the standards! See you all in a month!