Favorite Recipes Light on Legumes & Wheat?
I've been vegetarian or vegan my whole life, so I've always been a legume lover. Lentils, black beans, garbanzos...I love them all. But over the last four years or so, I've started to have problems tolerating both wheat and legumes in large quantities. I get crippling stomach cramps after eating a meal consisting mostly of legumes. I have tried lots of things -- first, soaking and cooking legumes for a long time to make them easier to digest and cutting out bread, then, when that wasn't enough, cutting out most legumes and cutting out wheat entirely. But that limited my diet a lot and made it harder to get the nutrients and protein I need. These days, my strategy is to avoid wheat most of the time and eat one small serving of slow-cooked legumes or processed legumes (like tofu) per day. I still have serious cramping sometimes, but it isn't as bad as when I ate more legumes. I have smoothies with rice or pumpkin protein powder for breakfast and eat lots of fruits and veggies. I also eat lots of potatoes, some oats, rice, and some noodles made from rice or buckwheat.
So...that's a long-winded introduction to my real question: what are your favorite healthful main dish recipes that don't include legumes or wheat? I want to try some new recipes and/or meal ideas!
I'd look into other whole grains - quinoa, bulgur, barley, millet, etc.
Look into soups and salads...
Make your own bowls. Top the grains with your favourite (roasted) veggies, nuts/seeds and your favourite dressing.
There are tons of amazing recipes out there for grains and veggies... I don't even know where to start!
But what you also might want to look at is a probiotic and/or digestive enzyme supplement. It's not cool to have such terrible stomach pains from a healthy food...
you said you like quinoa:
and hearty comfort meals:
http://www.healthyveganrecipes.net/video/barley-casserole-recipe (just sub the barley for rice if it gives you issues)
those are all just my recipes - there are of course a ton of awesome recipes floating around the net.
I love Manifest Vegan - she does gluten-free, so no wheat. One of hers that I'm in love with right now is this:
I ate it for dessert, but also for breakfast one day :)
I hope that helps!
Sorry, I realized after I posted that bulgur is in fact wheat. I love it, though!
Here are some of my favourite recipes with quinoa and millet:
(sub quinoa for the barley, spinach/chard for the pea shoots)
(sub quinoa for the bulgur)
I also really like the quinoa falafels from Thrive Foods.
Feel free to leave me a comment on my blog if you try any of the recipes. :)
I have never heard of kamut noodles (for the bolognese)...where do you find those?
kamut is a relative of wheat - might not be so great for you... but you can use any gluten-free pasta (brown rice, corn, quinoa, etc...) - or what I love to do is serve the sauce over some cooked brown rice. It might sound a bit odd at first, but it's really yummy and not as heavy-feeling as pasta :)
also - if you like chili, have you ever tried making it with squash and/or sweet potato cubes, and no beans? It would be really nice with a bit of quinoa tossed in there too... was just daydreaming about chili variations ;)
I just made this this weekend and loved it! You could just omit the beans: http://www.theppk.com/2010/10/quinoa-white-bean-and-kale-stew/