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Aug 25, 2007 04:02 PM

Yeast Free Menu

We have a good friend who is starting a Yeast Free Diet and has food sensitivities.

Yeast-free + No Citris, some nuts, no potatos, no legumes.

I am looking for meal ideas. At first it seems simple, but then I get caught in a misstep ....

Also, any recommendations for commercial products that are "okay" for yeast free.

(She mentioned missing noodles in particular)


(Lots of website I have tried list the limitations (or want to sell their recipes) but few practical meal ideas. )

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  1. I went on this diet for awhile. Essentially, I was eating meat and vegetables. A very easy meal is to roast or grill a piece of chicken, firm fish such as salmon or halibut, pork, beef, etc, and put it atop a green salad with lots of veggies and good olive oil. The acid component of the dressing could pose difficulties, however, as many acidifying agents such as yogurt and vinegar, contain yeast, and can't be used. I depended on lemon and lime, but since your friend can't deal with citrus, this may take some creativity. The other caveat is that fruit often is moldy (especially berries), and shouldn't be used. Fermentation is caused by yeast, so anything fermented or pickled can't be used in a yeast-free diet. Hmm. I'll think a bit about acidifying food she can have, and get to you later, if no one else figures it out first.
    Another thing, mold grows very quickly on refrigerated leftovers. She shouldn't eat anything left over. Prepare small batches of food to avoid waste.
    And, I know this sounds very complicated, but I experienced immediate health benefits when I ate this way. My acne cleared up, my joints stopped hurting, and I lost weight seemingly effortlessly.

    5 Replies
    1. re: vickib

      A dressing could be:
      tomato water
      olive oil
      minced garlic
      fresh basil

      1. re: vickib

        Vickib -- Thank you for the practical information. I was suffering from information overload, so hearing from someone with experience is wonderful.

        My plan is to buy everything fresh the afternoon of the dinner, and then grill or steam. A neighbor has a good selection of basil and thyme, and has offered "clipping rights" so I will know those are as fresh as possible. Along with several veggies, then she can pick an choose.

        I will experiment with the dressing idea tomorrow night, so i have that option "in my back pocket" as an option.

        1. re: Daisy L

          The dinner went well. Went with Roasted Chicken, plain salad and steamed veggies.

          Snagged the Roasted Chicken recipe from The Yeast Diet website

          Instead of slow cooking the chicken, I marinated and cooked in the oven.
          It was a hit. Now I have an allergy and yeast-free menu "in my back pocket."

          1. re: Daisy L

            I'm glad. You're a good friend for doing that.

            1. re: vickib

              Thanks. I am happy to do it, especially if it gives her some relief. After the first dinner, she reported her symptoms were alleviated for several days.

              She admits that pop-tarts make up a lot of her if this diet is a way to get her eating healthier, I will go with it.

              Second dinner: Turkey meatloaf, cauliflower, wilted mustard greens, tossed salad.

              For the meatloaf, I used the rub recipe for the roasted chicken to flavor the ground Turkey.

              I steamed the cauliflower until it was very soft, and sort of smashed it a bit..... so it would have a kind of mashed potato feeling with the meatloaf.

              The mustard greens were okay, but a bit too bitter for our tastes. The sweet onion was not enough to balance the greens... but I couldn't come up with a way to balance it out without adding sugar or some other forbidden food.

              Next time, I am going to try to find something a bit sweeter.

    2. Yeast Free Pizza Dough
      1 1/2 cup each all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour
      1/4 cup cornmeal
      2 teaspoons baking powder
      1 teaspoons salt
      1 1/2 cup water
      Mix the dry ingredients together first. Then, add water and mix together with hands. When it is a good consistency, the dough should easily come off of the sides of the bowl to form a ball. Press the dough evenly onto a nonstick cookie sheet or pizza pan. Bake the crust for 10-15 minutes in at 400 degrees. Next add any toppings the toppings you would like and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

      Yeast Free Bread
      1 cup cornmeal
      1 egg
      1 teaspoon baking powder
      1 tablespoon shortening
      First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place cornmeal, salt, and shortening in a bowl and add the boiling water. Mix together to make a paste. Add egg and baking powder and continue mixing. Place entire mixture in a in a greased pan and bake for 20 minutes. Allow the bread to cool and serve.

      Check out Pacific Bakery products

      Yeast Free Muffins that you could add tons of options for mixins

      You can do organic whole wheat or non whole wheat couscous salads as well

      1. I am curious now, may I ask why you are doing the yeast-free diet? What are the benefits or reasons for doing such a thing?

        3 Replies
        1. re: cheri

          I went to an alternative health practitioner who recommended this diet for my acne and general achiness and lack of energy. Just a short time doing this made a big improvement in how I felt. I don't eat that way now, but I think I'm still benefitting from eating really clean, simple, and sugar/yeast/alcohol free for a short period of time. It seems like it recalibrated me.

          1. re: cheri

            If you go to a naturopath, you WILL get diagnosed with Candida and put on a yeast free diet. It cuts out a lot of the junk and less nutritious things people eat, so they generally do feel better on it. I used to work in a health food store and we had tons of people on this diet, but the funny thing was, no one was ever diagnosed "candida-free" and told they could go off the diet-they generally just got tired of it and started eating normally again.

            1. re: christy319

              Exactly, this diet will be a bit change for her. She admits to being a "pop tart gal".
              So, this new vegetable habit is going to be a big adjustment.

              I suspect that her symptom-free days will motivate her to keep trying.

              In researching options, I have noticed lots of different diets that hit on this theme. (Paleo diet, Makers Diet, Sugar busters etc.) I have been able to browse through their eating plans for inspiration.

              Also, I have learned about all the "hidden" elements in our foods. I was always a label reader, but I was focusing mainly on hydrogenated oils, sugar, and wheat . Now I have expanded the list, and I am learning about options that seem equal to me...