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msg free meals

I am needing some msg free meals dealing with chicken, pork or turkey. Also I need help in making sauces, (note you cannot use cornstarch).

ps.. I would love to have a good (not spicey) msg free chili recipe. ( i miss it alot)

and bread machine recipes too.


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  1. Ky, looks like you are new here...welcome!!! It is rare that I ever see anyone here post recipes WITH msg...you might put "chicken" or "pork" etc in the search box at the top of this page and see what comes up...there will be a ton for your review! Scroll down the page and you'll see a thread on boneless chicken thighs, too. You'll have fun here!

    1. What Val said! I've been cooking 50+ years and I've seldom seen a recipe that has MSG as an ingredient.

      1. Add jfood to the list of rare does he see and never does he make a recipe with MSG.

        1. Add me to that list too. Do you know anyone that actually has MSG in their pantry?

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            1. re: irishnyc

              I do. Most asians I know who cook at home do, too. Accent.

                1. re: ricepad

                  I've never used aji no moto. But, I don't buy Accent, either. My mom brings it when she comes to visit. Is it better than Accent?

                  1. re: chowser

                    Nah, I was just pulling your leg. It's the same stuff, just a different brand.

                    1. re: ricepad

                      Darn, I thought I was about to hear about a great new flavor.

                    2. re: chowser

                      The Hispanic equivalent is Sason.

              1. While MSG is rampant in processed and factory-made foods, if you cook from scratch at home it's rarely used at all. Check the labels carefully when buying your ingredients, and then go for your life. Remember to check the spice bottles too - many spice mixes are msg-free.

                1. i've read that mushrooms, tomatoes, and cheese all have naturally occurring MSG, so maybe the OP is looking for recipes that avoid all sources? perhaps you could clarify if you mean naturally occurring or just manufactured MSG. if you need recipes that avoid nuatrally occurring, do you have a list of foods to avoid that you could provide?

                  1. There are a lot things that contain MSG, I am also careful to make sure that the things that I buy do not contain MSG. Trader Joes has a good selection of prepared foods and stocks that are free of MSG.