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Desperate for easy but tasty blandish food

jdp27 Nov 28, 2011 07:48 PM

I have morning sickness, so (hot) spicy, greasy, nuts, fish, and veggies are more or less out. I have no energy so unless it is simple enough for my husband to cook, prep time is an issue. I am so sick of the same 3 or 4 dinners, I need some serious ideas! Ground turkey, chicken, leftover turkey, and steak are all excellent starting points. Thanks!

  1. Antilope Nov 28, 2011 07:56 PM

    Cook's Illustrated microwave polenta.

    1. todao Nov 28, 2011 07:58 PM

      I experienced two weeks of morning sickness when my wife was pregnant (yes, the rumor is true - but I can't explain why guys get morning sickness) and found that if I could get it past my nose I could usually hold it down. But each of us is quite different and what might work for me my be disgusting to you. I could handle just about anything without a lot of oil that was rolled into a flour tortilla, crepes stuffed with fruit (but no cream cheese or anything dairy please) cream of wheat or cooked whole grain cereals with a splash of maple syrup. Best of luck with your predicament.

      1. tim irvine Nov 28, 2011 08:06 PM

        There's little easier and more bland than a simple roast on some chunked up potatoes. Frittatas are also pathetically easy, beaten eggs tossed in a buttered pan on low heat, toss whatever .you want on top, add cheese, and a quick pass under the broiler. Most chops or cuts of chicken are easy to bake. Toss them in whatever sauce you can tolerate to add interest. SOS is easy and bland. Anyone can make white sauce if they will just heat the milk first and add it to the roux slowly. Toss in chipped beef and serve on toast. I also like little eye of the round steaks served in a hot salted skillet with a squeeze of lemon on them. Once he has mastered a simple bechamel whole new worlds of bland will open up. Think chicken a la king!

        If you don't have issues with grilled onions, cheesesteaks are actually kind of bland. Which reminds me of panini, quite capable of being bland but still tasty. They don't need to be greasy. I spray mine with Pam and cook them on the ridged side of a dry griddle with a bacon press. I put thin sliced pork loin roast in them with some smoked provolone, maybe a canned artichoke heart or two ( the kind in water, not oil).

        Good luck!

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        1. re: tim irvine
          jdp27 Nov 29, 2011 12:08 AM

          Thanks so much! Definitely will be trying the SOS and possibly some variations and I may be attempting a few variations on the paninis as well. I have taught him to make roux before with a fantastic New Orleans style sauteed shrimp recipe, so hopefully he can do it again, but the advice on what to add when is super helpful as well. Lemon is an interesting idea that I hadn't thought of and will definitely have to give a go. Thanks!

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          sedimental Nov 28, 2011 08:09 PM

          I ate homemade sub sandwiches and Chinese style stir fry veg/noodles and rice (not greasy). At least with those things you can pick what you "like" at that moment (as it can change day to day).

          I also ate stuffed baked potato with steamed veggies and yogurt or sour cream. I also ate chef salads and hard boiled eggs.

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            hetook Nov 28, 2011 08:26 PM

            Annie's Organic Shell's "n Cheese.Super easy, nutritious,and works with add ins. ALL THE BEST! :)

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              jdp27 Nov 29, 2011 12:09 AM

              Thanks all for your ideas!

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                topbanana Nov 29, 2011 07:58 AM

                What about good old fashioned chicken soup? You can add onions, carrots and celery for flavour, but don't necessarily need to eat them if you can't stomach veggies. You could bulk it up with some brown rice, pasta and/or beans for fiber. Very easy to prepare.

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                  tonifi Nov 29, 2011 08:17 AM

                  This too, shall pass. I found that when everything else grossed me out, I could always eat popsicles (the coldness was refreshing and they smelled good). Send the husband out for some of the 'fruit & juice' bars by Edy's or Dole and you'll be eating something fairly nutritious, too. I found that I preferred things with a 'wholesome, uncomplicated' smell...baked potatoes, rice, cottage cheese, yogurt, toast. Eat whatever you can, don't worry if it doesn't look much like a 'real meal'. This is a good time to trust the wisdom of your own body.

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                sueatmo Nov 29, 2011 08:35 AM

                If you can tolerate a mild tasting fish, that would be easy and fast. A baked filet, served with salad and starch would be a quite digestible and certainly easy meal..

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