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Jul 2, 2013 10:44 AM

Some Ideas Please?

I am looking for some ideas for my partner, he has to have a special diet till we can see a specialist a dietician, here is what he is allergic to:

Can have occasionally (Due to severe gout attacks)
Spices on occasion, and just basic garlic and onion powder

Basically a low purine diet

I also posted on another board and they had some great ideas, but still looking for ideas..
We eat some yeast free bread I make, rice, rice pasta, homemade tomato sauce, some Indian food (he loves his spicy food, it just doesn't like him right now), potatoes and some Daiya cheese (which is I think made with pea protein or rice or some thing like that), we have also found some mayo subsitute
Thanks ahead of time for any ideas..

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  1. Is there anything you guys particularly miss? For example, if you miss cooking with cream, this cashew cream is a pretty good substitute:

    I think I remember you said in your other post, wheat only on occasion too, is that right?

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    1. re: ursy_ten

      We really miss ice cream, but I found a substitute for it, Almond Dream Ice Cream, I gave some to him and he was shocked that it tasted like ice cream, so he is a happy camper, actually we all are :-)
      Yes he can have wheat on occasion, and this cashew cream link is PERFECT!! Simple and easy to do, I like that. Going to get him to pick some cashews up on the way home today, thank you..

      1. re: PinkCooker

        Yay! Glad to be of help :)

        Don't forget, they have to be raw cashews. It works pretty well.

        Here is another one you might like:

        Use it as a substitute for alfredo sauce. It has butter and milk in it, but those are so easy to substitute these days, with almond/oat milk and other non-dairy spreads.

        And it's way healthier than regular alfredo sauce (much as I love the stuff


        Anything else you miss?

        1. re: ursy_ten

          Ohhh wow, how do u come up with these recipes??? I searched Google for hours and never come up with stuff like this!!! This looks so good!!!!! As for milk and butter, no problem, rice milk and Earth Balance soy free dairy free butter spread! Yummmy I am making this tonight! :-)

          As for what else do we miss, yeah, cream cheese and sour cream, so far I can only find recipes that tell you to use tofu and or soy :-(
          If u happen to know of a recipe that is dairy, soy and egg free I would be in heaven!

          1. re: PinkCooker

            I'm a librarian, searching for info is one of my strengths! Plus, I've got family with many dietary challenges too - so I've been doing it for awhile :)

            So, I found a cream cheese recipe using cashews:

            Almond cheese:

            Sour cream substitutes (you might want to explore this site further, I think a lot of these recipes might be suitable as the theme is living without gluten, casein/dairy, soy, eggs and peanuts and some are also yeast free

            Another sour cream substitute based on pine nuts and sunflower seeds:


            They won't taste exactly the same as what you're used to, but keep trying, you'll find out over time what works for you, and you'll also get used to the different flavours :)

            1. re: ursy_ten

              Wow I think you must be an Angel or some thing, this is such fantastic info!!
              I have been reading and bookmarking all these sites today :-)

        2. re: PinkCooker

          you can use unsweetened coconut milk too. put the can in the fridge overnight and the "cream" will have separated out. you can scoop that off, mix it with some bananas or vanilla extract or berries, or what-have you, blend and freeze.

          i'd really try transitioning away from weird, processed foods that imitate other foods. if it's not something you make at home, as you are discovering, you can't always be sure what's in it.

          i think i posted this link for you before about gout. much like many doctors are still in the dark ages about how diabetics should eat, gout is less common and doctors are rarely in the forefront with nutritional info.

          for "bread", how about socca, with chickpea flour?

          or very thin polenta, made with chicken stock? cooked ( i slow-cook in the oven for no-muss), chilled, sliced and either broiled or fried.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Hi again
            These links are great, I had never heard of socca bread before, am going to try that some time this week.
            Not sure what polenta was so googled it :-)
            Looks good.
            Today I am going to try to make some home made ice cream, I have a recipe for one that is supposed to be super easy, take frozen banana's about 3 or 4 and throw in blender, keep mixing/blending till it becomes creamy, then freeze over night and tadaaa ice cream, or at least according to the recipe :-)
            I am also going to try your idea of the coconut cream, I have a can of coconut milk in my fridge just sitting there not doing muc, so thanks..
            I have one other thing I am looking for and was wondering if you would be so kind to help one more time?
            I am looking for a recipe for heavy cream, I have googled it to death, but most either contain eggs, soy, or dairy, or more than one of those..Thank you ahead of time..

            1. re: PinkCooker

              What do you mean by "heavy cream?"
              Last I heard, it came from an udder.
              Are you looking for a replacement for "heavy cream?" If so, coconut milk (the regular kind as mentioned, not the "lite") is a great replacement. Also, many vegans use cashews.

              1. re: wyogal

                Hi yes sorry I am looking for a substitute for heavy cream, I have several recipes that call for heavy cream, first off I am not exactly sure what the difference between heavy and regular cream is, and yes a replacement for it is what I am looking for,..

                1. re: PinkCooker

                  creams have varying fat percentages.

                  what kind of recipe? you can use coconut milk, and separate out the "fattier" portion, but obviously the flavor will be different.

                  lol, and blended bananas that are frozen are delicious, but are not going to be ice cream :)

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    The recipe was for a cheese cake. So I will try the coconut cream and see if that works, as for the ice cream, lol, yeah it does sound foolish using just frozen banana's but what the heck, will try anything once :-)

                    1. re: PinkCooker

                      how are you making cheesecake without cream cheese or eggs?

                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        or cheese?
                        I was wondering, too.
                        Here's a recipe, I googled "vegan cheesecake without soy"
                        But then, if I followed any of these type recipes, there would be no need for substitution, right?

                        1. re: hotoynoodle

                          I was trying some substitutions, but it didn't work too well, so I went and googled a cheescake that didn't require any of those things. The second link that u gave is the one I found as well, and am using that one :-)
                          As for eggs, I use water and ground flax as a subsitute..

                          I finally realized that a lot of stuff can be made without all the crap he can't have, I just had to sit, think think think think (like Pooh Bear), and then calm down, ( I have a tendency to freak easily), and I realize I can do this, I can still make good, healthy meals for everyone, and still have them taste good..
                          If it was not for this web site, I would have never learnt all this..

                          1. re: PinkCooker

                            A common dairy free "cream" is made with cashews- soak raw cashews a few hours in water. Then drain and blend the hell outta the cashews, helps to whip in a little air- add a pinch of fine salt, and some vanilla.

                            For the banana "ice cream" slice the bananas before freezing, once frozen a few hours blend and then eat (add nut butter, coconut flakes, whatever mix in you want). If you blend and then freeze it gets super rock hard/unscoopable, best to eat immediately.
                            I made this recipe the other day without the green tea and used agave not maple syrup and it was delicious:
                            The article also includes links to other versions of the banana

                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                              I am going to try this, and instead of avocado I am going to use Mango, as I can't get him to eat avocados, silly guy!
                              Thanks for the tip as well about the ice cream becoming rock hard, good to know..

          1. re: girloftheworld

            Yes he hated it and wouldn't eat it..Silly guy!

            1. re: PinkCooker

              I find some colors and preps are better than others. I don't like it either but some recipes other people have made aren't bad.

          2. Since gluten isn't a problem you might want to try seitan as a source of protein for him. Also check out Field Roast products - a line of really good meat substitutes made from wheat gluten & pea protein. They contain yeast extract for flavoring, but so does Daiya cheese, so if your husband is eating that without a problem he should be fine with the Field Roast.

            And it's corn season, so how about a salad of black beans, roasted corn & red peppers, red onion, cilantro & a lime vinaigrette?

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Daiya has yeast????????????? Wow I better check that out, as he has been having an upset stomach after he has had a meal with Daiya cheese, I couldn't figure out what could be causing it, and that might be the problem!
              Thank you for the info..

              1. re: PinkCooker

                Yes, it's in the shreds, slices & wedges. Depending on the flavor/variety, it's listed as inactive yeast or yeast extract on the label. But I wouldn't be too quick to blame a deactivated yeast-derived flavoring for his upset stomach. Daiya products contain vegetable glycerine which can easily cause intestinal inflammation, gastric upset & nausea. It took me a long time to figure out glycerine was one of the culprits of major digestive distress for me.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Wow, it looks like I need to do some major research on the Daiya cheese, and the list of ingrediants, thank you.
                  I never knew what glycerine was, I always thought it was good for you, since it had the word vegetable with it.
                  Told you I was a little dense on things like this. :-)
                  I am not blond but I think I am having a blond moment, that is if guys can have blond moments, or is that for just girls?
                  Anyways thank you for the info, will start my research when I get to work, I do work in a book store so I might as well peruse the shelfs..

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    Late to this thread, but Daiya products also contain xanthan gum, which is a laxative and can cause digestive distress (painful gas, bloating, the runs).

                    1. re: MelMM

                      Wow really? I never knew that, hmmm I might need to find a alternative to cheese for him, I can hardly wait till our appointment on the 5th of September..

                      1. re: MelMM

                        interesting. I haven't had a problem eating Daiya... but I don't eat that much of it at a time.

                2. It sounds like any vegan recipes would work with special attention to the soy and spices....
                  I love this blog's recipes:
                  Also check out
                  Especially her avocado pasta sauce- that stuff is a game-changer!!
                  Vegan ice creams are often made with a base of frozen bananas- easiest ever is slice a few bananas, freeze. Then in a blender toss in 2 bananas worth frozen, a gob of nut butter, and enough "milk" to get it to blend. Like soft serve, only better. Lots more versions can be made adding more/other fruits, chocolate syrup or choco almond milk, etc.
                  trader joe's has a "harvest grains" mix with brown rice and other grains, he will never notice the quinoa ;
                  )Tofutti makes a great faux cream cheese, but dbl check ingredient list for yeast/soy. Coconut oil is a great sub for butter too
                  Rudi's and udi's are good gluten free vegan bread brands but can be $$, their websites have coupons fyi.

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                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    All Tofutti products are soy-based, hence the brand's name ;)

                    Udi's breads contain egg whites , and both Udi's & Rudi's breads are made with yeast. The OP might have better luck with one of the vegan, yeast-free breads from Food for Life, French Meadow Bakery, Manna Organics, or Julian Bakery.

                    I do heartily second your coconut oil suggestion, and the frozen banana "ice cream" is a great idea for a sweet treat.

                    1. re: Ttrockwood

                      Thanks for the links, they look good, and I tried the ice cream, and even the kids liked it, then again it is "ice cream" :-) so of course they liked it..
                      I also found some regular ice cream in the store made by rice dream the same company that makes the rice milk we drink, that is a good treat food as well..

                      Yes I looked at the Tofutti and they do all contain soy, but it was worth a check :-)

                      1. re: PinkCooker

                        Hooray for frozen bananas :)

                        Keep an eye on him to see how his digestive system handles the Rice Dream products (both the beverages *and* the frozen desserts). They're all thickened with carrageenan which can cause intestinal inflammation and gastric distress.

                        Did you ever figure out if the vegetable glycerine was the problem with Daiya cheese?

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          No we are not sure what is causing his stomach problems, right now his body is rejecting a lot of food, so far he is good with rice and simple vegetable dishes, he had a chicken burger the other night and got really sick, I don't think it was the meat per se because the boys and I did not get sick, but it had Daiya cheese on it and in it, so I am really starting to think it might be that...

                          1. re: PinkCooker

                            Aw, poor guy. I hope you get some answers for him soon.

                            1. re: PinkCooker

                              If the burger was just meat with mild seasoning (and no bun) then yes, it sounds like the Daiya is the reason he got sick. I just think it would be helpful to pinpoint the *ingredient* in it that's causing the problem. The more specific you can get with his triggers, the easier it will be to find safe foods for him to eat.

                              My heart goes out to you & your partner - I know how difficult this is for all involved. I specialize in counseling individuals and families who are transitioning and adjusting to restricted diets, and I've worked with some difficult cases. (I live with multiple health-related restrictions myself, though not nearly as complicated as your partner's). Keep us informed here so we can continue to offer suggestions for new food & recipe ideas.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                I just found one thing important, actually two, since he had been having problems with Dairy, we have been eating Rice Dream Ice Cream, and this morning before work, I was sitting with a friend and discussing birthday ideas for my partner, and I mentioned the ice cream, she told me they just recently changed their recipe and it now included soy in it!
                                I checked and yep sure enough there it was, Soy!
                                So that explains at least one mystery of why he would be fine during the day then at night he would be sick after eating ice cream.
                                So I have found a recipe for ice cream and all it has in it is frozen bananas, that is it!
                                Have not yet tried it but if it works, I will post it in the recipe section..

                                The bun we used for the burger was a yeast, dairy egg etc free bun I made, so it had to be the cheese, because the only spices were garlic powder, and onion powder..

                                Thanks everyone for the concern and help you have given, it means a lot to me..

                                1. re: PinkCooker

                                  Ugh. Soy lecithin is in everything. They need to make the switch to sunflower lecithin and get rid of carrageenan.

                                  His soy sensitivity must be pretty bad because most allergic people can still safely consume small amounts of soy lecithin & soybean oil (though I personally wouldn't recommend doing it).

                                  I'm sorry you (and he) had to find out about Rice Dream's formula change the hard way, but use the experience as a lesson. When dealing with food sensitivities and allergies, NEVER assume. You need to read every label, every time, no matter how often you buy a product. It's a pain, but worth the extra effort to avoid the consequences of an oversight.

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    Yeah he can't even have the smallest amount of soy anything, and like you said at least we learned a lesson, and because of it, I started reading everything that was in the house and found that our favourite chips by Lay's now has Dairy!
                                    Holy poop!!
                                    So we gave them and a lot of other foods that he can't have to the local food bank, at least some one got some use out of the items :-)

                      2. I found this website the other day, looks like there are a number of (delicious) recipes that would work:

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                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                          Hi thanks for the link, a lot of recipes here are doable, thank you..