I’m not a huge fan of microwave meals and ready meals. Eating fresh, organic, home cooked food gives me so much more control of what I’m eating – when you have serious allergies this is a must. Who am I kidding? I’m so jealous really of all you ‘eat everything’ types out there without allergies. If I could, rest assured, I am a lazy cook, and would love to be able to pop a ready meal into the microwave on days when I don’t feel like cooking.
Recently I’ve had to try to modify the way I eat, due mainly to having no cooker, only water in the bath and just a microwave to cook with. I told myself it would only be for a week, or two at the most, but nothing is ever simple, and until a few days ago we are still without basic cooking facilities.
Contrary to what you might think, there are actually quite a few very tasty and healthy allergy friendly ready/quick meals out there, you just need to know where to find them, and shop around a bit to find them.
TruFree Snack Pots – these have disappeared off the face of the earth, just like Nomato baked beans and ketchup. Does anyone know what’s happened to TruFree Snack Pots? I’m waiting to hear back from them. They used to do a potato and rice option which were both quite nice, and fairly healthy. You just added boiling water like a pot noodle and hey presto – a meal in a few minutes!
St Dalfour tinned meals
This special French recipe of three beans with sweetcorn is made in modern kitchens, certified by the French government. It is made with an all natural ‘optimal food process’ which creates a deep vacuum. This vacuum provides a wholesome fresh taste without the need for preservatives.
They do a Three bean salad with sweetcorn which is gluten and dairy free, and also cous cous and salmon and vegetable option which are dairy free, tomato free and all celery free. Hip hip hooray! Perfect for a quick snack lunch and really rather tasty. Obviously not quite as good as if you cooked it from fresh, but if needs must these are really good. I’ve found them in my local Budgens store, but Goodnessdirect.com sell them too.
Ingredients for three bean salad: Diced carrots(21%), sweetcorn(15%), lentils(13%), cannellini beans(12%), kidney beans (12%), onions (7%), flageolet beans(4%), sunflower oil(3.5%), first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil(1%), salt, mustard, garlic, tarragon, thickeners (xanthan & guar gums).
Look what we found soup and meal pouches
Due to my dairy, tomato and celery allergy I’m a bit limited in the products I can eat from here, but their Pea and ham soup is just delicious, as good as any home cooked soup with big juicy pieces of real ham. My latest discovery though is their Thai green curry which is naturally free from gluten, wheat and dairy . I was able to heat this up on the camping gas stove and it was really tasty. Not quite the same as the real thing, but if you have no kitchen you can even cook this in a microwave. Delicious, and really cheered me up.
Ingredients for Thai green curry – Water, Chicken (23%), Onion, Brown Basmati Rice (5%), Green Peppers, Yellow Peppers, Red Peppers, Creamed Coconut, Baby Corn, Water Chestnuts, Cornflour, Garlic, Red Chilli, Sugar, Galangal, Ginger, Sea Salt, Lime Leaves, Lemon Grass, Olive Oil.
To go shopping for ready meals at ‘Look what we found‘ visit their website at www.lookwhatwefound.co.uk
Humous and chopped vegetables
Simple but very tasty (if you can eat sesame) is a tub of humous with corn crisps, carrot sticks, pepper slices or whatever you want to dip. Quick, simple and healthy. My absolute favourite is caramelised onion flavour humous.
Time to go raw?
I did toy with going raw, since cooking isn’t necessary, but with so little space to wash, dry, chop and prepare food, my motivation has gone out of the window. I think going raw will be something to try when I have a lovely new kitchen and can order delicious local veg boxes, with time to prepare lovely healthy salads. I’m not sure quite how well I’d cope without meat and warm meals in winter so it might be an experiment to save for next summer. Watch this space…
Do you know of any other good, natural, healthy, allergen free snack foods and ready meals? Weird suggestion here but today I visited a friend with a young baby. His baby food would have been OK for me, and in fact I think most baby foods are free from most of the main allergens – so why can’t normal adult food be the same?