We’ve had an unusual food week.  My oldest is on an extra restricted (GAPS) diet due to some stomach issues, so we’ve had to get very creative in the kitchen.  We’re avoiding gluten and dairy as per usual, but have added soy, fructose, and all grains to the list.  What’s left to eat, you ask?  Well, not much.  Roasted meats and vegetables, and homemade bone broth is on the menu.  We’ve gone down this healing path before (last time, I shared our experiences here and here).  This time, my husband is helping out in the kitchen, and this week’s creation is compliments of him.

I know there are many kids out there who live on a special diet, and parents who shop for them, cook for them, and hurt for them.  In honor of all of those kids, and their families, I share our journey, in hopes that we restricted-foods-families can rally together, offer moral support when needed, and share tips, sniffles, and hugs.  Seeing your child miss out on treats with her friends is sad, but making a special dish and watching her enjoy it makes life much cheerier.

Stir Fry

Stir-fry

Ingredients

2 lbs. chicken breasts

3 peppers (we used red, yellow, and orange)

1 lb. Italian-style green beans (ours were frozen)

2 tablespoons coconut oil (another oil is fine would work if you prefer)

2 tablespoons coconut aminos (in lieu of soy sauce, which could be used if desired)

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat large frying pan on medium high, and put in one tablespoon of oil.  Cut the chicken and peppers into long, 1-inch-wide slices, and add chicken to pan.  Sauté until cooked partially through, about five minutes.  Move the chicken to the outside of the pan, and add the remaining one tablespoon of oil to the center of the pan, waiting until it is melted.  Add the peppers and green beans, mix into chicken, and sauté until softened and the chicken is cooked through.  Drizzle in the coconut aminos and desired salt and pepper.  Stir well until evenly distributed.  Can be served over rice or noodles, but we ate it as is… no grains in our house these days.  It was very filling, even my youngest, sometimes picky eater said, “Daddy, this dinner was awesome!”

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