PKU Meal Ideas for Schools, Restaurants, Family…

Although we have to heavily rely on the specialised low protein food to give Keir a well balanced diet, he can also enjoy some of the everyday foods freely. What I mean by everyday food is that the food you can purchase from supermarkets unlike low protein products which have to ordered through a prescription.

When we are out and about, visiting families and friends or eating out we pack his supplement and protein (usually a petite filous) but let him enjoy the freshly prepared cooked food wherever we are eating. We feel this is really important so that he doesn’t feel excluded and enjoy the food with us. For example, if we are eating out, we’ll ring the restaurant ahead and discuss their menu and make suggestions to tailor to Keir’s diet. A simple meal might be vegetable sticks for starters,  ratatouille and boilled rice for main followed by sorbet or fruit salad. We find ringing ahead is essential, it is suprising how many times we found that the restuarants had run out of fresh fruit and vegetables such as cucumber and carrots. We find best to reserve the fresh food.

I have made a list of meal ideas can be prepared using everyday food and does not require any specialised low protein flour, rice, pasta etc. We use this list also when we are away on holiday (self catering generally) to keep things simple.

Here some suggestions:

Oil, fat and sugar are free so you can cook food with these freely.

  • Simple Ratatouille
    • made using courgette, aubergine, peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. You can use a recipe such as this one here .  Alternatively try roasted ratatouille recipe.
  • Imam Bayildi 
    • Simple but tasty baked aubergine dish.  Here is a nice recipe. If you follow this recipe, rice must be weighed before serving.
  • Sweet Potato
    • (homemade chips, wedges, roasted in cubes with dried rosemary). Be careful of the shop bought ones or at restaurants, they are usually dusted with semolina with contains protein.
  • Tomato Soup
    • made using tomatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, herbs and stock cube (I use Knorr Vegetable stock cubes).  Some stock cubes are too high in protein so I usually check with the restaurant which stock has been used.
  • Salad
    •  tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, small amount of olives, chives, spring onion, avacado, carrots
  • Stir Fried Vegetables
    • made using mixed peppers, courgettes, french beans, onions, garlic, mushrooms, sweet and chilli sauce
  • Roast Vegetables
    • Parnisps, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Peppers can be flavoured by using herbs or curry powder
  • French Bean Stew
    • made using French Beans, cubed sweet potato, tomatoes, onion, garlic, mixed herbs, tomato puree
  • Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Curry
    • made using sweet potato or pumpkin, onions, garlic, curry powder, tomatoes, french beans and Knorr Vegetable stock cube
  • Vegetable Sticks
    • Cucumber, peppers, carrots, celery ( optional; can serve with mayo mixed  in with little mint sauce as a dip)
  • Steamed French Beans or Carrots
  • Vegetable Kebaps (Good idea for BBQ)
    • Courgette, peppers, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, baby sweetcorn, red onion

Other foods that can be prepared but should be weighed before serving.

  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Potato Chips
  • Steamed or Boilled Rice
  • Tinned or frozen sweetcorn
  • Steamed Broccoli, Caluliflower
  • Peas (Keir’s favourite)
  • Corn on the cob (Good on BBQ)

If you are interested any of these recipes, please let me know. I will be happy to post my recipe here.

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