Sunday, September 16, 2007

Chips. Lowbrow Taco Salad. Fried Whale Meat.

One of the ironies of being soy-allergic is that it forces you to avoid processed foods (very healthy!) but you become hyper-aware of those you can eat.

Which brings us to chips. I am not much of a potato chip fan, but once in a while. . . .
Here's a list of those without soy I have found:
-- Lays plain
-- Lays Ruffles
-- Lays Reduced Fat (NOT Fat-free, those have soy-based Olestra)
-- Utz plain
-- Utz Barbecue Flavor (NOT Carolina-style Barbecue)
-- some of the chips in the health-food aisle

Corn based:
-- Fritos
-- Doritos Natural
-- Bugles
-- Baked Tostitos (if you can find them)
-- again, some of the varieties on the health-food aisle

Cheese Curls:
-- Cheetos Natural
-- Utz

And while we are at it, let's talk about that standard football-game fare, onion dip. All--or darn near all--the premade ones have soy, and so do most of the onion soup mixes. I buy Kosher for Passover onion soup mix in the run-up to Passover and keep it throughout the year. I can make Daube de boeuf a la Provencale, and Boeuf Bourgignon, but sometimes plain old pot-roast-with-onion-soup-mix-made-in-the-crockpot (known in our house as Fried Whale meat) fits the bill.

Finally, if you can find those Baked Tostitos, or some high-end soy-free tortilla chips, you might like to make our:

Lowbrow Taco Salad

2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon beef bouillon powder
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 lb lean ground beef (93%)
chopped tomatoes
grated cheese
diced avocado
hot sauce
sour cream
crushed tortilla chips

1. Mix the flour, chili powder, salt, paprika, bouillon powder, sugar, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
2. Brown ground beef with the onion and garlic. You might need a little olive oil if the beef is very lean. Add seasonings, stir, then add a cup of water and stir again. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Serve over lettuce, with the chopped tomato, grated cheese, avocado, salsa, hot sauce, and sour cream. Sprinkle the tortilla chips over.

And now that it's getting to be fall, you might be interested in the pot roast:

(Fried Whale Meat)

1 onion (optional)
1 large piece of bottom round
1 8-oz can sliced mushrooms
1 packet of onion soup mix (3 tbsp from a bulk container)

Slice the onion into rings and put in the bottom of the crockpot (optional). Brown the meat in a skillet in a little oil in a skillet on the stove (optional). Put the bottom round on top of the onion, or just in the bottom of the pot. Sprinkle the onion soup mix on top of the meat, then arrange the mushrooms on top of the soup mix. Add 1/4 cup water to the pot, cover, and cook on low 8-10 hours.

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