If so here are some easy hints and links to several easy candida recipies to get you started!
As I enjoy cooking, making up candida recipies that were quick and easy wasn't too difficult. However, lots of people, (often those with candida,) have lived off fast food and ready made meals. For these people, the thought of cooking from fresh ingredients can get them really worried. If that's you then I hope these helpful pointers and some links to a few simple recipies will help you get started.
Helpful hints that are really worth considering before starting to cook!:
1) You will need a decent sharp knife!
On the candida diet you will be using lots of fresh vegetables. I would really encourage you to invest in a fairly large really sharpe knife as this makes the preparation much easier.
If you are unsure about where to start looking for an inexpensive but good knife then Vitorinox is a great make and I can really recommend this knife.
I love it and it has great reviews and is certainly worth a look.
2) A Garlic Press will be really useful..
Raw garlic is really good for you and anti fungal. I use this a lot as it provides lots of flavour. The easiest way to prepare garlic is by using a garlic press. However, the plastic ones are just not good enough, you really need a sturdy metal one.
To use them, you split the garlic bulb into the individual cloves. You then peel the individual clove by cutting the small root base off, then peeling the dry outer layers. Then put the peeled clove in the press and squeeze it through the mesh to get the garlic to a pulp. You then just need your sharp knife to scrape off the pulp into the pan rather than spend ages finely chopping it which also makes you fingers smell for ages!
Some people throw away whats left in the press but I just turn it slightly give it another squeeze and get as much pulp as possible
and then scoop out the remaining garlic and add it to the dish.
Candida recipies do taste better with raw garlic. However you can use garlic puree, I do use it in a rush expecially as my candida is much better now. However, it is not nearly as potent and will always have at least one preservative in and will often have other ingredients added to it. You really do need to check the ingredients of the brand carefully first to make sure there is nothing in it that you shouldn't eat. If you do use this then as a rough guide, one teaspoon is the same as one clove, although I find I need more to get the same strength of flavour.
3) Finding Tinned tomatoes that you can eat!
Tinned tomatoes are a great easy ingredient to use. However, it is often difficult to find tinned tomatoes that do not have citric acid in them. In the early stages of the candida diet this is a problem as the citric acid added to food is grown on a yeast culture. Very often people with candida have a real sensitivity to yeast and it is best to avoid it.
In the UK, sainsbury's 'So organic' range is the only one to stock tinned chopped tomatoes that do not have citic acid in.
However, if you can't get tinned tomates, you might be able to get concentrated tomatoe puree, Napolina tomato puree in a tube is just tomatoes and is sold in most supermarkets in the UK. All you need to do is thin it down with some water and it makes a really nice tomato sauce.
Alternatively, you might be able to buy tomato passata (which is mashed up sived tomatoes). Again, Napolina passata is sold in all the major supermarkets in the UK in cartons and it has only tomatoes in it.
If you can't find any of these then the best and quickest way to cook with tomatoes is to buy some large tomatoes, cut them in half, place them on a rasting tray sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 20mins in a hot oven. You can mash them or sieve them but I just put them in a food processor to make them into a pulp and then put them in the sauce I am cooking.
4) You will eat lots of Onions!
When cooking candida recipies you will find that unless you really dislike onions, you will be using them a lot as they give lots of flavour. However, cutting them can be tricky and time consuming. Here is a few hints on how to make this easier. You will quickly get the hang of this with a little practise...
To slice the onion, peel and cut the onion in half in exactly the same way and place it on the chopping board the same way too. However leave out slicing the onion towards the root just cut across the half when you lay it flat and slice in thin slices until you get to the root.
I really hope you find these tips useful and that they encourage you to try to cook. If you can stick to the candida diet by cooking some really nice tasty candida recipies, you will really enjoy your food and will feel so much better!
This list of candida recipies began when my best friend realised she had candida. She had a family and yet really didn't have any experience of cooking. She asked me for 7 candida recipies that she could cook, one for each day of the week that were as simple as possible and not too expensive. I have adapted them since then but hope you enjoy them. Some require ingredients that I list on my candida food list page and where to get them if you live in the UK.
Some of these candida recipies do include tomatoes and dairy, but only use goats and sheeps products, not cow's dairy products. Some can also use soya milk instead of goats milk. They are not vegetarian but most can be adapted which I will note underneath. The difficulty with vegetarian options on the candida diet is that mushrooms are not allowed so this does limit this usually easy substitute.
As soon as I can I will get up the candida recipies for you but the first is ready and that is: