I need help figuring out hearty sandwiches, a sandwich + a single-item side, or make-ahead one-dish lunches. Difficulty: Low-oxalate diet, extremely pressed for time, despise food prep.
posted by wintersweet to food & drink (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm on this incredibly annoying low-oxalate diet by doctor's orders. (Don't google it: most lists are nonsensical and contradictory.) So you don't have to guess at it, here are some of the restrictions--sorry for the length!
Among the things I should virtually never eat are spinach, almonds (and most other nuts), turmeric, curry powder, soy milk, almond milk, and miso (except in tiny servings).
Among the things I should avoid or eat very, very infrequently (and only in combination with calcium-rich foods if possible) are tomato paste, yellow squash, eggplant, green beans, parsley, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, swiss chard, chocolate (!), tempeh, TVP, virtually all beans, and EVERY WHOLE GRAIN EVER (oats, wheat, buckwheat, quinoa, etc.).
Things that are more OK to eat include acorn squash, arugula, dino kale (in moderation), onions, zucchini squash, avocado, peeled apples, melons, bananas, sweet/bing cherries, citrus (but not the peel), wild rice, peas, coconut, most stone fruit, pineapple, certain lettuces (romaine, bibb, butter, Boston, iceberg), cabbages (but not brussels sprouts), rapini (in moderation), broccoli, flax, mushrooms, butternut squash, kabocha, and virtually all cheeses, yogurts, other dairy products, meat of all kinds, and fish.
Things that are iffy but are OK sometimes or with calcium-rich ingredients: collard greens, mustard greens, split peas, barley, shallots, Belgian endive, corn, asparagus, brussels sprouts, fresh tomatoes, and tofu.
Given that in the past 5 years I've been shifting to a very low meat, vegetable heavy, whole grain only diet, this has been quite a blow. The oats-and-almond-butter breakfast that I've mentioned a few times on MeFi, which helped me lose weight and survive mornings better, is out and might have helped cause my problem in the first place (so expect a breakfast help post at some point!). My go-to easy meals that create leftovers for lunch were a meatless bean-based chili, which is right out, and pasta with jarred tomato sauce (fresh tomato sauce takes a lot longer because of all the chopping). I'm feeling frustrated, negative, and sort of angry about the whole thing.
I need a filling lunch because I eat it before work and don't eat again until much later in the evening, and I do not have time for snacks at work (I am a teacher). Please help me figure out how to make hearty sandwiches (or a sandwich + a no-effort side) that I can prepare mostly or entirely the night before (I have about 2 minutes for lunch prep in the morning) or one-dish meals that I can make on Sunday and eat again on Monday or Tuesday. But because I'm a teacher, the scant time that I have on weekends that doesn't involve unpaid work is extremely precious, and I don't want to spend it all chopping and cooking. The easier the better! Finally, I do have access to both a fridge and microwave at work.