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Food options challenge of a sort

Morganna | Oct 25, 201106:55 AM

This is a bit complicated, so please do take the time to read through my request. :) I don't even know how possible this will be to meet. I'm a pretty creative cook, but even I am being stumped by these limitations.

I'm trying to come up with foods I can prepare or buy (assume I have a very-well-stocked pantry and very good cooking skills, and plenty of time to do prep) to bring along for a three day weekend with minimal refrigeration (an electric cooler in a hotel room), and no microwave or other cooking options available. There are, however, strict limitations on what sorts of food will be acceptable (I am not interested in the harsh judgements of anyone over these limitations, we have good reasons for them and I don't want to hear "just make him eat X").

Generally speaking, veggies are not going to cut it, at all. Person in question is a picky eater and only actually likes potatoes, onions, cooked tomatoes, peppers, some types of beans, and iceberg lettuce. I am thinking I will bring along some cut up green peppers for snacking. Any salad suggestions should include some sort of protein.

Sulfurous foods can't be brought (foods that generally cause gas, like beans).

Should be high in protein, but low in fat, but limited to beef, pork, chicken, or turkey. No game meats (though ostrich and emu are fine). Cold cuts aren't a good option (Though we might bring some along) because they usually have gristle in them somewhere, and the person in question is highly sensitive to gristle in cold cuts and will not be able to continue eating them if he comes across any (it makes him throw up).

No fish. No eggs. No dairy. No Asian-style food (he dislikes ginger, soy, and sweet spices). No tofu. As low fat as possible. No hummus (he doesn't like it).

Breads and crackers are fine but aren't enough to sustain someone an entire weekend. Person in question is not very fond of sandwiches in general, but will eat them for some meals if required to. He's not very fond of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, for instance.

He DOES like fruit, but fresh fruit needs to be at least mostly ripe, and it generally isn't substantial enough for long-term.

He is also fond of pasta and tomato-based sauces. He likes Mexican food a lot as well.

I know this is very complicated and difficult, and I really do appreciate suggestions from folks. Please give me enough information so I can research recipes, if you can. Thank you all so much.

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