Super Simple “Asian” Dish Recipe


Meals have gotten complicated at our house. And I know the blame falls largely with me and my dietary restrictions because of Ulcerative Colitis. My gastroenterologist told me that diet plays no role, but I have found that what I eat makes a huge difference. Often I end up fixing a meal for the rest of the family and then something entirely different for myself. I just don’t feel good about restricting Brance and the girl’s diet as much as mine is… no dairy (except butter), no legumes, no tomatoes, no peppers, no potatoes, no oats, really no gluten at all, no nuts etc. (Although, occasionally, I will break from my diet for my favorite Indian dish).

When I  fix something for the rest of the family that I can’t have, I try to make what I fix for myself as simple as possible. Preparing one meal is tough enough, right? There are very few recipes out there that fit all of my dietary restrictions. Like, so few,  it feels like it requires more effort than it is worth to find one. So, because I’m sailing in new waters, I’m kind of making things up as I go. Most of the time my family prefers what is on their own plates, BUT on occasion I really hit it out of the ballpark and they actually prefer what I am eating. Here was one such instance this week…

Super Simple “Asian” Dish


  • broccoli and cauliflower slaw bag (it had carrot and purple cabbage as well)
  • cooked shrimp (chicken, beef, or no meat or tofu, would work as well)
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
  • soy sauce (1 tbsp or desired amount)
  • 1 tbsp favorite oil/fat (I used a mixture of coconut oil and butter)
  • cooked rice or rice noodles (optional)


  1. Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the broccoli and cauliflower slaw mix, mushrooms, and soy sauce. Cook a couple of minutes until vegetables are just tender.
  3. Add fully cooked meat to the dish and allow it to cook a minute or two longer.
  4. Serve as is or over rice or rice noodles.

This was incredibly easy and delicious! I think mixing the coconut oil and the butter gave it a great taste. But maybe that was because I am off the afore-mentioned list of food :).

Do you have people you cook for who have special dietary restrictions? What is something simple, yet delicious you enjoy making for yourself or your family?

4 thoughts on “Super Simple “Asian” Dish Recipe

  1. we don’t have to cook any differently for our family members, thank goodness. But sometimes I feel like I want to. Our taste buds have expended from living in Washington, D.C.. And Washington state. But Chuck really is a meat and potatoes kinda guy. I like to branch out more, maybe have a whole meal without meat, but that doesn’t fly too well with Chuck.
    We have lots of friends who cook different meals for other family members. Lots of food allergies around these parts.

  2. It must be a Midwest thing! Brance is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of guy too. Although sometimes he’s ok with hummus and cheese or peanut butter for lunch :).

    Do you have a favorite food that you discovered since moving from home?

  3. Well, when we lived in D.C., sushi was everywhere. I tried to like it, I really did!! Just couldn’t get there. But we have fallen in love with Pad Thai. I actually had my first experience with Pad Thai in Boston! But we have a favorite Thai place here and we indulge there on date nights. Mary won’t even try anything that says it has tofu in it, so I couldn’t get her to try it.

  4. Oh, that’s funny that you first experienced your newest favorite dish Pad Thai in Boston! And how fun that you have found a Thai place close so you get to have it on date nights. And yay for you that Chuck likes it too!

    I have always wanted to try Thai food, but I never have. I think Brance would like it. He loves spice and peanuts :). We don’t have a restaurant in our neighborhood, but I am sure there are a bunch, if we just looked. We know there is at least one in Boston, right :)?

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