Quick Start

I am so excited to introduce you to “Quick Start with MSPI Mama”!

I know how mind-numbing and awful those first few weeks on the MSPI diet can be for a mom. Trust me, I’ve been there. Not only are you dealing with the usual newborn baby problems of learning to nurse, crying, sleep deprivation and exhaustion, but you have the added issues of your baby’s MSPI symptoms, such as colicky behavior, reflux and even more sleep deprivation. And, oh yeah, you’re supposed to start a brand new diet that’s kind of complicated and filled with tons of label reading. You are literally petrified to eat ANYTHING because you don’t want your baby’s symptoms to get worse. Hello, rock bottom!

I get so many SOS emails from mamas begging for advice, and I honestly don’t know what to tell you other than: “Hang in there! You can do it!” Well, I’m hoping “Quick Start with MSPI Mama” will go a long way in helping you ladies.

In a nut shell, “Quick Start” is the MSPI diet for beginners. I’m going to start labeling any of my recipes (including previously posted recipes) that meet a few criteria:
  • Every ingredient is completely free of dairy and soy. Yup, that even includes soy oil and lecithin. There are lots of fresh, whole ingredients, and you’ll occasionally see canned ingredients.
  • None of the ingredients are “specialty ingredients.” In other words, there’s no rice milk, because that’s not something you see in your average kitchen.
  • And you won’t see anything labeled “MSPI-friendly.” All the ingredients in these recipes are naturally MSPI-friendly and you shouldn’t have any worries about using them. For example, you won’t see Worcestershire sauce listed in one of these recipes, even though it’s pretty easy to find Worcestershire that’s MSPI-friendly. 
Basically, I’m trying to make the MSPI diet as easy as possible. The idea is that once you’ve mastered the basics of the MSPI diet and label reading you can move on to my other recipes that have more “complicated” ingredients and start adapting your own recipes.

Now this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read labels. ALWAYS read labels! You have to familiarize yourself with the process. And this doesn’t mean mistakes can’t be made, especially if you are completely avoiding soy oil and lecithin. They are sneaky little buggers! And cross-contamination is always possible. You are still ultimately responsible for the food you choose to eat, but I hope “Quick Start” will make the process a little bit easier.

And one other reason I’m doing this: It’ll come in handy when eating at other people’s homes or if they want to bring you a meal. You can send people to these Quick Start recipes when they ask, “What food can I make for you?”

Happy eating, ladies! Hang in there! You can do it! ;) 

Quick Start Recipes

Appetizers & Snacks
Black Bean Dip
Restaurant Style Salsa
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Soft Pretzels

Doctor's Orders
Raging Hormone
Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberry Watermelon Slush

Breads & Muffins
Apple Cranberry Bread
Basic White Bread for the Bread Machine
Beer Bread
Easiest Focaccia
I Can't Believe It's Reduced-Fat Whole Wheat Banana Bread
Morning Glory Muffins
No-Knead Wheat Bread
Pumpkin Muffins
Strawberry Bread

Desserts - Cakes & Cupcakes
Busy Day Chocolate Cake
Harvest Snack Cake
Orange Cake
Wacky Cake
White Cake

Desserts - Cookies & Sweet Treats
Cocoa Crinkle Cookies
Granola Bites

Desserts - Creamy Delights
Coconut Tapioca Pudding
Hawaiian Popsicles
Lime Honeydew Sorbet

Desserts - Pies & Such
Cranberry-Apple Oatmeal Crisp

Main Dishes - Beef
Armenian Beef Kebabs
Beef Curry
Chili Mac
Grilled Flank Steak with Garlic-Parsley Sauce
One-Pot Spaghetti

Main Dishes - Fish & Seafood
Simple Salmon
Shrimp Scampi
Tuscan Salmon Pasta

Main Dishes - Pork
Crock Pot Ham and Beans
Cuban Fried Rice
Fried Rice with Ham
Pasta with Peas and Bacon
Pork Chops Marsala
Pork Harvest Medley
Roast Pork Loin with Carrots and Mustard Gravy
Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops with Quinoa
Sweet and Sour Country Ribs

Main Dishes - Poultry
Balsamic Chicken
Beer Can Chicken
Coconut Chicken Curry
Curry Chicken
Grilled Lemon Turkey Cutlets
Roasted Chicken Breasts
Salsa Chicken
Slow-Cooked Chicken Drumsticks with Lemon & Herbs
Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs
Sweet-and-Sour Stir-Fried Chicken

Main Dishes - Vegetarian
Fusilli in Broccoli and Pine Nut Sauce
Lemon Angel Hair
Red Kidney Bean Curry

Salads & Dressings
Asian Cabbage Slaw
Balsamic Pasta Salad
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Carrot-Cumin Slaw
Corkscrew and Tomato Salad
Corn, Orzo and Basil Salad
Couscous Tabbouleh
Fruit Salad
Gazpacho Salad
Green Salad with Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette
Israeli Couscous Salad with Summer Vegetables
Melody's Spinach Salad
Orange Chicken Pasta Salad
Santa Fe-Style Quinoa Salad
South of the Border Pasta Salad
Summer Succotash Salad
Sunday Best Fruit Salad
Taco Salad
Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Sauces & Seasonings
All-Purpose Marinade
Basil Pesto Sauce
Homemade Chili and Taco Seasoning

Side Dishes & Vegetables
Asparagus with Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette
Crash Hot Potatoes
Grilled Asparagus
Grilled Cauliflower
Grilled Potatoes and Onions
Marinated Grilled Vegetables
Mexican Rice
Oven Chili Fries
Pasta with Garlic and Oil
Pasta Puttanesca
Potato Green Bean Medley
Roasted Tri-Color Vegetables
Skillet-Roasted Potatoes
Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Soups & Stews
Chicken and Black Bean Chili
Cowboy Stew
Nearly Free Chicken Stock
Sally's Split Pea Soup
Simple, Perfect Chili
Spicy Tomato Soup
Turkey Pumpkin Chili