Candida Diet Recipes
Easy and Nutritious Candida Diet Recipes
Candida causes a large number of symptoms, the majority of which are extremely uncomfortable and disruptive.
Diet plays a very important role in both causing and relieving the symptoms of Candida.
We've put together a list of healthy recipes and meal ideas to help you eat delicious and nutritious foods while eliminating Candida.
Candida Diet Recipes - Breakfast.
Eggs make a wonderful breakfast and if you’re watching your cholesterol then remove some of the egg yolks. The whites are a lean source of protein.
Omelets, scrambled eggs, eggs over easy and hard boiled eggs all help to make a balanced and nutritious breakfast – a breakfast that doesn’t feed your Candida. Here’s a sample breakfast recipe to try.
Omelet with Bell Peppers
• 1/2 onion, diced
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 4 eggs, beaten
• 1 tbsp butter or margarine
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped
• 1 green bell pepper, chopped
• 1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
Saute the onion in olive oil until soft and then add the bell peppers and saute for another minute until soft. Combine the sautéed onions and peppers with your beaten eggs.
Add mixture to a large non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray pour. Season with garlic powder and cook until the bottom of the eggs are lightly golden brown. Fold in halve and cook until eggs are firm.
Candida Diet Recipes - Lunch.
Lunch is typically a sandwich however if you’re unable to eat yeasty breads then lunch may suddenly become a challenge. Tasty chicken and tuna salads are a great solution, instead of bread eat them with greens and/or rice cakes. Here’s a sample chicken salad recipe to try.
• 4 cups minced cooked chicken
• 1 cup minced celery
• 1/4 cup minced onion
• 1/4 cup minced pecans
• 1/4 cup minced cucumber
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• Salt and pepper
Mix together the chicken and four following ingredients in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise mixture by tablespoons to the chicken mixture.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and let chill for an hour in the refrigerator. Serve on a bed of mixed greens or spinach and enjoy.
Candida Diet Recipes - Dinner.
Dinner is perhaps the most difficult daily meal to manage. It’s often easier to go out or order take out than to cook something everyone likes.
However, eating out is difficult on a candida diet. The good news is that fish and pasta are both tasty and easy to cook foods.
Here’s a great candida diet recipe for fish that’s chock full of nutrients and a great addition to a candida free diet.
Seared Tuna Steak with White Bean and Tomato Salad
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 (6-ounce) tuna steaksSalad:
• 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
• 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 (16-ounce) can cannellini or great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed
• Pinch salt
• 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 12 cherry tomatoes, sliced in 1/2
• 1 plum tomato, for garnish
Prepare steaks in advance by combining the ingredients and pouring into a large zip top plastic bag.
Place the steaks in the bag with the marinade and let sit for 10-30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Sear steaks on a hot cast iron for two minutes a side then place skillet and steaks in oven for 5 minutes.
Prepare the salad. Heat two tablespoons of oil and sauté shallots for five minutes. Add the beans, stock, rosemary, and pepper and cook for 7 to 8 minutes on low.
Remove pan from heat and gently fold cherry tomatoes into bean and shallot mixture.
Slice plum tomato into thin slices and place four slices on each plate. Top with steak and salad and enjoy.
Also, many dressing, condiments and sauces are made with some variation of dairy, sugar, wine and fermented products like soy sauce.
Because these are not allowed on the candida diet, it makes seasoning and saucing your foods a bit tricky. Here are a few recipes which you can use as the foundation for many other sauces and dressings.
• Two tablespoons of butter
• Two tablespoons of wheat flour
• One cup of cold potato water (the water left over after cooking potatoes)
• Step One – Melt the butter over medium high heat in a small sauce pan
• Step Two - Sprinkle two tablespoons of flour into the butter, stirring continuously
• Step Three – Stirring constantly, allow mixture to lightly brown.
• Step Four – Add 1 cup of potato water, stirring continuously with a wire whisk.
• Step5 - Continue stirring as gravy is brought to a boil and thickens
Yogurt is a spectacular foundation for dressings. It has a thick consistency and plain yogurt blends well with almost any flavors.
• 1 cup plain yogurt
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Note: This particular yogurt dressing is great for meat like chicken, lamb or turkey burgers. To dress a salad, blend yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. The ingredients can be blended and stored for a few days.
Ceasar salad dressing
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
• ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
• 1 Tablespoon mayo
• 1/3 cup olive oil
Put all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Dress your salads and even your steamed veggies with this one!
Most condiments contain a significant amount of sugar and sweeteners including ketchup, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Soy sauce and other Asian seasonings are fermented or contain fermented products which are contributors to Candida overgrowth. So what can you use?
• Unsweetened tomato paste
• Lemon and lime juice
• Herbs and mild spices
Seasoning your food while on the Candida diet can be tasty and fun. Many of these dressings, sauces, and gravies can be prepared in advance and then drizzled or dollopped onto your food as needed. Enjoy!
Eating well on a candida diet is possible. Tasty, nutritious meals can be whipped up in minutes and are sure to please your palate and anyone else you’re feeding. We hope these candida diet recipes help you get started. You can also find further candida diet recipes on our main candida diet pages.