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First off, let me say I am a foodie. I am very passionate about good food. I cooked professionally for several years. I was a very fussy eater as a child and have worked very hard to learn to appreciate all (vegan) foods.<br><br>
I have already had to cut bell peppers out of my diet because they give me the worst stomach pains. They were an integral part of diet and it was a struggle to stop using them.<br><br>
My issue is I am intolerant to onions. Onions are the base of almost every food I make. I don't mean that everything is onion-y - just that it is a key to my food tasting good. They add dimension and flavour to <i>everything</i>.<br><br>
What do you do without onions? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:">
 

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Dude. I would cry too. I'm pretty rabid_child has some onion issues, so maybe she will pop along with more helpful hints.<br><br>
Just today, I made soup with Baby G at work, and she says how good the onions smelled (sauteed in olive oil as part of the soup base). Can you tolerate similar things like shallots or green onions?
 

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Just today, I made soup with Baby G at work, and she says how good the onions smelled (sauteed in olive oil as part of the soup base). Can you tolerate similar things like shallots or green onions?</div>
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I'm not sure yet. This has been a very painful process of elimination, after years of chronic stomach pains. I seem to be following in the footsteps of my Grandma, who cannot eat any onions, shallots, garlic, (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:">), peppers, or any cruciferous vegetables. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't eat any of those foods....I think I would just live with the pain.
 

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Hing (asafoetida) is used in Indian cooking to imbue an oniony/garlicy flavor without using onions or garlic. <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/asafoetida-powder" target="_blank">http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/asafoetida-powder</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>*AHIMSA*</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2934076"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hing (asafoetida) is used in Indian cooking to imbue an oniony/garlicy flavor without using onions or garlic. <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/asafoetida-powder" target="_blank">http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/asafoetida-powder</a></div>
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I was just going to make the same suggestion. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> However, I've also heard that some people think that asafoetida stinks to high heaven. I have no personal experience with it myself.<br><br>
I intensely dislike raw onions. Cooked onions are fine with me, though.
 

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Hing (asafoetida) is used in Indian cooking to imbue an oniony/garlicy flavor without using onions or garlic. <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/asafoetida-powder" target="_blank">http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/asafoetida-powder</a></div>
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Oh, thank you! I will definitely check into that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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Oh yeah! We have some in our cupboard even. Doi. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">Wow that SUCKS! Life would out onions sounds so sad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">. I'm sorry.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I'm not sure yet. This has been a very painful process of elimination, after years of chronic stomach pains. I seem to be following in the footsteps of my Grandma, who <b>cannot eat any onions, shallots, garlic, (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:">), peppers</b>, <b>or any cruciferous vegetables</b>. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't eat any of those foods....I think I would just live with the pain.</div>
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NOOOO!! Not the garlic too!! I really hope you don't inherit all those intolerances. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that it doesn't happen.
 

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Oh how very sad! Pretty much all of my favorite recipes start with onions and garlic.<br><br>
In terms of adding flavor to dishes, some of the things I would try are: celery or celeriac, carrots, leeks, parsnips, chives, peppers, etc. Other than that I'd get creative with herbs and spices.<br><br>
ETA: Oops. Just saw you may also be having issues with peppers. So sad.
 

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Hing (asafoetida) is used in Indian cooking to imbue an oniony/garlicy flavor without using onions or garlic. <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/asafoetida-powder" target="_blank">http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/asafoetida-powder</a></div>
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It DOES stink to high heaven, but I have a recipe that calls for it, and if not available to use real garlic, so maybe that would be an opportunity. You don't use very much though.<br><br>
I'm sorry you're having to eliminate these foods from your diet, I would have such a hard time too cooking without the basics! Good luck, and I hope you don't have to remove all the foods your grandmother did.
 

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soooo sorry you have to deal with this......I have onions out of my life by choice I loathe them soooo much its been super easy to live w/o them.<br><br>
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They think that because it does. I know that's already been confirmed, I just wanna emphasize that it is very aromatic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Even as an omni, I always hated the taste of garlic, shallots, onions, leeks, etc.<br><br>
I still do to this day.<br><br>
HOWEVER, herbs and spices are my friends. I have many Indian, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan friends that keep introducing me to various herbs, leaves, spices, roots, etc. OK, while I don't use them daily or even monthly, I *DO* use them and my cooking is no weaker for omitting onions.<br><br>
True, some foods I eat have onion in them, but they are usually over-powered but cayenne or naga or something of that ilk.<br><br>
Embrace things like Tumeric, nutmeg, pilau, ginger, lemon grass, coriander, cumin.... these are the things I use and, honestly, they'll love you right back.
 

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Can't help you there I use onions and garlic for natural antibotics and natural remedies and I have to eat raw onions for my sinus problems. Have you tried the vidilea sweet onions before?
 

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wow im sorry thats rough, I doubt I would be able to live without onions :/
 

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Can't help you there I use onions and garlic for natural antibotics and natural remedies and I have to eat raw onions for my sinus problems. Have you tried the vidilea sweet onions before?</div>
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Can't say that I have, actually. I shall check them out. Thanks!
 

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Embrace things like Tumeric, nutmeg, pilau, ginger, lemon grass, coriander, cumin.... these are the things I use and, honestly, they'll love you right back.</div>
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Just what I was going to suggest.<br><br>
I don't use onions very much, because I find that they overshadow other flavors.<br><br>
I like crisp cucumber slices or seeded tomato slices instead of onions on sandwiches and veggie burgers.<br><br>
I use ghee, coconut, and olive oils in cooking, which impart a lot of taste.
 

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By the way, I'm not Indian, but I lived there for a couple of years. Did you know that strict Brahmins often avoid onions? They are supposed to stir up your mind and not be good for yoga. So there may possibly be an upside. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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By the way, I'm not Indian, but I lived there for a couple of years. Did you know that strict Brahmins often avoid onions? They are supposed to stir up your mind and not be good for yoga. So there may possibly be an upside. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I didn't know that, but I'm adding that to my arsenal of reasons why I don't want to eat them from now on!
 

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NOOOO!! Not the garlic too!! I really hope you don't inherit all those intolerances. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that it doesn't happen.</div>
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Thank you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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In terms of adding flavor to dishes, some of the things I would try are: celery or celeriac, carrots, leeks, parsnips, chives, peppers, etc. Other than that I'd get creative with herbs and spices.<br><br>
ETA: Oops. Just saw you may also be having issues with peppers. So sad.</div>
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I'm not sure about chives and leeks just yet because they are closely related to onions. After a while, I will re-introduce them, and see. If it's OK, that'll be great because I wouldn't mind using leeks to replace all regular onions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>I Heart Corey Haim!!</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2934732"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
soooo sorry you have to deal with this......I have onions out of my life by choice I loathe them soooo much its been super easy to live w/o them.<br><br>
peace<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Do you avoid onions even as additives? I'm thinking of salsa specifically, and how hard it would be to find one without onions. I guess I can make fresh salsa...<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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They think that because it does. I know that's already been confirmed, I just wanna emphasize that it is very aromatic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I`m getting a bit worried about the, um, aroma of said product! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Grubnutter</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2934898"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Even as an omni, I always hated the taste of garlic, shallots, onions, leeks, etc.<br><br>
I still do to this day.<br><br>
HOWEVER, herbs and spices are my friends. I have many Indian, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan friends that keep introducing me to various herbs, leaves, spices, roots, etc. OK, while I don't use them daily or even monthly, I *DO* use them and my cooking is no weaker for omitting onions.<br><br>
True, some foods I eat have onion in them, but they are usually over-powered but cayenne or naga or something of that ilk.<br><br>
Embrace things like Tumeric, nutmeg, pilau, ginger, lemon grass, coriander, cumin.... these are the things I use and, honestly, they'll love you right back.</div>
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I`ve amassed quite an arsenal of spices lately, and will have to keep adding, I think. Lemongrass is on the grocery list!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>peacefulveglady</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2935216"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Can't help you there I use onions and garlic for natural antibotics and natural remedies and I have to eat raw onions for my sinus problems. Have you tried the vidilea sweet onions before?</div>
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I love vidalia onions, but unfortunately, for me, it`s not the strength of the taste of the onion. I still have a couple, calling my name....<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>LactoVeggieMan</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2935705"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
By the way, I'm not Indian, but I lived there for a couple of years. Did you know that strict Brahmins often avoid onions? They are supposed to stir up your mind and not be good for yoga. So there may possibly be an upside. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I did know that some people avoided onions and garlic for spiritual reasons. I wish I could find a silver lining here, but I`m still being dragged away from my delicious onions kicking and screaming. I don`t do yoga, but I do do Pilates, which has some basis in yoga, so I will hope that it will improve my performance! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Thank you everyone for your help. What a challenge!
 
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