I’ve a love/hate relationship with Nightshades – I love to eat them, but then I regret it. I first became aware of my nightshade intolerance when pregnant with Kieran, and suddenly I couldn’t eat tomatoes. After the second trimester, though, I could eat them again without a problem. Then I fell pregnant with Charlotte, and my reaction was worse. Once she was born, I could eat them again. The reaction again intensified once pregnant with Leo, and so I decided to just avoid tomatoes altogether.
Enter my love of peppers. Actually, I’ve always loved peppers, but with tomatoes out of the picture my consumption of peppers has increased. I discovered that roasted red peppers could be used instead of tomatoes, with delicious results, meaning korma and pasta bakes were back on the menu. Everything was great.
or so I thought. I don’t react as violently as I do to tomatoes, but I have noticed I sometimes feel a little icky after eating Nightshades. Usually I feel fine, though. The one who doesn’t feel fine is Leo. I had noticed he was getting more upset after meals, and it finally occurred to me that he might have an intolerance to nightshade plants. As it turns out, there’s a possible connection between nightshades and gallbladder problems. So, once I use what I already have on hand, I will try cutting out Nightshades completely to see if it helps. If anyone has good nightshade-free recipes, I’d love to hear about them.