3 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes
"What do you mean that you have to eat gluten-free and dairy-free? Those products come from the earth and an animal." This is often the question that many people have who do not have sensitivities to food. They actually think that someone is strange, crazy, or they have a weak stomach if they cannot eat the traditional American way. But, when you have to make the switch to this lifestyle, despite the ridicule, it is necessary to get good quality gluten-free, dairy-free, recipes.
My sons were born allergic to dairy. It took me awhile to figure out that reality, and my oldest son suffered for two years with unnecessary severe congestion. He was constantly congested, had red eyes, and was sick all of the time. When I finally realized what I was doing to him, I quickly began to cook dairy free. The challenge was that I grew up on a dairy farm, and I also married a dairy farmer. What is the irony in that? I had to cook in a way that was completely against how I was raised and also against my husband's occupation. Many asked, "How do you cook without milk, especially when you have access to an endless supply?" I would tell them that I had to change recipes to accommodate for my sons' health and it was worth it to see him healthy.
Then, years later, my two young daughters were diagnosed with epilepsy at the same time. I asked the neurologist if diet had anything to do with seizures. He denied that theory. So, despite his denial, I went home and did some research. I was determined to improve the health of my sickly daughters. Through a lengthy search, I went out on a limb and put them on a gluten-free diet as well as a dairy-free diet. I decided to put myself on that diet as well. Now, I only cook gluten-free, dairy-free, recipes. It has simply taken some time to get used to this change, and with a lot of experimenting, some fabulous dishes have been found.
One of my favorite meals includes a potato soup that is made with coconut milk. The other ingredients that are required are some vegetables, salt, pepper, paprika, and cornstarch. It is so easy and meets the special needs of my family. Another favorite of mine is a homemade honey barbeque sauce. We use it on chicken, meatloaf, and meatballs. It only contains a few ingredients including, ketchup, mustard, honey, coconut aminos, salt, pepper, and chili powder.
What about desserts? I have found that those are the most challenging, since most tasty desserts contain flour. How do I make a good dessert without wheat? That one is a lot harder. I have come up with some good combinations. I like to make chocolate covered almonds. The ingredients that are needed for this combination are dark chocolate chips, peanut butter, an all natural butter spread, vanilla, and almonds. It is a simple recipe and does not require flour.
I did come up with a way to make a banana cream pie that falls into the gluten-free, dairy-free, recipe category. It took a long time to find the kind of ingredients that would make it taste good, but at last it worked. I use coconut milk, eggs, a gluten-free flour blend, evaporated cane juice crystals, natural butter spread, and vanilla. This combination filled a void for the flour that I used to eat.
When it comes to changing the way you eat, it is worth it to make a sacrifice and find quality all natural gluten-free, dairy-free, recipes. It does not matter if others think that you are strange for going against the American diet. What matters is your health and how you feel. If you have sensitivity to foods, take the plunge and find new ways to cook that will accommodate this new lifestyle.