Adhering to a restricted diet is difficult. It means paying attention – all the time. It means meal planning and food preparation where you might have relied on convenience foods before. It can be exhausting.
In addition to the mental energy required to stay on top of a special diet, there is also the vast new set of unfamiliar ingredients that seem to be necessary. Gluten‑free flour mixes usually require not only 5 or more flours to combine, they also require such unusual things as xantham gum or guar gum. It can be expensive to set up an allergy-friendly pantry.
But you can set up an allergy-friendly kitchen with normal products from a normal grocery store.
The Simplified Dinners eBook gives you a basic introduction to gluten & dairy free cooking, a simple master pantry list of staples, and instructions for making 16 different meal types (each of which list 3-9 variations). It is all you need to complete the entire menu-plan to dinner-on-the-table process!
This book is primarily designed for 4 different types of people:
And after going to all the trouble of thinking through the menu and buying specialty ingredients, it’s disheartening when the food really isn’t all that good. Let’s face it, gluten- and dairy-free pizza simply can’t be anything remotely like pizza. When we were on an elimination diet, all our attempts to replace our previous wheat- and dairy-heavy foods with gluten- and dairy-free versions were disappointing. Such foods left us reminiscing about the foods we used to eat. Finally, I realized that I should just prepare the gluten‑free normal foods we were used to rather than try to discover substitutions for sandwich bread and pizza. My husband is a meat and potatoes guy anyway, and meat and potatoes can easily be prepared gluten- and dairy-free without tasting inferior. This approach helped us to no longer feel deprived.
So the philosophy behind this gluten and dairy free meal system is to focus on the normal-diet foods that don’t require trips to the health food store or mixes of 5 substitutions for flour. These days, even regular grocery stores carry rice noodles, and most companies include whether or not their products are gluten free on their label.
So the dinners in this plan center on foods that can be prepared using basic staples from a normal grocery store.
Here are the meals included in the gluten‑free dairy‑free edition of the eBook: