As soon as we decided to give the dairy free a go as well as our gluten free diet I knew I needed a recipe book to keep the variety going……otherwise we’d be eating rice or gluten free pasta every night for dinner and I’d be stuck for lunches. Special Diets for Special Kids had lots of reviews on Amazon and they had combined 2 volumes into 1 with over 200 recipes. And it’s a big book with 375 pages full of information and recipes.
Chapter 1 is devoted to Why Special Diets. A question I often get asked. Chapter 2 is about testing and nutritional supports which is what we’re going through now with our paediatrician and Chapter 3 is How and What to feed your child. For most people getting the gluten and dairy out of our diets is a massive change and we have to rethink how we cook.
The recipes in the book are family friendly and easy to make. You won’t need loads of fancy ingredients but you will need to overhaul your pantry to get the regular flours out and the gluten free ones in as well as dairy substitutes. The baking section of the book is great with bread recipes including yeast free, maple rice bran muffins, blueberry muffins, rolls, a tortilla recipe and cookies. A few recipes that I’ll be making straight away include gluten free spring rolls, honey buckwheat pitas, world’s easiest chicken dumplings, mac and cheese, crispy baked drumsticks, gingerbread people, a jewish cookie recipe (there is a section of the book with several jewish recipes), zebra cake, choc chip cookies and granola. There are also some recipes to make your own dairy free milk, sauces and condiments too.
This really is a book that helps you get started and maintain a gluten free casein free diet in your home and for me helps me feed lots of little people and keep everyone in the family happy with variety and foods that they love. The book also comes with a CD of printable recipes and I found the best price on fishpond in the end. There are fancier books out there which I also have like Cooking for Isaiah, The dairy free and gluten free kitchen and Against All Grain but I just know that this one is going to be my go to book during the week when I need to get dinner on the table or make elodie’s lunchbox as everything is easy and what she will eat.
So keep an eye out for this one if you’re new to special diets and give it a go. I’m really happy with it and about to sit down and do some meal planning and list writing and try out some new recipes on the family tonight.