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Raising Healthy Gluten-free Children

Monday, August 14th, 2017

With all allergy children, it takes hours of diligent care and awareness to keep these children healthy and safe.  Educating your children, their playmates, parents, care-givers, and teachers is critical.  You cannot assume anything with individuals outside your sphere.  As an example, one night my husband and I went out to dinner.  I explained to the babysitter that the boys could not have any form of wheat and showed her the acceptable foods for the boys.  After we left, the babysitter told  the boys ” Let’s get pizza, that not wheat it’s flour. ”  I can thank the California State Education system for her lack of education.

With meals, it is important to make your meals healthy, tasty and colorful.  Using colorful vegetables and meals with gluten-free ingredients is very important.  There are many items available today that were not around before.  Still knowing how to cook is very important.  An example is gluten-free pasta, you can make great pasta meals with this type of pasta.  You just need to understand that this pasta may need to cook longer, that you do not cook it al a dente, and it generally will not do well as a left-over.  Other tricks are great breadcrumbs for cooking cutlets like those in  Chicken Parmesan.  Use a bread crumb mixture like gluten-free Aleias, a combination of white rice flour and sorghum flour for dipping the meat in flour if needed, and real Romano cheese (made from sheep) instead of Parmesan cheese.  You can make spaghetti with meatballs, you just have to make the meatballs yourself.  I hope the gluten-free type will come out soon.  Until then make enough for more than one dinner and freeze the rest.

Try to include your children with preparing dinners.  Since our schools systems have minimal classes on nutrition or where food comes from (At least in my state).  It is important to not only teach them how to cook but where food comes from.  Planting a garden, is a great idea.  It really helps with a picky eater, who might try something they grew. These children need this type of instructions because there will be a 39% to 50% chance that their children will also have these allergies. The more the children participate in food preparation for meals, the more they will be educated on their needs and will be ready to face all the challenges that their allergies cause as they grow into adults.

Gluten-free Holiday Meals Are Getting Easier To Do

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

The supermarkets and health food stores in this country are making gluten-free meals easier.  I still remember in the 70′s and 80′s when I had make everything from scratch.  Now with pre-made flours, baking mixes, and breadcrumbs everything is pretty much a snap to cook.  When my kids were young they used to sneak cookies from their friends houses.  Now gluten-free cookies are tasty and most individuals including children cannot tell the difference between gluten-free and flour based cookies.

Holiday meals are easier.  Before in my book “Food to Some, Poison to Others”, with my stuffing recipe on page 102, you had to make your own bread for the stuffing.  Now you can just buy the bread loaf (I like Udi).  True the breads are smaller than home-made but they are also less yeasty tasting.  Just add an other loaf to make up the difference in size.  I still do not like the gravy dry mixes.  I still taste an “after taste” with the package brands.  I recommend to still use my gravy recipe on page 180. Instructions are in the recipe for preparing the gravy to a certain point ahead of time(keeps for about a week) and then adding your thickener, be it arrowroot or corn starch on Thanksgiving (or Christmas).  Gluten-free turkeys are not longer a problem, gluten-free crusts and rolls can be found in the frozen section of the market.  Gluten-free desserts are all the rage now and very easy to find.  I like to make crab cakes for appetizers as one of my Thanksgiving appetizers.  I use Aleias gluten-free breadcrumbs which come “plain or Italian seasoning”. The morning after I usually make gluten-free pancakes or waffles.  My grandchildren cannot taste the difference.  With all the great additions in the supermarket, you the parent,  have time to enjoy the Holidays instead of being trapped in the kitchen baking.  Happy Holidays!