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!
A Plan with Broad Appeal
This book serves 4 different needs:
- Those wanting to test out a gluten and dairy free diet for health reasons, but who would rather not invest in a whole new set of ingredients and cooking skills.
- Those who have adopted a gluten and dairy free diet, but are tired of experiments and want a fall back resource for basic meals.
- Those who normally eat gluten and dairy free but will be feeding non-restricted friends or family who are skeptical of “strange” foods.
- Those who do not have food restrictions, but want to serve friends or family who are; these meals will work for everyone.
Only Basic, Normal Foods
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.
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.
These dinners center on foods that use basic staples from a normal grocery store.
List of Meals
Here are the meals included in the gluten‑free dairy‑free edition of the eBook:
- Slow-Cooker Roasts
- Slow-Cooker, No-Defrost Chicken Pieces
- Skillet Cutlets with Pan Sauces
- Marinades for Grilling or Broiling
- Foil-Packet Fish
- Stovetop Pasta
- Bean Pots
- Lentils over Rice
- Taco Bar
- Burritos or Enchiladas
- Oven Omelette
- Simple Stir-fry
- Potato Hash
- Baked Potato Bar
- Bean Soups
- Blended Vegetable Soups
- Quick Soups
- Main Dish Salads
- Vegetable Side Dishes
- Side-Dish Salads
- Starchy Side Dishes
- Gluten- & Dairy-Free Desserts