Seriously, I promise I’m not turning this into a food blog – but lately we’ve really been putting a lot of effort into eating gluten-free (and mostly casein-free, but that has admittedly been more circumstantial than intentional), so for the time being, that’s what autism looks like at our house. Plus we’ve gone from struggling to find Javier social opportunities, to having something for him to do almost every day of the week, in a pretty short amount of time – which is awesome! But tiring. Leaving me little energy left over for blogging. And so here I am, feeling the need to stay current, but not wanting to whine too much….So I’m sharing a few more recipes, sites, and resources we’ve been loving lately. I hope you’ll find something you can use here – and love! – so please enjoy.
So I think when you’ve made the decision to go GFCF, you spend a lot of time thinking about all the things you can’t have. I know I did. And this is wrong. Like most people, we started out eating pretty similarly to how we were eating before, but with substitutions. Swapping out regular pasta for gluten-free pasta, regular bread for gluten-free stuff, and…well you get the idea. Basically you’re still stuck on the same packaged crap from the supermarket that none of us should be eating anyway – only now it comes with a bigger price tag. So I decided to take it a step further, and announced that we would be giving up all grains. I know, it may sounds drastic – and it’s a big commitment, so don’t do it all at once – but since taking the plunge, I really feel like we’re on to something. I have been spending a bit more at the store, but since we’ve given up beer (made from grains!), the expense has kind of evened out.
This weekend, I made this delicious Apple Spice Coffee Cake from Against All Grain. Baked with almond flour, it was a huge success – which was encouraging, since only a few weeks ago we tried baking with coconut flour and weren’t “thrilled” with the results. Still plan to experiment in the future, but at this point – almond flour is definitely the way to go! For sweets, anyway. And you need your sweets.
Speaking of sweets, last week saw our first batch of sweet potato brownies. Yep, that’s what I said. Sweet Potato Brownies, recipe courtesy of PaleOMG, which happens to be one of my new favorite sites. Don’t be intimidated – the woman who writes this blog is exceptionally fit! But the blog is written with a very laid-back style. No preachiness here. Highly recommend. This recipe calls for only a few tablespoons of coconut flour – but don’t worry, this is not the recipe with the “questionable” outcome that I mentioned before.
Got a crock pot? Because we also tried this recipe from PaleOMG – Honey Ginger Apple Shredded Pork. To be honest, I don’t love pork. Bacon, of course – but I just have no real appreciation for pork roast, pork loin. Well except for those spiral cut flame crafted hams that they put out around Easter. You know, with that crunchy brown sugar glaze that’s all crunchy and sticky and oh my god……well, you know what I’m talking about. I love those. But other pork, not so much. But the family did love this recipe – and it makes your house smell wonderful!
So those are the big three that we really enjoyed this week. Other than that, it’s been a lot of experimentation and tinkering in the kitchen. I’m trying to pick out vegetables that I’ve let intimidate me in the past. Giant leafy chard-like greens are a new favorite. And we’ve discovered that if you’re not sure what to do with something, a little lemon juice and chopped-up bacon never seems to hurt.
Do you follow a gluten-free and/or casein-free diet? What foods are you loving lately?