Going Gluten Free (and dairy free too!)

No, I am not going gluten free. I remain the self proclaimed queen of challah and all delicious carbs. But my sister was recently diagnosed with a gluten and dairy allergy, and so researching and coming up with creative meal and snack ideas for her has been my latest project.

It suddenly seems that everyone has a gluten allergy and that gluten free baking and eating and packaged foods are everywhere, no? I am not sure I buy into it. But it’s not my stomach, I love my sister and so I will do whatever I can to be supportive.

Last week week Chocolate-covered-Frozen-Banana-PB-Bites-1024x1024we made a version of these Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Bites. Ours didn’t turn out quite as beautiful as these, but we will be working on round two this weekend and I remain hopeful. We also decided to sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt on top of each one. You know I love anything sweet and salty! And regardless of how pretty they were (or were not) they were delicious!

In my recipe searching I also came across a recipe for these Gluten Free Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Chip Cookies which look simple and yummy.

On Whole Foods website, as well as others like Epicurious, you can search recipe according to ingredients and special diet, which is how I came across this Dairy-Free Rice Pudding recipe.

Friends and foodies have been sending me ideas for recipes for my sister including Spaghetti Squash Bolognese and this Vegan Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili, both sound hearty and healthful, And while I keep suggesting different combinationsof entree salads, my sister insists salad can get boring after awhile, and so I am now on the lookout for non-salad lunch and dinner options. (got any good ones? send them my way!)

I fully recognize my shortcomings in the area of a restrictred diet such as this, but I did find a great list of bloggers who ARE the experts. Check out this list of 10 Inspiring Blogs for Gluten Free Food & Cooking from The Kitchn.

You can also get specifically kosher, gluten free recipes from Rella Kaplowitz of The Penny Pinching Epicure including her recipe for Mini Yogurt Muffins featured on The Nosher last week!

Got a good gluten free, dairy free recipe for us? Please comment below and let us know! We are on the lookout and can’t wait to get some more creative ideas to stay satisfied and healthy.

Posted on June 18, 2013

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