The first thing that you want to do when beginning the GFCF diet is to set up a schedule, determining when you are going to eliminate groups of foods. For example, the very first week, we eliminated all extra sugar. Two weeks later, we slowly removed all dairy from our sons diet. During the following week, we began removing wheat products. You want a schedule that fits your child best, and always consult with your doctor.
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Finding and Altering Recipes
Sloppy joe's and chicken nuggets are a huge hit with my children. When you start this diet, you need to remember what the huge hits are in your home. To help make the transition as easy as possible for your kids, start with their favorites. The best rule of thumb is to serve it to them no less than four times before giving up on a recipe or new food. Most children will eat something new by the second or third time that you serve it to them.
A great resource is your local, hometown grocer. It will be a rare moment when something you need will be on the shelves. Mega grocers will not be likely to help. Most local grocers and health food stores will be happy to assist you. Simply give them a list of items you need, with the brand names.
When buying foods, you must always read the labels first, even if you've bought it a hundred times. GFCF foods have to be free from additives and preservatives. You're best to buy organic foods, but because it's organic, doesn't mean it's GFCF. Buy the freshest, most natural foods you can. Vegetables have to be fresh or frozen, as well as fruits. This ensures that there are no toxins sneaking into your foods as there are with canned foods.
A lot of GFCF foods can be frozen. This is a real help when you find yourself in a hurry. Noone wants to be in the kitchen, preparing food all day. Make batches of favorite foods and put single servings into freezer bags for a quicker lunch.
Since beginning the diet, we no longer use butter. Instead of frying with butter, we use olive oil. It's great when you're frying eggs or potatoes, and it's great for your skin and hair. Even if you are not on the GFCF diet, this is something you should consider doing, if only for the health benefits.
Many times recipes call for butter, or other things you cannot use. If a cookie recipe calls for 1 TBSP. of butter, I use 3/4 TBSP. olive oil, and 1/4 TBSP. honey. Most of the time it's the consistency that you need, not necessarily the exact ingredient.Nearly any recipe that you have can be made GFCF. Be creative!
A Few Good Recipes
2 C. Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free all purpose flour
1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl baking powder
2 Organic eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/3 C. Water
2 Tbsp. Bob's Red Mill white rice flour (for coating)
1 tsp. Sea salt
1 Tbsp. Bob's Red Mill xanthan gum
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 Tbsp. Honey
2 Tbsp. Flax seed
preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Mix rest in a separate bowl with a mixer. Add ingredients to dry, and mix slowly just until they're combined.Pour batter into bread pan coated with white rice flour. Bake 1 hour, or until golden brown and passes the fork test. Cool on rack. Can be frozen.
GFCF sloppy Joe's
2 lb. Lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/3 C. Heinz ketchup
2 Tbsp. Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. French's mustard
2 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1 Tsp. Garlic powder (McCormick's)
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Pepper
Cook hamburger and onion in skillet over med. heat until browned.Drain and return to skillet. In a medium bowl combine remaining ingredients. Add to hamburger and stir. Let simmer for twenty minutes and serve. Can be frozen.
GFCF Chicken Nuggets
6 Organic chicken breasts
2 C. Bob's Red Mill all-purpose baking flour
2 Tbsp. Pepper
2 Tbsp. Sea Salt
1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
1 Tbsp. Paprika
2 Organic eggs, slightly beaten
Rinse, dry and cut chicken breasts into nugget- sized pieces. Put eggs in a small bowl. In a mixing bowl, stir spices and flour together. Heat olive oil in frying pan over med. heat. Dip chicken into eggs, then flour mixture, and fry. Let cool on paper towels when golden brown. Can freeze.
Poor Man's Stew
About 10 potatoes rinsed, and quartered
1 package of cubed ham
1 large package of frozen green beans
Put all into crock pot and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for about 8 hours and serve.