By ecrowl on May 20, 2012
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Kiwi Magazine's cookbook release in New York City. It was great to connect with the Kiwi staff and other Mom Ambassadors at a fun venue as well as taste some of the delicious recipes from the book not to mention take home my very own copy.
In this bright and colorful cookbook, Allergy-Friendly Food For Families, you will find 120 recipes that consider five of the most common allergies: egg, gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts. "Welcome to the '-free' life," the introduction begins and provides information and FAQ regarding kids and allergies.
Crisp photographs feature fun recipes that are easy to follow and contain only a handful of ingredients. This is important for the busy mom/caregiver! There are convenient color-coded tabs for gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, and soy free. Most recipes are free of at least three of these allergens if not all five. This makes it a cinch to pick and choose according to your family's needs.
Also scattered throughout the book are useful tips and creative ideas such as what to do with leftovers and suggestions for cooking with kids. In addition, there is a thorough guide on how to stock a natural and allergry-free pantry from grains to flours to sweeteners as well as brand suggestions and where to find ingredients used in the recipes.
This cookbook is not only for allergy-minded families but offers creative creative alternatives to everyday favorites. The following sums up the cookbook's mission:
Wouldn't it be great to have a stable of recipes that everyone in the family will want to eat -- not just the one with the allergy who has to eat it? Now you do. These recipes are nutritious, delicious, and safe. No one will feel left out, no one will go searching for something else after dinner's over -- and no one will feel like a short order cook. (73).
For example, take the Polenta Mini Pizzas (p. 201), also featured in the Kiwi Magazine April/May 2012 issue. Last week for our Friday Family Pizza Night I thought I'd change it up and add the little mini pizzas to the mix. They were a hit! As the recipe notes, the corn based polenta has a sweet taste which many kids enjoy.
While we do not have any known allergies in our family, the cookbook is incredibly useful as it offers a plethora of refreshing ideas for all occasions from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. And, chances are if you don't have allergies in your family, you know someone who does so this becomes an excellent resource and complement to the other cookbooks on your shelf or recipe staples. You can check out the "party" section and make your child's next birthday or celebration a fun and allergy friendly occasion.
I love to bake and am always experimenting in an effort to make healthy yet tasty alternatives to the traditional bread, muffin, cookie, or cake. I can't wait to dig in and try some more recipes from the breakfast, dessert, and party sections. I often substitute almond flour but would like to try my hand with other baking ingredients such as brown rice flour and tapioca starch.
The Whole-Wheat Lemon Shortbread on page 130 (featured above) served with fresh berries made a delectable spring treat for our dinner guests this week. My toddler son kept asking for more "cake" and even my only-chocolate-dessert-loving husband raved about this one!
Also on my list to make are:
- apple-cinnamon swirl bread, p.3
- blueberry corncakes, p.6
- carrot cake breakfast cookies, p.10
- strawberry rhubarb muffins, p.16
- raspberry oat bars, p.129
- i-cant-believe-it's-not-buttercream chocolate cake, p.185 (for my chocolate loving guys)
- wholesome vanilla ice cream, p.193 (uses tahini, bananas, and coconut/rice milk -- I'm soooo curious about this one!)
Kiwi Magazine is sponsoring a giveaway! Simply leave a comment (must be on original post) indicating why you would like to have this cookbook. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a copy of the cookbook, Allergy-Friendly Food for Families!
Enter by midnight EST on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012. Winners announced on on the blog onThusday, May 24th, 2012.
To find out more, visit the website: allergyfriendlycooking.com
"Allergy-Friendly Food for Families is a practical all-around family resource. From easy & fun recipes to creative ideas for cooking with kids and a 'pantry stocking guide,' this serves as a wonderful complement to your recipe staples." --Erika Crowl