Gluten Free Resources
By Org Junkie on September 12, 2009
I have been cooking gluten free for almost 10 years. My 10 year old son has severe food allergies and in addition to dairy, eggs, soy, fish and nuts, he is also allergic to gluten. To say I panicked in the beginning is an understatement and we literally fumbled our way through the first couple of years. Now thankfully it's just a way of life for us and we owe it all to a few simple resources.
The first thing I introduce people to that are struggling with the diet is the gluten free flour blend. This flour blend is by far the best substitute that I have found for regular flour and I'm able to sub it in to recipes cup for cup. I routinely make up a triple batch in a Ziploc bag and keep it in the fridge ready to pull out when I need it.
Gluten Free Flour Blend
1 cup brown rice flour
1 1/4 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup potato starch
2/3 cup tapioca starch
3/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 tsp xanthan gum
The second thing I highly recommend is the purchase of the book, Special Foods for Special Kids by Todd Adelman and Jodi Behrend. Of all the allergy cookbooks I have purchased and read over the years this one alone made all the difference in my ability to provide kid friendly, easy to make, safe alternatives for my son. You can find a few of the recipes from this book on my blog under Recipes - Allergy Free.
Thirdly, my favorite allergy website, Kids with Food Allergies. This site is absolutely amazing. The members are so supportive, the recipes shared are abundant and the resources supplied are out of this world. If you've never had the opportunity to check it out, I highly recommend you do.
Finally, I want to mention gluten free blogs. When I first started out on this journey I didn't have blogs to follow and learn from. I do now and there are so many wonderful gluten free blogs to choose from as you travel along this often scary food allergy or celiac path. Here are a few you many find particularly helpful.
A Year of Slow Cooking (many gluten free recipes available on this site)
I hope you find this list of resources helpful. Please feel free to share your own favorite gluten free resources in the comments below.
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