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Four of the best grain free recipe sites

I love to cook and I love food!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you will know that creating great food in our house is a regular occurrence. My boys are learning a life skill that I am sure their future partners will thank me for one day!

That said, I don’t always do the creating.  There are some fabulous resources out there, and when you are trying to redefine your relationship with food after the diagnosis of a chronic illness, the more choices the better.

Everyone’s dietary needs, time and budget are different.

These are some of my favourite sites/cookbooks.  Each one is a little different. The one thing they have in common is, all the recipes are grain free, some are dairy free, they are full of flavour, fast and easy to make.

Elana’s Pantry

https://elanaspantry.com/all-recipes/

Elana Amsterdam lives in the US and has managed celiac disease and multiple sclerosis naturally for over 20 years.  She has created many cookbooks and recipes that she shares with her tribe.  The hallmark of her recipes is in their simplicity and deliciousness.  Generally, 7 ingredients or less.

My eldest turned 14 the other day and Elana’s Pantry was a great source of birthday inspiration.  Mr 14 was more than happy to extend his food preferences to include his party and when the boys came back for second and third helpings, I knew we were winning.  I was so happy to know that they enjoyed the food and the party and didn’t go home with that nasty sugar high (and crash) that so often goes with birthday parties.

Quirky Cooking

https://www.quirkycooking.com.au/

If you have a Thermomix then you will have heard of Jo Whitton and Quirky Cooking. If not, you can thank me later.  Quirky Cooking started as a blog about 10 years ago and has now grown into so much more.  Jo’s son has had his own journey with serious mental health issues that they have treated through healing his gut.  Jo is incredibly inspirational.

I used Jo’s dairy free chocolate mousse recipe as one of my first recipes to start to win my boys over to a different way of eating.  They had watched my journey closely and had seen for themselves the power of food in my healing and were curious, but resistant.  Jo’s chocolate mousse was one of those treats that helped them on their way.

Wholefood Simply

https://wholefoodsimply.com/

Bianca is the brains behind Wholefood Simply.  She has many kid friendly sweets and treats, the peanut butter balls are yummy and she has a lot of nut free, school friendly snacks.

Deliciously Organic

https://deliciouslyorganic.net/

I stumbled across Carrie Vitt very early in my grain free journey and it was life saver.  Her cook book – The Grain Free Family Table is fantastic and is a great starting point, with a lot of family friendly meals like chicken nuggets and pizzas.  Still sometimes foods, but they made my life so much easier.  I still make a variation of her meatloaf recipe regularly.  I have so many favourites from this book.  She uses a lot of dairy in her recipes as that suits her health needs.  It doesn’t work for me, but I find I can adapt or she has provided a recommended adaptation for dairy free in most of her recipes.

 

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Tracie is a certified Health and Wellness Coach, Member of the Institute of Complimentary Therapists, holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and has spent over 20 years driving change at all organizational levels in the corporate space, with small businesses and more recently with individuals looking to live a thriving, fulfilling life.