GFCF Recipes

GFCF Recipes


Finally -- an encyclopedia of help for us GFCF people

Finally, there is a book that covers the use of diet in treating our children with developmental disorders, such as PDD and ADHD, etc. It's called The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions.

And, who else would write such a book other than Karyn Seroussi and Lisa Lewis.

I don't like to use this blog to promote too many items (unless they're very worthy), but this is one of those things.

You can read more about the book, and buy a copy, from Sarpsborg Press by clicking here.

Karyn's also promoting the book at a new Facebook group that she's formed called "Special Diets for Autism & Related Disorders."

This is the kind of book that should answer a lot of those questions about what foods contain gluten and what foods are beneficial, and why? So, I'd recommend taking a look at this book.


Happy 2009!

I just wanted to take a minute and say how much I enjoyed sharing with all of you in 2008 and how great it was to meet -- electronically -- so many people. This blog started as a simple way to share recipes with people who most likely were in the same boat as us. As many of you know, I have two daughters diagnosed with PDD and we embraced a gluten and casein free diet to help. And, it has helped.

This blog has grown tremendously -- way beyond what I ever imagined. It's not really a source of income for us. I've not made a dime from it yet. But, that never was the point. The point was to try and help, just as so many people have helped us.

I'd like to share a few facts about how many people this blog has reached in 2008:

- 13,682 visitors, or roughly 38 visitors every day.

- those visiting the blog live in 84 countries. The countries with the most visitors were 1) U.S., 2) Canada, 3) Australia, 4) Philippines and 5) the U.K.

- some other countries that might surprise you: Malaysia, Iceland, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Panama, Portugal, Brazil, Pakistan, Israel, Norway, Turkey, China, Qatar, Estonia, Venezuela, Bahamas, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Anguilla, Iraq, Kenya, Faroe Islands, Malta, Chile, Iran and Latvia.

- The city with the most visits in 2008 was Burnsville, Minnesota.

- This blog holds the top Google ranking under the "gfcf recipes" search and the fifth spot under the "gluten casein free recipes" search.

So, thanks to all of you for making this such a wonderful experience. I hope you've taken something worthwhile from this site and I hope to meet more of you in 2009.



Spicy spinach

Getting my kids to eat fruits and vegetables is a real chore. I know that many PDD/ADHD kids are fussy with food and it's extremely difficult getting them to try new things. I've had a little success in this area, mostly by setting clear rewards for their attempts at trying new things. I mostly don't make a big deal out of the new food and I hardly ever call it -- at first -- by its real name.

I'll provide this example, since it leads to the very easy recipe that follows. One night recently, I served dinner to my kids, burgers and potatoes, and then I sat down with the same food plus a small pile of cooked spinach. My oldest quickly asked, what is that? Without missing a beat, I said, It's spicy spinach, honey. I kept eating.

A minute later, she said, Can I try some? I gave her a small bite from my fork. She asked for more. Then, I asked if she wanted some on her plate. She did.

I know, this approach doesn't always work. But, it does sometimes.

And, I've learned to use what's given to me as an advantage. My kids love spicy food. So, I make a lot of spicy things. And so, here is my quick recipe for spicy spinach. Feel free to modify.

- 1 package of chopped spinach, frozen
- black pepper
- sea salt
- ground red pepper
- chili powder
- Italian seasoning or oregano

So, I think this is obvious. Boil until cooked through in a pan with a little water. Add the spices and mix. Serve. Try it -- you might be surprised.