Getting delicious meals on the table is always a challenge. It’s never ending (people do want to eat every single day!) and let’s face it – it can be just one more chore at the end of a long day when you’re already exhausted.
But for some cooks, the challenge is even greater because they’re cooking meals for family members who suffer from food allergies, dietary limitations, or other digestive ailments. This takes mealtime planning and cooking to a whole new level. After all, preparing meals that taste great is awesome, but our families health and well-being is our primary concern.
I’m going to admit right up front that I know I’m lucky. At our house food allergies have not been a problem. But I didn’t realize how many people do suffer from food allergies. In fact, it’s estimated that 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies. Wow! I had no idea. At our house the most we’ve had to worry about is watching to be sure that we didn’t spice food too much because my father doesn’t handle overly spicy food very well any more.
And we thought we had it rough!
Today, instead of sharing a typical recipe from my kitchen, I wanted to share a few resources that may help readers whose recipe selections must always consider the needs of someone with allergies, illnesses, or dietary restrictions.
The Food Allergy Freedom Bundle will be on a flash sale on November 13-14. This is a unique bundle that’s offered at a “pay what you want” price. For as little as $1 you can purchase the bundle that includes several cookbooks to help those who are coping with allergies.
There is also going to be a course available to help you with your allergy-free cooking efforts depending on what you choose to pay. But for as little as $1, it’s worth a look if food allergies are a concern at your house. While it’s never been a concern at our house, our daughter has begun having some issues and had discovered that cutting certain foods out of her diet is helping her feel better. You just never know how a slight change in your cooking or eating habits might make a positive impact in your health.
We have some kitchen practices that are standard for us. We always make it a point to drain every drop of fat off of meat that we can. My mom always modeled this for us since my father had a heart attack at a young age and was told to cut as much fat as possible out of his diet.
We eat very little fried food. In addition to not needing the extra grease, I just don’t like cleaning up the mess that is left from frying. I guess this is one area where being a little lazy actually does help with our health!
But I know we’ve got a lot to learn in our kitchen to improve our own health and accommodate the needs of family members and guests.