Special/Alternative Diets

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If you have special dietary needs, such as diabetes, nut allergies, gluten or dairy intolerance, it can be difficult to find foods that are “safe” and also taste good.  For many of us, eating out is not really an option. So you have to cook for yourself, but it can be frustrating especially when it seems as if you cannot eat anything that tastes good.  I really missed pizza!  But with some time and a lot of reading, I found many alternatives and hopefully this will help you too.

There are many cookbooks at the library that not only have recipes for people with special dietary needs, but the food is quite good!  Here is a list of some of my favorite cook books and recipes.

  • The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen by Laura Russell – The Japanese Curry recipe is really good, especially on a cold winter’s day. I want to try the Gingery Pork Pot Stickers next.
  • The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook by Carrie Forbes – The Tuscan Potato, Kale & Sausage Soup is a copy cat recipe of a soup from a well-known Italian restaurant. It is pretty tasty.
  • Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger, M.D. – Even if you don’t want to do the cleansing diet, there are some very good recipes in this book. My family and I really enjoyed the Turkey Chili and the Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon. These recipes are gluten and dairy free.
  • Paleo Desserts by Jane Barthelemy – I haven’t had the opportunity to try anything from this book yet but the German Chocolate Cake recipe sounds really good. The author notes that many of the recipes are diabetic friendly and also gluten and dairy free.
  • The Cheesy Vegan by John Schlimm – Dairy-free cheese just doesn’t sound right, but looking through this book may help to change your mind.

Do you have a food intolerance or allergy?  Have you tried any of the recipes from these books?  If so what did you like?  If not, do you have any recommendations or time-saving tips on food preparation?  Please share them with us.