|Gluten Free Dairy Free Dinner Rolls.
In a previous post I mentioned that we are largely Gluten Free and Dairy Free. But we are also Casein Free and Soy Free as well. For now we are all doing this together. Its an All For One mentality in supporting the positive changes and creating good eating habits for his future. As he gets older, we will equip him to pick safe choices for himself in group or party atmospheres to stay on a path that works best for his own health. Which works out well as we all need to be able to resist certain foods and drinks from time to time.
The diet change has been remarkable for my son. Under his doctors direction and my careful research we are achieving small wins all the time. With each new little success, I am encouraged to continue trying new recipes and re working old recipes to suit my little guys needs and tastes.
His physical consequences to certain foods are abating. Digestive distress, skin rashes, ability to sleep more restfully and wake happy, and the general irritability that would naturally happen with a person experiencing all of the above are improving. I’m seeing sides to my little guy that I have not before. More comfortable, he is able to explore and express himself in ways he was unable to. It’s not a miracle, it’s work. The replicable, rewarding kind that matters to his future.
To that end, I am going to share my Gluten Free, Dairy Free Successes with you. In addition to my regular posts, I will post what foods I have been making for my son.
To start, I will go over some of the basics.
Apple Cider is your friend. It is in many baked breads and yeast raised confections. Get the good stuff as it will impart flavor and function to your creations.
Xanthan Gum helps with consistency and is used in many of your baked items.
A good gluten free flour mix is a must. You can buy it pre packaged at the store, (I like Bob’s Red Mill) however, I make my own mixture. Making your own ensures you know what is really in there and you are able to alter for taste.
Here is my base flour mix:
3c. brown or white rice flour
3c. corn starch or arrow root
1c. masa flour
From this mix I make most of the goodies I create for my little boy.
I make different variations of this depending on what I’m making using the same ratio.
Almond or rice milk is a must for those avoiding milk. I get mine at Costco. It is organic and GMO free.
Rice based, (or nut based) casein free cheese. I get mine in the vegan isle at my local grocery store. I generally choose pre shredded but it comes in bricks as well. If you choose to get a brick, chill in the freezer before shredding for use on pizza or in a pasta salad and such. I have made nut based cheese with great success in the past. It is tasty, melts and is rich in protein. Be careful to read ingredients. Some cheeses have ingredients you may be avoiding in the small print.
Gluten Free Pasta. It comes in all the regular shapes and sizes. It is generally made of white rice, brown rice, buckwheat or quinoa and cooks just like regular pasta.
Gluten Free/ Dairy Free breads and bread substitutes. Pre packaged GF/DF breads are readily available at most grocery stores and markets. I prefer to purchase mine in bulk at Costco because they freeze well, the price point is reasonable and it’s nice to pull out what I need from the freezer for on hand meals versus running out of necessities for my little guy. I have discovered bread machine recipes which turn out to be a tasty, fun activity with great success.
Alternate ingredients can brighten your day and add to nutrition. Buckwheat, Sorghum, Brown rice, Quinoa, Millet, Coconut, Chick Pea, Certified GF Oats (like from Bobs Red Mill) and Nut Flours are all alternatives to regular flour and great additions to your GF flour.
Consider making your own condiments. The most basic items such as ketchup, relish, kimchi, sauerkraut and even mustard and salad dressing have hidden gluten, dairy and other allergen irritators. Looking at labels is worth the time. However, easy to make recipes are all over the internet and easy to customize to need and taste preference.
Steady as she goes towards food goals and a healthier and happier little boy.
In whatever your goals are, I wish you the very best.