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New to this gluten free, allergen-free cooking neighborhood?
The first thing I needed when I started this diet was information! How do I do this? What are all these crazy flours about? Where can I just get the basics like a good bread recipe? Where do I go?
As I go along, I’ll be compiling a list of soe great resources I’ve come across. They are all listed below and will be updated regularly.
The information in this blog is not to be construed as medical advice. Please understand that the use of the recipes and ideas displayed here are at your own risk. When preparing food for someone with allergies please speak to your doctor/ medical specialist first. Thank you.:)
If you are just starting out in this gluten-free world, Elana’s Pantry is a terrific landing spot. Her recipes are very simple, and very easy to follow. She uses no grain, and very little egg/dairy. She’s semi-paleo in her recipes. She uses no xanthan gum *yay*!
Paleo-inspired recipes, Kelly is completely grain free and refined sugar free. She does use eggs. Her recipes are simple, and follow a plan to help heal her autistic daughter’s gut. I love, love her recipes- check out her dairy free yogurt!
4- Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
This blog is one big adventure into gluten free whole foods cooking with so very many options. She suits a variety of diets and intolerances, I am always checking in to see what she’s up to.
If you are completely grain free and on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or Paleo, this is totally your spot. She’s a local blogger and a bit of an SCD legend. Her resources are thorough and meticulous and her recipes are totally do-able.
Do you have multiple allergies? COME HERE. A beautiful blog that has lots of recipes for multiple food allergies and intolerances- free of gluten, egg, soy, corn, yeast, citrus, tomato, potato, sugar, peanut, and dairy.The author fights lupus disease and gluten intolerance, amont other autoimmune challenges, so she totally gets it when it comes to sick. I love this blog.
Beautiful images, and so many allergen free recipes! I always come to this site to look around and see whats new… its so exciting to see the possibilities of what you can do, regardless of your allergies.
Are you looking to add more raw foods to your diet? Sick of Salad? This is your best bet. Every Monday, week-long menus are planned and shared with readers, and they are on a budget of 10$ or less a day. All raw food dishes. Fascinating stuff!
RECIPE SHARING SITES
These are sites where hundreds of blogs submit their recipes, so you have pages and pages of recipes to browse, click on a picture, and go to the blog that hosts it. The wonderful thing about these sites? They are not your average ‘food porn’ sites of dishes you can’t eat. These ones are safe for you!!
For all the Gluten Free Vegans- yes, its out there, yes its possible. This is a giant community of big vegan GF bloggers all coming together to share their recipes. (You can thank me later for showing this to you ;) )
Food allergy support, articles, recipes, information packages, and just about anything under the sun related to raising kids with just about any type of food allergy.
The Allergy Self Help Cookbook Extensive coverage of food families, allergen precautions, etc. Very easy recipes. Its like you can live life again. It was the first cookbook I bought post-diagnosis, and I like it so much its always on my bedstand.
Check out this post on Local Tourist Ottawa to find out other safe fresh food producers for GF diets!
WHERE TO BUY INGREDIENTS
Ok, so, I will be doing a detailed post on this in the future, for where I buy my ingredients, but as a starter, here are some tips.
Local:Purest Natural Products. They deliver 5kg and 10kg bags, way better than the small expensive bags. Email them directly because they don’t advertize their flour on their site yet. Certified gluten free, and soon to be certified nut free. If you need someone to split an order with, contact me. (myrealfoodlifeatgmaildotcom). For larger orders and almond flour, see Ventes Rudolph.
Elsewhere:Bobs Redmill you can order online for cheaper than buying through stores. They deliver to US and Canada. Almond flour: (both Canada and the US) BuyAlmondFlour
Local: you can buy them gluten free through Ventes Rudolph in Lanark. They deliver- free delivery for large orders.
Elsewhere:Nutsonline delivers to both US and Canada, and they guarantee their nuts are processed in a GF facility and held in GF storage.
Local: I buy Judy’s Magic Mixes- they’re a company from Orleans and their product is fantastic. Peter, the owner, is very meticulous about his flour and his product.
Elsewhere:Pamela’s Mixes are highly recommended and can be found in most grocery and health stores.
4- FRESH PRODUCTS
Check your local health food store or grocery frozen aisle. In Ottawa, I have a weak spot for Dolci (dedicated gluten free facility, municipality inspected, certifed gluten free ingredients, none from bulk). Here are other local safe bakers.