How To Cook Delicious Meals For Your Food Allergy Family When You Hate Cooking (Or Don’t Know How)
I know, the thought of feeding our food allergy kids when you don’t want to even set food in the kitchen is hard. But I’ll give you 2 ways to make it possible. Not only possible, but doable; even for overwhelmed food allergy moms.
I get moms who say “I hate cooking”! I felt exactly the same way until a couple of years ago. That’s when I started to learn how to become inspired by food. I started to look past the allergy-friendly products and saw a whole world of ideas. But it definitely wasn’t always that way.
Here’s a little back story.
My journey started when my oldest daughter was severely allergic to eggs and milk. I was determined to create safe meals and baked goods for her so she would never have to go without. I wan’t the best cook back then, but I was happy and energized to provide safe foods for her. I spent many days reading different recipe books and watching cooking shows to get better at cooking. Thank goodness outgrew her allergies when she was around 4 years old.
It was right about the same time that my second daughter developed severe peanut and tree nut allergies. I felt like I was starting all over again, but I knew I could do it. I continued to work at becoming a better cook as the months went on.
I went on for several years, and then my youngest was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. Our Allergist/Immunologist asked us to remove gluten from her diet. I was again thrown into a new normal and it was a big struggle.
Although I originally thought it wouldn’t be that hard, I began to get less and less motivated in the kitchen. It felt like I had a huge weight on my shoulders and I dreaded cooking anything. I never knew what to make and because of that I got into a huge cooking rut. I made the same things over and over and I hated every minute of it.
Needless to say, the weight of feeding my family became even heavier. I knew something had to change and I couldn’t provide my family with what they needed without making some drastic changes. I felt like they deserved more so I knew I had to overcome the dread of the kitchen once and for all.
Does this sound familiar? Do you have any of the same issues? If so, read on!
So what did I do?? I dug in and spent months of trial and error until I FINALLY found a method that worked. And it was worth it, because it didn’t just work for one week, it works even when I’m feeling the most uninspired and burnt out from the kitchen too. It works all the time.
Here are the two main parts of the method I created:
I knew I needed a break from cooking and thinking about food all the time. I started to figure out how to plan with purpose so I could give myself a break consistently. I learned about intentionally rotating meals so I didn’t have to constantly search for new recipes and could still have lots of variety. I learned the best way to plan so I didn’t have to go back to the grocery store more than once a week. And I learned how to become more efficient when I was cooking, so I wasn’t in the kitchen ALL THE TIME.
2. Cooking With Whole Foods.
When my daughter was diagnosed with gluten intolerance in addition to peanut and tree nut allergies, I started to see that either peanuts, tree nuts or gluten were in EVERYTHING. I was frustrated, and I felt like there were so few products she could eat.
Which is when I realized that maybe I should just get rid of pre-packaged food altogether. I mean, less processed is better for you and I don’t have to spend hours reading labels on a peach or piece of cauliflower! Let me tell you the money I save because we don’t get as many expensive specialty food is huge!
I began to use the cooking skills I had been developing over the years, but I started to do it differently. Instead of seeking out safe products, I started to use the skills to find whole foods I could create with. I could go to the grocery store and choose what looked delicious or was on sale and create a meal around that. I could go out to eat and get inspired by something I ordered and come home and make it for my family. I discovered how to imitate the flavours of allergens so I could make recipes allergy-friendly based on natural flavours instead of having to find a product to substitute.
Let me tell you, if I can do this, then you can too! If you’re not confident in the kitchen, or you struggle to be inspired, then I have something for you.
This class is exactly what you need to become inspired with food. You can get out of the dinnertime rut and know HOW to make a delicious meal without hating it the whole time. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never learned how to cook because I can guide you. You don’t have to go through this alone for many years like I did. Learn from someone who’s gone before so you don’t have to make the same mistakes. You can do this!
There are 2 main things that have helped me massively when it comes to know how to cook safely for my food allergy family (and enjoy it). You can do it too!