When a nutritionist told this foodie to go on an elimination diet to treat my Rheumatoid Arthritis a few years ago, I was devastated but determined to find delicious dairy, refined sugar and gluten free recipes that I would actually ENJOY eating!
Growing up with an East Indian mother who is the best cook on the planet, I never remember having a bland meal as a kid. Indian food is melt in your mouth good because of all the variety of spices that meld together as it cooks. And my mom can taste any dish in any restaurant and make it even better at home. She created a monstrous foodie in me who simply loves to eat.
So when the nutritionist told me a couple years ago that I needed to go on an elimination diet to help my Rheumatoid Arthritis, I was devastated. How was I going to find dairy, refined sugar AND gluten free recipes that my kids who struggle to gain weight would actually eat? What on earth were we going to eat besides salad?
This diet completely changed the way I had to eat and now the way I cooked for my family too. Not only did I have to give up my favorite foods, I had to find new recipes to try because the recipes that I finally mastered and my boys devoured without fail also violated my diet restrictions. I have to confess it’s been a challenge to find dairy, refined sugar and gluten free recipes that don’t taste as bland as cardboard.
But I am a recipe hoarder and Pinterest addict so I scoured my recipes and tried my share of dairy, refined sugar AND gluten free recipes in the efforts to find SOMETHING delicious that my kids would love to eat. Just because I have to be on a dairy, refined sugar and gluten free diet, does NOT mean my family and I can’t enjoy great food! I want them to think of me as an amazing cook like I do of my mom. And let me tell you, these recipes will have you ready to get in the kitchen and whip up some yummy eats that will make your tastebuds sing and earn you the “best cook ever” title too.
4 Delicious Dinners
1. Slow Cooker Chipotle Barbacoa and Cilantro-Lime Rice
This fall-apart tender Slow Cooker Chipotle Barbacoa can be used in tacos with corn tortillas or pile it on top of tortilla chips for nachos, on top of the cilantro-lime rice for a rice bowl or on top of gluten-free crust with dairy-free cheese for a gourmet pizza.
I make this one for parties because it is easy to put more meat in the slow cooker*. Serve it straight from the slow cooker and make a taco or nacho bar so people can build their own to suit their dietary restrictions and tastes.
Just pretend that dairy-free cheese is melted all over the nachos, I was too hungry at lunch to wait for these babies and it was still amazing!
2. Beef and Guinness Stew and Rosemary Garlic Red Potatoes
My photo below from when I made this recipe does not do the Rosemary Garlic Red Potatoes justice, it is incredibly flavorful and perfect especially on cold winter days. Once you throw everything in the stock pot*, it cooks low and slow on the stovetop and smells sooo delicious. To keep this stew gluten free, I omitted the flour and thickened the stew with cornstarch and cold water to desired consistency. I served it over our favorite roasted Rosemary Garlic Red Potatoes because for my boys, every beef stew needs potatoes too.
3. Easy Rotisserie Chicken You Can Make at Home
I actually make this easy rotisserie chicken instead of turkey on holidays when it’s just the five of us and there’s a funny story in the link about how I tried to convince my kids it was in fact chicken on Thanksgiving. I’ll let you in on the secret to making this chicken is to cook it vertically on a bundt pan*. That way you can put the vegetables on the bottom, the chicken rests on top and you’ve got a one pot meal that takes a few minutes to prep. Easy prep and easy cleanup? That’s a small victory for busy moms!
4. Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Fried Green Plantains and Mojo Sauce
There are a few ways you can make the Caribbean Jerk Chicken. The easy way is to bake the chicken with some Jerk seasoning* on it or put some chicken breast in a slow cooker*. with some Jerk chicken marinade (you have to be careful of sugar content in the sauces though so read the label). I make Rachael Ray’s Jerk chicken from her Yum-O cookbook with the roasted veggies and pineapple which is fabulous and pictured below with rice.
The rice pictured above is delicious but it takes more work to prepare. The fried green plantains (tostones) are a simple side dish and ridiculously inexpensive. Making the mojo sauce ahead of time with fresh cilantro, Italian parsley and garlic is a good idea so flavors can mix. The sauce is an acquired taste for the little ones but it’s ok the bigger kids and adults love it (and it’s great with kettle potato chips too). I’ve been making the jerk chicken with the tostones lately to simplify the time I spend in the kitchen.
4 Delectable Desserts
I’m so glad Morgan is helping me out with these incredible dairy free desserts! If you haven’t checked them out already, you’ll want to. I’m making the pina colada popsicles first!
1. Sugar Free Orange Creamsicles
2. Pina Colada Popsicles
3. Healthier Peanut Butter Cup
4. Freezer Fudge Cups 3 Ways
Just because we’re on restricted diets doesn’t mean we can’t savor great food! I hope you enjoy these flavorful dairy free, refined sugar free AND gluten free recipes. Your body and bellies will thank you for fueling it with delicious, all natural food that will make your tastebuds sing! Happy eating and thanks Morgan for allowing me to share my family’s favorite recipes with your readers. I hope everyone found something new to try that your families will love!
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