Finding the time to read a book can be a challenge for any mom of youngsters. With 2 hour blocks of time (or less), cleaning house, prepping meals, and actually getting ready to leave the house can pose its challenges, especially if you are also working from home.
I’m just now sitting down to write this book review and I’ll find myself just barely presentable to greet my day and my kids as the bus driver drops them back home from pre-school – they were picked up at 7:40am (no make-up, a jacket over my PJ’s and a quick top knot in my hair).
Where does the time go? Where does one find the time? Sound familiar?
Consider Lauren Kelly, author of “The Everything Wheat Free Diet,” Nutritionist at The Bar Method Montclair and mom of 3 boys: one in grade school, the other in kindergarten and her youngest who is 3. She made the time to write a cookbook during the 2 months her kids were out of school. If I can barely get things done while mine are in school, well that is surely something to “shout” about.
What I love about “The Everything Wheat-Free Diet” is that it is not only clear and informative, it is easy-to-read with an engaging, familiar voice. Kelly is an experienced nutritionist, and she also knows what it is to be a mom: the worries, concerns, challenges along with the joys and delights. And while she doesn’t necessarily spell this out – you can read between the lines – you know she gets it.
Kelly discusses real-world challenges and practical solutions to parents of children with wheat allergies, from avoiding exposure at school and kids parties (without the isolation or embarrassment) to the becoming aware of common non-food items such as play dough (yes, it does contain wheat).
Kelly also points out that this diet is not only for those with wheat allergies. She underscores that wheat is found in many highly processed items, and many that aren’t obvious.
You may have heard soy sauce contains wheat. But did you know wheat is commonly found in ice-cream?
She discusses the research concerning wheat and the health benefits of becoming wheat-free. And while she doesn’t preach, Kelly lets you know that if you make a choice to replace the wheat in your diet, it doesn’t have to be a burden nor a bore (nor tasteless for that matter).
This book includes:
- Answers to common questions
- Quick tips and facts
- A thorough list of what to eat and what to avoid
- 300 delicious recipes including snacks, appetizers and meals, including one of my new favorite treats*!
- And a 5-day meal plan!
I was delighted to explore the variety of recipes and choose one to make with my twin girls. Check out the response from these two taste-testers (and they liked it even without the frosting – the way it was intended):
Ailish and Julia O’Connor enjoying Lauren Kelly’s Double-Chocolate Quinoa Muffins, a recipe from her book “The Everything Wheat-Free Diet”
Comment if you are interested in exploring some wheat-free recipes?
Here’s a sneak preview of Kelly’s recipes:
Apple, Walnut, Cranberry and Spinach Salad
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Balsamic Glaze
Baby Back Rib with Herb Crust
Corn and Lobster Newberg
Coconut Flour Pancakes
Best Grain-Free Banana Bread Ever
And one my girls and I absolutely love:
Okay, I added the frosting (my girls wanted a “cupcake”). But these muffins are absolutely delicious as is, with or without topping.
Double-Chocolate Quinoa Muffins!
I made these the other day with the help of my twin 4-year-old girls. Each alternatively adding in ingredients and of course they both got a chance to stir not only once, but twice – a sure delight! Then we scooped the batter into mini muffin tins. My girls couldn’t wait to try them.
Since my girls really wanted cupcakes I quickly whipped up a frosting (tapioca starch, coconut oil, fine granulated sugar and vanilla – with a splash of fresh tangerine juice).
The result: Delicious! Just enough balance in flavors, sweet but not too sweet, a little nutty and the right combo ingredients – including cocoa and cinnamon spice making it a scrumptious treat! The quinoa literally disappeared, but its nutritional value surely brings this treat up a notch or two. The texture was perfect – dense but not heavy.
Thank you Lauren Kelly for a chance to review your book and delight in one of your amazing creations!