Gluten-Free, Not Taste-Free! June 2nd, 2012
In 2008 my daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Just 24 hours later came the news that her lab results also revealed high levels of anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA). The specialist said these levels were most likely the result of celiac disease—an abnormal autoimmune reaction to wheat, rye and barley gluten. Three weeks later her diagnosis was confirmed by intestinal biopsy.
As you might imagine, this turned our life upside down “for a minute.” As a mom, I was devastated–by how much things were changing for her and for our entire family. However, since her diagnosis, we have come to embrace the gluten-free lifestyle. Yes. We have had to reevaluate the places we eat, what we eat, how we prepare things, etc. But, my daughter has always loved to cook, so this just opened up a whole new pathway of discovery for the two of us.
Multiply Delicious is one of our go-to blogs for gluten-free recipes because they have a plethora of healthy, convenient and great tasting options to choose from. We focus our efforts on the gluten-free section these days, but all of their recipes are stellar. If you have the time, I highly recommend the Carrot Zucchini Spice Muffins, Moroccan Meatballs with Citrus-Glazed Carrots, (she used to love IKEA meatballs which are not gluten-free, so it is a HUGE celebration to find a meatball recipe she actually likes), and Roasted Sweet-Potato Salsa. The gluten-free lifestyle can be so overwhelming in the beginning. It takes a fair amount of time to get use to reading labels, looking for hidden gluten, and learning to cook with alternative flours. Sites like Multiply Delicious, prove that gluten-free does not have to be taste-free.