I wrote about our family's health journey all last year. Part of it consisted of learning to live gluten free due to my daughter's allergies. What that meant was that I had to learn how to cook all over again - and I really hate to cook in the first place.
My challenge to myself was to find twenty 5-ingredient meals that the whole family approved of to go on The List, and they had to be gluten free and healthy. It took me six months of failed experiments to get it done. At the end of a meal if I heard four "Put it on The List!" responses, I knew I had a winner.
People feel bad when I say we have to eat gluten free because of Cecelia's allergies. I used to feel bad for us too! But here are some of the things the things that have disappeared from our life since we changed our diet: allergies, eczema, depression, and a sensory disorder. Do I want a loaf of french bread with my soup? Of corse I do. But do I want those health issues to return as a trade off? No bread is that good.
It struck me when I interviewed Donna Jackson Nakazawa of The Autoimmune Epidemic last week what a gift my daughter had given us. One person in twelve now falls on the autoimmune disorder spectrum (arthritis, irritable bowel, depression, autism, ADHD, and thyroid have all joined the autoimmune category along with conditions like Lupus and Graves). Donna said in our interview, "I follow thousands of cases, literally thousands. I'm going to go on record right now and say I have never seen anyone get better who didn't follow a Paleo diet."
It takes some creativity. It takes a little getting used to. But, if there really is an answer out there, even if its not the one we want to hear, isn't that good news?
So here is our family List of twenty meals. I have a few more that aren't on here. Every Sunday I roast a chicken for dinner and then make bone broth for the week out of the carcass. We also try and eat something fermented every day. If a recipe calls for noodles, I use gluten free noodles. If it calls for frozen or canned veggies, I use our own from the garden or find organic. If it says tortillas, I use corn. Hope I can inspire some of you to make your own list.
Why twenty? Because that means I have 5 meals to make every week for four weeks each month. The other nights we are eating out!
Crawfish Ettoufee - Found an organic creole seasoning pouch at kroger to use instead of individual seasonings.
Chicken and Dumplings - I use my own broth and chicken
Corn Bread Pie - hard to find organic, non-gmo corn or tomatoes that don’t come in a BPA white inside can