In the Kitchen with Katie Chalmers' Tips for Gluten-Free Families


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Katie Chalmers, the author of the children’s book Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? Joins me today with her tips and some recipes for feeding a busy gluten-free family.


Mixing It Up in the Gluten-Free Kitchen by Katie Chalmers 

 Our family is very familiar with the gluten-free diet, as my 7 year old twin daughter and I were both diagnosed with celiac over 3 years ago. My other twin daughter also just started the diet a few weeks ago, as we await her diagnosis of either celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, following over two months of testing. Thankfully she is transitioning well so far and seems to be feeling better already. I'd like to think that our family's positive attitude towards the gluten-free diet has been helpful and has rubbed off on her as she's watched her sister and me enjoying our gluten-free lifestyle without complaint.

 Back when we first started eating gluten-free, I was all about finding convenience foods that were ready to eat — anything to make it easier on me, I'll admit — and to some extent, those products are lifesavers. Nowadays we are always trying new foods and have gradually started moving away from pre-packaged goods and more towards natural, whole, homemade foods whenever possible. Lately we just enjoy experimenting in the kitchen...we like to call it "mixing things up"...basically mixing a bunch of things together and enjoying our unique, healthy concoctions. Our mixes are always nutritious — filled with protein-packed  beans, veggies and sometimes grains. At the beginning of every week, we make a big "mix" and we eat some every day — as either a side dish, or a meal in itself, depending on our schedules. Personally, I like to have something ready to go in the fridge for myself to eat at lunch. I just spoon some into a bowl and enjoy a quick, nutritious lunch every day. If you don't have four hungry family members like we do, just divide the recipes down to make them smaller.

Shirley @ gfe
5/8/2011 7:24:23 PM

Katie does a beautiful job with her gluten-free, real food recipes! So glad both her daughters are eating gluten free with her and the one who is newest to gluten free is already seeing results! :-) Shirley

Wendy Gregory Kaho
4/28/2011 6:49:00 AM

Katie does pack her 'mixes' with color, texture and nutrition. Her photos show it all.

Cheryl Harris
4/27/2011 6:54:57 PM

all of those recipes look delicious, colorful and nutritious!

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