When I first realised that we would be going GFDF and then probably soy, corn and rice free too, I started researching all the alternatives. I found so many recipes for gluten free flour blends and I bought almost every different type of gluten free flour out there. I have a drawer full of buckwheat, potato, rice, arrowroot, tapioca, amaranth, besan (chickpea), nut and sorghum flours and starches. I felt like my head was about to explode with all the variations.
I had information overload and was paralyzed by the choices which then made me feel like postponing starting our GFDF diets.
Then I had my first revelation.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel
The next day I went and bought packets of premade flour mixes that met our current needs of GFDF. Fortunately they are also soy free. Ones that are corn free aswell are not as easy to find.
Some may say that lesson number one would be to read the labels carefully but for me this was a given as I usually did this anyway. In general I would not buy products where I did not recognise the ingredients and I couldn’t make it at home if I wished. I needed to realise that I am not the first to do this and won’t be the last. Use the information that is out there but don’t overwhelm yourself.
So right now I am using premade one to one substitutes while we settle into this new way of life. I really want to get to the point of making my own mixes and preparing everything from scratch but that is not where I am right now. I’m not completely happy with the outcomes using the premade mixes but they will do for now. As our diet progresses and takes its twists and turns or it comes to the point where I can’t find a premade mix to suit, then I’m sure I will have the time, headspace and more knowledge to be able to try out all those recipes I found or even develop my own.
For my own record, I’m going to keep a track of what we are eating in here. I hope to start developing meal plans to share including baking for the week too.
Last nights dinner was pork scotch steak with peas, corn, potato and cabbage.
Tonight so far I have some pork sausages out which will probably be teamed with vegetables much like last night.
The boys are getting into Bubble Guppies and are learning about Smores so I we have made marshmallows and graham crackers. They liked them but I think they prefer the yoyo biscuits I’ve also made this week. I’ll be back with the recipes later.