Helpful Holiday Recipes

The five-week holiday Diet Death March is coming up, but I want you to come out of the holidays feeling shiny and bright that first week of January!  I worked with my sister, daughters, and Molly Green Magazine to put together a holiday e-cookbook to showcase both traditional, beloved holiday recipes tweaked for food intolerances and to introduce some new ones too.

Wordpress Recipe Collage

Some of these are “purist” recipes, meaning any Paleo or vegan food snob (no offense intended whatsoever) will find them acceptable, and others are simply compromises to get a cleaner, less allergenic replica that tastes great on the table.  All of them taste delightful, and I tried to make sure that any substitutions that I knew worked were mentioned (for example, maple syrup in place of honey or the use of different flours).  Also, I tried not to leave any instructions left to chance so that each person would get the same result I did.  (Fingers crossed.)

The Recipes

I’m attached to food and I know I’m not alone.  It’s easy to say, “Turn over a new leaf.  Leave those old ‘bad’ foods behind.”  But for some of us, that’s like saying, “Leave all your happy memories behind.”  So the goal was to create a group of recipes that would help keep restricted dieters feeling physically good while also giving them the tether cord to holidays past.  We tried to put a spectrum of recipes together with various food intolerance considerations.  All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free, and we tried to make sure there were egg-free and nut-free options as well.  I will try to feature a few of the recipes here on the blog this holiday season so you may get a taste too for free.  The one I am most excited to share is green bean casserole with French fried onions.  But if you want the whole kit and caboodle, the e-cookbook recipes include:

  • Cozy Hot Cocoa and Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte or Steamer
  • Bread Machine Coffee Cake, Chocolate Bark, Decadent Chocolate Mousse, Peanut Butter Buckeyes, Perfect Maple Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Ready-to-Roll Sugar Cookies, Sweet Cashew Cream, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Sweet Cashew Cream
  • Baked Apples, Butternut Squash Soup, Corn Casserole, Cranberry Gelatin Salad, Favorite Roasted Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Mexican Layer Dip, Savory Cashew Cream, Strawberry Spinach Salad with Glazed Pecans, Green Goddess Dip Veggie Tray, and Zuppa Toscana
  • Crock Pot Wings, Granny’s BBQ Meatballs, One Pan Breakfast Skillet, Roast Boston Butt, and Turkey Take Two

(Please note that all the recipes are not pictured in the photo above.)

Food Shouldn’t Hurt:  An Excerpt from Our Introduction

Wordpress MG Cookbook 2“…As much as the holidays are full of family and food–for many, they are also full of struggle with their diet. Food shouldn’t hurt, but for those with allergies and intolerances, finding things to eat at a gathering can be a nightmare. Many favorite holiday dishes are loaded with dairy, gluten, eggs, and unnatural sweeteners that can wreak havoc on the body. However, that doesn’t mean that these dishes need to be completely abandoned.  In this eBook you’ll find both new takes on old classics and original recipes to work into your holiday lineup. From hot cocoa to corn casserole, we’ve got you covered with honestly good food presented in a real, honest way.  Our hope is that novice and experienced cooks alike may be able to use this cookbook to create wholesome holiday meals that can be enjoyed by individuals with food intolerances and allergies. We hope that the recipes found in these pages will invoke holiday cheer in those who may have thought they would never see a pie or casserole on their holiday table again…”

In Closing

If you’ve been here long, you know I want you to succeed.  You also know that I try to answer every question as thoroughly as I can.  If you see any recipes mentioned above that you’d like to know more about, please let me know.  Food is the foundation of all health–heart health, brain health, mental health, immune health–all health.  I encourage people to eat whole, real foods as fresh as they can get them (including fats and oils).  Then, observe for side effects from foods and tweak accordingly.

I hope your November and December months are truly a blessing to your heart.  Be well.  Seek wellness.  When it comes to your diet, you may have a bad day, but you can choose that tomorrow will start a new day.

Terri

Addendum:  I do not get any proceeds.  I do get a membership to Molly Green for writing a quarterly article for Molly Green Magazine.

4 thoughts on “Helpful Holiday Recipes

  1. Anonymous

    Yay yay yay!! I’ve missed you Terri, hoping you’re catching up on all your to-do’s. This couldn’t have come at a better time…we are in a food rut. The recipe’s sound great and the price is good, too so I will definitely get the cookbook. It’s also a time saver because it takes me forever to scour the internet trying to find good dairy and gluten free recipes that are do-able for me. Thank you! Wishing you and your family well!

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    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Please, peruse the recipes! Let me know of any questions, concerns. We’ve made most of the recipes many different ways, although trialed them them just as they are written in the cookbook before submitting them. I know when I make things, I always wonder, “I wonder if I can sub honey or maple syrup or coconut milk or tapioca or leave out such and such…” I may have done this for the recipes listed and would be happy to share our experience! Thank you for the welcome back. Hope to get back in the game here. 🙂

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  2. EmilyMaine

    This is awesome! Well done you. Maybe you should branch out and do some snooks for your own blog so you can make some coin from it after all your effort! I am still looking for a good cookie recipe for Monkey so if you were to feature something like that I’d be very happy! Hehe

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    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      Hello! Branch out! If I branch out any further I’ll be a bush. 😉 Bad jokes. Ugh.—Anyhow, I do have a sugar cookie recipe that I use to replicate the roll out sugar cookies for my kids that I always made each year to decorate. It’s a “cheat” recipe with Bob’s Red Mill flour. So not the epitome of health, but it definitely keeps them from having certain issues they have with the other cookies. It keeps them happy!

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