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