Spring is finally here and I am SO happy about it! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything (the end of college and exams are keeping me busy, y’all) but I wanted to take this opportunity to post about something important and exciting! My good friend Tiffany from GF Mom Certified is publishing a new book called Kid Approved (stay tuned for a giveaway coming up soon!) and I had the chance to take a look at it and try out some of the recipes! I met Tiffany at the GFAF Wellness Event in Charlotte and got to hang out with her at the GFAF Expo in Atlanta as well, which was super fun!
I found out about all of my allergies when I was in college, so I had a little bit of an easier time figuring out what I could and couldn’t eat, and was able to take care of it myself. It was hard enough for someone my age to dive right into that new life, and I can only imagine it would be just as difficult raising a child with food allergies as well. When I was a kid, I was super picky and dietary restrictions would have made things hard! This book is for battling that issue, and removing the stress for parents that goes along with raising a food allergy kid. Kid Approved is completely gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, soy-free and peanut-free, with options to make recipes corn and egg-free as well, and is chock full of delicious allergy-friendly variations of kids’ favorite foods. And, in true #KidApproved fashion, the dessert recipes come first (now that’s my kind of book!).
Not only is Kid Approved filled with awesome, kid-friendly recipes (pizza, chicken fingers, and donuts to name a few), it also has a bunch of helpful information that will help parents deal with birthday parties, grocery shopping, neighborhood BBQs, and the taste and consistency problems that often accompany gluten-free baking. Tiffany includes beautiful full-color pictures for every recipe, and her unique GFMomCertified spice blends and flour blend as well. It’s not just a cookbook for making easy substitutions, but one with guides and tutorials that can help even the most stressed parents create easy and family-friendly meals that will transform the way they view allergy cooking!
And now…on to the food. 🙂 I had kind of a hard time figuring out what to make – everything just looked so good, I wanted to try it all! Since the book is, after all, Kid Approved, I wanted to relive some of the meals we would have when I was a kid to get the full experience. I decided to go with the taco bar option, sweet potato fries, and kale chips. Taco night, fries and chips done allergy-friendly!
The taco seasoning was spot on. We used to use those packets of seasoning when we had taco night back in the day, but now I can’t use those because of corn starch/gluten/tomato powder. The GFMomCertified seasoning on the ground beef tasted EXACTLY like the processed stuff, but without any of the icky preservatives and allergens the store-bought one had. I topped my meat with onions, peppers, guacamole and a spicy cauliflower puree sauce – delish!
You all know by now that I absolutely love sweet potatoes, so obviously I had to make the fries. They were fantastic – probably some of the better sweet potato fries I’ve made. They were cooked just the right amount and tasted fantastic. Same goes for the kale chips. Yum.
Choosing a dessert was probably the hardest decision, but ultimately I decided to go with the dirt cake. Do you remember having those in class as a kid? Chocolate pudding layered with crushed up Oreos and whipped cream with gummy worms. It used to be one of my favorite things ever, and definitely a hallmark childhood treat. To make the pudding, I subbed arrowroot starch for the corn starch and it turned out great. Super chocolatey. I mixed it with Udi’s caramel cashew cookies, So Delicious CocoWhip and Surf Sweets gummy worms. And then I ate it before dinner. Obviously. 🙂
Overall, I’m so impressed with Tiffany’s new book. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous and filled with fantastic recipes, but it’s such a great resource for parents, or anyone else, dealing with the complications and frustrations that go along with cooking allergy-friendly. Definitely check it out!