This Week's Cravings is devoted to those who have to follow a special diet. Whether it's gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, egg-free, etc., following a special diet is HARD! I know...I had to do it for several years.
I think the roughest thing about being on a special diet was losing the freedom to socialize with friends because my needs wouldn't be met at their dinner table. I couldn't just go out to eat with them because often the restaurant wouldn't have any choices for me. I ended up either cancelling social engagements or (more awkward) bringing my own food with me wherever I went.
If you have a friend on a special diet, show them some love in the next few weeks by attempting to make a dish that they can enjoy with you! It's often not as difficult as you might think. :)
A great gluten-free option might be enchiladas made with corn tortillas and homemade sauce. These spinach mushroom enchiladas are some of my favorites.
Also, if you are going wheat or gluten-free, you can't go wrong with just a plain old meat and potatoes kind of meal. My husband created these saucy steak strips and twice-baked potatoes for me to enjoy while I was eating wheat-free. They were delicious!
A hearty gluten-free and non-dairy option is this meat 'n' potatoes skillet meal. It's a favorite at our home when we are looking for something easy, filling, healthy, and delicious.
Go Dairy Free. It can help you figure out how to substitute dairy-free products for dairy products in your favorite recipes. For those looking to cook gluten-free, resources are even more abundant. Here's a gluten-free cheat sheet to get you started.
I'm curious - are you following a special diet or do you know someone who is? What has been your biggest challenge when it comes to cooking for that diet?
Link up your favorite special-diet recipes below!
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