A couple of weeks ago I shared with you how my son Owen had been diagnosed with several food intolerances (gluten, soy, dairy, and nuts). I cook most of our meals from scratch, so it hasn't been that big of an adjustment for us, just a few tweaks on ingredients.
Several days after Owen was diagnosed, our family participated in a pancake feed to help raise money for World Vision after our 30 hour Famine. It was super sweet that the coordinator had gluten free pancakes as an alternative for those who have that intolerance (seems like it's cropping up all over!). The GF pancakes that she served were made from a box mix and honestly, didn't taste that great. Owen didn't want to even eat them!
Thankfully, I found a good alternative of my very own that my whole family will eat and that tastes great!
For our wedding 13 years ago, one of my sorority sisters (Lindsay Clark, holla!) got us this cookbook. It's by far the most used wedding gift I own!
I looked up numerous gluten free recipes on-line only to be turned away by their laundry list of unknown ingredients. I thought, hey, why can't I just make a few substitutions to this pancake recipe I have been using for years, and make it gluten free, so I did.
Notice how I wrote right in my book...yep, sort of reminds me of my college days. Anyway, here's the recipe.
1 cup rice flour
1 cup rice milk
1 T brown sugar
2 T oil
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp xanthum gum
Beat the egg, then add the remaining ingredients.
Mix well. After I mix all the ingredients together, I always like to add some fresh berries. I'm not picky, whatever I have on hand (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries). This week I had raspberries. Fold your berries into the mix.
Then cook up as usual.
Did you notice the "You are Loved" plate? At least a few times a week, we like to give the "You are Loved" plate to one of the people in our family. Sometimes it's our guests that eat over, most of the times it's our kids. The person who has the "You are Loved" plate doesn't have to do anything special, but those who don't have it, must say something nice about the person with the plate about why they are loved.
Do you have a special plate in your family? Or a family dinner tradition you want to share?