Cooking for those with food sensitivities

Last week a group of friends came to visit with a view to developing some recipes for Julie, one of the group, who has significant restrictions as to what she can eat and has been battling food sensitivity based health issues for some years now. She makes light of the difficulties this presents, and jokes that all she can manage to cook and eat is a very basic stir-fry, but the challenges can become overwhelming.

We had decided that they would bring along all the ingredients that Julie is allowed to eat and develop recipes from there, starting from scratch. I was a little daunted at first, hardly knowing where to begin, but as the day went on it became a great deal of fun and very rewarding as recipes were trialed and came together, only occasionally needing a minute tweaking here and there.

By the end of the day we had about 17 pages of recipes and everyone had boxes piled high with food to take away. We thought that some people might find the recipes helpful if they have similar dietary restrictions to Julie. The ingredients list, even the method employed to cook them, should be checked carefully to see that they are entirely suitable to individual diet plans.

They can be viewed in this PDF. (Right click on the link and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’ to save the PDF to your computer)

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