Since going gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free, I’ve been scouring the web for recipes I can try, and fortunately, I discovered that there is a whole world of recipe blogs out there by people who are pretty awesome at making delicious, allergen-free food. There are so many blogs, though, and while I can usually find at least one recipe I like on most of them, I need a few more reasons to bookmark any given one (see below). I haven’t yet tried any of the recipes from these blogs (except maybe a couple from Elana’s Pantry prior to this flare), because my diet hasn’t expanded enough for me to eat most of the dishes, but I’ve looked at the ingredient lists and cooking styles of many many blogs, as well as their overall design and personality, and have whittled the list down to a manageable 10. I am doing this to prepare for when my flare has subsided and I will be able to eat less squishy foods, to get inspiration for my own recipes, and to view the beautiful food photography that all of them offer.
What I Look for in a Recipe Blog
Anja’s Food for Thought –
I read somewhere on her website that Anja lives in Dubai, and there certainly is a Middle Eastern flair to many of her recipes, like with her Herbed Cauliflower Carrot Falafels and Chickpea Tomato Salad with Parsley and Mint. I love that in some of her baked goods she only uses dates as a sweetener, like with her Buckwheat Date Muffins. Not all of her baked goods are gluten-free, but most are it seems, and are also dairy-free and low on sweeteners.
Elana’s Pantry –
Elana’s recipes are all gluten-free, grain-free, nutrient-dense, and refreshingly simple. In her baked goods, almond flour and coconut flour are the only flours she uses, and baking soda is the only leavening agent she uses. She researches all of her ingredients and links to the products that she recommends. Check out her Rosemary Lemon Chicken and her Sesame Crackers.
Empowered Sustenance –
This smartly-named blog has recipes that are all free of grains, nuts (uses coconut flour – not almond flour), dairy, and refined sugar. Like me, the writer has ulcerative colitis and has taken time off of college to throw herself “wholeheartedly into treating my colitis with nutrition, holistic living, and mind-body medicine.” Unlike me, this girl is not afraid to use sardines (as long as they’re in BPA-free packaging). I’m also impressed that she found a way to make wraps from just cauliflower and eggs. I can’t wait to try that and her Zucchini Leek Soup. Beyond food, she offers tips on natural living.
Gluten-Free Goddess –
I think this might be one of the earlier gluten-free recipes blogs out there. Unfortunately, her recipes are not sugar-free, and her baked goods often have a long list of flours, starches, leaveners, and/or binders, but her veggie and grain side dishes and main dishes more than redeem this blog. Red Quinoa with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and Pecans is such a beautiful-looking dish and I’m sure tastes just as great, and her Red Potato Salad with Horseradish sounds like the best non-mayo potato salad ever.
My New Roots –
My favorite of the bunch. The recipes are all wonderful, the writing is enjoyable and informative (the writer is certified in holistic nutrition), and the photos are creatively composed. I love her food philosophy (on her About page), and her recipes are all vegetarian and mostly free of gluten and refined sugar. A few recipes that really intrigued me and were a testament to her creativity were Butternut Squash Lasagna, Reverse Universe Soup, Fig Jam with Lavender, Thyme, and Walnuts, and Kickin’ Chickpeas. As far as her more education-focused entries go, she seems to address all of the things that I’ve been wondering about, like ghee and corn.
Regina Rae –
Mostly vegetarian and gluten-free, and many recipes are SCD-friendly. Two delicious-sounding and creative recipes are Curried Lentil Soup with Pureed, Lemony Chickpeas and Butternut Squash Braised in Apple Cider. I also appreciate that in each post, she just has a short bit of writing, the recipe, and a few photos. And I read in her post for Lightly-Spiced Almond Milk that My New Roots is one of her favorite recipe blogs too! It’s a small blogosphere after all.
This blog is an exquisite work of art – the name itself, the fonts she uses, the bee that appears above links that your cursor hovers over, her poetic writing style, and her elegant food photography. All of this beauty may have distracted me slightly from the recipes themselves, but a closer look showed that they could hold up on their own. The writer has created grain-free and sugar-free recipes for her husband, who has Crohn’s Disease, that are simple, but far from ordinary. Recipes that are near the top of my list to try are Upside Down Pear Cakes with Vanilla Honey and Spiced Ginger Cakes and Rosemary Apple Butter. Perusing her website feels a bit like being in a dream.
The Urban Poser –
The writer of this blog is familiar with nourishing the whole body from personal experience; she developed an autoimmune disorder in 2010 that led to her avoidance of gluten and casein, and she is a 500-hour yoga instructor. Her recipes are free of grains, dairy, and refined sugar, and the bits that she writes with each recipe – which she keeps short and sweet – I actually really enjoy reading! I like the looks of her Savory Crepes with Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Vegetables and the sweeter Raspberry Hamantaschens.
Wheat Free Meat Free –
Gluten-free and vegetarian. And she gets millet-points; I’m always interested to see what others do with millet, which hasn’t gained the ubiquity of quinoa but is cheaper and – depending on my mood – tastier, and she has created a Millet Breakfast Casserole that I can’t wait to try! And for a non-millet, summery dish, Mango Avocado Black Bean Salsa sounds perfect.
Whole foods, plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and candida-diet friendly. Many of her recipes are quite basic, like with her Broiled Zucchini and her Beans and Rice dish. You may or may not consider these “recipes,” but they are reminders of how delicious and nutritious – not to mention inexpensive – just one or two ingredients can be, and she does give ideas of what to mix the dishes with and/or serve them over. She also has a Sunflower Burger recipe made with just sunflower seeds, carrots, rice, and spices.