WIN-It-Wednesday: “Allergy-Friendly Food for Families – 120 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes Everyone Will Love” Cookbook

So many BeFreeForMe members, plus many other folks that I chat with when out on the road, are overcoming the challenge of having multiple food allergies in the same household.

So many families are  living with multiple food allergies, celiac disease and other food intolerances and sensitivities. In these cases, mealtimes can be challenging, at best.

That is why my eyes lit up when I enthusiastically started paging through the advance copy of the  “Allergy-Friendly Food for Families – 120 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes Everyone Will Love” Cookbook when it came across my desk several weeks ago.

And since that time, I have been so excited to share this cookbook – which covers not just one or two, but the five most common allergens in kids – with the members. “Allergy-Friendly Food for Families” is now available on which is now available  for pre-order with delivery on April 10, 2012!

I like that this cookbook covers recipes for the three major meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). It seems that so many cookbooks don’t offer a lot of breakfast recipes, which we all know can be the most challenging when living with food allergies and a gluten-free diet, but this cookbook offers tons of new & innovative family-friendly breakfast ideas (Some of my favorites? Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies, Blueberry Corncakes, and Quinoa Maple Crunch).   There is also a whole chapter of recipes dedicated to Snacks (yes… snacks!) as well as Desserts and… get this…. a whole chapter on Party Ideas!

I found the chapter dedicated to Party Ideas ingenious! This section is full of recipes – such as Carnival Corn Dogs, Soft Pretzels with Honey Mustard Sauce and a Giant Cookie Cake -  that are all perfect for anyone hosting (or needing recipes ideas) for a birthday party where kids with allergens are attendees.

This cookbook is from the editors of KIWI, the premier magazine about raising families the natural and organic way. The magazine is published bi-monthly and is full of ideas and ways to support green, healthy choices when it comes to food, family life and fun. Check out their Facebook page and the join them on Twitter too, and get a feel for what KIWI’s all about. I think you’ll all really enjoy the content.

As you can imagine, I was so happy when I found out that this WIN-It-Wednesday on was to be sponsored by KIWI Magazine and the “Allergy-Friendly Food for Families” Cookbook.

How can you win?

Reply to this blog and tell us what allergies you need to overcome in your life (Me? Besides being gluten-free myself, I have family and friends also concerned with dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free) or let us know the recipes you miss the most since being diagnosed with your food allergies, intolerances or celiac disease. (Me? I really, really miss crumpets for breakfast).

A total of TWO BeFreeForMe members (make sure you are a member to win!) will be selected to win the “Allergy-Friendly Food for Families – 120 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes Everyone Will Love” Cookbook. One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST, and one (1) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter two times to win!

Good luck, make the best of what you (can) have in life… and as always,
Be Free!

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68 Responses to “WIN-It-Wednesday: “Allergy-Friendly Food for Families – 120 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes Everyone Will Love” Cookbook”

  1. Donna Says:

    My daughter and I both are allergic to gluten, casein and soy. I also am allergic to oranges and have seasonal allergies. I really miss breakfast! I love the pictures on the cover of this book. It looks like there is a variety of menu ideas too get us out of our rut!

  2. Christine hazard Says:

    Need to be wheat, dairy and sugar free for myself and my family. Thank you. Love this site!

  3. Beth Says:

    This is wonderful, I have all kinds of food allergys and I am all ways looking for new ideas. I need to get this book.

  4. Phyllis Says:

    I am celiac and I really miss peanutbutter/jelly sandwiches on wheat bread.My gf bread just is not the same.

  5. Ashley Says:

    I have a wheat allergy so I have to eat gluten-free, which is hard when my fiance is a carb monster. He loves processed packets of noodles as side dishes to dinners, he uses flour to thicken recipes, he’s all about Chips A’Hoy cookies and Ritz crackers. Our grocery shopping is always sharply divided between what he will eat and what I CAN eat. It would be wonderful to have a cook book full of healthy recipes and void of allergy-inducing food that we both can enjoy.

  6. Lisa Says:

    I have to stay away from gluten and dairy, also I am finding I break out or have other symptoms with some fruits, at least i think its the fruit. :) I miss really good Chinese food!

  7. Sandra Morrison Says:

    I have 13 food allergies, the worst of which is wheat. That’s why I went gluten-free, since it is much easier to ensure there is no wheat in things that way. I am also allergic to corn, soy, Dairy, tomatoes, bananas, tuna, shrimp, peanuts, almonds, eggs, chicken, and chocolate – all to varying lesser degrees than wheat.
    My husband is a diabetic, so I cook almost everything from scratch in order to accomodate our dietary issues. Fortunately, we both love to cook and experiment! This cookbook would be a Godsend to us.

  8. Sue Edwards Says:

    Allergies: where do I start. Between myself and the rest of my family, I am surprised I even get a meal on the table!!!

  9. Natalie Czrroll Says:

    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and learned I had a wheat/gluten & diary intolerance. My husband has been amazingly supportive and follows my restrictions with our grocery shopping and home cooked meals. When we go out to restaurants, he eats anything he wants. But at least I don’t have to worry about cross contamination or temptation at home. I mostly miss being able to order dessert at a restaurant, pizza and quesadillas. Since we are doing more and more cooking/baking at home, this cookbook would be very useful. I just discovered this site and am really happy I found it!

  10. Venessa Says:

    I need to avoid Gluten, Quinoa, peanuts, and avacado. The avacado is a new one, so I miss guacamole! I was breaking out in severe hives all year, till finally I figured out it was the avacado in dishes.

  11. Debi Says:

    I love tomatoes unfortunately I have an allergy to them. We are also on a gluten free diet for my husbands dietary needs. There is still something out there aggravating his digestive system we need to find. This cookbook would help out.

  12. Kathy Says:

    While I don’t have any allergies to any food, I do eat a gluten-free, dairy-free diet by choice. Plus, I have been a vegetarian for nearly 40 years. I enjoy cooking and baking more now because I enjoy trying out new GF,DF recipes. I do miss bagels; just haven’t found a GF,DF one that tastes like a fresh baked bagel.

  13. patricia Says:

    We have 4 in the family that have celiac disease and 1 that has to be nut and egg free. This book sounds great.

  14. sue Says:

    My grown son has to be gluten free. I’m allergic to wheat . I also cant have MSG . The thing i miss most is a danish or a nice soft donut. I found a soft pretzel recipe but haven’t gotten to make it yet .

  15. Mary Cowin Says:

    My son-in-law and I both have to avoid gluten. He is diabetic, so he has to avoid sugar, also. My daughter has to avoid milk.

  16. Jodi Says:

    We just found out that my 13 month old son has a wheat allergy and we are in the process of figuring all of this out! We suspect other allergies at this point, but not yet diagnosed. I love cooking and baking, so this is a new journey for me. Also, I have nut allergies myself. I would love a cookbook with some kid-friendly recipes!

  17. Cheryl Saylor Says:

    My son is gluten intolerant and sensitive to peanuts. I am mildly lactose intolerant and sensitive to peanuts as well.

  18. Heidi Says:

    I am newly diary-free and gluten-free. I have a son and husband who aren’t, and i am trying to find a good mix of foods we all can love!

  19. Lisa Says:

    Well where do I start? I’ve had to live as a short order cook with my three boys. Two have peanut allergies. Both have sensitivities to peas and sesame. Which only makes finding dairy substitutes nearly impossible-DF cheese is made with pea protein or some form of soy. This peanut allergic child can’t tolerate soy either. My middle son was diagnosed with Celiac last summer. I don’t have any allergies per se, but have to watch my gluten and soy intake. Too much and I can tell. This book sounds like something just for us!

  20. Nadine Says:

    I have to now be gluten-free, and have problems with peanuts and dairy! Have had a problem for many many years..I went vegan last june and after reintroducing wheat back into my diet all my symptons came back and finally figured out that they were caused by wheat.

  21. Sheri Peterson Says:

    I would love this. I have 2 kids that are Lactose Intolerant, My son was diagnosed with Celiac and he also is having issues absorbing sugar. So this would be great to learn how to make things for all of them!!

  22. Lisa Says:

    I have a dairy allergy. I am sure I have had it all my life. Since childhood, I have been plagued with chronic ear infections, asthma, eczema, and hay fever (I grew up in the Midwest). As children, We would dose ourselves daily with ammoxicillin for chronic ear infections (clearly in the era when ear infections where over treated!). About five years ago, I decide to take myself off of dairy as as part of an elimination diet after an exceptionally bad asthma attack. my conditions and symptoms began to ease and clear up. Since then I have been free of all medications, hospitalizations, and skin breakdown. I am also a vegan and have not consumed red meat for over ten years and other meats for over five. I find that a diet rich in fruits, veggies, and a few nuts has sustained my for many years. My blood work is always normal with my cholesterol last measure 121. I do eat gluten products but at a minimum. I am always amazed at the stories I read here and elsewhere about the stuggles people face on a day to day basis with food allergies and intolerances. Our medical industry does not pay enoungh attention to dietary causes of disease. this site help those in need of advice and support in their quest for safe and delicious food choices for themselves and their family. Good luck and best of health to everyone!

  23. Paula Says:

    There are three of us out of four in my family that is gluten-free, two of us that are dairy-free, and my youngest is also soy-free.

  24. Theresa Shafer Says:

    I have to live with being Guten-free, my hubby has a dairy – bacteria and papaya problem, while my daughter-in-law is allergic to white pepper (causes throat to swell).

  25. Liz Says:

    My daughter has sensitivities to gluten, dairy, and soy. We just started this journey, and she really missing mac & cheese the most. I say we have the hardest time finding a good cheese substitute that she will eat.

  26. Rachael Says:

    I have to be gluten and dairy free. When my husband and I got married he went gluten free for me. I am always looking for yummy recipes that will satisfy him!!!

  27. cindy w. Says:

    I have to eat gluten free due to celiac and also am coming to the sad conclusion that I need to eat dairy free.

  28. Christina Says:

    I miss crusty French and Italian breads the most since beginning my gluten free diet.

  29. Marjorie Says:

    We have wheat and dairy issues and moderate eggs. I make special foods for myself that are grain free and sugar free, kids don’t always like these, though they like my grain free chocolate chip cookies better. =)

  30. Eileen Says:

    I have celiac and my husband has to avoid milk. I miss desserts at restaurants the most.

  31. April R. Says:

    I am gluten intolerant, and due to health issues also cannot eat sugar or sugar substitutes (other than stevia), and nothing with yeats. Right now I miss homemade bread with homemade raspberry jam.

  32. PhyllisAnn vandenBosch Says:

    I have gluten and lactose intolerance.

  33. Jennifer C Says:

    My daughter and I have celiac disease, so no gluten for us, and my husband is allergic to tree nuts and coconut, so no almond or coconut flour baking for me.

  34. Karrin Says:

    Having recently discovered even more food allergies for my young daughter, we are slowly finding the foods and recipes that make eating happen!

  35. Karen Says:

    I’m gluten, dairy, and soy free and I avoid sugar where possible. I cook for me and share freely with anyone who would like it but I won’t fix multiple meals. Because of that, I stick to tried and true delicious recipes I know everyone will enjoy.

  36. Emily Says:

    I found out I was gluten intolerant about 2 months after getting married. I had always dreamed of being the perfect wife and cooking and baking amazing things. Needless to say, cooking without wheat flour and making dishes taste the same was overwhelming at first. Things have gotten a bit better, and my husband is a trooper, but I still miss a good pizza and doughnuts….

  37. Chris Says:

    I’m gluten free and my almost-three-year-old son is gluten, dairy, soy and peanut free. I’m hoping my one-year old daughter has a little better luck. My son misses cheese and yogurt desperately and I’m struggling to find non-dairy products that he’ll eat.

  38. Colleen M. Says:

    I have to follow a gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and peanut free diet! Oops – forgot sesame free too!

  39. Veronica Says:

    I’m gluten, tomato, and pistachio that I know of. There might be another one I’m trying to narrow down. I’m getting there, but it’s very frustrating. Most of the gluten free foods I’m trying just don’t taste very good to me.

  40. Jodine Says:

    I have found that I have less joint pain when I avoid gluten.

  41. Angie Says:

    I have Celiac and my 2.5 year old son has Eosinophilic Esophagitis ( I think that spelling is right) and he is allergic to dairy, wheat, barley and peas! I could use help with new meals for all of use to enjoy. My poor husband has no allergies and eats what I make, I’m sure he would like a little variety.

  42. Marla Y Says:

    I’m gluten intolerant and need help in tastefully adjusting my diet to gluten free.

  43. Amanda bumgarner Says:

    Hello, my name is Amanda and I’m 25. I have two children and a wonderful husband who love to eat as much as I do. I’ve recently been diagnosed w/ celiac disease. Despite my constant fight to eat gluten free it is still very hard. This would be a great resource for meals in our home.
    Thanks!! :) :):)

  44. Ashley Says:

    I am gluten-free and dairy-free… I would kill for a chocolate cheesecake! I also walk reeeeeally slowly down the frozen food aisle and make google-eyes with the ice cream the whole way. There are GF/DF versions available, but they are so expensive that anyone on a budget wouldn’t even think about it :(

  45. Anne Says:

    I have a gluten intolerance & suspect that my toddler daughter may have it as well. a good friend of mine has to be gluten & soy-free, so the challenge can be rather daunting to find something that both of us can have. I’ve only been gluten-free for about a month, and I really miss cookies & pancakes – REAL cookies & pancakes! :(

  46. Sue Says:

    Just as we found out my partner had to avoid gluten, low and behold she had a major reaction to shellfish. So we have a gluten free and shellfish household.

  47. Karen Says:

    There are 3 of us in our household with food allergies. They vary- gluten/dairy/soy/berries/citrus fruit-
    I wish it was more reasonable to feed a family with food allergies. We cook and bake everything from scratch. (tastes better!) making school lunches is challenging at times- would love some new ideas!
    This book sounds great!

  48. robin Says:

    One of the first things i ask my daughter’s friends when they come over, is “what are you allergic to?” We have been gluten free for almost four months and have all jumped on board. Not only have my husband and i lost weight, but we have much more energy. Both our daughters have been diagnosed with gluten and other food allergies using the Alcatest. Eliminating the food causing the allergies and going green and organic has meant spending more time in the kitchen, looking for recipes that work for all of us!

  49. Lisa Says:

    I was diagnosed with Celiac in August and have been gluten free for the last 8 months. I would KILL for a bagel that tastes like the ones I used to eat EVERY morning for breakfast! I also miss rolls and Italian bread. I am always searching cookbooks and the internet for recipes that I could make.

  50. Lisa Says:

    I was diagnosed with Celiac in August and have been gluten free for the last 8 months. I would KILL for a bagel that tastes like the ones I used to eat EVERY morning for breakfast! I also miss rolls and Italian bread.

  51. julie Says:

    I was diagnosed this year with celiacs, so no wheat,barley rye or oats for me. I do miss barley in soups, but not as much as a good slice of thick pizza, not that thin crust is bad. It’s just not the same!

  52. Donna Says:

    I was told 15 years ago, I had celiac disease. Not understanding what that meant and not being able to acquire alot of information back then, I just avoided bread and went on. Now, I am experiencing severe symptoms of full blown celiac. I am also sensitive, but haven’t been tested yet for eggs, citrus, nuts and dairy. I travel for a living, so can’t cook my meals and the microwave meals are so high in carbs, that weight is a huge issue right now. I would love to have suggestions on how to have food allergies and still live in airports, planes and hotels.

  53. Venessa Says:

    2nd entry. :-)

  54. patricia Says:

    Many in the family have to be gluten-free and another nut and dairy free, so this book sounds great.

  55. Debra Says:

    My daughter and I both have celiac disease. We were diagnosed within 4 months of each other. Gluten free isn’t too bad, but we still haven’t found bread we like, which is kind of a bummer! Always looking for any new recipes we can try for all kinds of gluten free foods!

  56. Danielle Bateman Says:

    I have been diagnosed with Celiac for over a year, and I am also Lactose Intolerant. :(

  57. cindy w. Says:

    I miss a really good pizza.

  58. Tabitha Cortijo Says:

    I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac’s disease. I have had to cut gluten entirely out of my diet. This has been VERY hard because I LOVE bread! I went cold turkey on a Monday and have not eaten gluten except for on two accidental occasions. It has been hard since I am new to this and I do not fully understand everything yet. My accidents were due to inexperience and minimal knowledge of my diet. A cookbook would allow me to still enjoy the foods that I enjoyed before going gluten free.

  59. dee mann Says:

    I miss french bread the most…………loved it in the morning with my egss. Then I realized it was the bread making me congested

  60. Chris Bachant Says:

    I really miss Belgian Waffleswith Strawberries on top. I am gluten, Seafood and Fish free and have seasonal and yearly allergies. We are also cutting back on sugar and starches.

  61. Cindy Guymon Says:

    I was diagnoised with Ulcerative Colitis about 3 years ago, and kept telling the doctor that I can’t get over the pain in the upper part of my stomach, they ran some tests, and finally found out not only do I have Ulcerative Colitis I have Celaic disease. I’m really having a hard time switching over my eating patteren, but I getting there and suffering for eating things I like that are not Gluten Free. That and it is so expensive where can I find good coupons to help with these products?

  62. whitney Says:

    My daughters grandma has celiac. She is having a hard time with eating differently, especially since bread was one of her favorite foods. I try to help her with new foods and recipes and this would help.

  63. Melanie Buschkoetter, RD, CDE Says:

    My sister, my son and myself all have CD so follow a gluten-free diet. The girl I work with has a son with peanut, egg and dairy allergies. It is very interesting between the two of us because many of the products that I can buy, contain the allergens that her son must avoid and the items that he tends to eat contain gluten which my family cannot have. This cookbook would actually cover both of our family issues!

  64. Karen Says:

    Gluten, dairy, soy, egg yolk, pineapple, almond, green pepper…. and that’s just me. When I try making treats for friends with food allergies/intolerances, it can get crazy.

  65. Denise C Says:

    I am gluten intolerant, sensitive to some legumes, including soy. Another family member has Celiac Disease and a severe tree nut allergy. Both of us miss a really good crusty French bread.

  66. Carol Asher Says:

    My daughter, 9 year old grandson, and I are gluten free. Also have problems with dairy from time to time.
    I would love to receive your book to share with our support group (I am group leader) and also to try some recipes for them and my family as well.

  67. Marcella Says:

    I would love to receive this cookbook, it would be so helpful to me and my family.

  68. jill c Says:

    luckily I have some seasonal allergies only but I have IBS and need to be wary of greasy food,spicy food

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