A few months ago my good friend told me that her son had been diagnosed with Celiac disease; a digestive disorder involving intolerance to gluten. That same weekend we were at a birthday party together and I remember thinking it was going to be a bummer that he wouldn’t be able to eat birthday cake. From a 4-year olds perspective that’s a pretty big deal. But no worries, she had gotten him a huge gluten-free chocolate cupcake instead. To be honest, it looked a lot better than the cake!
The other day, that same friend and I were hanging at the park, and I asked how the food situation was going. Surprisingly, she said that in some ways it was the best thing that had happened to her family. As a result of the diagnosis, the entire family was now eating better. And since she was doing more cooking it meant they were having less processed foods.
It got me thinking – what would I do if one of my own kids developed gluten intolerance? Beyond the birthday cake dilemma, what would the day-to-day menu be? How would we live without bagels???
We’ve been fortunate not to have to deal with any food allergies. I have little experience cooking gluten-free recipes but after doing some research, found tons of great options. It made me realize; going gluten-free really isn’t all that bad.
This recipe was highly recommended by a friend – she said it made salmon converts out of her kids; it couldn’t be easier and is entirely gluten-free.
1-cup Nama Shoyu soy sauce or tamari*
1 clove garlic, grated
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1-cup pure maple syrup
4 salmon fillets, well rinsed
- tamari is a naturally fermented soy sauce
Mix the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and maple syrup in a bowl.
Spread the soy mixture over the fish in a baking dish. Marinate the fish in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Bake salmon for 15-18 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork.
And the VERDICT is:
Matthew (age 5): “Yeah, it’s good”
Dylan (age 4): “Yuck – fish is yucky –it swims in water”
Liam (age 4): “Yum – you don’t even have to TELL me to eat it!” “Dylan, it isn’t slimy”
A Yeah, a Yuck and a Yum – could be the lyrics of a new hit song!