Perks of being Allergic to Everything

I concentrate a lot on why food allergies are a hassle. Let’s face it; it would be a lot easier to buy groceries based on price and taste rather than the ingredients it has. My grocery bill would be lower, my stress level, too, for that matter. But would I appreciate food as much as I do now?

I don’t think I would. I think that I would still find food delicious, but I wouldn’t be so attached to it as I am now. When I make a recipe, it often takes more work, more planning, and more creativity than if I could use all of the normal packaged foods on the grocery store shelf, but as a result, I have grown to love it more than I ever thought possible. When I finally get to sit down to a meal that I’ve anticipated, tweaked to fit my allergy specifications, and spent valuable time making, I truly love that dish as a result. We bond. We’re best friends.

Most people are not forced into this homemade only cooking realm, and there are a lot of days that I am very jealous of their carefree eating habits. But there are other days where I can’t help but think, “Man! Everyone else is missing out!”

There are some adjustments I’ve made in my diet that I’d recommend for anyone to try, corn allergy or not. Here are my top 5 picks:

  1. The World’s Best Dinner Rolls. I’m not kidding, these are the softest, tastiest rolls I’ve ever eaten. You won’t even think about Rhode’s Dough after you try this recipe. (No offense, Rhodes.)
  2. Homemade Flour Tortillas. Aaron and I have successfully made these several times, and we’re now working on tweaking the recipe so we can make enough for just a few tortillas at a time. These are just incredible.
  3. Pure Maple Syrup. I’ve already expressed my adoration for maple syrup before, but I can’t say it enough. In my opinion, no other packaged syrup can come close to it. (Here’s a little guide about how to pick maple syrup and how the labels are being changed.)
  4. Homemade Pizza, including Homemade Sauce. I grew up on homemade pizza at home and this is just a continuation of that love. The sauce is so easy to make, crazy cheap, and it tastes waaaay better than the canned stuff. I keep a stock of tomato paste on hand so I’m always ready to make it.
  5. Non-Processed Bread. This was a hard realization at first, realizing that I couldn’t have any packaged breads in the grocery stores, but then I found the most amazing bread at the local Mom’s Organic Market. They sell mill bread that’s delivered fresh 3 times a week, and it’s honestly the best bread Aaron and I’ve ever had. It has 5 ingredients, all of which I can recognize. Yes, it’s pricier than the packaged bread, but my goodness, no other bread comes close. 

Live a little bit! Take a break from the processed food with me; it’s even more delicious than you think.