MMMmonday - Twice Wild Turkey Dressing from Special Diets for Special Needs Kids (Review)

I love finding new recipes that are great for the whole family, but are GFCF for Liam and this is one of those truly yummy recipes that may just become a holiday classic in our house.  It's from Special Diets for Special Kids, Volumes 1 and 2 Combined: Over 200 REVISED and NEW gluten-free casein-free recipes, plus research on the positive ... ADHD, allergies, celiac disease, and more!, which I will tell you more about after the recipe.

Twice Wild Turkey Dressing  Makes 4–6 servings

½ cup mixed, dried wild mushrooms
2⁄3 cup wild rice
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon CF margarine
2 cups onion, chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
¼ cup cooking sherry
Generous pinch of thyme, oregano, marjoram, and black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cover mushrooms with warm water for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Remove mushrooms from water, squeeze out as much excess liquid as possible, and chop well.
  4. Rinse rice in cold water.
  5. Bring 3 cups water to a boil, then add salt and rice.
  6. Return to a boil for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain well and set aside.
  7. Sauté onion and celery in margarine until slightly softened.
  8. Remove from heat, add remaining ingredients, and mix well.
  9. Bake in a greased casserole for about 1 hour.

(Cookbook author's note: I always make dressing separate from bird as it cooks more evenly and bird roasts more quickly.)

More about Special Diets for Special Kids, Volumes 1 and 2 Combined from the publisher:

Praised as a modern-day classic by celebrities and readers all over the world, the first edition of Special Diets for Special Kids has been helping children and adults with autism, ADHD, celiac disease, and other disorders since 1998. Special Diets for Special Kids Two followed up in 2001 by providing more recipes and updated research.
Now, this revised and expanded edition offers both books in one, complete with the latest research, revised recipes, and color photos throughout!
The first part of the book describes dietary intervention in detail, from both a scientific and a personal approach (the author's son has autism and has been on a GFCF diet for many years). In a nutshell, certain enzymes are required to break down gluten and casein. If those enzymes don’t function well, or are not present at sufficient levels, serious neurological problems can result. Studies have shown that children with autism have a marked deficiency of these enzymes, which may explain why GFCF diets have yielded positive results for many children.
Among many other helpful topics, Dr. Lewis explains:
  • The Biology behind Dietary Interventions
  • “Leaky Gut”
  • Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances
  • Antibiotics and Probiotics
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Testing and Nutritional Support
  • Other Diets and Interventions
  • How to Go GFCF

The second part of the book is an easy-to-follow cookbook. This section contains over 200 recipes, including many you would have never thought possible on a GFCF diet, such as:
  • Banana-Nut Pancakes
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Tortillas/Wraps
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Mock Mac and Cheese
  • Chili
  • Turkey Dressing
  • Cakes and Cookies
  • And many, many more!
Best of all, this book comes with a FREE CD of printable recipes, so you can easily print out recipes as you use them and keep the book away from counter spills and drips!

My Review:

I love this book!  It is comprehensive, kid friendly and so detailed.  I've done a ton of research into GFCF diets over the past two years as we have been working with Liam's diet and I learned more about the science and nutrition of the GFCF diet in the 30 pages dedicated to it in the book than in any other article!  It's written in plain language - which I appreciate, because so many of the studies and scientific information sources are written for experts.

I am also a huge fan of the CD!  The entire book is on CD so that I can print and share recipes with Liam's teacher and our family when they're helping to prepare meals when we visit!  They've generously allowed up to 10 prints of each recipe per year for this purpose!

Among my other favorite recipes in the book (which I may share in the future) are Meat (Loaf) Muffins, Mock Orange Julius, Curried Chicken Balls and Pineapple Velvet Cake!  Even if you don't have a GFCF person in your family, there are a ton of recipes that are just plain family and kid friendly here and you'll never know that they don't contain gluten or casein!

As my readers, you can save 15% off and get free shipping by entering the code BALANCE in the Future Horizons Book Store - and that's 15% off your entire order, not just this book!

Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost to me for the purpose of writing my review.  All opinions are my own.  The photograph included is directly from the book.