No Gluten, No Problem – Pizza: A Net Galley Review

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My daughter and I have some autoimmune things going on. I’m diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Beth has a yet-to-be-determined diagnosis. One thing is very clear for both of us though: Gluten is an enemy! I have very uncomfortable stomach reactions and Beth breaks out in rashes. It took us a while to come to this conclusion, but once we did we both began eating gluten free. Honestly, it isn’t that hard. It’s really easy to find good foods in our grocery stores or make minor substitutions. The one really difficult food to replicate is pizza. I was super excited to try out No Gluten, No Problem: Pizza to see what it suggested! 

I loved that this entire cookbook…all 241 glorious pages…are dedicated to the making of gluten-free pizza. We have found, just like the authors, that quality gluten-free take-out pizza is hard to find. We have one restaurant in town we really like, but it is about 20 minutes away and not at all cheap. They are also really good at keeping things separate and truly having a gluten free environment. The pizza joints closer to us are not as careful about their environment being gluten free. As far as the taste? Meh…it’s okay. Not completely horrible but just okay. 

The other cool thing about this cookbook is the variety of pizza styles! The included 75 recipes cover New York, Neopolitan, thin crust, deep dish pan, grilled (my favorite!), California style, and for our paleo friends, grain free! Beyond that wonderful pizza varieties such as filled, back country, breakfast, and dessert pizza recipes are included. Truly, you will definitely find at least one (actually I think many, many more…) to fit your pizza style. There is also a lengthy section on preparation, tools, ingredient types, and techniques. 

The one part I found a bit frustrating was the measurements. I really hate measuring flour by weight. I know it is supposed to be the only way to really do it right, but I never do and my foods come out okay! I also do not like to keep a lot of un-blended  gluten free flours on hand. Again, This is definitely not the norm for most gluten free eaters, but if I’m going to bake gluten free, it’s going to need to be fast and easy. I homeschool, teach piano from home, and teach an English class to middle schoolers for 3 hours once a week. My time is at a premium and I just don’t feel like I have the time to do this. I really with there were side-by-side measurements along with the weights. That being said, I understand the need for various non-gluten grains because they react differently together, it just isn’t the way I personally like to do it! 

If you are a gluten-free eater who has really missed their pizza, check this new cookbook out! I’m sure you’ll find many delicious recipes to satisfy your craving. 

Disclaimer: I was given this title through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

The Hashimoto’s AIP Cookbook: A Net Galley Review

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In July of 2013 I had thyroid surgery after a nodule was felt and then seen on ultrasound. This picture is from about 2 weeks after. You can still see my bandage! Although my thyroid labs always came back with the numbers within the normal range, the surgeon observed that I absolutely had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease in which my body attacks my thyroid. I had never heard of this nor did I know what it meant for me! I was put onto thyroid medication shortly after surgery and my health began to improve dramatically, but not fully. 


Over the years as I have researched symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis I began to see many of my health problems were most likely related to this disease. It was a mom of 3 young kids and so I chalked up my exhaustion to that. Moms are always tired, right? Finally, in 2018, I read about the connection between food an thyroid function, especially for those suffering with an autoimmune disease. Since my stomach has nearly always given me trouble off and on over the years, my husband encouraged me to make some diet changes to test and see if it would help. WOW! I first stopped eating gluten. Then I began to limit dairy and found out just how healthy I could feel! 


This cookbook is an excellent resource for understanding how to help your body heal from and stay healthy in spite of Hashimotos Thyroiditis. The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet is encouraged for several autoimmune diseases, but this cookbooks focuses specifically on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and the foods known to trigger problems. This book is based off the paleo diet as well. I’m personally not a promoter of this type of diet just for the sake of eating this way. It is excellent, however, if you are faced with an autoimmune disease and need to figure out what foods are causing more harm than good. 

There are some wonderfully delicious recipes throughout this cookbook. If you are already used to cooking for yourself, they are quite simple and easy to manage! The ingredients focus on remaining free of gluten and grains, dairy, eggs, legumes, nightshade veggies, nuts, seeds, sugar, alcohol, and processed oils/artificial sweeteners. At the same time these foods are eliminated, foods such as blueberries, turmeric, sweet potatoes, and zucchini, known for anti-inflammatory properties, are added in.

If that sounds a little overwhelming don’t worry! The idea is to eliminate these from your diet for a time, then introduce them one at a time to see if any of these trigger your symptoms. This means you are not looking at long term deprivation of these foods. I have found that gluten and lactose are triggers. I can, however, have dairy as long as it is lactose free or I use lactose pills. I consider myself quite fortunate in that my diet is not so restrictive. 

I have found that stress due to busyness, illness, or travel tends to cause my Hashimoto’s to flare up. Earlier this month I experienced this after having a week at summer camp, a week’s worth of illness, and then a week traveling to Florida. For me the symptoms come on all of a sudden and it often takes me by surprise because I will feel fine one day, then the next day I won’t. When a flare up happens I am very strict with what I eat focusing on veggies and meats to help me heal faster. 

Some the recipes I’m excited to try from this cookbook are: 

Baked Herb Zucchini Boats
Sauteed Zoodles in Alfredo Sauce
Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

There are soooo many recipes in this book that sound amazing! What’s even better is even though you are eliminating certain foods, the ingredients are still easy to find and use. I also think it would be fine to use ingredients that do not bother you (like lactose-free milk for me) as a substitute for the coconut milk once you have added those foods back in. 

If you are like me and had not yet found a way to fully heal from your Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis consider giving this cookbook a try. It might just be the answer you are looking for! 
Disclaimer: I was given this title through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Everyday Cooking from Everyday Homemaking: A TOS Crew Review

Everyday Homemaking   (Read to the end for a surprise for YOU from the author!)For a homeschooling and part-time working mom, it can be really intimidating to think about what to cook for an entire week. When you add in picky eaters, dietary concerns, budget boundaries, and time constraints, overwhelmed might be a better description! Everyday Cooking from Everyday Homemaking is the perfect back-to-school title for every mom, whether you are homeschooling or not.  

Everyday Cooking

 We already eat at home almost every night, but I’m always on the lookout for new recipe ideas or even twists on recipes we already make. I do not have a family of extremely picky eaters except when it comes to meats. My girls are not your typical chicken nugget and hot dog kind of kids! They much prefer meats in a less prepared fashion like tacos, chicken pot pie, etc. Up until recently they have not had a lot of interest in trying new foods, but as they have become more interested in cooking with me as well as watching come cooking competitions they have become braver!  I really like how encouraging the introduction is. The author’s style is very conversational and as I read I felt like I was just sitting at my kitchen table having coffee with an encouraging friend! The cookbook is so very well organized and simple to locate what type of recipe you want quickly. Both the table of contents and index are extremely clear and helpful tools for finding what you need.  The first recipe we tried was for taco seasoning. This is not a new meal for us, but I have never tried making my own seasoning before. I’ve always been afraid it wouldn’t turn out right and then my family wouldn’t eat it. I decided to be brave and go ahead and try it!  

 As with all of these recipes I was pleased to find I had most of the ingredients in my pantry already. As I skimmed through the recipes I was pleased to see there weren’t any “weird” ingredients, as my husband would say! Every recipe contained things I already bought on a regular basis or had in my pantry. This is a huge bonus for us since we work within a budget. While we do not tend to skimp on food, we do make choices to buy healthier things and not too much prepared foods.  

When Beth and Grace saw I was getting out ingredients they bounced up and down and asked if they could help. I used the pdf cookbook on my iPad so I didn’t have to print anything. I easily could have and this will be the best way for some, but honestly I really like the ability to use the digital format on my iPad. I already have enough random recipes floating around the kitchen!
Let me first of all assure you, none of these photos are posed. Grace was really that excited about making this! She’s usually the one who likes to cook with me the most, so I was excited that Beth was equally as interested.
I had the girls read the recipe and find each ingredient and read to me the measurement amount. I made sure to hand the right measurement to them. We had some very good learning moments about the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon when they misread a direction! I love cooking with my girls and helping them learn! 

The girls made this all on their own and helped me stir it into the meat I had already cooked while they were stirring this together.  I did leave out the cayenne pepper because with the exception of my husband we generally do not like spicy food. 

Verdict: Delicious!!!!
We all really enjoyed this seasoning mix although we are planning to use a little more the next time I make tacos. I was really excited that everyone loved it so much. We eat tacos almost weekly and although everyone has been pleased with the store-bought seasoning we use I love knowing I can make my own at a MUCH cheaper cost and with no extra, unnecessary ingredients or food colorings. 
I really like that layout of the text. It is easy to navigate and has a clean style that makes it easy to follow. It is user friendly enough for kids to use, especially junior high or high school, on their own. I have a recipe scrapbook for each of my girls I’m working on and a copy of this will absolutely be included. I really liked the tips at the end of each section and the space to write extra notes. In addition to a variety of delicious recipes with simple ingredients, there are wonderful instructions for planning, preparing, and serving meals for families large or small. 
If you struggle with meal planning this is an all-in-one resource. Not only are the meals simple, fast, and healthy, there is a wonderful chapter on meal planning. One of my favorite sections was, The Tortoise and the Hare. In this section the author compares slow cookers and pressure cookers. I really appreciate this comparison and although I don’t own a pressure cooker yet, I’m tempted to give it a try!
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