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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published October 11th 2012
Healthy, wholesome recipes
All families have at least one fussy eater, which can be frustrating. But what if your child had to be choosy? Therese and her husband Greg spent years struggling to find the cause of their son's health problems. As a baby and toddler, Sam had severe reflux, asthma, chemical sensitivity, and hyperactivity. With the support of an enlightened paediatrician, they realised that diet was a major contributor to Sam's problems.


Therese, a home economist who has taught cooking classes, managed restaurants, and worked in catering, decided to develop her own healthy, low-allergy recipes that wouldn't upset Sam's sensitive constitution. It took some time, but gradually Therese built up a collection of original recipes that helped Sam grow into a healthy, happy boy. As an added bonus, Therese and Greg started eating better too, and noticed that a lot of their own health problems disappeared. And when they had a second baby, he also thrived on their healthy diet and lifestyle.


Therese has now compiled her wonderful recipes into a beautiful, colourful cookbook, The Art of Nourishing. Inside you'll find over 170 gluten, dairy, and sugar free recipes; from stocks and soups, salads and dressings to main meals and sweets. Some recipes do contain dairy and eggs but the book also offers gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, and preservative-free options that are easily achieved and taste terrific. As well, you will find plenty of vegetarian and vegan recipes. Therese goes through each recipe step by step with simple, easy to follow instructions. The book also provides tips on cooking for crowds, camping trips, kid's parties, and school lunches.


Whether you're looking for an upmarket dinner-party dish (like lemongrass chicken with minted sheep's yoghurt dip), an old favourite (like roast lamb or corned beef), or a delicous dessert (like berry chocolate fudge cake), you'll find something to please even the fussiest eaters.

Therese has cooked everything in the book herself and tested the recipes not only with her own family but with friends, other families, and even at the school tuckshop. Now happily at home in the Samford Valley, she's also able to offer good advice on growing herbs, raising chooks, and making a healthy diet part of a balanced family life.

The Art of Nourishing is an essential companion for anyone who suffers from food allergies, or just wants to improve their family's health and wellbeing. Click here to visit Therese's website, sample some of her recipes, and buy the book. Of course, the best ad of all for The Art of Nourishing is Therese and Greg's son Sam, who is now a happy, healthy young man.
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Thanks for writing about this. This might be just what I need. I've been gluten free for 6 years and have recently cut down on sugar consumption which is so limiting.
by Hoopdela (score: 1|23) 1831 days ago
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