One of the most common questions I get asked when people hear about the boys' food allergies is, 'What do you all eat then? It must be so hard!'
I reply that we eat very well. Good old fashioned meals, cooked from scratch, and it's not very hard at all.
That got me thinking that it would be good to share some of our favourite dinners. Simple family dinners that don't need fancy ingredients or hours of preparation in the kitchen. They are dairy free, wheat free, egg free and nut free.
But certainly not taste free.
So let's get going with the first one.
The slow cooking of this makes the meat so soft and tender.
Although it takes over four hours to cook, for most of those 4 hours you aren't actually doing anything. If you don't have a slow cooker you could also make this in a casserole dish in a low oven for around the same length of time.
One thing to watch out for if you are gluten free is the mustard you use. Some types will have gluten in them so do double check the ingredients. I use Dijon mustard as it tends to be fine. You could use a whole grain mustard if you aren't concerned about food allergies but they do often have gluten in them. Like I said, and you probably always do if dealing with allergies anyway, just double check ingredients lists!
You will need:
8 pork loin steaks
1ltr carton of apple juice (cheap &cheerful is absolutely fine)
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, well chopped
2 tbsp cornflour
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3 - 4 tablespoons honey
- Put your pork loins, sliced onion & chopped garlic in the slow cooker (or your casserole dish, if you don't have one).
- Pour over all of the apple juice then cook on HIGH for around 4 hours, or on LOW for about 6-8 hours.
- Once the cooking time is almost up, ladle out about 1 pint of the cooking liquid, put it into a small pan and heat it up until nearly boiling.
- Mix the cornflour with enough cold water to dissolve it and make a loose paste.
- Add the cornflour paste to the heated up liquid and mix in. It should thicken up nicely. If you think it's too thick then take a little more of the liquid from the slow cooker.
- Add the mustard and the honey to the sauce and mix in well.
- Serve the pork covered in the sweet appley sauce and put out the extra sauce in a gravy jug on the table.
If you want you can serve it with some fresh apple sauce as well as some potatoes and veg of your choice.