Why I poured my heart and soul and months and months into “An Allergy Mom’s Lifesaving Instant Pot Cookbook”, the table of contents, what you can expect in it and where to buy it! Be sure to enter the giveaway for a singed copy at the end!
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It’s here, it’s here, HOT DOG (just kidding–we can’t do beef) it’s HEEEERRREEE! Cookbook launch day is upon us and man has April 30 felt like a long time coming.
I’ve given birth three times (about to do it a 4th time, eeek!), and I’m not sure what has felt longer–growing a human being, or producing a cookbook. Both feel agonizingly long, and both feel as if they’ll never come, as well as the excitement and pride you have once it’s here!
I developed the recipes, wrote every inch of the book and took the photography all in less than six months–while raising three kids. Talk about a whirlwind! (And, before you can say: “how did she do it?” well, my mom literally moved in for a month to take care of my kids so I could make the deadline. Bless her!) I’ll be showing off recipe pics from the cookbook throughout this post. Get ready to get hungry.
Let’s get onto all the questions you may have about this soon to be beloved cookbook of yours!
Why did I write “An Allergy Mom’s Lifesaving Instant Pot Cookbook”?
I wrote it for all of the newly diagnosed that have no idea what to feed their family.
I wrote it for the veteran allergy mom who’s sick of all of her recipes.
I wrote it for the busy allergy parent that needs an easy weeknight meal.
I wrote it for those with eosinophilic esophagitis like my oldest son.
I wrote it for those who have to give up foods, but still want crave-worthy foods.
I wrote it for the allergy family that still likes to entertain and wants dishes they’ll be proud to serve to non-allergy friends and family.
I wrote it because I wish I had one like it when we were starting out! I seriously would tear up looking at other mom’s shopping carts full of food while I wandered the grocery store wondering “WHAT IN THE HECK DO I FEED MY FAMILY!???”
I centered it around dinner, because that can be the hardest meal of the day. It’s when everyone is tired, hungry and wants to sit down to a satisfying meal. It’s when usually everyone is home, so you’re having to cook to the lowest common denominator. This will be your new dinner bible!
What is included in “An Allergy Mom’s Lifesaving Instant Pot Cookbook”?
This cookbook has 60 recipes, all top-8-free (meaning free of: wheat/gluten, dairy, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, peanut and tree nuts). It includes:
- 25 main dishes
- 15 side dishes
- 15 soups
- 5 desserts
Throughout, I tried to include all of the classics likes a Sunday roast, chili lime tacos (for Taco Tuesday!), comfort foods like Creamy Italian Pasta as well as some meat-free options (hi Quinoa Nachos!) and plenty of variety so you can cook from this again and again.
Are there hard to find ingredients in “An Allergy Mom’s Lifesaving Instant Pot Cookbook”?
I don’t think so! I hate it when you have to special order a food, or when you live in a smaller town that doesn’t have a Whole Foods (like we do now). I tried to stick to regular ingredients, whole foods and easy-to-find things like gluten-free pasta which are even accessible at regular box stores like Wal-Mart.
Do you have to have an instant pot for this allergy-friendly cookbook?
Yes. At least an electric pressure cooker. It’s OK if it’s off brand. I have two versions of the Instant Pot brand, and have noticed that even among the Instant Pot brand, different models vary. I prefer this model. I find it’s less likely to scorch and is easier to use.
If you’re an advanced cook, I’m sure you could figure out how to make the recipes into slow cooker versions, but all recipes have only been tested, calibrated and timed according to pressure cooking methods. And, why would you want a roast to take 6-8 hours, when it can be done in one???
I love it! What can I do to support this cookbook for food allergies?
Please tag me when you make recipes you love from it on social media. Please rate it on Amazon. And please, give a copy to the new allergy mom in your life. I have honestly prayed from the beginning that it would be a tool and a help and would reach all of the people who truly need it. Your word of mouth does so much!
What if I don’t have all eight of the top-8-allergies? Can I swap things out?
This is so simple! If you don’t have wheat/gluten allergies, swap out regular pasta. If you can do dairy, go ahead and use regular cream cheese and milk. All of the recipes should be able to withstand you swapping in regular ingredients so you don’t have to purchase things you don’t normally buy.
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What are people saying about “An Allergy Mom’s Lifesaving Instant Pot Cookbook”?
“Megan’s recipes are great … she truly gets the unique struggles and daily pressures an allergy mom goes through!” -Michelle Fogg, founder of the Utah Food Allergy Network
“This is a must-have for families leading busy lifestyles! These easy, delicious recipes will soon be a favorite in your kitchen.” -Chrystal Carver, author of Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking and owner of GlutenFreePalate.com
“Megan is a go-to for allergy-friendly recipes that always work while tasting awesome. These recipes are must-haves for your allergy kitchen, serving comfort, love and safety in a beautiful bowl.” -Erica Dermer, author of Celiac and the Beast and owner of CeliacAndTheBeast.com
“Megan’s recipes are the allergy-friendly lifesaver you’ve been looking for! Her dishes are easy, flavorful and perfect for busy families. Everyone will enjoy these recipes regardless of if they have food allergies!” -Erin Collins, owner of MeaningfulEats.com
“This is the quintessential cookbook for food allergy families. It’s filled with comforting meals that promise delicious results in minutes―perfect for those busy weekdays!” -Alisa Fleming, author and founder of Go Dairy Free
Win Your Own Signed Copy of “An Allergy Mom’s Lifesaving Instant Pot Cookbook”
To enter: Required: simply look through the Table of Contents picture below and then leave a comment on this blog post stating which recipe you would try first! The winner may reside anywhere in the US or Canada. The contest ends one week from today, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at noon MST and will be contacted via email–so make sure your comment contains a valid email.
For extra entries–go comment on my Facebook or Instagram post which talks about this giveaway and leave the comment “I commented”. For each person you tag in the comments, that will count as an additional entry as well!
*A special thanks to Canary Jane for doing my tablescape for the pictures of my family. And for Elisabeth Kate Photography for taking the pictures of my family and the tablescape in the cookbook. The rest of the photos are mine. Reprinted with permission from An Allergy Mom’s Lifesaving Instant Pot Cookbook by Megan Lavin, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019.*