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 effects for children with autism, ADHD, allergies, celiac disease, and more!


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 ...

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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!


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Lewis helped her autistic son to transition successfully to a gluten-free, casein-free diet. Her advice is appropriate for both parents and anyone attempting a gluten-free, casein-free diet. She includes the latest research on how special diets can positively impact children with autism and ADHD. With appealing illustration and easy-to-make recipes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935274124
  • Publisher: World Future Horizons
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 375
  • Sales rank: 534,588
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis is Director of Neuropsychological Services at Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Elizabeth Mumper




Chapter 1: Why Special Diets?


Chapter 2: Testing and Nutritional Support


Chapter 3: How and What to Feed Your Child


Chapter 4: Breakfast and Breads


Pancakes and Waffles

Karyn’s Pancakes

Don Baker’s Pancakes

Banana (Nut) Pancakes

Easy Almond Flour Pancakes



Karyn’s Rice-Free Muffins

Maple Rice-Bran Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Grain-Free Blueberry Muffins

Tropical Muffins



Yeast-Free Sorghum Bread

Food-Processor Zucchini Bread

Coconut Quick Bread

Sweet Corn Bread

Yeast-Free White Bread


Rolls, Wraps, and More!

Sweet Potato Rolls

Mini Sandwich Rolls

Porridge with a Purpose

GFCF Tortillas/Wraps

Breakfast Cookies



Chapter 5: Drinks


Homemade Nut Milk

Rice Milk

Kiddie Colada

Mock Orange Julius

Blueberry Shake


Fruit Smoothies

World’s Easiest Fruit Smoothie

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Green Lemonade

Purple People Pleaser

Blueberry Yummer

Mango Lassi

New York Egg Cream


Other Drinks


Lemonade: Three Ways


Chapter 6: Lunchtime!


Soups, Chilis, and Chowders

Chicken Rice Soup

Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup (Dahl)

Split Pea soup

Chilled Almond Soup

The World’s Easiest Chili

Chicken and Vegetable Chowder


Sandwiches, Rolls, and Wraps

PB and Peach Sandwich

GF Spring Rolls

BW Pete’s Honey-Buckwheat Pitas

Potato Wraps


Meat and Potatoes

Meat Puffs

Meat (Loaf) Muffins

Potato Logs

Oven Fries


Other Lunchtime Favorites

Deviled Eggs

Squash Latkes

Crustless Quiche

Tamale Pie

Asian Tenders


Chapter 7: Anytime Snacks


Snack Mixes

Crunchy Mix



Snack Balls

Cereal Munch Balls

Coconut Date Balls

Lemon Power Balls


Fruit Snacks

Fruit Kabobs

Stuffed Apples

Blueberry-Applesauce Fruit Leather


Frozen Snacks

Frozen Banana Pops

Frozen Fruit Pops


Snack Dips

Bean Dip

Cowboy Bean Dip


Other Snacktime Favorites

Raisin Snack Cake

Kiddie Kibbles

Ants on a Log

Nut Bars


Chapter 8: Dinnertime: Main Dishes and Sides



Chicken “Nuggets”

Roast Chicken

Roasted Cornish Hens

Moist Chicken Breasts

How to Butterfly a Bird

Roast Turkey

World’s Easiest Chicken and Dumplings

Simple Chicken Stew

Pineapple Chicken

Brunswick Stew

Curried Chicken Balls

Hungarian Chicken

Buffalo Wings

Arroz con Pollo

World’s Easiest Chicken Curry

Baked Kibbe

World’s Easiest Shepherd’s Pie

Mexican Corn Bread Pizza

Veggie Burgers

Bean Burgers

Buckwheat Burgers

Nadine’s Outrageous Tuna Casserole

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Basic Pork Tenderloin


Almond Crusted Fish


Hungarian Goulash

Pork Stew

Veal Stew

Beef Stew

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

Stir-Fried Pork

Salmon Burgers

Salmon Puffs

Mom’s Cassoulet

“Mexican” Casserole

Sloppy Joes

Mock Mac and Cheese



French Fries

Kasha Pilaf

Butternut Squash “Fries”

Baked Onion Rings


Indian Rice

Bombay Rice

Easiest Rice

Riz Cous

Smashed Cauliflower

Charlies’ Italian Mashed “Potatoes”

Gingery Carrots

Creamy Grits

Rhubarb Applesauce

Pear and Jicama Salad


Chapter 9: Cheap Eats


Chicken or Fish en Papillote

Crispy Baked Drumsticks

Fried Rice

Tomato Soup

Beans and Rice


Chapter 10: Holiday Fare


The Biggies: Thanksgiving and Christmas

Twice-Wild Turkey Dressing

Kasha Dressing

GF Bread Dressing

Cranberry Nut Dressing


Roast Goose

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Roast Leg of Lamb

Baked Cranberry Sauce

Root-Vegetable Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Christmas Beans

Roasted Vegetables

Gingerbread People

Spritz Cookies

Refrigerator Pumpkin Pie


Other Holidays

Potato Pancakes (Latkes)

Matzo Balls (Kneidlach)

Bean Flour Matzo

Passover Rolls

Mandel Bread

Mandel Bread II



Chapter 11: Ethnic Foods


Chicken Soup

Unchicken Soup

Mock Chopped Liver

Ozzie’s Mock Chopped Liver


Baba Ghanoush


Indian Flatbread (Chapatis)

Pad Thai



Chapter 12: Sweet Treats



Pineapple Velvet Cake

Zebra Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Farfel “Cake”

Buckwheat Cake

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

Fruit Cobbler



Tapioca Pudding

Chocolate Pudding (or Pie Filling)



“Graham” Cracker Crust

Cookie-Crumb Crust



Panda Puff Chocolate Crisps

Chocolate Wafers

Making Thin Mints

Charlie’s Macaroons

Cinnamon “Butter” Cookies (SCD)

The Best GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

World’s Easiest Chocolate Cookies

Pignoli Cookies


More Sweet Treats

SCD Orange Sorbet

Everything-Free Fudge

Baked Peaches


Chapter 13: Odds, Ends, and Things You Should Know


Salads, Dips, and Dressings

Waldorf Salad

GF Garlic Croutons

Hail Caesar Dressing

Ranch Salad Dressing (or Dip)

Thousand Island Dressing (or Dip)

Japanese Ginger Dressing (or Dip)



GF Worcestershire Sauce

Fresh Salsa

Julie’s Raw Sauerkraut



Spice Mixes

Apple Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Taco Seasoning Mix

Onion Soup Mix


Dairy Substitutes

Evaporated Milk Substitute

Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute

Coconut Whipped “Cream”

Cashew Cream


Odds and Ends


Toasted Coconut

Toasted Nuts

Chocolate Syrup


Recommended Resources


The Essential GFCF Kitchen





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