Speaking of Erik. What astounded me last year, and this year, too, is the low number of fathers at Autism One. I realize some families can only afford for one spouse to miss work. Also, some families need a parent to stay home with the children or cannot financially afford the trip for two. But it's the stories of the mothers shouldering this all on their own that break my heart. I've heart numerous accounts of fathers not being able to face autism and it's challenges. They either leave, disconnect, or leave the care and research up to the wives. We all handle stress in different ways, so I can't judge what's in the heart of these men. Sometimes, like today, I'm reminded of just how blessed I am to have Erik by my side.
Erik sat through the cooking sessions today. What a guy! I attended the cooking last year and a few sessions this afternoon. I'm going to share the most amazing recipe with you. I'm hoping B someday outgrows his coconut allergy because this recipe is delicious! I'll share more recipes later.
Coconut Cilantro Chutney
by Deepa Deshmukh, RD
Makes 1 cup of Chutney
2 cups fresh cilantro (stems and all!)
1/4 cup fresh mint
1/4 cup dry or fresh coconut
2 T pepita (pumpkin seeds)
1 T fresh lemon juice
1/2 salt or to taste
1/2 jalapeno (I'm thinking this could be left out)
1 T cumin (optional)
1/2 cup water for blending, adjust as necessary
1. Using a blender or food processor, puree all ingredients together.
- As a veggie dip or with crackers
- Blend with rice, quinoa or other grain (quinoa was awesome with this! I wonder if minced cauliflower would work for GAPS
- Sauce, condiment on eggs or grilled chicken or fish
- Mix into hummus or yogurt