Autism Recipes / Aspergers Recipes
Well-designed recipes are the key to our students’ cooking success. Everything is set out in small steps and simple language. Nothing is left to guesswork. Now you can share this success in your own home or school using our Coach in the Kitchen cookbook.
We selected recipes that suit the eating habits and enhance the health of students in our cooking school for teens and adults with Aspergers and other forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Most people (with or without autism) don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables or whole grains. We’ve successfully addressed this in our cooking school by presenting recipes that blend whole grains with refined grains in baked goods, so that fibre is present without neglecting texture or flavour. We’ve also found that fruits and vegetables previously shunned are accepted when garnished with appealing sauces or baked in desserts.
Recognizing that people with Aspergers and other forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder often have highly idiosyncratic eating habits, the 290 pages of recipes in our cookbook include a wide range of foods. There’s something here for everyone—for those who like pasta; for those who like their foods breaded; for those who like cheese; for those who like pizza, chicken, sausage or rice; for those who like baked goods; and for those who eat gluten-free food, or casein-free food, or both. We’ve covered all bases in the consumption tendencies of those with Aspergers and other forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, but done so without compromising nutrition.
Look at ourCauliflower with Breadcrumb Dressing recipe for a sample of our easy-to-follow instructions.
For example, you can instantly see that Cauliflower with Breadcrumb Dressing uses a stovetop, but not an oven or microwave.
Nutrition Facts are displayed for each recipe, too. If you’re tracking calories, carbohydrates, sodium or other nutrients, this box shows how much of each is in a serving. Since medications for autism often result in weight gain, we’ve selected recipes with low calories and little, or no, unhealthy fats.
Notice the boxes beside every step in the recipe? You can check them off when you finish each step to keep track of exactly where you are. That way you’ll never skip steps by mistake.
Instructions in most cookbooks would typically start at step #11 of our Cauliflower recipe, simply telling you to put cauliflower florets in a steamer basket on the stove. We provide much more support than that. We spell out exactly what you have to do to reach that point—whether it be tearing off cauliflower leaves, cleaning the cauliflower, placing it on the chopping board and holding it to cut it, or putting the right amount of water (and no more than the right amount) in the saucepan. Read it to see for yourself.
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