The arrival of this cookbook was perfect timing. I’ve been leaning into grain-free living for about four months now and have to say, I think it’s better for my body. From what I’m learning, I think most people that eliminate gluten, eventually eliminate all grains at some point. This cookbook is also dairy-free which is an added plus in our house. The best thing I liked about this cookbook is that the recipes are simple. I was able to find several good family meal options. I made the flank steak twice and the family gobbled it up.
This super simple kale salad recipe is my favorite. Just kale, avocado, lemon juice, avocado and seasoning. As many of you know, I love, love, love short ingredient lists. You’ll notice I added tomato for color. I’m totally visual when it comes to food. I think when you have food sensitivities you have to learn how to take in your nourishment and food enjoyment from all your senses.
Above I am removing the avocado pit. I learned this trick some time ago and it totally changed my avocado preparation experience. It’s much less stressful now. Simply cut the avocado in half circling around the pit. Twist one half of it (about a 1/4 turn) and one half will pop off. Take a sharp knife and give it a quick whack into the pit (be careful to avoid hitting your hand). Twist the knife and it will gently pull the pit out. Ta da!
Once you’ve removed the pit, take the same sharp knife and cut the avocado meat length wise like shown and then crosswise to make squares. You can then grip the cut edges of the avocado with your fingers and take your thumbs and push on the opposite side, turning the avocado skin inside out, and the squares should easily pop out. You can also dig them out with a large spoon, if needed.
I marinated this flank steak twice the time that the cookbook recommended. I always do this with my marinated meats. We prefer an intense marinade flavor. The marinade was flavorful without overpowering the meat.
I’ve been anxious to find a good cauliflower rice recipe. I have several soup recipes that I like to serve over rice and now want a grain-free option. I think this recipe is perfect. It has great flavor and texture.
It’s hard enough to be gluten-free in the world and now occasionally take alcohol off the list too…do I have to be a total social outcast at a dinner party? Well, now I can sit by the pool or walk the party feeling like I fit right in with this amazing Mojito Mocktail. I really felt like something special sipping on this. It’s gorgeous, sexy and yummy. Summer in a glass…need I say more?
A grain-free brownie…wow, who would have thought someone could pull this off. This ingredient list is yet again super simple and it’s nut-free. A plus in our house since we have one adult child (college student) with an anaphylactic nut allergy. The brownies were actually a little sweet for us so next time, I would decrease the coconut sugar a little. They turned out beautiful as you can see above. They did not last long in this household.
Other recipes that look enticing: Classic Salmon Burgers, Chocolate Sorbet, Balsamic Rosemary Beets and Grain-Free Bagels.
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