This is my 2nd real food cookbook! A great start to my collection. So, I am going to be totally honest. This cookbook is beyond my expertise as a cook and health-nut, but I want to branch out and do what I can to be healthier. We have been eating organic foods for almost 2 years now and we feel very comfortable with what we buy and what we eat, for the most part. But lately I have been wondering about other foods like different flours and grains available. I experimented with quinoa noodles and they were good! No one noticed that it was anything different. I have done a little experimenting with spelt flour too. But I want to experiment more and I have also been wondering about grain-free options. I am not saying we will go completely grain-free but Carrie Vitt from Deliciously Organic is such an inspiration! She has healed herself from chronic migraines, IBS, eczema, and Hashimoto’s disease all through diet. I am just moved by her story and want to do what I can to be even healthier. I am willing to try new recipes and new ingredients that I haven’t worked with before to see what could happen. I have Fibromyalgia but I have also wondered if I have IBS. I am constantly dealing with digestive issues.
The cookbook starts out with Carrie’s story and how she healed herself. It is such an incredible story. She gives people with chronic illness some hope. And we definitely need that. Then it goes on to some great information about going grain-free, different types of foods, what’s all in her pantry and fridge, how to adapt recipes and eat out, and how to encourage your kids to eat grain-free foods. Then of course are the wonderful recipes with beautiful photos. Breakfast, starters, salads, sides, main dishes, desserts, kids’ favorites, and basics. There’s a conversion chart in the back, with some great resources. I flipped through the cookbook with my kids and they loved the desserts the most! Surprising huh? 😉
There are 125 Recipes in the Cookbook Which Includes:
- 125 Grain-Free Recipes
- 125 Gluten-Free Recipes
- 125 Recipes with a Paleo/Dairy-Free Adaption
- 87 Egg-Free Recipes
- 114 Nut-Free Recipes
- 70% of the recipes have never been published on her blog
- All recipes have been tested by a professional test kitchen
This cookbook would make a great gift for someone (or for yourself!) that is trying to eat healthier and maybe even heal themselves from the inside out in the process. These recipes work with grain-free flours like almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot flour, tapioca flour, and bean flours; natural sweeteners; and healthy oils & fats. If you know someone that uses these flours, then I think this is the cookbook for them!
Here is one of the recipes straight out of the cookbook that looks like something I definitely want to make! *ZINGERS*
If you’re going to make anything in this book, make this recipe. Carrie’s mom, owner of The Festive Kitchen, in Dallas, Texas, is the creator of these little bites and sells thirty thousand pounds of them each holiday season. The apricot has a melty-sweet quality, there’s a small bite from the jalapeño, and it’s all wrapped in salty bacon. It’s truly the ultimate appetizer.
MAKES 20 APPETIZERS
PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes
- 20 dried apricots
- 20 jarred jalapeño slices
- 7 bacon slices, cut into thirds
- 20 strong toothpicks
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and adjust the rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
- Using a paring knife, cut a slice horizontally down an apricot. Cut almost but not all the way through, so that it will open like a book. Place a jalapeño slice inside the apricot, wrap the apricot in a piece of the cut bacon, secure it with a toothpick, and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, flip the zingers and bake for 10 minutes more, or until the bacon is golden brown. Serve immediately.
NOTE: You can make these ahead of time and freeze them, unbaked, in an airtight container. No need to thaw them—you can bake them straight from the freezer. Just increase the baking time to 25 to 30 minutes.
And here’s a preview of the Apricot Pecan Cookies that are in the cookbook. You will need to purchase the cookbook for the recipe. 😉 Don’t they look good???
So where can you purchase this wonderful cookbook??? Right here: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062308160/the-grain-free-family-table.
And here’s a picture of me with the cookbook on the day it arrived! It took a while to get here so I was excited when it finally came. I am so excited to try these new recipes!!!
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