If you're like many people in the gluten free community, you may be trying to avoid other grains besides just wheat. Or maybe you're trying to adapt recipes to make them more nutrient-dense by using alternative flours like almond flour. And I'm sure most of us would like to reduce the refined sugars in our diet. These are all great dietary goals, but where do you start? How do you make some of your favorite gluten free meals and baked goods without the gluten free flours you've come to rely on in recipes?
Consulting a cookbook like Comfort Cooking Without Grains and Refined Sugars is a great place to start. Written by Eleanor Fahey of the Cooking Without Grains website, it contains over 200 recipes (both sweet and savory). I love how the recipes use ingredients like honey instead of sugar. And I especially like Eleanor's use of almond flour, which I've always found lends a wonderful flavor and moistness to recipes (in addition to adding protein, fiber, and healthy fats -- you can't beat that!). Recipes range from appetizers and dips...to breads and muffins...to meat and seafood...to condiments and salad dressings...and even vegetarian meals.
I'd like to give you an opportunity to try out Eleanor's delicious and surprisingly simple recipes, so we're going to send a copy to one winner, selected at random from anyone who submits a gluten free dining or travel review to GlutenFreeTravelSite or our DINE GLUTEN FREE mobile app by 11:59 pm EDT Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (On the app, just click on the Search button at the bottom of the home screen, and you'll see Submit a New Review as a choice on the menu.) We accept reviews of restaurants, hotels, resorts, cruises, bakeries, markets, and even colleges! Submitting a review takes just a few minutes, and each review you submit helps hundreds of thousands of other GF diners using our site and app. (Please do not leave any reviews in the Comments section below this blog post...but feel free to leave other general comments.)