Amy Green started omitting wheat and gluten from her diet when her health and weight brought her to a doctor who practiced alternative medicine. He said these ingredients "were going to kill" her. That prompted a wake-up call as to what Amy ate -- for just a few weeks. After six years, she finally decided that unless she omitted these foods from her meals, she would have no control over her weight. She started with whole, unprocessed foods, eating fruit when she needed something sweet. Eating this way has allowed Amy to maintain her over 60 pound weight loss. Pretty awesome!
I totally resonated with her story, and really enjoyed flipping through the book to see what sort of recipes she had developed.
For breakfast, Green includes several variations on the friendly gluten-free buckwheat pancake, and an apple carrot breakfast cake that I know I'd love (or want to transform into cookies!). Other tantalizing recipes include slow cooker ketchup and black bean veggie burgers. Most recipes are vegetarian and many have vegan adaptations.
This book really highlights Amy's skill at creating wonderful gluten free and sugar free baked goods, like a fresh fruit tart and almond butter cupcakes. In these, she sticks to sweetening with stevia, agave nectar, palm sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
One side dish completely caught my attention: the Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower. I love cauliflower pureed in soups and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, so this sounded like an awesome alternative to mashed potatoes.
Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower
Adapted from Simply Gluten and Sugar Free by Amy Green
- 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth, divided
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup low fat yogurt (Amy used sour cream, but I didn't have any)
- 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
Would you like to win a copy of Amy's book? The wonderful folks at Ulysses Press have given me two books to give to two lucky winners!
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