A month ago, I visited the Earthbound Farm headquarters with some wonderful bloggers and met the lovely Carrie Vitt, who runs the Deliciously Organic blog sharing grain-free and paleo recipes using whole foods ingredients. I was so inspired by Carrie's story of how she was able to reverse Hashimoto's disease, chronic migraines, IBS, and eczema by going on an elimination diet, and transforming her health by eating a whole foods diet devoid of processed foods and grains.
So, I am so excited that her latest cookbook, The Grain-Free Family Table has just been released so you, too, can improve your health. If you suffer from celiac disease, allergies, diabetes, skin disorders, migraines, Hashimoto's disease, or any other auto-immune diseases, you may find this book incredibly helpful.
With all of the hype about Paleo living, I should point out that Carrie does not follow a strict paleo diet. She follows a whole foods grain-free diet. What's the difference? While a Gluten-Free diet omits wheat, barley, and rye, a Paleo diet omits all processed foods, grains, legumes, and dairy, a grain-free diet omits all grains and processed foods (including quinoa, corn, and rice) but still includes dairy and legumes. Grain-Free eating is a great place to start on a healthier journey because it isn't as restrictive as Paleo and is also a very nourishing diet that is intended to help heal the system instead of simply taking out the offensive foods and never eating them again.
What's great about this book, is that Carrie shares her years of experimentation which makes everything so much easier for anybody embarking on a Grain-Free Diet. Carrie starts by outlining the essential grain-free pantry ingredients: grain-free flours, oils and fats, milks, sweeteners, flavorings, and salt. I love that she is also a fan of Celtic Sea Salt. I can't live without that stuff! You can also take a look at Carrie's kitchen essentials.
But, what I find most helpful about this book is the how-to-adapt-recipes section, where Carrie guides you through adapting your favorite traditional recipes to be grain-free, and tips for how to eat out as a grain-free eater. I also really love the Grain-Free Basics section, with recipes for broth, nut butter, nut milk, sauerkraut, kombucha, cauliflower rice, cashew cheese, whipped coconut milk, coconut butter, homemade vanilla extract, grain-free baking powder, pie crust, bread, activated nuts and seeds, ketchup, and more.
Now, for those of you who are vegan (like me) this book contains a lot of animal products - meats, eggs, and dairy. However, there are quite a few recipes that are vegan or can be adapted to be vegan. Try the grain-free biscuits, quick chia seed strawberry jam, coconut, berry, and spinach smoothie (sans the 4 egg yolks), berries and mint, no-sugar added margarita, baby greens, avocado, red onion, and strawberry salad, arugula salad, citrus salad with shallots and pistachios (I used coconut nectar), sauteed bell peppers with chimichurri sauce, sweet buttered peas with orange and mint gremolata (I used vegan butter), roasted red onions, sauteed kale with raisins and walnuts (use plant-based oil), cauliflower steaks with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and capers, chia seed pudding, apricot pecan cookies (I used maple syrup and vegan butter), blackberry apple crisp (I used vegan butter and maple syrup), baked pears (use coconut oil and coconut cream), granola (use stevia or maple syrup), and banana maple ice pops. If you eat meat, there are a ton of great options.
My favorite recipe in the book is this cauliflower rice salad because it's such a wonderful example of a simple grain-free dish you can whip up in less than 20 minutes. I absolutely love cauliflower rice. You just chop up a whole head of cauliflower, discard the tough core, throw the chopped cauliflower into the food processor, and pulse a few times until it is the consistency of rice or couscous. You can eat this "rice" raw (I love using it as a base for tabouli) lightly sauté it (like in this recipe) or roast it for 30 minutes on a baking tray in the oven at 375 degrees F.
What I love the most about this book is the sense of love and community that shines through. Having met Carrie, she is such a genuine person committed to her husband and children and that love forms the heart of this book. Could her two daughters be any more adorable? So gorgeous!
Get your copy of The Grain-Free Family Table and learn more about Carrie Vitt.