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Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: Real Sustenance (Bacon Sage Popovers and Orange Zested Carrot Fries)

 

This month for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger (which is a totally awesome monthly event hosted by and the brain child of Sea at Book of Yum) I adopted Brittany of Real Sustenance. Brittany is an over-achiever in the gluten-free world – if you don’t believe me, just check out this raw cake she made recently for her April in the Raw series, or this white cake that is free of gluten, dairy, soy, egg, and refined sugar. There is definitely no food intolerance that Brittany can’t work around, and she takes on the challenge full force. She’s definitely an inspiration.

But in spite of all of the enticing desserts Brittany has shared on her blog, I opted to go the savory route. I was making shepherd’s pie for dinner this past weekend, and thought we needed a special little treat to go along with it – Bacon Sage Popovers! (because what’s one more carb in a carb-heavy meal?)

These popovers were fun! I loved that they had that nice little flavor of bacon. They also were excellent for sopping up a bit of sauce (or as a mashed potato delivery device) that was in the shepherd’s pie. I wish I would have put more sage in them – I used fresh sage from my garden – but that will definitely be considered for next time. In the back of my mind, I also thought that bacon and sage would be a great combination for biscuits. I will have to think about that the next time biscuits are on the menu.

Then I found Brittany’s recipe for Orange Zested Carrot Fries. Carrots, masquerading as fries? Sure, why not? I like sweet potato fries, so I thought I’d give these a go. They were easy to throw together, although at first I was worried that there would be too much seasoning. But once the “fries” spent some time in the oven, I realized this clearly wasn’t the case. The seasoning made a crust, of sorts, (if I had to compare it to something, I’d say it resembled a better-spiced version of the coating on the curly fries popular at several major fast food restaurants – probably not the best comparison, but they were really tasty!) and the finished “fries” were crispy outside, perfectly seasoned, and sweet and creamy inside. These were perfect with or without ketchup. My only suggestion – make double or triple the recipe next time. I ate the entire thing by myself. (whoops)

I do fully intend to indulge in some of Brittany’s recipes for sweet treats soon. They all look so tempting. I did also “unofficially” try her vanilla-banana chai smoothie. Well, a version of it, anyway. I opted to use half the banana, make it extra thick (so less almond milk), and blend in a small cooked sweet potato. I then topped it with some grain-free granola (courtesy of Good Morning! Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy), yogurt-style, and ate it with a spoon. (Sorry, no picture, it was 5 AM that it was made, and the granola wasn’t placed on top until I was at work this morning, eating my breakfast.) It was creamy and delicious, and I was so glad for the banana and chai smoothie inspiration!

Real Sustenance is definitely a real find in the gluten-free world. I can’t wait to see what Brittany dreams up next!

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Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: Simply…Gluten-Free

This month, I chose Carol of Simply…Gluten-Free for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. Carol has an amazing talent – for food AND photography. I am a regular reader of her blog, and she always manages to post things that make my mouth water. So much so, many times, that I’ve actually prepared several of her recipes in the past. For example, I consulted her blog when I needed to make croquembouche. Her slow-roasted salmon is the easiest and tastiest salmon I’ve made. Before I went dairy and corn-free, I made her polenta pot pies, and oh my, were they tasty! And I actually prepared her chicken piccata for this Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, but by the time it was ready, the sun had set, and the photography gods were not with me. So I used that as an excuse to whip up one more recipe, one I’d really been drooling over – her pistachio cookies.

I love pistachios. In a big way. So when I saw these cookies, and read how easy they were to make, I knew I had to make them. I’m glad I did, because they’re a chewy, not-to-sweet, green delight! I can see these gracing a Christmas cookie platter soon – they’re not the flashiest cookie, but then again, I was never into flashy. I’m all about flavor over fancy. These babies certainly deliver.

So if you haven’t already become familiar with Carol over at Simply…Gluten-Free, check out her blog! Next recipe on my list from Simply…Gluten-Free: pistachio gelato. Definitely digging the green theme.

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Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: I Am Gluten Free

This month, I chose Ellen at I Am Gluten Free for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. Ellen rocks. She and I are kindred spirits in our love for music (she actually pursued it as a career, and now, along with her husband, performs and composes music for young children). She travels all over because of her career, and yet manages to squeeze in time for a healthy gluten-free diet and a few moments to blog about it! Her recipes are mostly vegan, dairy-free, and full of nutrition. I’ve followed her blog for a long time, and thought I was past due to try out one of her recipes.

But which one? After all, she has figured out how to make gluten-free “flour” tortillas, and this creamy cashew and vegetable korma speaks to my love for Indian food (Ellan cooks Indian a lot!). I’ve already made her cinnamon rolls before (they were one of the first things I tried when I went gluten-free!), but this time, I wanted to make something healthier. When I came across her recipe for gRAWnola, I was sold.

Her gRAWnola was a gluten-free, oat-free granola that was lightly sweetened and full of flavor. It promised some nutritious granola goodness in every bite. It’d been a while since I had granola (I am finding that I can’t tolerate even gluten-free oats very often), so I was eager.

Her recipe called for the use of a dehydrator. I don’t have one (yet), so I used the oven at the lowest temperature (170 degrees F) and allowed it to dry on a baking sheet for about 10 hours. This means that technically, my granola wasn’t raw. But it was still so delicious, I am strongly considering purchasing a dehydrator just to make this on a regular basis without use of the oven.

I was glad to participate in Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger again this month! Adopting Ellen only further confirmed my opinion about her recipes – that gluten and dairy-free definitely does not mean taste-free. Ellen is a genius in the kitchen.

Check out her recipe for gRAWnola here!

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