I’m absolutely thrilled to share this review and cookbook with you today! AND offer you your very own copy along with two extra goodies (see below on how to enter the giveaway)
May I introduce you to the wonderful cookbook: Culinary Creativity by Dawn Allen (who authors the blog Cuter Than Gluten). Let me tell you what this cookbook is all about here right off the bat and what you’ll find. All 110 recipes found in this cookbook are gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, soy free, baker’s yeast free, and nightshade free (and 105 of the recipes can be corn free). Oh yes, that’s right. Dawn has created an amazing cookbook for those of us who eat an alternative diet AND for those of us who love amazing food. I don’t know if there is another cookbook out there like this? Let me tell you, I’m so glad Dawn came along and created one.
(I just love that).
2. Each recipe comes with a picture (also love that).
3. Every recipe has full nutritional content (listed in the back in Appendix II) – so you know the calories, fat, fiber, sugar, etc., of each recipe (that’s pretty awesome).
5. The recipes are easy to make and the instructions are easy to follow and every page is nicely organized. It’s compact and easy to handle.
Okay on to the recipes…
The first recipe I made was a red sauce. It’s Dawn’s version of a pasta sauce (made with beets). I’ll admit, I was skeptical of this recipe as I’m such a huge tomato sauce lover. But let me tell you, it’s amazing. I was astounded by the flavor. And my kids LOVED it too. They both asked for seconds of the “pink pasta.” Even my husband was surprised by how much it tasted like a tomato based sauce. There is just a slight hit of beet. This recipe was huge for me, as I’ve come to realize nightshades really irritate my digestion and contribute to inflammation. I’ve been feeling great since following Dawn’s nightshade free recipes!
Red Sauce (page 118)
vegan, gluten free, dairy free
Here I’ve made another three separate recipes into one dinner. The baked beans are flavorful and hearty, the cabbage is sweet and tart, and the pesto chicken burger is moist and the pesto is balanced perfectly. I think the pesto burger is just so smart. These three recipes and the above recipes are in my weekly dinner rotation.
Stovetop “Baked” Beans (page 96)
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage (page 98)
Pesto Chicken Burger (page 87)
And finally, some fun snacks. I was very interested in the almond “cheese” recipe from the getgo. It was very easy to make. It has a slightly spongy texture (at least mine did, and I think this is from the agar agar). It has a nice smokey flavor and is just delightful on the crackers (that I made with 3 times more garlic that the recipe called for). The crackers have 7 ingredients and you can add so many different herbs and flavors. They are made with a garbanzo/fava bean flour. My son really enjoyed these with the “cheese.”
Crackers (page 168)
Almond Cheese (page 115)
Dal (page 93)