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ISBN: 9781608447312
324 pages

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About this Book

This cookbook is a collection of newly developed recipes that will provide help at selecting and preparing pure, natural foods for people who must avoid grains, gluten, and refined sugars in their diets.

In developing the recipes for this book, I chose recipes that focus on the foods that most people enjoy. The recipes are written in simple steps and are easy to follow. Exact measurements are used for each recipe. Some recipes are quick and easy; others take more time because some whole foods take longer to prepare. It is important to follow the instructions provided here, because specific ingredients are used to get the most favorable results. All of the recipes have been tested in my home kitchen, over and over again, on my gas appliances. Some adjustments in cooking times and temperatures may be necessary if you are using electric appliances. For best results, use only the pan sizes that are indicated in the recipes.

For this book, I used my own traditional family recipes and converted them into grain-free and refined sugar-free versions. Many of the recipes reflect my Mediterranean heritage. I have replaced the grains with gluten-free almond flour, coconut flour, and plantains (the magic ingredient). I used honey as a substitute for the refined sugars. Very low lactose cheeses and homemade yogurt (which contains only a trivial amount of lactose) are included in some of the recipes. Organic fruits and vegetables are used whenever available. I did not use soy products, active dry yeast, or compressed yeast at all.

Some people are concerned that using nut flours will cause them to gain weight. But nut flours are high in protein and vitamins; they are very satisfying and will cause you to eat less. I actually lost a few pounds eating these foods.

For convenience, commercially prepared foods carefully selected for purity were used in some of the recipes. It is important to become an educated label reader, however, because labels often change. Before purchasing any product, check the ingredients on the label to be sure that it is pure, and free of any additives, preservatives, sugars, starches, and/or concentrates.

To begin eating without grains and refined sugars, you may have to make a lifestyle change and invest more time into food preparation. This is not “fast food”; however, the benefits to your overall health and well-being will be well worth the effort. Hopefully, this cookbook will help ease the transition.

You will find a section on cooking methods and techniques in Appendix 1 that will help even the most inexperienced cook obtain excellent results. All of the ingredients used in these recipes can be found at your local supermarket or health food store. Additional shopping information is included in Appendix 2, “Ingredients and Product Sources.” Some recipes contain italicized recipes that are used as ingredients or are suggestions for serving; these recipes can be found using the Index.

I hope you and your family will find the recipes in this cookbook delicious and delightful. Have fun, enjoy, and be well!

Spinach Yogurt Appetizer

Yield: 2 cups

This is an adaptation of a popular appetizer, without the sour cream. You’ll love it.

1 cup dripped homemade (2% milkfat) yogurt*
2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained

In a medium bowl, mix yogurt with mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; blend well. When spinach is cool enough to handle, squeeze out excess water and combine with yogurt mixture. Chill 1 hour before serving. Serve with Garlic Crackers.

*See Appendix 1.