Grain free and dairy free cookbooks are few and far between. Sure, you can scour the internet or search Pinterest to find tons of suitable recipes but if you are anything like me, you prefer the ease of a cookbook. There is something satisfying about opening up a cherished cookbook and turning to a dog-eared page that you know will help you create something fabulous in the kitchen.
I was thrilled when Starlene from GAPS Diet Journey released Beyond Grain and Dairy! I have always loved the recipes Starlene published on her blog (several of which are in weekly rotation at my house) and could not wait to have her cooking prowess contained in an actual compilation of grain free, dairy free, gluten free, soy free, corn free, and processed sugar free goodness! Of course this makes all of the recipes GAPS legal!
Beyond Grain and Dairy has 113 recipes. 95 are recipes that have appeared on Starlene’s blog and 28 are brand new. Now before you get all goofy over the fact that you are being asked to pay for recipes that appeared for free on a blog, let me ask you this. Would you rather save your precious time and have these recipes packaged up in an easy to use eBook or would you rather spend a couple of hours at the computer clicking and printing, clicking and printing? Yeah, it thought so.
Beyond Grain and Dairy is more than just a cookbook. It is akin to cooking with a friend beside you. Starlene brings a very personal approach to the contents of the cookbook. She includes anecdotal snippets before each recipe which give you a deeper look into the how’s and why’s of each recipe. The recipe instructions are also written in such a way that you feel like you are carrying on a conversation with Starlene! I love that! It makes each recipe very easy to prepare.
Starlene includes lots of visuals through her fantastic pictures but she goes beyond that and creates vivid visual imagery in her word choice. Words like “heap,” “shiny texture,” “blend until you are happy” are words that in my opinion, create more confidence in the person creating Starlene’s recipes. I mean, how can you mess a recipe up that tells you to “heap on frosting” or “blend until you are happy with the texture?”
I’m sure you are wondering what recipes you can find in Beyond Grain and Dairy. While the Table of Contents is too long to list here, here are the recipes found in my three favorite sections: Main Dishes, Breads, and Desserts.
- Almond Butter and Dried Tomato Chicken
- Cauliflower Crust Pizza
- Chard and Onion Quiche
- Perfect Pie Crust
- Chicken and Peas Over Riced Cauliflower
- Chicken Salad
- Chicken Stir Fry
- Chicken with Red Sauce Over Cauliflower
- Chinese 5-Spice with Pork and Vegetables
- Creamy Orange Cashew Chicken
- Creamy Orange Cashew Sauce
- Crockpot Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Curried Chicken with Pineapple
- Curried Pork with Spinach, Cauliflower and Bell Peppers
- Curried Sesame Eggplant Chicken
- Hamburgers on Leaf Lettuce
- Mom’s Salmon Patties
- Pad Thai
- Thai Sesame Almond Butter Sauce
- Pork and Cauliflower Hash
- Pork Roast Croquettes
- Sausage and Cabbage
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Spaghetti & Meatballs
- Red Bell Pepper and Tomato Spaghetti Sauce
- Bacon Muffins
- Banana Raisin Nut Almond Flour Loaf
- Banana Walnut Coconut Flour Muffins
- Biscuits & Gravy
- Blackberry Almond Flour Loaf
- Blackberry Sauce
- Carrot Cake Muffins
- Coconut Flour Sandwich Bread
- Coconut Butter Sandwich Bread
- Faux Cornbread or Muffins
- French Toast
- Pumpkin Bread
- Squash Pancakes
- Almond Flour Green Onion Flecked Biscuits
- Zucchini Bread
DESSERTS & SWEETS
- Banana Walnut Ice Cream
- Blackberry Shortcakes
- Chocolate Medallions Coconut Flour Cookies
- Blueberry Cheesecake
- Cashew Nut Yogurt
- Cherry Banana Popsicles
- Cherry Walnut Small Bundt Cake (cover image)
- Cinnamon Mules Cookies
- Coconut Almond Candy Clusters
- Creamy Coconut Buttercream Frosting
- Coconut Peanut Butter Balls
- Coconut Pecan Frosting
- Fluffy Banana Custard
- Chocolate Almond Butter Frosting
- Coconut Cream Chocolate Whipped Topping
- Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
- Chocolate Coconut Flour Cookies Made with a Cookie Press
- Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream Shake
- Double Double Chocolate Brownies
- Fudge Babies: Banana Bread Style
- Fudge Babies: Pacific Island Style
- Lemon Blossom Cupcakes
- Lemony White Fluff Frosting
- Pina colada Medallions Coconut Flour Cookies
- Pink Blossom Mini Cupcakes
- Pink Fluff Icing
- Polka Dot Chocolate Cake
- Pumpkin Pie Coconut Milk Custard
- Strawberry White Bean Ice Cream
There are also 8 Egg recipes, 7 Smoothie recipes, 8 Condiment and Sauce recipes, 6 Salad recipes, 7 Vegetable recipes, 10 Meat recipes, 3 Appetizer recipes, and 5 Soup recipes. Seriously, you will never be at a loss for what to cook for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert!
In addition to all the mouth-watering recipes, Starlene provides some fantastic links and resources as well as her own personal story of her journey to better health. It is very inspiring to say the least!
I mentioned that many of Starlene’s recipes were already staples in my house. The cauliflower crust pizza, Pad Thai, Chicken Heart Salami, and Fudge Babies: Pacific Island Style are just a few of my favorites. However, I wanted to test out a couple of Starlene’s new recipes and decided to try the Coconut Flour Sandwich Bread (not to be confused with the Coconut Butter version) and the Curried Sesame Eggplant Chicken.
First up – the Coconut Flour Sandwich Bread! I have tried a lot of grain free bread recipes but they all fall flat. Literally. The breads never rise up like store bought sandwich bread and they are too dense for my liking. The photo of the bread looked incredibly promising so I gave it a whirl!
The Coconut Flour Bread was very easy to make. Starlene included a lot of additional information to help you make the correct decision about baking times and temperatures based on what cookware you were using. I followed the instructions to a T and the bread came out of the oven fluffy and very much looking like a true sandwich bread! I let it cool a bit than dove in with gusto! OH MY! Delicious! It made a great nut butter and fig sandwich as well as French toast the next day! I am in love.
The second recipe I tried was the Curried Sesame Eggplant Chicken. I love me some curry and I love me some eggplant so naturally, this seemed like an incredible combination.
I think this recipe would have been pretty easy to make if I did not have my daughter wrapped around my ankles. Ha! However, even with an extra appendage screaming at me, I was able to create this dish without a lot of fuss. The kitchen smelled wonderful while I was cooking this up and the flavors came together beautifully! It has the perfect amount of curry for my palate and the eggplant cooked up beautifully. My eggplant hating husband even liked it! This dish will definitely make an appearance on a regular basis!
Now that your mouth is watering, how would you like a chance to win your own copy of Beyond Grain and Dairy? It is super easy to win. Just use the Rafflecopter entry system! There will be TWO winners! Whoo hoo!
Don’t want to wait to win? No problem! You can buy it here! Enter coupon code RASTAHM20 for 20% off. Thanks Starlene!
This giveaway opens today, January 18th and closes at 11:59pm on January 28th. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.