Life is a journey. Right?
Always changing, always growing, right?
For me, that means trying to cook and eat healthier. In my dessert-laden life, one of the things that I can do to eat healthier is to choose recipes some of the time that are free of refined sugar.
Good idea, but how to do it?
Step one ... Get to know Amy Green. Do you know her? You should. She's the force behind Simply Sugar and Gluten-free. She writes a blog that is rich with information and inspiration, simplysugarandglutenfree.com. Every Tuesday, Amy hosts a link-up event called Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays (SIT) at her site. Visiting SIT is like discovering a good-for-you cookbook each and every week. The rest of the week, Amy provides recipes and tips to live and eat gluten- and sugar-free.
|Simply Sugar and Gluten-free's Chewy Chocolate Date Brownies|
As much as I love visiting food blogs, and boy do I, I really love holding a quality cookbook in my hands. I like turning the pages and discovering the treasures hidden between the covers. Amy's book, Simply Sugar and Gluten-free is rich with the information and recipes you need if you want to give reducing refined sugar a try. These recipes utilize a full range of options for sweetness -- coconut palm sugar, dates, stevia, applesauce and other fruits, agave nectar, etc. Not only does Amy use these ingredients in her recipes, she explains them along with different gluten-free flours and kitchen staples to ensure that your sugar- and gluten-free cooking will be a success.
Because this isn't a vegetarian cookbook, not every recipe is right for me and my family. There are, however, lots of delicious options that work as written or with slight modifications. Some tasty titles include, Slow Cooker Pear Butter, Black Bean Soup, Chickpea and Summer Veggie Salad, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos and Apple Spice Granita.
One of the recipes that my family enjoyed was Chewy Chocolate Date Brownies. These had a great texture and a chocolaty flavor without the fat and sugar of traditional brownies.
If you would like to reduce your sugar intake, this book is an invaluable tool. Lucky for you, the publisher of Simply Sugar and Gluten-free is going to give away a copy to a lucky reader!
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment about why you want to win below. To get extra entries, "like" Welcoming Kitchen on Facebook. If you do, leave another comment saying that you either followed us or already do -- that's 2 entries. For a third entry, "follow" Welcoming Kitchen on Twitter, and leave a comment saying that you do. For a fourth, "follow" me, Kim Lutz, on Pinterest and leave a comment saying that you do. I'll pick a winner on Friday, June 8. Entries can be made up until 12 noon CST on June 8. (Unfortunately, winners must live in the United States or have a US mailing address.)
Feeling lucky? Enter to win a copy of my book, Welcoming Kitchen, over at Simply Sugar and Gluten-free!
Happy Cooking (and Good Luck)!
Find more tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.