CAROL KICINSKI is the author of the food blog Simply . . . Gluten-Free and the book Simply . . . Gluten-free Desserts. She has appeared on The Fine Living Network and Daytime, a nationally syndicated morning show. She lives in Florida.
The new cookbook has fast meals that have simple ingredient lists and take between 15 and 30 minutes to prepare. Meals like this sure beat picking up take-out on those crazy, busy nights. One thing I really like about this cookbook is the menus for certain occasions, such as Cinco de Mayo, Lazy Summer Afternoon Party, etc. It is nice to see an entire menu of simple recipes put together to demonstrate that entertaining doesn’t have to be intimidating and complex. To make things even easier, each menu includes a “Quick Cooking Strategy” for your convenience.
Some of the recipes that really stood out to me in the cookbook are:
- Chipotle potato salad
- Easy Mexican rice
- Almost instant Nutella mousse (yes, you read that right!)
- Falafel burgers
- Honey-roasted plums
- Spiced basmati rice with cashews
- Polenta potpies
The front of the cookbook has recipes for a quick biscuit and pancake mix and a sweet rice flour blend. Additionally, a list of foods for stocking your gluten-free pantry are included. With a cookbook like this on hand, it is certainly hard to justify heating up a frozen gluten-free meal or picking up take-out. This would be a great gift for a newly gluten-free friend or family member. There is no need to be overwhelmed when starting the gluten-free diet.