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Raw Food Potluck NYC

Book Review, GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Vegan

Raw Food Potluck NYC

5 Comments 21 April 2014

I miss my Raw Foods Girls. But it has been a lot of fun to find likeminded foodie friends here in the City. We had a mostly raw foods potluck with a few friends, and I wanted to share some highlights with you. The menu had an Asian flair, so what better raw foods cookbook to cook from than Ani’s Raw Food Asia?

We started with Ani’s Summer Rolls with Ginger “Peanut” Sauce. These cute little cucumber wraps burst with flavorful veggies and herbs, and I love the cute little kelp noodle tendrils that peek through. These are fun to make, fun to eat, and scrumptious in Ani’s ginger “peanut” sauce which actually features almond butter.

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I tried my hand at tempura using Ani’s Vegetable Tempura with Orange Lemongrass Dipping Sauce which can also be found in Ani’s Raw Food Asia.

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Simply coat your favorite veggies in her zucchini-based tempura batter and dehydrate for 7 to 10 hours. The dipping sauce is insanely delicious.

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Also from Ani’s Raw Food Asia was this delicious Shitake Mushroom Namul. Easy to make. Just slice the mushrooms and allow them to marinate for at least 20 minutes.

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I pulled out a tried and true recipe for Living Pad Thai by one of the Raw Foods Girls, which you can find here. I think it’s my favorite raw foods dish…ever.

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We also had vegan sushi. I toyed with the idea of making it 100% raw with a cauliflower cashew rice, but we went the white rice route. To make the raw version, just put equal amounts of cauliflower and cashews in the food processor and process until it resembles rice.  To make the sushi rolls, follow the directions linked in my post Sushi, Vegetarian Style.

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Our friends outdid themselves with their contributions. These marinated mangos were the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I couldn’t believe how tender the mango pieces were. So tender that I didn’t realize at first that the mango hadn’t been peeled! Skin and all, who knew mango could taste like this?

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Our friends also taught me that I have a broiler in my baby oven. Ha! They broiled up these eggplant strips for a little cooked fun.

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A meal is never complete without a little raw chocolate, right? For dessert we enjoyed these pistachio truffles. The recipe for the chocolate base can be found in The Art of Raw Living Food. These are so rich that they can cause heart palpitations. Seriously.

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Yes, all of this was made in this tiny NYC kitchen.

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Living raw vegan in the City isn’t always this involved, but it sure is good to know that it’s possible even in this little space!

Other Raw Foods Potluck posts you might enjoy:

Readers, dish!

  • What’s your favorite style of raw foods?
  • Do you have a go-to raw foods recipe book?
  • Which dish above would you make first?

Book Review, Healthy Living

The Candida Diet Solution

4 Comments 27 August 2013

There’s a new resource available that many of you are going to be interested in. Sandra of The Candida Diet Plan has just released an e-book called The Candida Diet Solution. If you’ve struggled with Candida, know someone who has, or are just curious about it, this book is for you. Sandra is a regular contributor to Raw Foods Thursdays sharing healthy, delicious, anti-Candida recipes that just happen to be raw. (Yay for us!) So I was thrilled when Sandra gave me an early sneak peek at her book.

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Thankfully, I’ve never struggled with Candida myself, but I’ve helped a family member try to sort out all of the information available on the web. It would have been so much easier if I had this book at my fingertips, because it’s an easy-to-read, practical guide to Candida and how to cure it. Here’s a short little video of Sandra telling you all about it.

I’m glad to have this book in my healthy resource library, and you can too! For a limited time this book will cost you only $0.99! The price is going up soon, so don’t hesitate. You can buy The Candida Diet Solution right here through Amazon.

Thanks, Sandra, for such a great book! And keep those delicious recipes coming!

Paleo Giveaway #2 and 3

Book Review, GF Recipes, GF Resources

Paleo Giveaway #2 and 3

13 Comments 25 June 2013

I have 2 final Paleo giveaways for you today. Again, it might seem strange that I’m giving away Paleo books on a newly-proclaimed vegan site. But more than just vegans read Gluten-Free Cat. In fact, this site started when I was gluten-free junkitarian, so the blog has a wide range of readers as it’s changed with my eating.

This will be my last non-vegan giveaway.

The good people at Victory Belt Publishing sent two books for me to review and giveaway. I’ll be doing the giveaways a little differently this time. The first one will be a random selection using “And The Winner Is”. The second one…well, you’ll see.

The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley is perfect for someone who wants to know what the Paleo buzz is all about. Want to give it a chance for 30 days? This book covers the basics of the Paleo diet, provides meal plans and shopping lists to help you through the 30 days, and lays out 75 strict Paleo recipes.

This is a perfect Paleo handbook as it’s easy to read, the recipes are simple to follow, and there’s a gorgeous, full-page picture for every single recipe. The Hayley and Bill team have once again impressed me with their attention to detail, and their understanding of what Paleo newbies need to be successful is evident on every page. (If you aren’t familiar with their last fabulous book  Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining, see my review here.)

I’m doing the second giveaway a little differently. I’m choosing a winner based on my opinion only! Give me the best reason that you want the following book.

Primal Moms Look Good Naked by Peggy Emeh! I laughed so hard when I read the title. Not being a mother myself, never having experienced the miracle of pregnancy, I would do a poor job reviewing this book. But I know that there are some primal moms out there who would slay a dragon to get their hands on a copy! That’s why I had to offer this as a giveaway. Just glancing through the table of contents you can tell that this isn’t just a book about looking good naked (but I love that title).

Part 1: The Wisdom of Our Ancestors

Chapter 1 — What it Means to be Primal.
Chapter 2 — My story: PCOS, Celiac, and a New Beginning
Chapter 3 — Fertility, Conception, and Child Spacing
Chapter 4 — Eating for the Primal Pregnancy
Chapter 5 — The Importance of Diet on Baby’s Gene Expression
Chapter 6 — Exercise During and After Pregnancy

Part 2: The Collagen Collection

Chapter 7 — Stretch Marks
Chapter 8 — Cellulite
Chapter 9 — Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoids
Chapter 10 — Split Abdominal Muscles (Diastasis Recti)
Chapter 11 — Sagging Breasts and Vaginal Dryness
Chapter 12 — Foods and Supplements to Support Connective Tissue

Part 3: The Hormone Connection

Chapter 13 — Protruding, Sagging Belly
Chapter 14 — Weight Gain
Chapter 15 — Hair Loss, Hair Growth, and Your Skin
Chapter 16 — Depression
Chapter 17 — Strategies and Supplements for Hormone Balance

Would you like a copy of Primal Moms Look Good Naked? Just tell me why in the comments below, and I’ll choose my favorite answer.

You can leave up to 2 entries today by telling me which book you’d like to win and why, and by letting me know in a separate comment that you either shared the giveaway on Twitter (tagging @glutenfreecat) or “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page and shared the giveway with your Facebook friends. Makes sure that Gluten-Free Cat is tagged so that I can approve your comment.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older residing in the continental U.S.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • You are limited to 2 entries.
  • The giveaway begins Tuesday, June 25, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. Odds of winning Primal Moms Look Good Naked are based on my whim. The winners will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? You can order The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking and Primal Moms Look Good Naked right here through Amazon. I’ll even get a few pennies if you do!

Which book would you like to win and why?

Monday Lovin’ Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway 7-8

Book Review, GF Recipes, GF Resources

Monday Lovin’ Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway 7-8

33 Comments 24 June 2013

This is the last week of Monday Lovin’ Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway! This 8 week, now shortened to 6 week event, was designed to help me clear my gluten-free bookshelf in preparation for my move to NYC and to share the cookbook love. You’ve helped me immensely! Now that most of our belongings are boxed up for storage or that shoebox apartment that we still need to find, it’s time to bring this event to a close.

This week I’m giving away two books that I had planned for weeks 7 and 8. And you’re going to want both of them!!

The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal is a must have for anyone with food allergies. Cybele teaches readers how to bake without gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame. A gluten-free vegan’s dream!! From breakfast treats, cakes, cookies, and breads to pies, tarts, and other delicious baked goods, you’re sure to learn how to make your favorite treats allergen-free.

Gluten Free & Easy by Robyn Russell is filled with over 90 recipes that will tempt the beginner and the experienced gluten-free cook alike. The gorgeous pictures may fool you into thinking that these recipes are challenging to make, but each one has a simple list of ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions. Cheddar shortbread, smoked salmon and leek frittata, panzanella, chicken souvlaki with tzatziki are just a few examples that remind readers that gluten-free does not have to mean flavor-free. Just check out the index!

Would you like to win one of these books? All you have to do is answer one question to enter. Which book would you like to win and why? 

You can leave up to 3 entries today by answering the above question and letting me know in separate comments that you shared the giveaway on Twitter (tagging @glutenfreecat) and “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page and shared this giveaway with your Facebook friends.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older residing in the continental U.S.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • You are limited to 3 entries.
  • The giveaway begins Monday, June 24, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (Yes, this giveaway is shorter, so get your entries in today!)

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Book Review

Monday Lovin’ Gluten-Free Cookbook Winners 5-6!

No Comments 21 June 2013

It’s Friday, and we have two winners for this weeks Monday Lovin’ Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway. The winner of  The Spunky Coconut Gluten-Free Baked Goods and Desserts is…

Kimberly S!

She won with this comment, “I would love to win the Spunky Coconut cookbook. That bread looks amazing and I need that recipe!! <3”  Congratulations, Kimberly! I know you will love the coconut bread as much as I do!

The winner of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Kelli & Peter Bronski is…

Marielle!

She won with this comment, “I would love to win the Artisanal Gluten free Cupcakes book! I’m not gluten-free myself, but my best friend is and I love baking her things!” What a sweet best friend!!

Didn’t win this time but still want the books? You can get yourself copies of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes and The Spunky Coconut Gluten-Free Baked Goods and Desserts right here through Amazon. 

Haven’t won yet? Don’t give up hope! There will be two more gluten-free cookbooks to giveaway on Monday! Have a great weekend!

Monday Lovin’ Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway #5-6

Book Review, GF Resources

Monday Lovin’ Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway #5-6

36 Comments 17 June 2013

We are less than two weeks from our move and it’s time for another gluten-free cookbook giveaway! In fact, I’ve decided to turn this 8 week event into a 6 week event, so I’ll be giving 2 books away this week. Apparently I didn’t look at the calendar when I was planning the giveaways. The last two weeks will fall on travel weeks. So in order to get the books to the lucky winners without delay we’re doubling up!

Kelly Brozyna of The Spunky Coconut has written four cookbooks designed to sweeten the world for those with food allergies. I’m giving away The Spunky Coconut Gluten-Free Baked Goods and Desserts which is filled with delicious grain-free recipes.

I adopted Kelly for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger a few years ago and loved making her Spunky Coconut Bread from this cookbook. You can see my post here.

I’m also giving away Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Kelli & Peter Bronski. This cookbook is packed with 50 from-scratch creative cupcake recipes. Banana Split Cupcakes, Tiramiu Cupcakes, Cannoli Cupcakes, and Jelly Donut Cupcakes are just a few of my favorites.

Would you like to win one of these books? All you have to do is answer one question to enter. Which book would you like to win and why? 

You can leave up to 3 entries today by answering the above question and letting me know in separate comments that you shared the giveaway on Twitter (tagging @glutenfreecat) and “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page and shared this giveaway with your Facebook friends.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older residing in the continental U.S.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • You are limited to 3 entries.
  • The giveaway begins Monday, June 17, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

GF Resources, Paleo

Paleo Giveaway Winner!

No Comments 16 June 2013

We have a winner! Last week’s Paleo Giveaway was Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley. And the winner is…

J’lene!

She won with this comment, “Our family has been on the paleo bandwagon for about 7 months now and I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting recipes! I don’t eat much meat myself and love that you have a variety of options on your site!”

Thank you, J’lene, and I think that this is a perfect book for your family. I hope you’ll use it to nourish your beautiful, active family. J’lene writes the blog Get Nourished, which you should check out!

Didn’t win this time but still want the book? You can get yourself a copy of Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining right here through Amazon. A few cents will even be tossed back to help run Gluten-Free Cat and these giveaways.

I will have one more paleo giveaway next week. So come back and check it out!

Book Review

Monday Lovin’ Gluten-Free Cookbook Winner #4!

1 Comment 14 June 2013

It’s Friday, and we have a winner for this weeks Monday Lovin’ Gluten-Free Cookbook Giveaway. The winner of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef by Shauna Ahern is …

Hannah!

She won with this comment, “And the BFG. I remember reading that and falling in LOVE with reading. sorry, i know that is not a cooking book, but really, it is a great book.”  Congratulations, Hannah! I hope you fall in love with this book too!

Didn’t win this time but still want the book? You can get yourself a copy of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef right here through Amazon. Note that the version on Amazon is paperback and has a different cover.

Haven’t won yet? Don’t give up hope! There will be another gluten-free cookbook giveaway on Monday! Have a great weekend!

Paleo Giveaway #1: Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining

Book Review, GF Recipes, Paleo

Paleo Giveaway #1: Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining

17 Comments 11 June 2013

Paleo friends, do I have a treat for you! After my recent announcement that this blog is going raw vegan, I hope that a few of you are still with me! I’ve actually found that Paleo and Vegan folks make good friends. In fact, I’m married to a paleo guy, so I ought to know. While I don’t eat his meat and he doesn’t eat my legumes, I can make meat for him, and he eats my raw vegan dishes as sides. For us, it works. In fact, I use several paleo books and blogs to find recipes that work for both of us.

But before I completely dedicate this blog to all things raw vegan I have 3 paleo giveaways for you.

Let me start with a book that many of you are salivating over. And for good reason. Paleos have been buzzing about Hayley Mason and Bill Staley’s Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining. And now I understand why. They have created a book that speaks to the soul. Regardless of how you eat, you will open this book and instantly want to create an event, a meal, a snippet in time where food is savored and memories are made.

Gather is organized by season and presents creative meal themes with flavorful menu plans and recipes that paleos typically only dream of. It begins with fresh springtime menus such as Casual Sunday Brunch and a more formal Easter Lunch and continues on to summer with A Night in Tuscany and A Taste of Cuba. Fall highlights include Harvest Dinner that ends with a Pumpkin Torte with Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel as well as a creative plan for a Thanksgiving Feast. The books concludes with winter celebration themes including birthdays, holidays, and a New Year’s Cocktail Party. Gather paints pictures of memorable moments the whole year through and makes them accessible to paleo diners.

This book is for those who desire to create special moments in their homes where friends and families gather. But it also provides inspiration and possibilities for paleo eaters who no longer eat grains. There are recipes for Pizza Margherita, Chocolate Chip Biscotti, Apple Pie with a Lattice Crust, and even a section called Takeout Fake-Out including a recipe for General Tso’s Chicken.

I’m giving this gorgeous hardback book away to one lucky reader.

All you have to do is make a comment below to enter. You can leave up to 2 entries today by answering 1 dish question and letting me know in a separate comment that you either shared the giveaway on Twitter (tagging @glutenfreecat) or “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page and shared the giveway with your Facebook friends. Makes sure that Gluten-Free Cat is tagged so that I can approve your comment.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older residing in the continental U.S.
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • You are limited to 2 entries.
  • The giveaway begins Tuesday, June 11, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? You can order Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining right here through Amazon. I’ll even get a few pennies if you do!

Readers, dish!

  • Why would you like to win Gather?
  • Are you a paleo eater?
  • Do you have different types of eaters in your home? How do you handle that?

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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