I have successfully been gluten free for over two years. In those two years, I have learned many things about eating gluten free and food in general. I have learned how to read ingredient labels on foods to understand what is in the foods I am consuming. I have learned how cook gluten free. Best of all, I have been exposed to an amazing gluten free community.
One inspirational Gluten Free Guru that I have had the opportunity to meet, discuss food preparation and learn a ton of valuable information from is Kathy Smart. I was invited to attend an event back in March called the Mompreneur conference. It sounded like a great conference, full of inspirational Mother and business women. What I didn’t realize was that I would meet gluten free guru, Kathy Smart. Kathy Smart is a holistic chef with a passion of cooking great tasting foods. With a background in both nutrition and personal training and an individual with Celiac Disease, Kathy is able to understand how to take gluten free foods and mold them into meals where flavour is not compromised.
I was lucky to have the opportunity to sit down with Kathy and discuss eating challenges I personally experience. Having a degree in Kinesiology, I am familiar with how food fuels the body and the importance of eating and eating healthy. My problem is that I am a busy Mom of three constantly on the go. I manage to grab breakfast in the mornings and try to eat a family meal at dinner, but I often avoid/miss/don’t take the time for lunch. Kathy showed me her cookbook Live the Smart Way: gluten-free & wheat-free cookbook and it was love at first site. With over 90 simple and delicious recipes, I was given the tools I needed to create fantastic, nutritious meals for my family and me.
Live the Smart way: gluten-free and wheat-free Cookbook by Kathy Smart
This is a fantastic cookbook. The recipes are simple, inviting and very tasty. Each page has a well laid out recipe, smart facts (which tell you why Kathy selected this recipe), recipe highlights (which alert you to any other allergy components) and a nutritional analysis of the meal itself. From breakfasts to lunches, dinners to dessert, this cookbook has you covered for every meal. I think my favourite part about the book is not the amazing recipes, but rather the reference section at the back. In this section, Kathy discusses different substitutions for commonly used gluten products, she explains the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerant and she provides you with tips for gluten free baking. I have read this section over many times. Whenever I’m unsure of a flour or seed called for in a recipe, I simply flip here and it is well explained.
This week’s Food Friday recipe is a recipe from Kathy’s book
Citrus Infused Carrot Soup
|Food Friday ~ Citrus infused Carrot Soup by @Smart_Kitchen||
- 2 leeks chopped in to small pieces
- 1 lb of carrots chopped into small pieces
- 2 tbs of butter or coconut oil (I used coconut oil)
- 6 cups of broth (Kathy recommends vegetable, I used chicken
- 1 large orange, washed
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 8 tbsp of plain yogurt
- Chop leeks and carrots into small pieces.
- Melt butter/coconut oil on medium heat.
- Add carrots and leeks. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
- While vegetables are cooking, grate 2 tbsp of rinds into the pot. Squeeze the juices out of the remainder of the orange. Add it to the pot.
- Add the broth and nutmeg.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add yogurt.
- Top with cilantro and serve!
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1 Live the Smart Way Cookbook by Kathy Smart
Ends: June 15, 2014