If you’re looking for a little gluten free inspiration, Weeknight Gluten Free is just the ticket. The new book from Kristine Kidd is full of inspiring, quick and easy meals for even the most harried cook. This book proves that gluten free does NOT mean weird or different. The recipes focus on the amazing bounty of foods available for those on a gluten free diet. If you’re not gluten free, you won’t miss the gluten, we promise.
Weeknight Gluten Free is filled with beautiful photography and over 100 recipes. I had trouble picking which of these recipes to highlight- there are so many! From lighter meals like Crisp Socca with Burrata, Greens and Olive Dressing and Shrimp, Avocado and Peach Salad to heartier fare like Beef, Carrot and Edamame Stew and Lamb Burgers with Mint Greek Salad there is a meal for every night and every eater. Most recipes have about 10 ingredients, making it easy to plan a week’s worth of meals without breaking the bank. Another bonus- no crazy ingredients. Nothing you’ll have to make a special trip to a different market to find. I like that.
While this book is focused more on dinners than other meals, it does have a modest dessert section to round out an evening. Kristine provides information for getting started with gluten free cooking, a pantry guide and some basics for saving time in the kitchen—tips we all could use! She also includes a stellar “Basic Recipes” section at the back- easy things to have on hand for even faster meals like Quick Mashed Potatoes and Mint Pesto.
This book would be great for someone beginning a gluten free diet or a seasoned veteran. It’s not overly complicated, so even a new cook would be able to master these dishes. It’s also great for any mom or dad who need a little help getting dinner on the table. You can bet I’m picking up a copy for my collection!
Braised Carrots and Chickpeas with Yogurt Topping
Tender beans and sweet carrots are infused with enticing spices, and get a dollop of an Indian-inspired yogurt topping. White quinoa is a great substitute for couscous, and it is very high in protein.
- Slender Carrots, 1 lb (500 g), unpeeled
- Olive Oil, 4 tablespoons (2 fl oz/60 ml) plus 11⁄2 teaspoons
- Large Onion, 1, coarsely chopped
- Sweet Paprika, 2 teaspoons
- Ground Cumin, 1 teaspoon
- Ground Cinnamon and Ginger, 1⁄2 teaspoon each
- Cayenne Pepper, 1⁄4 teaspoon
- Chickpeas, 2 cans (15 oz/470 g each), rinsed and drained
- Diced Tomatoes with juices, 2 cans (14.5 oz/455 g each)
- Raisins, 1 cup (6 oz/185 g)
- Kosher Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
- Quinoa, 1-1⁄2 cups (9 oz/92 g)
- Plain Greek-style Yogurt, 1⁄2 cup (4 oz/125 g)
- Fresh Cilantro leaves and toasted Sliced Almonds for garnish
Makes 4 servings
1. Halve the carrots lengthwise and then quarter them crosswise. In a large For the topping, nonstick frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and carrots and sauté until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the paprika, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne and stir for 10 seconds. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes with juices, raisins, and 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) water. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the carrots are just tender, about 20 minutes.
2. Rinse and drain the quinoa 4 times, and then place in a saucepan. Add 21⁄4 cups (18 fl oz/560 ml) water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand for at least 5 minutes.
3. In a small bowl, mix the yogurt and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, and then mix in the remaining 1 tablespoon plus 11⁄2 teaspoons oil.
4. Divide the quinoa among warmed plates. Season the chickpea mixture to taste with salt and black pepper and spoon over the quinoa. Spoon the yogurt on top. Sprinkle with cilantro and almonds and serve right away.
Kristine has generously provided a book for one lucky winner. We’ll pair the book with our GF Organic Quinoa, Gluten Free Garbanzo Bean Flour, Gluten Free Rolled Oats and Gluten Free Cornmeal so you can jump right in upon winning. If you don’t win, but still want to snag a copy of the book- check out Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as your local bookseller. See below for how to enter.
To enter, follow the prompts below (be sure to click on the “leave a comment” to see what the secret question is, then click on “I did it”) and we’ll select one winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 11/10/13.