Hailed as the first place winner for the “Best Health and Nutrition” cookbook at the 2012 annual Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, “Gluten Free Mediterranean Gourmet Cuisine", written by Aslihan Koruyan Sabanci, is the first book to offer gluten-free recipes based not only on delicious Turkish Cuisine but also on factual nutritional analysis. She also discusses How to have a Healthy Immune System. You can also find several vegetarian recipes and make many of these vegetarian or vegan if needed.Following two years of extensive research, each recipe chosen for Sabanci’s book includes nutrition charts as well as vitamin and mineral values determined by medical specialists and nutritional scientists which include carbohydrates, fat, protein, fiber, folic acid, calcium, vitamins D, E, A, B1, B2, niacin, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. The finished product is a beautiful 320-page book enhanced with full color photographs of over 150 tried and tested, easy and tasty Mediterranean Cuisine recipes all made from accessible ingredients.
“While compiling my recipes into a book, I wanted to include useful information for food-sensitive people like myself,” says Sabanci. “I hope my book will be beneficial not only to people who are gluten-sensitive, Celiac Disease patients and their families, pediatricians and gastroenterologists, but to a global readership that is fond of Mediterranean and Aegean cuisines and want to eat healthfully and deliciously.”Her nutrition tips to create a Healthy Immune System include:
- Eat regularly- Eat a variety of foods- Decrease the consumption of fat- Consume Omega 3 fatty acids (I recommend flaxseed and walnuts)- Consume less sugar and sweetened foods- Avoid too much sodium- Consume more liquids- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables- Consume more antioxidants- Avoid processed foods- Consume organically grown foods in their season- Get Sun for Vitamin D- Consume fermented products
Try this Recipe: Kabak Tatlisi (Pumpkin Dessert with Cream, Walnuts, and Strawberries)
Crunchies dried fruit and vegetable products are great because you're getting healthy and nutritious snack food.
Here's a great Crunchies Recipe for you, courtesy of Crunchies and Carol Kicinski.
Gluten Free Banana Berry Muffins with Raspberry Butter
Makes: 12 muffins Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes
Gluten free, non-stick cooking spray
1 cup rice milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
¾ cup certified gluten free rolled oats
½ cup coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
2 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup grapeseed (or other neutral tasting) oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup superfine white or brown rice flour
½ cup tapioca starch
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 One ounce package Crunchies Freeze Dried Raspberries
1/3 cup dairy free butter, softened
1 tablespoon honey
Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a standard muffin pan with gluten free, non-stick cooking spray.
Heat the rice milk until hot but not boiling. Add the vinegar or lemon juice and stir to combine. Put the oats in a small bowl and cover with the hot rice milk. Let sit for at least 10 minutes or up 30 minutes to soften the oats. Add the sugar, bananas, oil and vanilla, stir to combine.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the rice flour, tapioca starch, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the banana/oatmeal mixture and stir to combine. Reserve ¼ cup of the freeze dried raspberries for the butter and stir the rest into the muffin batter. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin tins and bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until they are gold brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan.
Place the reserved freeze dried raspberries in a small plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Stir the crushed raspberries into the softened butter along with the honey and serve with the muffins.
Chef Douglas McNish, Author of Eat Raw, Eat Well believes that when you eat raw, unprocessed foods that have all their enzymes intact, your body can use the energy it saves for other things. He considers himself to be a walking testimony to the fact that eating raw can have a profound effect on your life, both physically and mentally.
Raw-food diets (where food is eaten raw or, if heated, the temperature can’t exceed 118 degrees Fahrenheit) are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons: Some seek the benefits of weight loss and increased energy, as well as a reduced risk of certain diseases; others have an aversion to animal-based foods or simply wish to consume more whole, nutrient-rich ingredients.
We might as well start off with a Dessert - Yes, you know how I think :) Enjoy!
Photo: Colin Erricson/www.robertrose.ca
Cashew Cheesecake (page 360)
This rich cake is particularly delicious served with fresh berries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. You will need a high-powered blender to achieve the smoothest consistency possible. Make in a spring-form pan.
Makes 16 servings
* 4 cups raw cashews, soaked
* 1 cup filtered water
* 1 cup raw agave nectar
* 1 cup melted coconut oil
* 1 tbsp raw vanilla extract
* 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
* 2 cups whole raw pecans
* 1/4 cup chopped pitted soft dates
* 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1. Filling: In a high-powered blender, combine soaked cashews, water, agave nectar, coconut oil, vanilla and lemon juice. Blend at high speed until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
2. Crust: In a food processor, pulse pecans, dates and salt until smooth (no large pieces should remain). Press into bottom of pan, ensuring that there are no gaps.
3. Assembly: Pour filling over crust and freeze for at least 2 hours or until firm in the center. This dessert can be made ahead and kept in the freezer for up to 1 month.
4. When you are ready to serve, remove from freezer and set aside to thaw for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove pan sides and slice. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
To soak the cashews for this recipe, cover with 8 cups (2 L) water. Set aside for 1 hour. Drain, discarding soaking water, and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear.
To check if the cake is frozen all the way through, insert a tester such as a wooden skewer or toothpick. If it comes out clean, then the cake is ready to be thawed.
Excerpted from Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.