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)
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by Guest Writer Hema Kalsi
Rawsomely Vegan is truly an awesome wholesome meal book. It is for those of us looking to provide a nutrient rich meal. The awesome part lies in the fact that the meal is easy to prepare. As a working professional with a child I am continuously exploring for ways to provide a well balanced nutrition rich meal that is tasty yet not time consuming. Rawsomely Vegan’s recipes provide this with a little bit of pre-planning in terms of having the core ingredients at hand. No need to stir continuously or worry about over cooking, it really makes eating simple and healthful.
The book starts with a section on ‘Stocking your kitchen’. I would say once you have stocked your kitchen with the right herbs, seeds and spices preparing the meal is a breeze. One thing that I would have liked here would have been some suggestions as to where to get some of these ingredients from. However, the more one starts creating with these recipes the easier the stocking part should become.
The book has about 300 pages worth of recipes with sections on: juices & smoothies, soups & salads, dips, spreads & sides, entrees and deserts. Not just that, each recipe includes nutrient information as well, which I found a bonus! Here is a sample that is simple,easy-breezy and delicious all at the same time:
Savoury Spiced String Beans
Nutrients: Apart from proteins,high in Vitamin A,C,K and folate
Ingredients: 1tsp savory herb seasoning (herbamare or italian seasoning or curry spice), 2 tbspns lemon juice, 2tbspns olive oil plus extra for garnish, 1/4th tspn salt, 2 cups string beans, sprig parsley for garnish
– Stir together seasoning, lemon juice and salt
– Place string beans in a large mixing bowl and pour the sauce to coat the beans
– Marinate for 3 hrs at room temperature or leave overnight
– [Alternately, the author suggests, put the beans in a dehydrator for 2 hrs at 110 F]
– Serve at room temperature with a drizzle of olive oil & a sprig of parsley
To sum it up I would say: Eating wholesome without cooking is awesome and the author Mike Snyder provides a variety of options for the same. Finally while the book is about raw vegan cooking it is not just for vegans! Healthy snacks, juices and meal options that are easy-breezy make me one happy Mom!
About Guest Writer: Hema Kalsi is lucky to live in the Silicon Valley at the heart of where it all happens! Where technology and nature co-exist & thrive.
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