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Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond: Cookbook Review and Giveaway


Published by The Taunton Press, 2013.

The Gluten-Free RD blog is about helping people find the balance between eating gluten-free healthfully and happily. Well, this cookbook review and giveaway is definitely about eating gluten-free happily.

Breakfast and brunch are my favorite meals, hands down.  So, when I learned there is a gluten-free cookbook dedicated to these two meals, I had to check it out.  The Taunton Press graciously sent me a complimentary copy of their 2013 publication, Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond, authored by Linda J. Amendt.  One look at the list of recipes and beautiful photos and I knew I had to share it with you all.

Cherry Almond Scones - Recipe by Linda J. Amendt; Photo by Tara Donne. Copyright 2013.

Cherry Almond Scones – Recipe by Linda J. Amendt; Photo by Tara Donne, copyright 2013.

Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond is a beautiful cookbook and provides a plethora of recipe options in the following categories:

  • quick breads and muffins
  • biscuits and scones (probably my favorite chapter)
  • pancakes and crepes
  • waffles and french toast
  • coffee cakes (okay, this ties for my favorite chapter)
  • yeast breads and sweet rolls
  • frittatas and omelets
  • quiches
  • savory stratas

With back-to-school/work upon us and the holiday season not far behind, I can’t think of a better cookbook to have in your kitchen.  These recipes are perfect for family weekend breakfasts, entertaining guests over the holidays, and giving memorable gifts to gluten-free loved ones.

The ingredients called for are straight-forward gluten-free pantry items.  Nothing fancy or hard-to-find, just good old-fashioned ingredients for making delicious gluten-free meals.

Tomato Basil Quiche - Recipe by Linda J. Amendt; Photo by Tara Donne, copyright 2013.

Tomato Basil Quiche – Recipe by Linda J. Amendt; Photo by Tara Donne. Copyright 2013.

You know the drill…when I love something I share it.  So, I’m doing a giveaway of this lovely cookbook.

Should you not win the giveaway, you can purchase the book on Amazon or The Taunton Press store.

Giveaway Contest Rules

Today’s giveaway offer:  one complimentary copy of Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond, published by The Taunton Press in 2013.

What you have to do to enter:  in the comments section below, share with us a thought about why you love breakfast and brunch, or what you miss about these meals having to eat gluten-free, or a special food memory of these meals.

Rules for disclosing on social media: if you plan to tweet, retweet or share this giveaway via your social media outlets, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines require that you use one of the following hashtags in your posts: #Contest or #Giveaway.  For social media outlets not confined to a certain number of characters, you can also say “Giveaway sponsored by The Taunton Press.”

Official Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Participants must be 18 years or older to enter and live within the continental United States. Contest will start on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and will end on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm EST. In the comments section below, share with us a thought about why you love breakfast and brunch, or what you miss about these meals having to eat gluten-free, or a special food memory of these meals. One (1) winner will be randomly selected using to receive one copy of Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond. Approximate retail value of the prize is $19.95 + shipping and handling. The odds of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries. The winner will be selected by Tuesday, September 23, 2014 and will be announced in a comment on this blog post. The winner’s name can be obtained by visiting the comments section of this post after the winner has been announced. The winner will be notified by email. If participants choose to share the giveaway on their social media outlets, they must disclose according to Federal Trade Commission guidelines, as mentioned and recommended above. In the event that the prize is not claimed within one week of the winner being notified, the prize will be forfeited. Rachel Begun Food and Nutrition Solutions, LLC, The Gluten Free RD and its associates are held harmless in the event that the prize or giveaway in some way negatively impacts the winner or recipient. This contest is being regulated in the state of Colorado. Void where prohibited by law. By entering the contest, you are agreeing to the Official Rules. Sponsored by The Taunton Press,

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Gluten-free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond to review the book.  I was not paid to write this post or conduct the giveaway.  When promoting this giveaway on social media, I will be sure to disclose that this is a contest/giveaway by using the #contest and/or #giveaway hashtag or stating “Giveaway sponsored by The Taunton Press.”)



Fun, Easy, Healthy Back-to-School Snacks

fun food for kids on wooden background

Food art for kids is adorable, and if you have the time to do that for your children, GREAT. However, most of us don’t have that kind of time.  But that doesn’t mean getting our kids to eat more fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods is not of high priority.

I mentioned in last week’s post (Back-to-School Lunch Ideas That Will Please Everyone) that, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation, just 2% of children meet the minimum requirement for daily produce intake.

In this country, we often think of snacking as an opportunity to indulge in treat foods–chips, cookies and bars made with too much added sugars and fats, and artificial ingredients.

It’s fine to indulge in these foods on occasion. The problem, though, is that Americans, including our children, snack every single day, and often multiple times a day.  And treat foods shouldn’t be eaten every single day, and definitely not multiple times a day.

So, what’s the middle ground between these fancy creations and the lonely piece of hand fruit or chopped veggie sticks that go untouched?

Here are some fun snack ideas your kids will love and are easy for you to make.  You’ll notice that we’re not using any hard-to-find, unfamiliar ingredients…just presenting them in a fun way!

Apple Nut Butter Stacks
Nut and seed butters contain protein, fiber and healthy fats, all of which add important nutrients and staying power to snacking.  Take your child’s favorite type of apple and cut into thin slices.  Smear a layer of their favorite nut or seed butter in between two slices or even three slices.  For a little bit more texture, add in raisins or granola.  If your child’s school is nut free, no worries.  Sunflower butter is a great option that tastes strikingly similar to peanut butter.  


Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
If you want kids to eat their fruit, then incorporate it into a finger-food snack!  Alternate slices of banana, pineapple, grapes, melon cubes and/or berries (whatever they like) with cubes of cheese on long toothpicks and voila!, you will have a snack that gives them a much-needed serving of produce, plus protein to keep them satiated and calcium, a nutrient many kids are not getting enough of.


Cucumbers and Hummus
The difference between your kids eating their veggies and hummus snack or not may be as simple as making the veggie look pretty.  A simple trick is using a cookie cutter to make a pretty and/or fun shape with cucumbers.  It takes just a minute longer to make!  Refreshing cucumbers are a kid favorite that go great with creamy, savory, fiber-filled hummus.



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