Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Adopt a GF Blogger: Real Sustenance

I love Brittany's Blog Real Sustenance and frequently participate in her Seasonal Sundays recipe link-up. Seasonal Sundays is my favorite recipe link-up; I've tried a lot of great recipes that are featured. What I love about Real Sustenance is that Brittany writes and posts delicious and trustworthy recipes. Trustworthy may sound like an odd word to describe recipes, but I know that Brittany puts a lot of effort into the recipes she writes, trials, and posts.

Case in point - Brittany's recipe for Easy Gluten-Free/Vegan Quick Bread Base with Endless Flavor Possibilities. She made 10 loaves in 24 hours in order to perfect the recipe! Once she posted it, I immediately went into my kitchen and made Brittany's Banana Chai GF Quick Bread. And, it was perfect - the aroma was mouthwatering, the texture was moist, and the flavor was delicious.

When the July Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger event opened up, I was excited to finally get a chance to adopt Real Sustenance and try some of Brittany's recipes I've had bookmarked for awhile. All three recipes I tried were fantastic!

Chana Masala (Chickpea-Tomato Indian Curry)
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All I can say about this recipe is WOW!! It's incredibly healthy and packed full of wonderful, delicious Indian-inspired flavor. I served over brown rice, and it's a new meal I frequently crave.

In May's Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger event, Kalina at Wheat Free Meat Free adopted Brittany at Real Sustenance and made Chana Masala (Chickpea-Tomato Indian Curry). It looked absolutely delicious, despite the fact that I haven't eaten a lot of Indian food before and had no idea what flavor to expect. I was so intrigued by the recipe that I immediately bought the ingredients and made Chana Masala (Chickpea-Tomato Indian Curry) for dinner the next night. WOW!! This recipe is so incredibly good and packed full of wonderful flavor and spice.

Orange Lemon-Zested Carrot "Fries"
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Mike didn't care for this recipe as his exact words were "Carrots aren't meant to be French Fries." I, however, think this recipe has great potential if you follow the recipe completely (oops!). I forgot to broil the carrot fries at the end of the baking time, so some of my carrot "fries" were chewy. But, the flavor was excellent and reminded me of sweet potato fries! I made two substitutions - I used lemon zest instead of orange zest and extra virgin olive oil instead of coconut oil.

Thai Peanut Noodles
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A-MAZ-ING!! I had to pull myself away from the pan to prevent myself from eating the entire batch in one sitting. I love the sweetness from the peanut butter, crunchiness from the peanuts, and the hint of heat from the chili sauce. I added sliced green onions on top that complemented the dish well. Next time I make this, which will be very soon, I'm going to try mixing in shredded chicken and diced bell peppers or zucchini. If you try this, I promise you'll absolutely love it. As an added bonus, it only took 15 minutes top to prepare!

In previous Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger events I've made:
·Kelly at 18 Hour Kitchen - Black Bean Cupcakes
·Shirley at Gluten Free Easily - Flourless Pizza Crust AND Garlic Cheese Biscuits
·Carol at Simply...Gluten Free - Cherry Cola Ribs
·Lynn at Lynn's Kitchen Adventures - Homemade Vanilla Pudding, Mexican Chicken Lasagna, and Green Chili and Cheese Cornbread
·Elana at Elana's Pantry - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes


Brittany @ Real Sustenance said...

This may be the sweetest adopt a gluten free blogger post I have ever seen. Thank you soo much for all the links, kind words and heck for just wanting to give my recipes a try. You are the BEST! xoxoxo Brittany

ps. The carrot fries def. need the broiler time. Without that they end up being just cooked carrots. Have to say- LOVED the way you cut them. Fancy :)

Kalinda said...

Nice roundup. The Thai peanut noodles sound and look great. Thanks for the shout-out. :)

Kirsten said...

Holy cow, I wish I'd been in your kitchen this week. Those look AMAZING.

dinnae said...

oh YUM the chana looks awesome!!! i'm crazy about indian, so that's one that i'll be checking out for sure! :)