Fabulous Finds: Gluten Free Easily

by Maggie on May 8, 2011

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By now I am quite sure you all know Shirley Braden.  She is the unstoppable woman behind the blog Gluten Free Easily (GFE).

I bumped into Shirley (virtually of course) for the first time on Twitter.    You’ll find her tweeting with most of the gluten-free community.  She is friends with all of the gluten-free blogging community and she makes sure to stop by everyone’s blog on a regular basis.

Shirley has been living gluten-free for 9 years and started her blog so she could spread the word about how to live on a gluten-free diet, easily.  She is an incredible advocate for gluten-free safety standards, and she has one of the biggest hearts in the world!

I had the good fortune of meeting Shirley live and in person last weekend when I was in Chicago at the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo.  It was so nice to meet her and spend some time with her.  I also got to watch her in action when she did a cooking demo.  She made her Flourless Gluten-Free Pizza and her Crustless Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie .  Both were so simple and so tasty (they were dairy-free too).

Gluten Free Easily In My Kitchen

I finally had the chance to try a couple of Shirley’s recipes in my own kitchen.  As soon as she posted her recipe for Refined Sugar-Free Chewy Granola Bars I knew I had to try them.

I happened to be heading out of town for a few days so I thought granola bars would make the perfect breakfast for the road.  I took enough for two days and I was looking forward to having a couple more when I got back from my travels.  What I didn’t realize is Pete loved them as much as I did and took it upon himself to finish the pan!

Needless to say, I’ve made them a few more times.  I make a couple of changes so they meet our dietary needs (I use coconut oil, less sugar, and a chia egg).  They turn out perfectly chewy every time.  And they’re packed full of nutritious benefits.  I made some before we drove to Chicago so I was able to share them with Shirley!  She approved.  Phew.

I am a vegetarian so I happen to eat a lot of veggies.  However, I have always had trouble with broccoli. In order to really enjoy it, I need to eat broccoli with a big swipe of dip or cooked with some sort of yummy sauce.  Pete loves steamed broccoli and I usually just quickly swallow my pieces (because darn it, it’s so good for me) and get on with the rest of my meal.  Well now I don’t have to do that anymore.

Enter Shirley and her recipe for Super-Charged Garlic Lemon Broccoli. It is so incredibly easy and so good (imagine broccoli with the benefit of lemon and garlic! Mmmm).  It’s basically steamed broccoli with salad dressing.  I sprinkled my Garlic and Lemon Broccoli with a little bit of nutritional yeast and used some of the leftover dressing for a side salad.  Naturally gluten-free and naturally easy. Totally Shirley’s style.

The last recipe I tried (I couldn’t resist) was Shirley’s Coconut Honey Whipped Cream.  It was as good as it sounds and as good as it looks!  So simple, and naturally gluten-free!

Shirley’s the mother of the gluten-free blogging community.  She connects with everyone, encourages everyone, supports everyone, and makes us all feel better every time!

Make sure you take some time to check out Shirley’s blog. You can also find Shirley and GFE on Facebook.

This is linked to The Book of Yum’s Adopt-A-Gluten-Free-Blogger event, check there for the round-up later this month.