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