Are you grain-free? Whether it’s due to allergy, weight loss, or doing the GAPS diet, grain-free eating isn’t easy. In fact, it can get pretty boring: lots of plain baked or grilled meats and steamed veggies. Who wants to eat boring, bland food forever? Especially on long-term, family diets (like GAPS), family members are likely to balk and “fall off the wagon” if they’re expected to eat so much of the same all the time.
But grain-free doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, grain-free can include all kinds of interesting flavors, spices, and even sauces. Grain-free can be delicious and exciting. It can even include breads and desserts! That’s how Against the Grain came to be: a cookbook full of grain-free (mostly dairy-free and GAPS-friendly) recipes that aren’t boring, but are delicious and fun to eat.
Against the Grain is a 55-page guide to delicious grain-free eating. It contains 30 amazing recipes, including 6 “breads and desserts!” Yes, you can have dessert, even grain-free!
Against the Grain doesn’t use any weird or unusual ingredients: instead, it focuses on fresh, delicious flavors that are easily found at any regular grocery store. It also focuses entirely on whole foods — no weird, science-experiment-type ingredients! That’s a major complaint among a lot of gluten- and grain-free families: strange, processed ingredients to replace the grains or dairy. But not in this book! Everything is based entirely in real food. That means you don’t even have to adapt the recipes to be healthy!
Not grain-free? Against the Grain has delicious recipes that are an asset to any family’s kitchen repertoire! See the Table of Contents for all the amazing foods.
If you’re on GAPS, this book is perfect for you. While there are a couple of recipes that aren’t quite suitable for GAPS, most are. In fact, our family was on GAPS during most of the creation and testing of this book! (Note that not all are suitable for intro, but the vast majority are for full GAPS.) There are 27 delicious GAPS-friendly recipes!
Table of Contents
- Why Grain Free?
- Grains and Weight Loss
- GAPS Diet
- About the Ingredients
- Spicy Lime-Marinated Beef Strips*+
- Sausage and Peppers with Spaghetti Squash*+
- Fish in White Sauce*+
- Salisbury Steak*+
- Fresh Herb Burgers*+
- Beef Stir-Fry*+
- Beef Tips with Portobello Mushrooms*+
- Garlic-Rubbed Pork Chops*+
- Tomato-Cream Sauce with Chicken and Zucchini*+
- Blackened Fish*+
- Lemon-Herb Roasted Chicken*+
- Chicken in Sundried Tomato-Cream Sauce*+
- Seafood Bisque*+
- Sausage Gumbo*+
- Garden Vegetable Soup*+
- Vegetable Beef Soup*+
- Baked Potato Soup+
- Italian Chili*+
- Stuffed Pepper Soup*+
- Creamy Potato Chunks+
- Onion Rings*+
- Beef Jerky*+
- Baked Beans*+
- Salad Dressing*+
Breads and Desserts
- White Bean Vanilla Cake (and Chocolate)*+
- Apple Upside Down Muffins*+
- Vanilla and Chocolate Custard
- Chocolate Brownies*+
- Chocolate Chip Bread*+
- Banana Pancakes*+
What are others saying about Against the Grain?
“As someone who has procrastinated committing to a grain free diet (because it seemed so overwhelming), I can say that this book has relived my fears! Kate explains the how and why of reducing or eliminating grains in an easy to understand way that is practical and empowering. Against the Grain takes the “boring” out of grain free eating by providing an abundance of interesting and delicious recipes the family will actually want to eat; Salisbury steak anyone? The inclusion of GAPS friendly recipes (and the clear indication of which ones are not) is a feature anyone adhering to the GAPS diet will appreciate. Armed with this book, I feel I can take on the grain-free challenge and actually enjoy it!”
–Stacy Karen, www.DelightingintheDays.com
“I must admit, my husband and I have been grain-aholics. Thankfully, neither of us seem to have any grain related sensitivities (yet), but we both have come to the conclusion that we need to drastically decrease the amount of grains that we consume. Honestly, in the past I have completely steered away from any website or recipe that claims to be gluten or grain free. The hard to find ingredients with chemical-sounding names have completely deterred me. So when I read Against the Grain, I was thrilled. Wholesome, grain-free recipes with every day ingredients! This book has given me the jump start I need to start pursuing a more limited-grains diet. I would be willing to wager than my husband won’t even miss his bread and pasta once I begin implementing these delicious recipes into our menu plans. This valuable resource should be a part of everyone’s collection!”
–Jill Winger, www.theprairiehomestead.com
“Kate has written another fantastic resource with Against the Grain: Delicious Recipes for the Whole Food and Grain-Free Diet! In what is a very confusing area (grain-free eating), Kate simplifies with straight-forward facts and wonderfully yummy recipes. I’ve recently gone semi-grain-free and discovered that it was difficult to find recipes that I loved that didn’t have strange ingredients. Kate’s newest eBook was the answer to prayer! The recipes are simple, easy and delicious and use common every day items. I would recommend this to everyone, whether you are grain-free or not! It’s a wonderful resource.”
–Dr. Laura, www.WhoIsLaura.com
“In an effort to lose weight, get healthy in preparation for pregnancy, and make an important lifestyle change, I recently made the decision to focus on more whole foods and limit my grains (especially gluten). My worries were the same as everyone else who makes this decision. What will I cook? Will it taste good? Will I get bored? I was thrilled to read Against the Grain because I realized that my taste buds won’t be neglected after all! Kate added some great recipes and strategies to my whole foods arsenal – and for that, I’m very thankful. Can I also mention how yummy these recipes are? The Tomato Cream Sauce Chicken is so easy and delicious, my husband loved the Beef Jerky, and the Chocolate Brownies are a new favorite.”
–Lisa Morosky, The Home Life [and Me]
“After switching to a grain- and sugar-free diet because of food allergies, my family quickly grew tired of the same old meat and veggies routine. But what choice did I have? Sugar-free recipes call for grains. Gluten-free meals frequently contain sugar and rice flour. Atkins-type meals are ok, but what about my fruit? Kate has definitely filled a need for those of us who have chosen to eliminate grains from our diet, without waging war on all carbohydrates. Needless to say, I’m so grateful that she has written this book. After reading (and loving) In the Kitchen: Real Food Basics, I knew that this book would be incredibly valuable as well. The recipes in here are delicious – I would have bought the book for the desserts alone :). I love simplifying, especially with my food, so I’m grateful that I didn’t have to buy a bunch of exotic ingredients. I can’t wait to try the rest of the recipes in this book. Thanks Kate!”
–Nina Nelson, http://www.shalommama.com
Chicken in Tomato Cream Sauce
Tester Trina: “This chicken was awesome. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much ’cause it sounded like Chicken Parm without the yummy breaded crust or any cheese. Boy, was I wrong. It was great, the family loved it, and I will be making it again.”
Fresh Herb Burgers
Tester Trina: “I was skeptical ’cause I have a good, seasoned burger recipe that I already love. I was amazed how good these were with a few simple ingredients! The herbs were a great combination and the burgers were great. I adored the caramelized onions and will never make burgers without them again! I did make two batches – one with fresh herbs, one with dried. The ones with fresh herbs were a bit more flavorful, but the ones with dried herbs will still tasty – especially for people who don’t normally season their burgers.”
Creamy Potato Chunks
Tester Katie: “Everyone enjoyed these and I’ll be making them again for sure! The parmesean cheese added a good flavor and I think baking them beforehand really made the texture nice. I wish I would have gotten a picture before we devoured them!”