Keto in an Instant
January 1st, 2019 by diane92345

Whether you follow a keto or gluten-free diet, Keto in an Instant has spectacular recipes you will want to eat.

After a short introduction to the keto diet and the Instant Pot, the book has a multitude of recipes for breakfast, dinners, soups, stews, sides, salads, snacks, appetizers and desserts. Most of your momma’s comfort foods are here. Meatloaf, chili, carrot cake, and beef stew are just a few examples. Your favorite snacks like buffalo wings, poppers, and artichoke dip are also included. My personal favorite is the Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Flatbread that looks exactly like real bread but has only 135 calories and 2 net carbs per serving. The author suggests using the flatbread for pizza crust too.

Due to the low carb count in these recipes, none have more than 500 calories per serving with most less than 300. Most of the recipes take less than an hour to make and much of that time is when the Instant Pot is cooking by itself. There are full calorie, protein, net carb and fat counts for each recipe. For those people also avoiding dairy or soy, there are easy options to substitute ingredients. Best of all every recipe has a full-color picture to drool over.

Keto in an Instant is great for Instant Pot owners who are also keto, gluten-free or just want to eat healthier while losing some weight. 5 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Alpha, and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Gluten Free Soul Pilot
November 27th, 2018 by diane92345

Gluten Free Soul Pilot is a motivational book on how to live a healthy and joyful life.

Using a flight plan as an analogy, the book instructs you how to create a plan to health. It uses four principles: knowledge, strength, wisdom and drag. You decide your health goals and they don’t have to solely be gluten-free. Exercise and eating less junk food are highlighted too. There also over thirty recipes included but I wish they had all had a picture and nutritional information.

After being gluten-free through two Thanksgiving holidays, I needed a pep talk to prevent me from feeling sorry for myself. No rolls, stuffing, gravy or pie for me. I ate dry turkey and buttery mashed potatoes with my cranberry sauce. Even the green bean casserole has wheat in the soup and the onion topping and so was a non-starter. Also, I frequently have friends asking me if they should go gluten-free to lose weight. I always tell them without dire consequences, like death or diarrhea, I doubt anyone would stay gluten-free for long.

However, Gluten Free Soul Pilot brightened my Thanksgiving weekend. If I choose to be gluten-free, I might as well go all in and eat more healthy choices like fruit and vegetables. Then it feels like my decision and not some horrible misfortune from the universe—the difference as the book puts it from victim to victor.

Gluten Free Soul Pilot is an excellent book to inspire your movement to more healthy living. It would be a great gift to anyone on a restricted diet, not just gluten-free, during the stressful holiday season. 4 stars!

27Thanks to the publisher, Northcoast Post, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Gluten Free Instant Pot Cookbook
October 2nd, 2018 by diane92345

Containing fifty delicious sounding recipes, the Gluten-free Instant Pot Cookbook is both a flavor booster and a time saver for gluten-free cooks.

Beginning with a cheesy poblano frittata breakfast, savory creamy polenta and various soups like spicy butternut squash, this cookbook has a bit of everything. Who knew you could make lasagna in an instant pot? Or saffron risotto (with no more endless stirring)? The dessert chapter sounds particularly yummy filled with tasty treats like rice and bread pudding plus a to-die-for double chocolate fudge cheesecake. There are also easy bone broths for paleo fans.

Recipes are clearly labeled with other common allergens like dairy, egg, soy, and nut. There are vegan and vegetarian recipes included too. The only issue I have is the total lack of pictures or nutritional information. The pictures can be found on the author’s Heritage Cook food blog so I’m not sure why they aren’t in the book.

The recipes are surprisingly innovative. For example, the Shrimp and Grits recipe uses the Pot’s saute function to cook the aromatics first. The sauce is then covered with a trivet and bowl to cook the grits. After a short time, the grits are removed and the shrimp is added to the sauce for heating. It is very innovative to cook everything in one instant pot making the Gluten-free Instant Pot Cookbook a perfect gift for a college student with an instant pot but little else to cook within a dorm room.

The recipes are worth 5 stars. However, the complete lack of pictures and nutritional information brings my rating down to 4.

Thanks to Fair Winds Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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150+ Gluten-free Family Favorites
September 2nd, 2018 by diane92345

If you or a family member lives gluten-free, 150+ Gluten-Free Family Favorites is a useful tool in your cooking shed.

This cookbook includes gluten-free breakfasts, breads, appetizers, entrees, sides, salads, desserts, holiday and kid-friendly recipes. What’s nice is the authors don’t add a bunch of recipes that are already inherently gluten-free. There are no quiches in the breakfast chapter—just yummy scones and cinnamon rolls.

The most confusing part of cooking gluten-free is what flour to use for each recipe. There are basically two kinds of regular flour—all purpose and wheat. But there over 20 different kinds of gluten-free flour that are usually used in combination. 150+ Gluten-Free Family Favorites not only tells exactly which flour to use for each recipe but includes a whole chapter explaining which ones to use for any family recipes that you may want to adapt to your lifestyle.

I love the great variety of recipes and all the information within this cookbook. However, I miss calorie counts and serving sizes. There are also no warnings of other allergens. Worst of all there are no pictures! Looking at the food is the main way I decide if I want to make it. Though I admire the effort, I can’t give this cookbook more than 3 stars.

Thanks to Harvest House Publishers and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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