Tuesday, September 3, 2013

August Cookbook Review: Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes & A Giveaway

Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes
by Pam Jordan

This Gluten Free cookbook contains simple recipes your family will love. The book highlights breakfast, appetizer, main dishes, side dishes, slow cooker and dessert recipes. This cookbook contains over 50 timesaving recipes that kids of all ages will love.

Pam Jordan is a working mom to three young kids and a Gluten Free blogger. Only meals that were eaten by her picky eaters are in the book! Recipes include apple pie, onion rings, greek yogurt pancakes, slow cooker lasagna, shepherd's pie, cheesecake, meatloaf, cake balls, baked ziti, pumpkin whoopie pies, and strawberry cake. The recipes take help from store bought Gluten Free product and every day items found in your pantry.



The author of this cookbook is a mother of young children, and so am I, and I'm always excited to try kid-friendly recipes. This is a shorter cookbook than some of the really long ones out there, but it still offers a nice range of recipes from breakfast, to mains, one pot meals, desserts, and more. The recipes are designed to be quick and easy to prepare. Some recipes ask for boxed flour or baking mixes, and I'm ok with that because while I do prepare stuff from scratch from time to time, on a day to day basis I need to get food on the table, fast. That often means buying a GF pie crust rather than always making one myself. Nothing wrong with that, especially since I have two kids under the age of five who need to be fed.

From this cookbook, I prepared: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (which have now become a staple in my house), Sausage Breakfast Skillet, Chicken Fried Rice, Parmesan Pork Chops, BBQ Chicken, Summer Veggie Medley, Sausage and Peppers, and the One Dish Wonder. The Lemon Squares are on my husband's wish list, and there are a few desserts I need to try!

True to the title, these recipes are family approved. My four year old ate everything without any complaint, and that's pretty impressive. Everything was simple to prepare, and the ingredients were pretty straightforward to find, except for the Bisquick GF mix, which I'm not sure is available in Canada. It didn't hold me back, though. There's nothing super fancy here, just quick and easy to prepare meals that most kids will enjoy.

This cookbook is great for families, but would also be wonderful for someone new to gluten free who isn't a strong cook to begin with. I get a lot of questions from people who just never learned to cook much growing up, and now are faced with learning how to do it gluten free. They want to enjoy familiar foods, but aren't sure how to prepare them. This book would be a great start.

Guess What? Pam Jordan has graciously offered to give a copy away to 1 lucky reader! Open to residents of Canada and the United States. Enter below.

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  1. The cook book looks fantastic! :)

    Thank you for posting this!

    I'm off to enter! ;)


  2. Looks like an amazing cookbook! Thank you for the chance to win it! :)

  3. Looks like an amazing cookbook! Thank you for the chance to win it! :)