Sincerely Carolina

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all rolled-up into one: a review and a recipe!

by caroline

I love a good cookbook. From Julia Child to Mama Pea, I can’t seem to get enough of the food, photos and recipes that make up all that is wonderful about a cookbook.

So, when Carol Fenster, Ph.D. offered to send me her new book, 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes: Quick and Delicious Mouthwatering Dishes for the Healthy Cook, my response was a simple one — hells-to-the-yeah!

OK, I didn’t really say that, but you can sure bet I was thinking it on the inside! ;) Anyway, Carol offered for me to not only review her book, but feature one of her recipes on my blog. Totally cool, right?! The hardest part was choosing which recipe to spotlight here –– Carol has an amazing mix of dishes going on, ranging from Veggie Spring Rolls to Sweet-and-Sour Tofu Casserole to Vegetable Tikka Masala to Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies.

How’s a girl to choose from that lineup? She considers her crowd — that’s how. And on the night I decided to whip up one of Carol’s creations I was at my parents’ house for dinner. So, what does that mean in terms of choosing a recipe? I had to pick something that would please the vegetarian and/or gluten-free kids of the fam (me and my sister), the pickier eaters (the little bros) and everyone in between.

The result? I was stuck between lasagna (kinda basic) and Eggplant Roll-Ups. I went with the roll-ups!

The details …


Delicious! This dish was pleasantly surprising given the fact that I am not really a huge fan of eggplant and I have a hard time finding spots to squeeze it into my diet. But it’s a wonderful vegetable, boasting phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity. So, I was happy to find out that this dish was an option for helping me to get those healthy little buggers.

A bonus about the book? Carol also includes a list of brand-name items that are useful when making her recipes and are also safe for gluten-free eaters. Ooo — and I love the list of informational resources she includes in the back of the book. Very useful for the reader who is looking to learn a bit more. (ME!)

I am looking so forward to trying some of the other recipes in Carol’s book. Now comes the next debate: Ice Cream Pie with Granola and Fresh Fruit Sauce or Smothered Bean Burritos with Green Chili Sauce?

I think I’m going to be busy …