Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: Gluten Free For Good and Sauteed Lettuce and Brown Rice Bowl

This month, Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger kind of snuck up on me. Lexie at Lexie’s Kitchen was hosting, and I read her announcement a week ago. I realized I hadn’t picked a blogger to adopt, and I knew that I was going to be swamped with a training class for work all week, leaving next to no time to cook. I really wanted to adopt Melissa at Gluten Free For Good, so I started scouring her site for recipes. I’ve made a version of her red chile enchilada pizza before with Udi’s crust (a deliciously evil treat!), but I didn’t have time for that. A long while back, I’d made a version of her sweet and spicy moroccan stew, and the warming spice blend in that recipe really tugged at me, but there was no time for that either. And then I came across her sauteed lettuce and brown rice bowl. I had lots of leftover romaine lettuce in the fridge that needed to be eaten, and while I was regularly incorporating it into green smoothies (a great alternative to the in-a-hotel conference/training breakfast, which usually consists of some variety of pastry or donut – while everyone else was likely crashing from an overload of sugar, my brain was primed with a nutrient-rich breakfast), there was more available than I could feasibly blend before it went bad. I decided that I’d whip up this recipe one evening for dinner – it wasn’t complicated, and it came together very quickly.

I already had cooked brown rice in the fridge (this is an often occurrence for me), so preparation simply consisted of chopping a bit of vegetables. I omitted the cheese in the recipe to make it dairy-free, but generously topped it with toasted sunflower seeds and some chopped parsley. It was a light dish, with a bit of crunch left in the ribs of the lettuce, but the wilted portions were silky and gave the dish a lovely textural contrast. The sesame seed (gomasio) topping really elevated the dish, reminding me of a lighter version of an Asian-style sauteed bok choy or other green. I enjoyed the leftovers the following morning, cold, topped with a bit of cold sliced egg omelette. Delightful, and it kept my belly happy all morning.

Melissa’s blog is one that I always enjoy reading. She shares recipes, sure, but perhaps even more valuable are her nutritional and health-based stories. I loved her “fuzz” post – worthwhile reading for anyone looking to keep their bodies free from stiffness and inflammation and generally happy and healthy. And her “does my butt look big” post was not only entertaining, but so much so that I couldn’t help but share with my husband. (who responded with a non-chalant “yeah, I already knew that” type of response – as if he always knew his “big-butt” wife was smart. I didn’t complain.) Melissa is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to health, nutrition, fitness, but most importantly, overall well-being, and she has a knack for making this information readily available to the average Joe. I still have more of Melissa’s recipes that I’d love to try – her pumpkin pecan boyfriend bait being my first choice. (I’m a sucker for anything pecan.) Soon, I hope, this will appear in my kitchen – because for me, pumpkin and pecan are year-round good!

Comments

  1. says

    OMG! Alta, you are such a doll. Thank you for this wonderful “adoption.” I really appreciate it. Every time I see one of the “adopt a gluten-free blogger” posts, I swear I’m going to get involved as I have so many favorite gf bloggers, including YOU! And your food writing and descriptive phrases are scrumptious. Can I hire you to “narrate” my recipes?

    As for the lettuce bowl, I must say, half of our meals are of the “bowl” variety (mixed veggies and something or other). Luckily my husband was a brown-rice-eating hippie in his former life. =)

    Thank you, thank you.
    Peace, love and tasty eats at home!
    Melissa

  2. says

    I’m reading so many wonderful adoption posts this weekend, Alta, and yours is right there at the top! Melissa is one of my faves for all the reasons you enumerated. I know that if I lived at her house, I’d be eating much healthier and loving every morsel. Since that’s not going to happen, I have to keep following her lead and making lovely recipes like this one you’ve shared. I agree with Melissa … I absolutely love the way you’ve described her recipe. Who doesn’t want everything you’ve described? I especially like the idea of silky lettuce. ;-) Thanks, Alta. Great job as usual! :-)

    Shirley

    • tastyeatsathome says

      Melissa – I’ll be happy to “narrate”, for a small fee, of course! :) Glad you liked it. I love the “bowl” variety of cooking, but I live with someone (well really, lots of someones) that don’t like a lot of vegetables, so other than fried brown rice and a stir-fry of limited variety, I don’t get a lot of bowl dishes. Except chili, but I don’t consider that the same. I love them because they’re easy!

      Shirley – Thank you! I think I’d be eating much healthier at her house too – or at the very least, would be more physically active. Bad excuses, I know, but a healthy positive influence like Melissa would be great in all of our lives!

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