August 4, 2011

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Life As A Plate (Rosemary Olive Oil Bread, Crockpot Chili)

grain-free primal bread

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger is one of my favorite blog events. I’ve said it time and time again, but I love the opportunity to really get to know another blogger – test their recipes, read a lot of their posts, and the best part – taste their food. This month, Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger is being hosted by Sea over at Book of Yum. (She’s also the creator of this great event.) I was excited to adopt one of my new favorite bloggers – AndreAnna at Life As A Plate.

AndreAnna is inspirational to me. She struggled with weight issues (her story is here), but finally has found a new life through eating primally (via the Primal Blueprint – check it out over at Mark’s Daily Apple) and through Crossfit. She’s completed a Warrior Dash. Her blogs are definitely entertaining¬†- one minute, you’re laughing at her wit, and the next, she will bring you close to tears as she shares deep, emotional, inspirational streams of thought. She cooks amazing meals that make me drool. In short, she is a badass. (I do believe that’s the first time I’ve ever used that term on this blog, but it’s by far the best descriptor I have for her.)

So what does little Tasty Eats At Home do when adopting AndreAnna? Try to keep up! I love primal/paleo eating. I have dabbled in and out of this for a while, finding that I feel better with fewer grains, fewer starches, and much less sugar (even natural sugars). So I knew her recipes would jive with my body. But what to make? Surprisingly, I made foods that aren’t normally associated with this time of year – rosemary olive oil bread and crockpot chili. Why? Well, the bread was just calling my name – and I had rosemary in the garden – and the crockpot chili didn’t involve any heating of my kitchen at the way-too-hot-to-think hour of 6pm. (I avoided that issue with the bread by baking it early in the day on Saturday.) Both were amazing.

The bread was soft. Pliable. Moist. Brittany enjoyed it at dinner (in fact, she had 4 slices!) with butter. I enjoyed it unadorned, restraining myself from matching Brittany slice-for-slice. I omitted the parmesan cheese, but threw in 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes for a punch of flavor.

The chili was just as satisfying. In spite of the heat, I had a generous bowl (plus a tiny bit of a second helping) for dinner, and then portioned myself out some more for lunch the following day. It was even better the second day, and was a hearty meal I looked forward to eating. I didn’t put the ingredients in the crockpot in stages, as I wasn’t home to do so, but dumping everything in together and leaving it to simmer for hours worked just fine. I enjoyed it with onions and cilantro. Yum.

There are many, many more delicious recipes I could devour from AndreAnna’s blog. Collard greens? Yes, ma’am! And she and I must think alike, because she posted a kohlrabi slaw recipe too (looks SO good). And just in case you think there isn’t room for dessert on a primal diet, AndreAnna has desserts covered too.

After reading her latest post, I am further inspired. AndreAnna has the drive to push herself hard, encourage others to do so, but also has an incredible amount of grace. I think that I’ll also sign up for Warrior Dash next year- even if I finish last, I know I’ll finish. Thanks AndreAnna!

13 Responses to “Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Life As A Plate (Rosemary Olive Oil Bread, Crockpot Chili)”

  1. Truly wonderful adoption of AndreAnna, Alta! Both the recipes you made look fantastic. AndreAnna does really cover it all on her blog. She’s a badass indeed, a delightful one though. ;-)

    Shirley

  2. AndreAnna’s recipes are always enticing and wow that bread looks amazing! I wish grain-free baked goods didn’t require so many darn eggs though.

    Beautiful job with the photos too Alta.

  3. love it Alta! the bread would be calling my name too! it’s beautiful!! And I’m with you, I’ve been REFUSING to turn my oven on all summer!! Been using a bread machine, a slow cooker, and the microwave! lol!!

  4. Couldn’t agree more…to HOT everywhere and the easier the recipe the happier I am in this heat. This bread looks delish and I’ve put it on my must try list.
    Thanks
    Carol
    p.s. Great pics!

  5. Awesome post Alta! Your pics look amazing, I am off to check out these recipes! I agree, she’s a badass!

  6. great event!! the bread is amazing, the first pic..is divine!!

  7. Thanks so much for this, Alta. I am so grateful to be a part of such amazing GF bloggers and strong women. I think we’re all badasses! :)

  8. Thanks for the introduction to AndreAnna! The bread looks amazing, and your pictures are just incredible. Great adoption!

  9. Since I usually adopt all things AndreAnna, I just realized I never made this bread. I’m glad she led me to your site, great blog!

  10. This bread looks wonderful! I am always up for some grain-free breads. I have already made a banana and pumpkin spice bread grain-free. Fun!

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  12. I just made this bread for the first time, and it is truly spectacular. Crusty on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. Exactly what I look for in a bread. I can’t wait to eat this with everything!!

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