Today is a wonderful occasion! We are celebrating a soon-to-be new arrival – a lovely little bundle of joy coming any day now to the Green household! Amy Green is the founder of the blog Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, and the author of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make In 20 Minutes Or Less, and co-founder of The Balanced Platter, a new healthy living website that just launched in 2012. And those are just the highlights – Amy also is a co-founder of Nourished – a food blogger conference, has held countless cooking classes, has been an amazing mentor to many fellow food bloggers, and has touched many lives for the better through her dedication to healthier gluten-free, refined sugar-free living. She’s obviously a very busy, accomplished individual.
But personally, Amy is so much more than just these things. She’s a dear friend of mine. She has a huge heart and gives so much to so many of us. When we heard Amy and her husband Joe were expecting a baby boy, we knew we needed to take this opportunity to give back just a bit of the love Amy has shown for us…
…by having a virtual, surprise BABY SHOWER!
Of course, those of us throwing this shower are spread all over across North America, so it’s not exactly easy to get together for a party. So why not have a virtual shower? The added bonus, of course, is that you all can share in the fun!
Check out all of the amazing baby shower food being served at our Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free Surprise Shower:
Hallie at Daily Bites
Maggie at She Let Them Eat Cake
Lexie at Lexie’s Kitchen
Kelly at The Spunky Coconut
Carol at Simply Gluten-Free
Cara at Cara’s Cravings
Ricki at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
Alisa at Alisa Cooks
Kim at Cook It Allergy Free
Silvana at Silvana’s Kitchen
Jen at Gluten-Free Life
Cybele at Cybele Pascal
Helen at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Wow, going through that list makes me hungry! Personally, I opted to share a refreshing grapefruit salad with avocado and jicama. Texas grapefruit is in season right now, and is such a sunny, welcome treat when spring produce still seems so far off. With creamy avocado, crunchy jicama, refreshing mint, and a slightly savory dressing, the grapefruit really sings. It’s perfect for a baby shower, or any winter brunch or lunch. I’m already aware of Amy’s love for grapefruit, so it only seemed fitting to serve a salad such as this at their baby shower.
Help me wish Amy and Joe congratulations as they welcome their new baby boy!
Grapefruit Salad with Avocado and Jicama
2 large pink grapefruits
1 navel orange
1 jicama, peeled and cut into strips
1 avocado, diced
1-2 handfuls arugula
2 T mint leaves
1 t Dijon mustard
2-3 T olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Peel and section the grapefruits and oranges over a bowl so you can catch the juice. Squeeze the membranes to get as much juice as possible. Discard peels and membrane. Carefully remove the slices from the juice and place into a separate bowl.
On a large plate, place the handfuls of arugula and spread out. Lay the slices of grapefruit, orange, and jicama on top of the arugula. Scatter diced avocado over the top of the salad. Garnish with mint leaves.
Place the grapefruit and orange juice in a small bowl with the Dijon mustard. Whisk together, and drizzle the olive oil in and whisk constantly until well-blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the dressing over the top of the salad and serve immediately.