Today I’m reviewing Divine Dinners: Gluten-Free, Nourishing, Family-Friendly Meals by Lydia Shatney. Lydia blogs at Divine Health from the Inside Out.
Lydia’s book opens with a discussion of what types of ingredients are ideal and why for meats, produce, fats, sweeteners, nuts and dairy. If you’re not sure why certain recommendations exist in real food circles for certain types of ingredients, you will find this section very helpful. She explains the differences in nutrition, Omega 3s, and the absence of hormones, antibiotics and other nasties with different choices.
Then Lydia gives seventy-five recipes that are gluten-free and mostly grain-free, including entrees, side dishes, soups, vegetables, and sauces, dips and spreads. I’ve already written down several I want to try and have put three into this coming week’s menu. Her main dish selections have a wonderful array of nutrient-dense recipes including seafood and the beef dishes have optional liver added, if you like to be sneaky. One turkey dish calls for both hearts and liver, and the seasoning for the dish sounds like my children would happily eat it, so we’re going to try it this week. I also plan on making her Salmon with an Orange Honey Glaze this coming week.
Lydia has a nice assortment of dressings and sauces to make your meals sing. The Ginger Dressing she uses in the Ginger Salmon with Julianne Roasted Veggies sounds divine. I will be making it as a salad dressing on Sunday and we will try the rest of the dish in a week or two. Her Skewered Lamb meatballs are also on our menu this week. I don’t have many recipes for lamb and I suspect this dish will become a regular dish on our menu since it sounds so yummy.
In the side dishes, Lydia has a Nourishing Broccoli Salad with a sour cream-based dressing that just sings to me. I’ll pick up some broccoli when I shop this week and serve this for lunch.
If you’re needing gluten-free recipes, I believe you’d be very happy with Lydia’s book. You can purchase the book for $14.95.
Lydia does also offer coaching packages and classes on weight loss, blood sugar control, and more. Her blog is a wealth of information on health. Lydia is also my Nutritional Counselor, whom I work with to help restore my hormonal balance.