We recently received a copy of The Guilt Free Gourmet, a cookbook that’s filled with indulgent recipes without wheat, dairy or cane sugar. The recipe book is a creation of brother and sister team, Jordan and Jessica Bourke. Jordan brings his skills as a trained chef – focusing on taste and seasoning, while Jessica brings her skills as a nutritional therapist – focusing on the nutritional aspects of food and eliminating common problem ingredients. Together, they’ve created a recipe book that’s filled with recipes that are as delicious as they are nutritious.
True to their opening sentiments, it’s not a diet cookbook and its focus is not on what you can’t have. The focus is on showing you how to use alternative ingredients to achieve the decadent results of old favourites. The recipes all exclude dairy, wheat and cane sugar, but do utilize fish, meat and eggs. There’s a nice balance between simple recipes and those that are more complicated. They also include some dishes that are more exotic, like a massaman curry and a personal favourite, bibimbap.
It’s a recipe book I immediately liked as their style of cooking is similar to mine – lots of fresh ingredients with spices and herbs for that flavourful punch. You can tell the recipes were created by a trained chef, and each recipe includes something to make it indulgent – like the basil oil in the frittata recipe below. They’ve also included a note along with each recipe that explains why it’s guilt-free, and what the star nutritional ingredients are.
It’s a great recipe book not only for people who are trying to cut out dairy, wheat and cane sugar, but also for those wanting to incorporate more fresh produce into mealtimes.
I’ve bookmarked many recipes to make and have chosen to share their frittata recipe from the brunch section. I like that it’s an easy recipe and relatively budget friendly too. A good frittata recipe is one of those recipes that are useful to have on hand. It’s quick to make, can feed a crowd, or can be kept in the fridge for a slice and go breakfast during a busy week.
The Guilt Free Gourmet was given to us by Penguin Random House and is available here. Penguin Random House nor the author approved or reviewed this piece prior to publication. Opinions are our own. The recipe is reprinted with permission, images are our own.
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.