When I heard that Danielle was coming out with a cookbook of gluten free and dairy free holiday recipes, I was really excited. It can be hard to figure out what to eat at celebratory gatherings when you have food restrictions or just want to eat healthy and Danielle knows this better than almost anyone.
When I first came across her blog a few years ago, I was stopped in my tracks by her health journey. Essentially, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at 22 and was very, very ill because of it until she turned to healing her body through food. This resonates with me so much. Though I was never any where near as sick as Danielle, I can empathize with her as we do have parallel journeys of being sick and turning to food instead of medicine (you can read more about mine here, if you're interested). Bonus-- her recipes are amazing and she has such a bright, bubbly personality even with everything she's been through.
So, you can imagine how totally psyched I was when I read in her newsletter ( which you can subscribe to HERE - highly recommend! ) that she was going to have a launch team of "regular people" who will be reading and making recipes out of her book the month before it's released to the public AND that I could apply to be one of them! Then I found out I was part of the launch team and oh man, let's just say David knows how much I couldn't stop talking about it!
Throughout the month of September, I'll be cooking recipes from Celebrations so you can see how fantastic her recipes are and feel confident that buying the book is totally worth it. If you have dietary restrictions, just want to eat healthier, are interested in paleo, or just want delicious food, you have to check out her book! You can read more about what's in the book and see some photos of the DELICIOUS food in her blog post on it here.
Danielle wanted to get us the recipes as soon as possible so she sent us 8 of them so we could make some over the long weekend. I told David he had to help me and we still had a hard time narrowing it down. We decided to have a fun Labor Day menu of heirloom tomato, watermelon, and basil salad, ribs, "corn" bread, and lemon bars for dessert with my parents after we went out on their boat.
How beautiful is this bread? Swoon. It's not corn because that's inflammatory for some people but it's a delicious substitute. As my parents said, corn bread is often dry but this was so moist and perfect. My dad even said he would much rather have this than cornbread!
I'm always uncertain how I feel about the fruit + vegetable combo but I loved this salad--so fresh and quintessentially summer. I'm dying to go grab some from our fridge right now!
Ribs just seem like the perfect Labor Day treat and they were amazing. When we were out shopping for Labor Day deals, we found the absolute perfect outdoor table and chairs for more than half off! It was so fitting to have ribs at our outdoor table for the first time. I wish there were still leftovers of these but of course they were gobbled up.
We finished the meal with lemon bars. I love the tart lemon with the sweet strawberry combo. The filling was creamy and delicious and it's all gluten and dairy free and has no refined sugar. YES.
Look at those cuties!
My copy of Celebrations is supposed to arrive at the end of this week so if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go stalk our mailbox. Have a great rest of your long weekend, friends!
P.S. Check back later this week for my post on Danielle's blackened salmon with stone fruit salsa--I can't wait!