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Review and Giveaway: A Year to Eat Freely by Kim Christensen


[Disclosure:  I purchased both my own and the prize calendar myself. I was under no obligation to write this review and was not compensated for it.]

[Kim’s Buckwheat Crackerbread with my own Sweet Potato Spread]

When I found out that my friend Kim was creating a recipe calendar for 2011, I squealed with joy.  You may know Kim as my partner in crime  sunworship  hoarding colorful earrings  the SOS Kitchen Challenge, as we alternate choosing ingredients and writing the kickoff post each month (can you guess who wrote which ones?).  Kim also pens the creative, informative and often whimsical blog, Affairs of Living, where she is a vocal advocate for Lyme patients (she follows a specific diet as well, which is very much akin to my ACD), and she creates incredible, innovative, delicious recipes.

As soon as the calendar was available, I hopped over to her etsy shop and bought a couple (I figured I could give one as a Christmas gift).  Alas, the holiday rush combined with the usual disorganization lassitude incompetence delays of the Canadian postal system meant that I never received my order.  Kim valiantly sent me another one last month, which I received just in time for the new year.  Yay!

The full title is A Year to Eat Freely: 12-Month Calendar Featuring Recipes Free of Gluten, Rice, Dairy, Casein, Eggs, Soy, Corn, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Potato, Tomato, Citrus, Shellfish and Cane Sugar. That’s quite a mouthful! (and let me tell you, it’s an entirely delicious mouthful). It may be 2011 already, but you see, this collection is far more than just a calendar: each month is printed on its own sturdy, pocket-sized recipe card (recipes are on the back).  Gorgeous photography coupled with innovative, delectable recipes (all gluten free, vegan, and free of refined sugars) make this a keeper no matter the time of year. 

Kim is also donating 5% of her profits to Turn the Corner Foundation, “an organization dedicated to research, education, awareness, and innovative treatments for Lyme Disease and tick-borne infections.”  How great is that? And since I never did give that second copy to my friend, I decided to make it the basis for a giveaway instead!

In addition to the 17 recipes, the package also includes cooking notes and a handy ingredients guide (for anyone following a gluten free, whole foods diet, most–if not all–of the ingredients will already be familiar).  To read more about the calendar and see a full list of the recipes included, check here.

Ever since I got it, I’ve been cooking up A Year to Eat Freely recipes.  Here are a few of the dishes I’ve made.  Kim has graciously agreed to let me post the recipe for her Smoky Zucchini dip, too, so just skip on down to read it!

Mix and Match Raw Kale Salad

In my quest for more raw dishes this winter, I knew this salad would be tops on my list. Nothing could be easier than a collection of brightly colored raw veggies tossed in a light, tangy dressing that’s a snap to prepare.  The combination of raw kale and other veggies made a perfect light dinner paired with some grilled tofu.  And I’m so glad to have a delicious alternative to my standard raw kale salad!

Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

How could I resist a recipe for crisp chocolate chip cookies laced with oatmeal–and there’s even an accompanying recipe for homemade chocolate chips! (okay, I cheated a little and used unsweetened carob chips instead).  Normally I can’t eat chocolate chip cookies on the ACD, but there’s nothing in these babies that I’m not allowed.  Yay!

Smoky Zucchini Dip with Buckwheat Crackerbreads

I loved this bean-free alternative to hummus.  Although I ate the dip both with crackers and in some raw collard wraps, I wanted to make the crackerbread as well just because Kim had paired them together and I thought the flavors would be a great match.  And they were.  The dip is light and flavorful with a smoky undertone from the grilled zucchini.  Rather than bake  the flatbread as a single cracker that was later broken into pieces, I pre-cut the dough into small triangles that could serve either as crackers or chips for dipping (see photo at the top of this post).  We’ve enjoyed them with guacamole and chickpea-based hummus as well. 

And now–I’m giving away a copy to one of you!


I want you to enjoy these recipes and Kim’s great tips as well!  I’m giving away my second copy of the calendar to one lucky DDD reader.  To enter, simply leave a comment (make sure there is a link to your blog, or include your email address when you sign up for the comment–it won’t be visible on the blog).  The contest will run until midnight my time, Thursday, February 3rd, and I’ll announce the winner the next day.  Please be sure to check back here next week to see if you won!  I won’t be contacting the winner.  (If I don’t hear from the winner within a week, I’ll choose someone else. )

If you just can’t wait to get your hands on the calendar, Kim is also offering them at a discount to DDD readers.  Just head over to her etsy shop and use the discount code, “GIVEAWAY” any time before February 28th.  You’ll receive 5% off! (and the discount applies to everything on the site, not just the calendars).


Good luck!  Now go enjoy some Smoky Zucchini Dip. 🙂

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