Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger: Hero Beth and Tasty Yummies

This month the Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger Event was hosted by Kalinda of Wheat-free Meat-free. I adopted Hero Beth from the deliciously entitled blog, Tasty Yummies, after her entry in my gluten-free vegetarian thanksgiving event brought her blog to my attention. She had so many recipes that I had a hard time picking and ended up making a Pinterest board of my favorite Tasty Yummies. Things have been a tad stressful at the House of Yum, with me trying to start Toddler Yum at daycare and get some serious work done on my dissertation. I needed to spend a little time in the kitchen to expend some nervous energy, and I started by making her Gluten-free Butternut Squash Enchiladas. I was intrigued by Hero Beth’s frequent usage of butternut squash in her recipes, and I loved the idea of the simple but homemade accompanying tomatillo sauce.
I served the enchiladas as one of the first sit-down-at-the-table meals we’d had in ages. We all enjoyed it, and the DH gave it a thumbs up. I made a dairy-free version for my mom, and a plain cheese quesadilla for toddler yum, who found the tomatillo “spicy.” I’d make this recipe again. The only thing I would change would be my poor choice of tortilla. I accidentally bought extra-thin mission corn tortillas, and found extra-thin was code for extra-likely-to-fall-apart. It looks like Hero Beth picked a far better tortilla for her version, and my usual Sonoma organic corn tortillas would be a good choice as well.
My favorite recipe that i found at Hero Beth’s site has to be this one for Spicy Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Pine Nuts Recipe. Of the recipes that I selected, I found this to be one of the her most original, taking two ordinary favorites and combining them with a very special addition. I also loved the Indian flavor of the spices added. I could eat this dish every day for a month and not get tired of it!

I must have been in the mood for beans, because that same night I also made her White Bean and Chive Veggie Patty Recipe. I loved the chives and crunchy cornmeal. But I wished I knew what kind of white bean Hero Beth used. I had both white kidney and small white beans in my pantry and didn’t know which would go better. The patties were tasty but needed a little something, so I added a dab of mayonnaise and it complimented them perfectly.

I also made a pumpkin pasta casserole with gobs of cheese and fresh pumpkin puree. I liked it, but I was out of parmesan regianno and could only use the gruyere, which made it a little more plain than the original. I added srirachi hot sauce to mine to kick it up a notch, and added generous servings of pepper and it was pretty tasty. The DH said it was his favorite of all the recipes from the Tasty Yummies blog that I tried. The pasta pictured here is brown rice penne, but I also made some batches with the new gluten-free corn pasta at (west coast) Trader Joe’s. I really like this new jumbo-sized corn penne, but brown rice pasta does look prettier for this recipe.

This was a very fun adoption month and I really enjoyed trying the recipes at Tasty Yummies. The next time I have some brussels sprouts I might have to try Hero Beth’s Shredded Brussels Sprouts with toasted walnuts and dried currants or serve a Gluten-free Vegan Apple Cobbler. Why don’t you check out the amazing recipes and great photos at her site?

This month Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger will be hosted back here at the Book of Yum. It has been a very relaxing two month vacation, and I really appreciate my friends who stepped in to help host for me.* This month, I’ll hope to see you all back here to adopt your own gluten-free blogger.

*If you have a gluten-free blog and would like to host Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger, just let me know in the comments and we can schedule you in!

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13 Responses to “Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger: Hero Beth and Tasty Yummies”

  1. Oh my gosh, I didn’t know you were actually serious about the “Adopt A Blogger” thing. Ha. You just made my whole entire week!! Wow. Seriously though, thank you for making so many of my recipes and for posting about me and my blog. It really means the world to me! xoxo

    PS I didn’t even think to mention the type of white bean, I usually use great northern or cannellini beans.

  2. Great recipes! I really want to try that chickpea recipe!

  3. Good luck on your dissertation work! I hope this time of change goes smoothly for your wee girlie.

    The food looks amazing! I’m printing out the Spicy Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea recipe now. DD and DH are going to love it!

  4. I love all the pictures (and recipes)! I think some of my best pictures are adoption posts because I don’t have to think about the recipe at all. I had never heard of Beth’s site before, so I’m glad for the introduction. She certainly does have lots of tasty yummies to try.

  5. OK, I’ll bite what’s your dissertation on . . . something nutrition oriented?

  6. Hi Beth, You are very welcome. I enjoyed your blog and recipes and am glad that you joined us for our Thanksgiving event so I could get to “know” you and your blog! :)

    Hi Debbi, Thanks! Yes, I highly recommend the chickpea recipe. Yummy as cold leftovers, too.

    Hi Mars, Thanks a lot! We are working through it. I am beginning to suspect that the daycare we started with may not be the daycare we end up with- there are too many issues with it that aren’t ideal for Todd Yum.

    Hi Kalinda, Thanks! Yes, I find I am sometimes most creative with photos of other recipes because I’m less occupied with the recipe writing etc. I’m glad you liked Beth’s site.

    Hi Beth M, My dissertation is not remotely nutrition oriented. More… Japanese contemporary history. ;) So this blog is my creative outlet. I can safely say I have almost no interest in a nutrition degree. If I were to do something else, I would enroll in culinary school rather than pursuing a degree as a nutritionist… The food is my passion, and the healthfulness of it is just something I do because it is the way I want to live. Does that make sense?


  7. Wow! Hero Beth DOES have some tasty yummies, how did you ever manage to pick!!

  8. I just found this event tonight and would love to participate.

    How do I sign up for next month’s event and/or who is hosting so I can get more info?


  9. Hi Veggie V! I will be hosting and the sign-up sheet should be up in a day or two here at the Book of Yum


  10. Here’s where you can sign up for adopt a gluten-free blogger this month:

  11. Looks amazing! Can’t wait for the Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cobbler! Thanks for creating this. Great pictures by the way it really is mouthwatering!

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