Founder & Editor of The Balanced Platter
Amy Green, M.Ed., is a work-at-home mom and wife. Her passion is feeding her family well and helping people discover that healthy food is delicious! She is also the cook behind the popular food blog, Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free and the best selling author of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free: 180 Easy & Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less. She has been a guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Good Morning Texas, Fox 4 News Dallas, Talk 980 Radio USA, write for Gluten-Free Living and Living Without, and has been featured in Living Without, Clean Eating Magazine, Reader’s Digest Canada, D Magazine, and The Plano Profile.
For more information, contact Amy at Amy (at) ssandgf (dot) com.
Heather never imagined she would be writing about food or healthy eating nine years ago. While eating the Standard American Diet in 2004, she learned that gluten intolerance ran in her family and was tested. After receiving positive results, she eliminated gluten from her diet and almost immediately felt like a new person. Her lifelong migraines disappeared, she felt energetic, and she knew that this was the start to a new healthy future.
Heather started Gluten-Free Cat as a way to share her story and to help others find alternatives to gluten. Starting out with gluten-free product and restaurant reviews, she quickly learned that gluten-free did not necessarily mean “healthy”. She began cooking and realized that the best gluten-free meals were homemade and naturally gluten free. Eliminating wheat opened up an entire world of food options that she never knew existed, so she began to experiment with new grains, vegetables, and fruits.
Heather describes herself as a whole foods eater and enjoys creating vegan, vegetarian, and raw dishes and sharing them at Gluten-Free Cat. She strives to find balance in healthy eating, her jobs as Kindergarten teacher and part-time fitness instructor, blogging, and in loving her family well.
Angela is the author and recipe developer behind the gluten-free dairy-free website, Angela’s Kitchen. She loves cooking up whole food budget friendly family favorites, while balancing her role as master food preserver, gluten- and dairy-free cooking instructor and as a mother of three kids and a flock of spunky chickens. Due to a passion to bring families back to the dinner table, Angela’s Kitchen features free weekly menus with grocery lists, freezer cooking and slow cooker recipes, with seasonal food preservation ideas.
Kim Lutz is a vegan mom, cook, author, and recipe developer. She is the author of Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes with Megan Hart. Kim and Megan also co-created the website, welcomingkitchen.com and co-authored two other books, The Everything Organic Cooking for Baby and Toddler Book and The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism.
When Kim’s son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies several years ago, she had to learn a new way to cook in order to keep him safe and well-fed. Since then, she has developed hundreds of allergen- and gluten-free vegan recipes. Kim and her recipes have been featured on WGN-TV, Chicago Sun-Times, VegNews‘ website, Mothering magazine’s website, Chicago Parent, in Elizabeth Pantley’s The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution and many other websites.
Kim lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons. She has learned about cooking for a child with food allergies through the trial-and-error of everyday meal preparation. It is Kim’s passion to help make every kitchen a Welcoming Kitchen where everyone can enjoy a meal together, regardless of food restrictions.
For as long as Alta can recall, she’s had a fascination for food and cooking. As a child, she was in the kitchen with her mother, asking to help, and tasting carrots, onions, or tomatoes as she chopped them for a salad, asking about the necessity of various ingredients in chocolate chip cookie dough, and learning the meaning of “stiff, but not dry” when referring to egg whites whipped for an angel food cake.
When her father made his appearance in the kitchen, Alta learned the powerful impact that spices had on rounding out, or dramatically changing, the flavor of a dish. She didn’t grow up with extravagant meals by any stretch, but as a child, she learned that with a little creativity, a delicious meal can be had, even on a budget. That philosophy stays with Alta in the kitchen even today.
As a young adult, her meals mostly consisted of ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, or Special K for dinner. Once she tired of all of that, she attempted various dishes, and started to cook recipes from books. There were times when she called good ol’ Mom up to ask her questions (“Mom, what exactly is in your meatloaf? What about that goulash stuff you used to make for us?”) Alta gives credit to those family members who were subjected to the results of her first attempts. Although they were mostly successful, there were definitely a few nights of “less-than-pleasurable” eating. But it wasn’t until fairly recently that she decided to venture outside of her comfort zone in the kitchen, and attempt to learn and build on her knowledge, and document those successful recipes along the way.
In June 2009, Alta’s blog Tasty Eats At Home became gluten-free, and will continue to be gluten-free. The great majority of her diet is naturally gluten-free, but in addition, she has multiple family members who must follow a gluten-free diet due to gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Her belief is that even without gluten, a diet can be varied and full of flavor – there should never be compromise! Her goal is to share with you delicious, gluten-free food that can bring your heart joy and nourish your body, one recipe at a time. Alta tends a small garden and regularly visits her local farmers markets in order to stock up on the freshest of local foods. Through her blog, she assists readers how to use various gluten-free products and ingredients in delicious and innovative ways. Alta has been published in the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook, is a contributing writer to Simply Gluten-Free Magazine, and is a Brand Ambassador for Udi’s Gluten-Free.
Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun.
After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms.
With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.