Back To School Special!
Join us for a special episode of Monday Night Live on August 20th. We’ll be covering all things back to school to help make meal times easier. There will be products, resources, giveaways, recipes and more.
Corn Free Extravaganza
During the Extravaganza, we shared lots of resources, tips, recipes, and more. 100% gluten free, corn free, and top 8 allergy free.
Original air date: July 23, 2018.
Coffee & Chocolate Chip Morning Zing Pancakes Recipe
Ready for an awesome way to start the day? I thought these coffee pancakes would be fun way to change things up around here. Now that the kids are much older, I say kids but they’re all teens, it’s safe to experiment with bolder flavors, including coffee here and there. Around here there are a few things no one really likes: baked asparagus, spicy food, and coffee. I’m blessed to have to deal with only a short list. It use to be a lot longer, however, by changing up how some foods were prepared, everything changed. For example: fried cauliflower 🙂 Back to the pancakes. If you find yourself in a creative rut, start experimenting with new flavors. Try things you may normally avoid… you may surprise yourself.
Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan Read More
Top 8 Free Chocolate Sun Butter Power Balls Recipe
Is it me or are power balls all the rage as of late? (Jump To Recipe) I of course couldn’t be left behind, like how I was with the unicorn craze. I still regret that a tad bit… Oh well. I suppose it’s for the best. So power balls are a great way to get energy into people, especially kids. They’re extremely versatile, and super easy to make. You can whip a batch or two in no time, and freeze extras if you’d like. When I make them, they don’t last more than a day or two.
Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan Read More
Dark Chocolate Detox Brownie Recipe
Ready for brownies with a hidden healthy boost? Good! [Jump to Recipe] We partnered with Navitas to bring you the Immunity Caramel Squares a few weeks ago, and now we’ve created brownies that incorporate their Detox Daily Boost. We’ve also included several other Navitas products so you can get your shopping done on one website 🙂
The kids told me that the detox boost isn’t noticeable, and that these brownies have a hint of fruity flavor in them, which was a nice surprise. They also LOVED the brownies with caramel sauce. I’m thinking the brownies would make a great addition to an ice cream too. See how versatile these boosts are?
Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan, Nut Free Compatible
For Nut Free: Use Maple sugar instead of coconut sugar. It’s a 1:1 exchange. Read More
Navitas Immunity Caramel Bars Recipe
We’ve partnered up with Navitas to bring you a few new recipes featuring their new Superfood Boosts, which are amazing. What’s even better is these boosts are organic, gluten free, and vegan, meaning they’re safe for many to enjoy. Today’s recipe features the Immunity Boost which is full of healthy fruits, vegetables, antioxidants, and enzymes.
Now, if you’ve been a long time reader of the blog, you know that I look at things totally different from those around me. Show me a product (and tell me what it should be used for) and I’ll imagine many other ways to use it. In fact, when I first met the Navitas rep and he showed me the Boosts, I said, “This would make a great cookie.” He was totally caught off guard as he had never thought to use it that way.
I share that to say this: don’t let food allergies and special diets stop you from creating awesome food. In fact, use your “weakness” as a strength. In the case of these Boosts, I wanted to make them the strength of a dessert 🙂
Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Low Histamine, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, Vegan, Nut Free Compatible, AIP Compatible, Corn Free Compatible
For Nut Free: Omit the coconut sugar and replace with additional maple sugar.
For AIP: Omit the flax seeds. You will need to add 1 extra Tablespoon of cassava to your filling. Also know that the removal of the flax creates a more crumbly bar (that still tastes delicious).
For Corn Free: You will need to assess if the Navitas powder is safe for you. All of the other ingredients are available from safe sources. Read More
Meat Lover’s Brussels & Rice Recipe
Today I want to share with you something that the kids absolutely loved: Meat Lover’s Brussels & Rice. It was a quick lunch that I put together, but they went back for thirds. My favorite thing about this recipe: it incorporates Brussels Sprouts. I was surprised when they were much younger how much they liked meals that included sprouts, and have continued to add them when I can.
As some of you may know, we are a homeschooling family, so on rice days I’ll often start the rice cooker with veggies on top in the steaming insert before running an errand or taking the kids somewhere. When we get back, half of the meal is ready to go. This meal is no different.
Allergy Status: Gluten/Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Onion & Garlic Free, Allium Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Corn Free Compatible
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. This one is a bit of a stretch, but not impossible. Read More
Headed to Expo West!
I’m excited to share with you all that I’m headed to Expo West next week. Not only is it my first time, but I’ll be part of the official blogging team as well. It’s such an honor to be on a team with so many other amazing bloggers including Celiac and The Beast, Krysten’s Kitchen, Sweets 4 Epi Girl, FODMAP Life, and Mamavation. You can see the whole team at the New Hope Website.
So what will I be on the hunt for? Everything. As usual, I’m sure I’ll try to see it all (but I’ve been warned that it’s an impossible task) so that I can bring back lots of information for all of you. I’m especially keen to find items made in either dedicated facilities, or on dedicated equipment. I’ll also be searching extra hard for top 8 free foods, truly corn free foods, AIP foods, and allergy friendly vegan products. If you represent a company that will be at Expo West, be sure to reach out.
Be sure to mark your calendars because on Monday, March 12, we will do a special Monday Night Live sharing the information with you. It will start at 5:30pm pst on both Facebook (@freeandfriendly) and Instagram (@theallergychef). Be sure to take notes and lots of screenshots.
If you have something that you need help finding, don’t hesitate to reach out. There are a lot of companies that have asked me to stop by their booth, but I’m also creating a to-do list based on your needs. It’s one of my core missions to make sure that I help everyone find safe and delicious food to eat.
Next week be sure to check out Instagram stories (@theallergychef) as I’ll be oversharing all of the good finds.