August, 2016

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Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Pies

Paleo Pie Experiments

I’m sure you’ve heard of America’s Test Kitchen. I’d like to think we’re going to be that place for people with food allergies one day. With that in mind, we’re always testing out new ideas and flavor combinations, so I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Stuffed Beet

Organic Stuffed Beet Recipe

The stuffed beet cup was something I wanted to do just for the fun of it. I think as a side dish, especially at a small dinner party, it’s fun to have around. It’s really simple, and you can interchange the steamed veggies with whatever you fancy. The kids really like steamed broccoli and carrots, so that’s what I went with. A little note about flavor: Kid Two, Kid Three, and I all agree that a roasted beet has the texture of a buttered potato. We don’t know why, they just do. Enjoy!

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, Low Histamine, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, GAPs, AIP, SCD, Vegan

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Free and Friendly Foods Stuffed Rond de Nice

Salmon Stuffed Ronde de Nice Recipe

Last week was Stuffed Vegetable Week here on the blog, and I didn’t have enough time to share this gem with you, so here it is. This was deemed to be juicy and delicious by The Papa, the kids, and one of their cousins who was over for a visit.

A note about the honey. You see, I was measuring it out when the whole lid popped off and honey went everywhere. If I had to guess, it was 2 TBSP. I was planning to use 1.5, but there could be as much as 3 TBSP, so please use your best judgement on this one. SO sorry. And we didn’t even get a funny picture of it happening.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Low Histamine, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, GAPs, AIP, SCD, Sesame Free Compatible

For Sesame Free & AIP: Omit the sesame garnish.
*Corn Free: Source safe ingredients.
*Low Histamine: Be sure to have fresh fish. Read More

Jack’s Paleo & Bakeology Cookie Review

Have you heard of New Leaf Grocery? If you live in the SF Bay Area, it’s in Half Moon Bay. It’s a small Mecca for those of us with food allergies. You can find a lot of options there, including Paleo. I purchased these for everyone to try, and here’s what we’ve decided:

Bakeology Sinckerdoodle Cookies

Kid Two says these remind him of sand. They stay together in your hand, but not in your mouth. They don’t have consistent coloring and the flavor can change a bit from cookie to cookie, but they’re not bad. They’re crunchy, and he seems to like them. He didn’t love them though. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Organic Cajun Pepper

Organic Cajun Stuffed Peppers Recipe

I have a riddle for you. What’s pretty on the outside and not that great on the inside? If you’ve read the Purple Pepper Post, you’ll know, it’s the orange peppers! Sometimes you get a bad one when it’s organic 🙁

When I was a kid, I had something so delicious, but I kind of only sort of know what it was. It was red potatoes, but with Cajun seasoning… or crab seasoning… see, I somewhat don’t remember, but I know that it was eaten near New Orleans, so it must be Cajun inspired at the least. In addition to that, I LOVED red beans and rice as a child. I could eat bowls of that stuff, and that’s where the inspiration for these peppers truly come from.

Now, some of you may know that the kids, especially Kid Two, hates spicy things. I have to always keep that in mind as I’m creating recipes, especially anything Cajun inspired 🙂 Needless to say, everyone really enjoyed the meal, however, I can safely say that if you’re a fan of spice, please feel free to add much more.

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, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan

*For Corn Free, be sure to source safe ingredients. You may need to use a different rice. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Pizza

Just Sharing Some Pizza

Just sharing some recent things the kids and I have made in the kitchen. Nothing was measured, but I’ve put in some notes in hopes to spark the creativity within you 🙂 I’ve included both the allergy free and allergy versions of what was made.

We are not in the least bit pizza experts, however, we are getting there. I’ll be investing a few good tools and pans in the future which I’m sure will up our game. I’ll also be experimenting with homemade dough… one day… More than anything, we’ve been learning all about flavor profiles, and what works on a pizza. Most of our experiments have been successful, and it has inspired me to write an allergy friendly pizza cookbook 🙂

Free and Friendly Foods Pizza

Wholly Wholesome Pizza Dough. It’s Top-8 Free, and Kid Two loves it. We use to get the Kinnikinnick one, but it’s covered in corn. This doesn’t have as much corn, but I still have to use the mask when making it. Personally, the cost is starting to get to me. At $7.50 a package, which is 2 servings for him, I’m ready to reverse engineer a more affordable version.

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Free and Friendly Foods Stuffed Purple Peppers

Organic Lemon Chicken Stuffed Purple Pepper Recipe

We were had by the peppers. I tell the kids whenever this happens that this is the “price” we pay for organic. You win some, you lose some. You’ll see in the image that there are 5 cute little peppers, one for each person. However, much to our surprise, all but one was bad on the inside. What amazed us is that they were all so perfect looking on the outside. Yet, I was able to do a small victory dance because hey, at least I got one to take a picture of.

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, Paleo, GAPs, SCD

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Free and Friendly Foods Stuffed Turnip Salad

Simple Stuffed Turnip Salad Recipe

Just because it’s stuffed veg week doesn’t mean everything has to have a long and complicated title, right? Even us foodies at heart have to take a break sometimes 🙂 Although this is a very simple idea, it takes real planning. If you use a large turnip, which I would suggest, you have to bake it before you can hollow it out. It’s simply too hard to accomplish when it’s raw, unless you have access to some really cool commercial kitchen heavy duty tools. Or maybe a sawz-all.

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, Low Histamine, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, GAPs, AIP, Vegan

*For AIP, Low Histamine, and Nightshade Free, be sure to skip tomatoes in your salad.

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A Little Bit of Shopping

Just wanted to share a few things that I saw recently at the store. I did purchase the cassava sweetener to mess around with it when I have a little extra time. I’m very pleased with the ingredients listed on the Jovial products, but they do contain corn. Since we have other mixes that I’ve put together without corn, we won’t be trying this product; mainly because, well, corn.

We’ve been using the Tiger Nut Flour (NOT a nut, a tuber) for a while now, but the Pamela’s is a new product I hadn’t seen before. I’m hoping someone out there will find this useful because I didn’t purchase it since The Papa has a coconut allergy.

Happy shopping everyone!

Free and Friendly Foods Shopping

Free and Friendly Foods Shopping

Free and Friendly Foods Shopping

Grapes are Growing, and Here are Some Cupcakes

The kids are really excited to see the grapes in our backyard doing so well. It’s nothing short of a miracle considering how bad we all are at gardening. I have to admit, it’s fallen off of my ever-growing list of things to do. These grapes didn’t let our poor treatment stop them from growing, and that’s just way cool. Also, cupcakes, because, well, cupcakes. It’s one of the new things I’m working on for the bakeshop at freeandfriendlyfoods.com.

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