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Free and Friendly Foods Dessert Date Pasta

Dessert Date Pasta (Sauce)

If you were to ask Kid Two, he’d tell you that I saved the best for last. He couldn’t stop raving over how good this sauce was. It was rich, deep, and tasted like dessert. However, he did tell me later that it’s like pasta or cream sauce, you can’t eat too much of it. Yet, it was so good, he still wanted more. Makes me giggle to myself thinking about it.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, GAPs, Vegan, Onion & Garlic Free, Corn Free Compatible
For Corn Free: Make sure all of your ingredients are safe, especially the dates. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Pancakes

Corn & Nut Free Paleo Pancakes

Every so often, I try to make something that’s corn free, and safe for me to eat. Remember, corn isn’t my only allergy. I’ve been experimenting with tigernut flour off and on for a while now, and officially, I can’t have it. It was making me really sick. However, before I had to remove it as an option, I had the privilege of enjoying pancakes one last time.

Have you ever had tigernut flour? If not, let me try to describe it to you, especially when compared to cassava flour. Cassava has a weird fruity after taste in my opinion, and it’s “thin” in a potato/arrowroot starch sort of way. Tigernut seems to have more body to it, and it looks almost like hazelnut flour. It isn’t a tree nut or legume, rather, it’s part of a tuber. There’s a certain thickness that it brings to the table that I feel works really well with the cassava flour. In terms of price, I think they’re about the same price. The tigernut may be a little more, but it is organic, which I think is nice. On to the real reason you came, for the pancakes.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, AIP, Vegan, GAPs Compatible
For GAPs: Use a combination of almond and coconut flour, for a total of 1.5 cup flour. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Display

New LEGO Display

I have a LEGO confession to make: I cheated on my minifigure display case. Remember how I bought all of the materials to make a nice one that hangs on the wall? The one from Ikea… Well, I saw someone else found this cool frame at Michael’s, and it’s like it was made for just minifigures. I’m not joking. And it’s a hinged display! It’s called a Memory Frame, but it should be renamed to a Minigifure Frame. I then talked myself into it a little more by saying, it’s better than the Ikea frame because if you want to play with the figure, you can, without having to take down a frame off of the wall. Nonetheless, I really like it, but I will say, it costs more than the Ikea frame. That’s OK. I’ll be buying one here and there until the entire collection has been comfortably situated. I also would like to add that you can have the figures two deep in the frame, so there are plenty of options on how to organize them. As I get more frames, I’ll figure out a system that works for me.

As for the wall frame, I’m still thinking about it. I want to frame minifigures that I won’t want to take funny photos with, or things that we have duplicates of. Yet, at the same time, I want the frame to have a theme. Woe is me 🙂

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Display

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Display

Free and Friendly Foods Organic Chicken Pasta

Organic Chicken Pasta (Sauce)

Can you believe Non-Traditional Pasta Week is almost finished? The week has zoomed by so fast. I hope you’re having a great time in the kitchen trying new recipes! Today’s pasta sauce was inspired from Sweet Curry Chicken Fried Rice. It’s in our Everyday Meals volume one cookbook. It also comes from something I use to make the kids when they were much younger – pan-fried chicken thigh. I would prep chicken thigh, and let it cook in butter. Honestly, it was that simple. Add a little salt, and they were all happy. In this case, I wanted to make it a bit more fancy, but may I be honest about the peas and carrots? I love creating meals that don’t require getting extra dishes dirty. If you’re not a fan of them, leave them out. I’m a firm believer of making the kids eat vegetables with almost every meal. No matter what, I hope this brings warmth to your tummies!

Serious Tip: If you have a large family, buy chicken in bulk at a place like Costco. Spend an afternoon prepping it all, and freezing it in bags with the quantities you use most. In our case, there are always several quart size baggies in the freezer with 2 organic chicken breasts cubed, and ready to go. When you do your meal planning, keep your freezer stock in mind, and thaw it when needed. It makes life SO much easier in the long run.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, GAPs Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Black Bean Pasta

Black Bean Pasta

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday. Well, I hope it’s going well for you because that alliteration felt so good. As we continue pasta (sauce) week, it’s important to remember there are some people who can’t have tomatoes, in addition to many other things. This recipe is for you 🙂

The original concept of this dish was a cold pasta salad, and the truth is, I don’t know what makes a pasta salad. I’ve actually never eaten it before, and any time I see them in stores, they look eh. So, as I often do, I decided to do my own thing. Kid Two and Kid Three really enjoyed the dish. The Papa, who doesn’t like beans, and who really doesn’t like the GF noodles said that “it was really good for what it is”. Yes dear friends, that was a compliment. We learned that this is good eaten both warm and cold, but I think Kid Three enjoyed it more when it was warm. I think it has to do with these particular noodles. Once they’re cold, they’re not the same. Remember, these recipes are designed to be guides, and to get your creativity flowing!

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Vegan Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Pancake Cookies

Paleo Pancake Cookie

I wanted to make pancakes, but remember that time the stove exploded? Well, we’re still using the hot plate because we have yet to decided on what we rally want. Truth is, I really want 4 hot plates! It’s the temperature read out and the speed that heats at. I feel like I’m so efficient with it, except, there’s only one. So what has that got to do with a cookie? Well, I don’t have a pan that works on the hotplate. It’s an induction top, and my personal non-stick is for a regular old stove. So, I’m making the batter, and it hits me. I can’t cook it! Guess it’s time to make cookies. So, that’s what got me on this, and the funny thing is, it really did register as a pancake in my brain. I will warn you however, don’t eat too many. Sometimes, too much of a good thing is simply too much. A couple of these with a cold glass of water… that’s the good life. Enjoy!

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free, Paleo, Vegan, GAPs Compatible, AIP Compatible
For Gaps: Use a combination of coconut and almond flour.
For AIP: Omit flax, nutmeg, and use a safe vanilla. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Cranberry Tuna Pasta

Cranberry Tuna Pasta (Sauce)

Our Non-Traditional Pasta Sauce of the day is Cranberry Tuna. This is a play on the fact that Kid Two loves tuna and loves cranberries. You’ll notice throughout the week that each sauce does not use sugar like conventional pasta sauces call for. Instead, each one calls for a natural sweetener to liven things up. You could always reduce the amount of fruit used, or go without it completely. These recipes should serve as a guide and/or idea generator 🙂

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Refines/Cane Sugar Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, GAPs
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. Consider using a no-salt can of tuna, and adding a little extra as you cook. Also make sure that the cranberries are safe for you. Some brands have sulfates, and others add cane sugar etc. to the mix. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Rolled Pizza Dough Sandwich

Rolled Pizza Dough Sandwich

I saw one of the coolest things on the internet: Pizza Pinwheels! I knew I had to try it out. Yeah… about that. I’m going to call this a semi-fail. First, we forgot the cheese. We were so caught up in the rolling of the dough and wanting to get it right, we simply forgot. However, in doing so, we ended up accidentally making something really cool. It resembled a cross between a hoagie and a sub sandwich. I don’t know what to call it anymore, except Kid Two says to call it delicious. What it lacks in looks, it makes up for in effort and flavor. Hope this inspires you to crease something great! Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Triple B Peaches

Organic Triple B Peaches

Here’s the last huge recipe I have to share with you. It’s a bittersweet moment. I was SO excited to put this together for the kids, and as we were plugging along, the ideas kept getting better until we ended up with Triple B Peaches. These are the not-paleo version of the peaches we shared yesterday. Hope you enjoy this as much as Kid Two did. I said to him, well? How are they???? He said, “I’m peachless, I mean, speechless.” It was so funny! They were so good, it’s all he could think of. He quickly gobbled them all up, and his poor little brother only got a small sample.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Vegan Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Organic Paleo Peaches

Organic Paleo Peaches

I really hope you bought those peaches I was telling you about. Do you remember the first photo on the Stuffed Peaches post? I had 4 giant organic peaches, but only used 2 for the recipe. With the extra 2, I put together these delicious peach toppings. The first is a Paleo version, and tomorrow I’ll be posting the Triple B Peaches.

The concept behind the dish was to make something that would be really yummy at breakfast time. However, turns out it’s great with ice cream too. I imagine this could be used on cupcakes, oatmeal, cream of wheat, and toast. And of course, eaten straight out of a bowl.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free (Contains Coconut), Peanut Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Paleo, GAPs, Vegan, AIP
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. There’s a place in the San Francisco area called Woodleaf Farm. They’re corn free and amazing. You can also get good peaches from Riverdog Farm.
For AIP and GAPs: Use safe vanilla Read More

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