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Free and Friendly Foods Dessert Date Pasta

Dessert Date Pasta (Sauce) Recipe

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 soooo good, he still wanted more. Makes me giggle to myself thinking about it.

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, 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 Recipe

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 tiger nut 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 tiger nut 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. Tiger nut 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 the two are about the same price. The tiger nut that we purchase from Organic Gemini 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: 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, 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 πŸ™‚

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Display

Free and Friendly Foods LEGO Display

Free and Friendly Foods Organic Chicken Pasta

Organic Chicken Pasta (Sauce) Recipe

Can you believe Non-Traditional Pasta Week is almost over? 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. One of my favorite personal features about this sauce is the veggie inclusion. They’re masked a bit, and I love knowing that the kids are eating plenty of vegetables. If you’re not a fan, or would prefer a different vegetable, make the change. I hope this brings warmth to your tummies!

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, Paleo, GAPs, Onion & Garlic Free

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Free and Friendly Foods Black Bean Pasta

Black Bean Pasta Recipe

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 and/or nightshades, in addition to many other things. This recipe is for you πŸ™‚

The original concept of this dish was a cold pasta salad and as usual, it morphed into something unique to us. The great news is that 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 tasty eaten both warm and cold, but I think Kid Three enjoyed it more when it was warm, and it has to do with these particular noodles. Once most gluten free noodles are cold, they’re not nearly the same. Friendly remember, these Non-Traditional Pasta recipes are designed to be guides, and to get your creativity flowing, as many of you have quite limiting dietary options.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free*, Sesame Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan Compatible, Onion & Garlic Free

For Vegan: Use maple syrup instead of honey, or Bee Free Honee.
*The allergy friendly mayo we use has a small amount of added cane sugar. You will need an alternative brand, or use homemade aquafaba mayo.

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Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Pancake Cookies

Paleo Pancake Cookie Recipe

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 really 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 personally have a corn free 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: 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 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) Recipe

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 πŸ™‚

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, Vegan Compatible, Onion & Garlic Free

For Vegan: Use a vegan, fish free tuna, such as this. However, if you’re avoiding soy, you may not be able to find a safe product.
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. Yellow Barn and Bio Naturae are safe tomato sources at the time of this writing. 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 create something great! Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Triple B Peaches

Organic Triple B Peaches Recipe

Here’s the last peach 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 sister only received a small sample.

We hope you enjoy the title as much as we do, with the B’s representing Butter, Brown Sugar, and Balsamic. Yum!!

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan

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Free and Friendly Foods Organic Paleo Peaches

Organic Paleo Peaches Recipe

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

For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. There’s a place in our 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.
For SCD: Use date sugar instead of maple. Read More

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