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Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Fried Zucchini

Paleo Fried Zucchini

This was our first time making a fried vegetable, and it was SO upset! Here’s why: As soon as I had the first few slices ready, certain people who will remain unnamed walked by, and ATE THEM ALL! Then, they said, what? They tasted so good I couldn’t stop eating them… As if to compliment me… I hadn’t even gotten a picture yet. Sigh. You see the crazy life I have to live? Needless to say, everyone really wanted to have the last bite. They were also more than willing to eat the few that were a little overcooked. I will say, I felt like these required a lot of work, so maybe it’s great for one person to chow down on. Making them for a large crowd may be a little trying to one’s patience, yet, truly a labor of delicious love. I will try making these again however, but next time I’ll see if there’s a faster way to get these done.

Before we get into things, let’s talk strict Paleo first. For these to be egg free, we used a vegan egg replacer, which doesn’t claim to be Paleo. It’s essentially gums working together to make a binder. If you are strict Paleo, or AIP, you will need to use an egg or egg replacer that you’re comfortable with. I will add that you may not even need the egg at all. I think water could do the same job, as you only really need something to hold the tigernut flour in place.

In addition to the egg, there’s the question of cheese. Some Paleo eaters enjoy cheese, while others don’t. Here’s a link to a great site with Paleo cheese alternatives you can make at home. See? Everyone wins!!

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Paleo Compatible, AIP Compatible, GAPs Compatible, Nut Free Compatible
For Nut Free: Don’t use Parma! Vegan Parmesan Cheese. Instead, use a dairy based cheese, Follow Your Heart DF Parmesan Cheese, or another alternative of your choosing.
For Paleo & AIP: See the notes above about eggs and cheese.
For GAPs: Use coconut (or almond) flour. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Mashed Potatoes Zucchini Boats

Organic Mashed Potato Zucchini Boats

Have you ever seen a Viking Potato? I hadn’t until very recently. It looks similar to a purple potato, but the color of the skin is more muted. When I saw them, I knew purple mashed potatoes we’re going to be on the menu, because a Viking Potato is much larger than a regular purple potato. Boy did I have a surprise waiting for me! I get the potatoes washed, and start to peel them, and THEY WEREN’T PURPLE INSIDE!!! I was shocked, then totally disappointed. After I shared my grief with those around me, I kept peeling potatoes because the show, and dinner, must go on. The good news is that the lack of purple didn’t make these potatoes any less delicious!

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Paleo Compatible, AIP Compatible
For Paleo & AIP: Use organic mashed sweet potato to fill your boats. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Sweet & Spicy Vegetables

Organic Sweet & Spicy Vegetables

I’m very excited to share this recipe with you today. I felt that it really took me out of my comfort zone, and it turned out really well. I was able to eat a small amount of it as well, which was a lovely surprise. The kids liked the dish for the most part, except for the spice. The Papa felt it was something nice and different, which was a good thing. The spice in this recipe could easily be left out, and you would still have a mouth-watering dish.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, AIP Compatible, Vegan
For AIP: Omit Paprika and Crushed Peppers Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Organic Beans & Rice

Organic Beans & Rice

Did you ever eat beans and rice growing up? I did, and loved it every time. In fact, we would sprinkle a little sugar on ours. Ahh, to be young again. So I wanted the kids to experience something I loved at their age, but of course, without the sugar on top. This recipe is as beans and rice should be: simple and delicious.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Garlic Free, Refined/Cane Sugar Free, Vegan Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Almond Butter Cups

Crunchy Almond Butter Cups

Did you know that Kid Three can’t have peanut butter? He’s not allergic, but it gives him terrible stomach aches. With that in mind, I try to make him candy cups every so often, and these were a hit. For the first time, I tried using crunchy almond butter, rather than creamy.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Wheat Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, GAPs, Vegan Compatible, Raw Food Compatible
For Vegan: Use maple syrup instead of honey.
For Raw Food: Use appropriate brands of chocolate, honey, and almond butter. You may need to grind your own crunchy almond butter, or add crushed almonds to your raw creamy almond butter. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Dinner Ramen

Dinner Ramen

So a while back, I made the kids Ramen for Breakfast, and it was a big hit. Their response made me want to make more!! This is something that I made them (and their friends) for dinner one evening, and it was well received. I know it’s not necessarily pro-level ramen yet, made with a broth that’s been stewed for 16 hours, but it’s allergy free! I’ll get there one day. You’ll come and visit me at the Allergy Free House of Ramen, right? But seriously, on to the delicious recipe.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Refined/Cane Sugar Free, Vegan Read More

Paleo Pumpkin Fig Cookie

Fall Feature – Paleo Pumpkin “Fig” Cookie

This is the final installment of our Fall Feature series with @Dana_Aversa on Instagram. Each week, we have taken a different approach to the same recipe idea, and we have reached the Baked Item recipe. Before I launch into the recipe, I want to thank all of you that have been following this series. It’s been a lot of fun finding new ways to celebrate fall!

So, I’m going to start with a question: Do you remember those fig cookies growing up? The ones with the fig-jam on the inside? I hated those as a child… Although these are called Pumpkin Fig Cookies, they don’t contain any fig. However, the texture is SO cool. It’s like a soft baked cookie on the outside, and a fig cookie filling on the inside. The Papa wanted me to make another batch just so he could eat them again. It was a rather funny incident. I walked into the room, and asked him what he thought about the cookie. He said, “It’s great. Where did you buy it?” I thought he was joking. He was serious. He said because I cut into the perfect square, and it was beyond delicious, he figured I must have purchased it somewhere. So, there you have it, this is seriously an enjoyable cookie.

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

Free and Friendly Foods Annie's Organic Cinnamon Rolls Review

Annie’s Organic Cinnamon Rolls Review

A while back, we posted Immaculate Organic Crescent Cinnamon Rolls & Chocolate Honey Rolls. However, after finding their new organic line, I was out and about one day, and found these! Guess where??? Target! Interestingly, this isn’t at Whole Foods, or the Co-Ops I’ve been to. Although Immaculate has switched over to organic, I still had to give these a go. Remember, not everyone in the house is allergic to wheat. As usual, we weren’t paid for this review, or offered any free product.

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

Free and Friendly Foods Pudding Cups

Organic Pudding Cups

I don’t know about you, but I find the most beautiful images of food on the internet. Often times, it’s full of allergens, and I see it as a challenge. This is one of the few exceptions. Often time, people making these chia pudding cups are healthy foodies, and will create things that also happen to be allergen free. Originally, I wasn’t going to make these since The Papa has a coconut allergy, but he’s always telling me to do things with coconut for you, dear readers. No really, he’s always like, you have to do it. Not everyone online has a coconut allergy. So, here they are. I have to say, they were a HIT with the kids and their friends. Their friends have gone so far as to request that I make these for their birthdays.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free*, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, GAPs, Vegan Compatible, Corn Free Compatible
*Although Nut Free, this does contain coconut milk. If you can’t tolerate it, use a milk that’s safe for you.
For Vegan: Use a sweetener of choice instead of honey.
For Corn Free: Make sure each of your ingredients is super safe for you, especially avocado. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Homemade Sushi Adventure

Homemade Sushi Adventure

At no point will you ever hear me claim to be a sushi chef. I know my limits, hence, the really cool sushi maker that we have. It claims to roll out perfect sushi every time, except we usually over fill it. In addition to over-filling the maker, I use Costco bought guacamole, and call it avocado sushi. Sometimes, easy is simply better 🙂

Kid Two simply loves and adores all things sushi, except for the spicy sauce. We both cringe at the price though. When he was younger, I bought the cool sushi maker on Amazon, along with Sushi For Dummies the cookbook. We still haven’t read the book, and often forget to use the sushi maker. However, it’s making a comeback. I want to share with you our weekend of sushi making.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Vegan (some options), Corn Free Compatible
For Corn Free: Source super safe ingredients. It can be done! Read More

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