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The Vegan Street Fair was Fantastic!
We got home from VSF yesterday, and what an adventure it was. Ready for a long post?
In the month leading up to the fair, we were simply busy busy every single day. In addition to the VSF items, we updates all three websites, created new flavors, started new consulting projects, and more. However, the final week before the fair was simply crazy. We were working 20 hour days on average, and boy were we tired. Read More
Allergy Free Jazzed up Chicken Hotdogs (Beef Version Too)
Did you know that Kid Two is allergic to beef? It’s why most of our recipes that have meat are turkey and chicken based. However, when we purchased our stove, pots, and pans, it made starting fresh and dividing the kitchen awesome. Everyone else likes beef, for the most part. Now, we’re able to safely make them a beef version of something (even though I don’t do this very often yet). It also means we can save a little money by not having them eat the allergy-friendly meats, especially hotdogs, which can sometimes be more expensive. This was one of those times.
I like showing the kids the different things they can do with hotdogs, since it’s “easy” for them (no meat to trim and prep, etc.). Kids in general like hotdogs, but personally, I feel like the meal is too easy… like somehow I’ve cheated everyone because I boiled hotdogs and served them. Yet, if the kids boil the exact same hotdogs, I sing their praises for taking initiative. LOL. I really crack myself up. This time I opted to make something that I felt would be fancy and healthy. I had several items from Costco that I wanted to put to good use, and I’m glad I did.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Paleo Compatible, Refined/Cane Sugar Free Compatible, Diabetic Compatible, GAPs Compatible, SCD Compatible, Low Histamine Compatible
For Sugar Free, Paleo, Diabetic, AIP, GAPs, SCD, and Low Histamine: Follow the beef recipe, or use fresh chicken rather than the hotdogs. Read More
Sweet Balsamic Tuna & Avocado
Simple, Delicious, Awesome, Epic, Wonderful… This dish is everything that’s right with the world. It’s soooo yummy. Like, just yes. It’s one of the very few (four) times the kids and I have eaten something together in past several years. Here and there they sample some of the meals I make for myself, or I may use something simple I eat as a springboard for a meal for them. This however, they were more than happy to gobble up.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Corn Free, Diabetic Friendly, GAPs Friendly, Paleo Friendly, AIP Friendly Read More
Allergy Free, Organic Maple Chicken Sausage & Rice
During basketball season, I thought this would be fun to serve to the team, so we volunteered to bring the after game snack, and this was the result. We also sent cupcakes 🙂 When The Papa came home, he told me that another parent asked, “Who catered?” What a lovely compliment! Everyone enjoyed the dish, and really loved the cupcakes. That’s a win-win in my book, even though we didn’t win the game.
What I really love about this meal is the chicken sausage. Our Costco carries an Organic Maple Chicken Sausage! What’s not to love? It’s one of the few sausage products I can purchase that everyone can enjoy together. I normally purchase 3 or more at a time. There are 3 smaller packs to the pack, and the kids get to use them whenever they’d like for breakfasts and lunches.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Refined/Cane Sugar Free, Diabetic Friendly Read More
Peach & Blackberry Mini Pies
It’s not very often that I get to share something that I make for me. This is one of those times. I wasn’t able to eat it much, but let me tell you, it was such a nice thing to try. If you haven’t heard of Inna Jam, go check them out. It’s SOOOO delicious. They source some of their fruit from a safe area for me, so it’s worth trying, even if the test fails.
To give you an idea of how delicious this was, when it came out of the oven, I ate it… nearly piping hot. It was just sooo goooodd. I couldn’t stop myself. So I proceeded to make a couple more for the following days. Truthfully, I liked the filling more than the crust, and the crust standalone wasn’t that awesome. Overall, it was worth it. Well worth it. The filling really helps mask the parts of the crust I wasn’t in love with.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Vegan, Low Histamine Read More
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Top 8 Free Taco Pizza
Do you ever find yourself just saying things that sound totally bizarre to your kids (if you have any)? I do it all the time. “Hey guys! What do you think about making *insert something strange-sounding here*” They pause and think, and either agree with enthusiasm, or go straight for the nooooooooooo. This was one of those times. This time, I got a huge green light. We often make tacos around here, but without shells, because of corn. The kids will eat them on tortillas/wraps, and everyone is happy. We also make what we call Taco Boxes for lunches and road trips. This pizza idea however was totally new, but I figured, it’s like a super giant taco! In the end, it turned out to be one of their favorite new pizzas that I’ve made, so here it is.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Diabetic Friendly, Yeast Free Compatible, Refined/Cane Sugar Free
For Yeast Free and Cane Sugar Free: Use a home-made pizza dough, or use Nature Highlights Rice & Potato Pizza Dough. Wholly Wholesome uses a small amount of cane sugar in the dough, and it is a yeast based dough. Read More
Allergy Free, Organic, Vegan, Sweet Vegetables
The inspiration from this came from a deep desire to create more vegan recipes. It breaks my heart sometimes because there’s a lot of social debate about the word, and lifestyle, vegan. However, it means a lot of different things to a lot different people. For example, there are some people who make the honest choice to be a vegan to save animals. Others have a medical condition, and have to eat a vegan diet. Then there are those that happen to benefit from the word vegan: those with food allergies. If you have an egg and dairy allergy (and no others), you can eat vegan by default. This can make it very clear when ordering from a restaurant, or trying something new in the grocery store.
I personally see the GIANT Venn Diagram that is the food allergy/lifestyle/dietary differences. There’s so many overlaps, but depending on why you’re on a path, you may not realize there are many others that can join you. I like to tell people it’s a language disconnect. Since people are approaching it from a different perspective, they go with what they know. It’s why I try so hard to break down those walls, and say hey, you can all enjoy this meal together. So, get cooking, and get to enjoying.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Refined/Cane Sugar Free, Diabetic Friendly, Low Histamine Read More