Non-Traditional Pasta Week

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Join us for a week of exploring new ways to create pasta (sauces) without using traditional items such as onion, garlic, basil, oregano, and thyme.

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 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 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 Carrot & Zucchini Pasta

Carrot & Zucchini Pasta (Sauce)

It’s (Non-Traditional) Pasta (Sauce) Week! This is the first of five very special creations to be released. Do we have time for a story? Great. Gather round everyone. So, in the food allergy world, the Top 8 get most, if not all of the attention. I can completely understand this from a marketing and squeaky-wheel standpoint. However, I’m not called the Top 8 Chef. I’m called The Allergy Chef. My goal has always been to cater to everyone, and perhaps that mission may get the best of me someday, as you can’t please everyone all the time. Nonetheless, that won’t stop me from trying to create dishes that everyone can enjoy. I’ve recently heard from several people about their onion, garlic, nightshade, and “traditional” spice allergies. I had one person ask for ideas on how to not have bland pasta. My first answer was, truthfully, I eat plain food because that’s all I can have. I then listed off many different ideas they could try, and they were thankful. It was that very conversation, and one other in particular, that lead me to create these recipes. It’s so easy in the allergy world to meet the needs of most people, but I want to make sure that no one slips through the cracks around here. OK, story time is over. Pack up your blankets and pillows. We have food to cook.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Refined/Cane Sugar Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, GAPs, Vegan, Garlic Free, Onion Free
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. Be sure your tomato sauce doesn’t have citric acid or any other additives. Make sure your produce is dirty. Anything pre-washed can pose as a new problem for you. Zucchini should not be waxed, and know where your raisins come from. Read More

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