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Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Ginger Cookie

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies (Recipe Challenge)

This was a good challenge for us… we hate gingerbread. It’s just not our thing. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve done the gingerbread men, and the kids will eat it, because, sugar. There’s also Mary’s Gone Crackers Ginger Snap cookies that they tolerate, when I put them on top of cupcakes. So, here’s the cool thing: we LOVED these cookies. I mean, we ate them… ALL. In one night. The Papa was begging me to make another batch so he could have more, and there was coconut in them. I’m like, dude… you can’t have these… he says, I’m fine, and I don’t care. They’re that good! It’s in moments like these I know that having a TV show of our own would be hilarious.

This request came in from Instagram. A nice person was in need of a good cookie, and I really hope this brings him, and many more of you plenty of gingerbread joy.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Paleo, Vegan, AIP Compatible, GAPs Compatible
For Corn Free: Be sure to source safe ingredients.
For GAPs: Use honey instead of molasses, and a combination of almond & coconut flour.
For AIP: Omit the flax. You may want to consider adding 1/2 a banana to help bind the dough together, or use an egg if you can. Also use safe vanilla. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Chocolate Coconut Sorbet Ice Cream

Chocolate Coconut Sorbet-Style Ice Cream, A Three Course Meal

What’s a three course meal without dessert? When I knew what allergens I needed to avoid, I dug deep to come up with this. @chronically_kota misses chocolate ice cream, and hopefully this will hit the spot. Here’s what we found to be interesting. We’re calling it more of a sorbet because I used coconut milk that was more like a coconut water. It’s the Pacific Organic brand, but it was very watery, unlike the kind you buy the can, which has the fat layer on top. To achieve a more creamy, ice cream like texture, opt for the kind in a can if you have one that’s safe for you. That extra fat is what will make the greatest difference in the final texture.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free (but contains coconut), Yeast Free, Vegan, Possibly Corn Free
For Corn Free: Source safe coconut milk. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Rosemary Ginger Chicken Salad

Rosemary Ginger Chicken Salad, A Three Course Meal

The great part about the main course for this three part meal is simply how fast it comes together. I also feel that this pairs quite well with the Hasselback Potato. Everyone really enjoyed this, and usually don’t like rosemary. If you’re preparing the full three courses, start with the Chocolate Ice Cream first while your oven preheats. Then, make the potatoes and get them in the oven. You’ll want to get this dish in the pan when there’s 10 – 15 minutes left on the potatoes.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Yeast Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo, GAPs, AIP, Corn Free Compatible
For Corn Free: Be sure your chicken is safe. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes, A Three Course Meal

For those of you that come to visit often, you know how much of a foodie I am, or at least, want to be. Do you ever notice in life that people with a disability of any sort usually go on to conquer something that challenges that disability? Like one-armed tennis players… That sort of thing. Seems like it’s only natural that a person with severe food allergies with come up with all of this stuff. Anywho. The potatoes. Have you seen them online? They’re GOR-GEEEE-ous! I’ve been wanting to do this, and the right need came up.

As our social media presence grows, I’m meeting all sorts of people with all sorts of allergies. @chronically_kota and I were chatting about her needs, and the sorts of things she missed, so I created a very special 3 course meal. I really hope that this not only makes her day, but yours too.

Before we move on however, I have a confession to make. There aren’t many pictures. We tried to make this one of our first video posts… the video… may it rest in peace. And, you’ll love this. I plated the most perfect of the four, and accidentally let the kids eat it before I took a picture. It had fanned out just right… it’s OK to cry for me.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Yeast Free, Vegan, Corn Free Compatible
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Maple Balsamic Fig Chicken

Maple Balsamic Fig Chicken & Zoodles

It’s been such a roller coaster ride connecting with so many people online. It’s strange at times because we’ve been on this journey for so long, and turns out, my hate for the internet kinda shot me in the foot. Funny coming from a we designer and IT person. Needless to say, I’ve tried to make a personal connection with each new person because honestly, all we want to do is help others go through this. There’s simply no reason to suffer etc. if someone else can lend a helping hand. The cool thing is that it’s giving me unique opportunities to create new things that I may have never even considered because, well, children. Those of you with kids know what’s up. Balsamic for children? I say yes! Well, now that I have a great reason to 🙂

Today’s creation came about after a conversation on Instagram with @eatingwellwithrochelle. She reviews products, and sometimes recipes. So, I wanted to create something, and she likes savory. It got me to thinking about all the fancy food I wish I could eat, and like Manna from Heaven, the idea fell out of the sky. So here it is. Hope someone out there can really enjoy this for me. The Papa says it’s nice, in a foodie sort of way.

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

Free and Friendly Foods Paleo & GAPs Curry Chicken Fried Rice

Recipe Challenge – Paleo & GAPs Curry Chicken Fried Rice

This week’s challenge is brought to us by Heather. She didn’t have too many restrictions. She’s Paleo, and wanted something with chicken. Easy enough, right? Sweet Curry Chicken Fried Rice has been a huge crowd pleaser in our house for years. I decided now was the time to make a new version.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Paleo Friendly, GAPs Friendly Read More

Weekly Challenge Number One – Creamy Turkey Noodles

Last week we started The Weekly Challenge. Anyone can email us, contact us through our website & blog, or via social media to give us a challenge. You let us know what random ingredients you have, and we’ll help you make a delicious meal. There are a few websites that I’ve seen that do this, and I thought it would be really fun to have one that thinks about people with food allergies. Be sure to let us know if you have any when you submit your ingredients.

Our very first challenge comes to us from James, via email.
Ingredients: Brown Rice Noodles, 1 pound of Ground Turkey, Green Onions
Allergies: Wheat, Eggs

Our Creation: Creamy Turkey Noodles
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Yeast Free, Nut Free Compatible, Soy Free Compatible, Vegan Compatible

On to the recipe and pictures! Substitutions and notes are listed at the end of the post. Read More

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