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Gluten Free, Vegan, No-Bake Maple Bacon Cheesecake

Allergy Friendly Maple Bacon No-Bake Cheesecake

Our kids LOVE bacon, and I can totally see where they’re coming from on that. If you’re vegan, there are several vegan bacon options. However, if you’re vegan with food allergies, you may need to make your own at home. All of the commercial options that I’ve been able to find each contain major allergens, especially coconut.

Before you jump in, if this is your first rodeo, be sure to read through our No-Bake Cheesecake Basics post. In that post, I go over all you need to know about the different brands of cream cheese, as well as ratios, tips, tricks, and more. You can also see all 13 flavors of our No-Bake Cheesecake Series here.

Allergy Status: Gluten/Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Nightshade Free, Sesame Free, Vegan Compatible, Soy Free Compatible, Legume Free Compatible
*Filling is Cane/Refined Sugar Free.
Soy & Legume Free: Use a different cream cheese option (see the basic post for details)
Vegan: Omit the garnish or use an alternative meat-free bacon. Read More

Butternut Squash Dip

Guest Post: Butternut Squash Dip

I am a huge fan of butternut squash, and this is the peak time of year to pick some up and make something tasty. Today we have a guest post from Carsen Snyder and Jennifer Olson (photo credit) sharing a delicious dip recipe with you.

Allergy Status: Gluten/Wheat Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Legume Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan Compatible, Dairy Free Compatible
For Vegan and Dairy Free: Use a safe yogurt Read More

Mashed Rutabaga & Pork

This was another casualty of my Stuffed Veg Week concept. Did you know that if you buy a large rutabaga, then try to hollow it out, you will fail? Not just a little fail, a really big one. You’ll notice in the second photo just how far I got before I realized how insane this idea was… Needless to say, the final result (I’m told) was rich, buttery, and delicious. The Papa also said that “it’s different…” It makes me laugh when he says things like this because he’s always having to try new things, strange things, things that fail, and it’s tough for someone who grew up on graham crackers and milk.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Corn Free, Paleo, GAPs, AIP, Vegan Compatible
For Vegan: Skip the pork, and enjoy the mashed veg standalone.
Corn Free: Don’t forget to know where your meat is coming from. How was it processed, and what did the animals eat? Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Calzones


Kid Three was so intrigued, and really wanted to know what a calzone was. Like with many other things, I told him to look it up. Yes, I’m one of those parents. He was SO happy to help with dinner once he knew what it was. The best part for me was when each of his siblings asked what a calzone was, he was quick to tell them to look it up 🙂 He also likes to say that these are short for “calorie zone”.

Just a fair warning, the final product is not perfect in looks. As you know, I can’t touch, eat, or smell the food, so the kids did all of the touching for me. This means the kids made them with their own little hands with lots of love.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan Compatible
For Vegan: Use a meat replacer of choice, or only fill with cheese, and vegetables (such as peppers, extra onion, and tomato) Read More

Mushroom & Lobster Pasta

This is another foodie dream of mine. Thanks for allowing me to dream 🙂 I don’t really have much of an intro today. If you could see the smile on my face, you’d see why. I’m just so happy I was able to make this, and make others happy, and still hace no idea what it actually tastes like.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Yeast Free, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, AIP Compatible, Vegan Compatible
For Paleo & GAPs: Use a safe fat/oil of choice instead of dairy free butter.
For AIP: Use a safe fat/oil of choice instead of dairy free butter, and omit Paprika.
For Vegan: Use a meatless fish product of choice, or omit the meat all together. The dish still works very well without it. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Festive Tuna Salad

Festive Tuna Salad

Did I tell you we sent Kid Two to summer camp? Well, we did, and it worked out great. He had a blast, met new people, and even met someone who likes to do card tricks like him. He was thrilled. What has that got to do with Festive Tuna Salad? Well, it’s one of the meals I sent with him, and he really enjoyed it.

For quite some time now, I’ve been using Organicville ranch dressing and coleslaw dressings together to make the idea of mayo in his tuna salads, and he’s been ok with that. I was aware of some vegan options, but they were all soy based, and you know how I feel about American soy. So I’m walking through the store a couple of weeks ago (read: perusing Good Eggs from the comfort of home), after my aquafaba discovery, and this product catches my eye. It says it’s made with aquafaba on the front. I read the label, and no soy! And Kid Two can have it!!! So of course I had to buy some. The Papa was the first to sample the creation, and he said it tasted like the real deal, so much that he couldn’t really tell the difference. Kid Two. OH the joy and that child’s face! Once again, regretting not taking a picture.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan Compatible, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible
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 Paleo & GAPs: Use a safe mayo such as one of these.

Here’s the link to the Sir Kensington Vegan Mayo

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Free and Friendly Foods Mushroom Pizzas

Mushroom Pizza

Like Watermelon Cake, this one had me giggling on the inside all over again. The kids LOVE to make homemade pizza, and when I told them we were having mushroom pizza for dinner, they were excited. You see, several months ago, I whipped out all sorts of fancy and made the kids Lobster Mushroom Pizza. There were several other fancy mushrooms on the pizza too.

Back to this meal. So Kid Three was more than happy to help, but he was confused because there was no pizza dough to be found. As I started to prepare the mushrooms, Kid Two says “OH! Mushroom Pizza!” Yes… Mushroom Pizza. I hope you have just as much fun with your family serving these as I did. Just as an FYI, we made dairy, and non-dairy versions, which you’ll see in the pictures.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Yeast Free, Nut Free, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, Vegan Compatible
To make this Paleo, Vegan, and GAPs, use the appropriate topping of choice. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Paleo & GAPs Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Did I tell you the love bacon? Especially Kid Two. He just loves it. And the all like to try the fancier ones from Good Eggs from time to time. I will say though, they’re not at the extreme level yet where they want bacon covered chocolate, etc. So, I got to thinking about ice cream one night, and BOOM! Maple Bacon Ice Cream. Bacon? goooood. Ice Cream? goooood. Maple? Greeeat because Kid Three tolerates it a lot better. I knew then that because bacon would be involved, it had to be Paleo so everyone could have a nice big bowl of it.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Yeast Free, Paleo, GAPs, Vegan Compatible
For Vegan: Use Vegan Bacon Bits such as the coconut ones made by Coracacao Confections. 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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