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Allergy Free Organic Mashed Potatoes Done Two Ways
Every so often, I like to find a new way to do something old. Who am I kidding. I do this all the time. For those of you that know me, you know how much I don’t like doing the same thing over and over again. The kids know this so well, which is why they end up having the weirdest items added to food, like these mashed potatoes. You would have laughed had you seen the looks on their faces when I asked if they thought maple in mashed potatoes would be a good idea. I get looked at like I’m crazy more times than you’d think. YET!! I hear “oh my goodness this is delicious” more times than I can remember. I guess crazy in my world is delicious in theirs, or vice versa? Hehe. On a side note, thanks for reading. I get so many giggles when I write these little messages to you. I hope you can hear the smile in my fingers.
Vegan Sweet Onion Mashed Potatoes
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Low Histamine, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan
Spicy Maple Bacon Mashed Potatoes
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Onion & Garlic Free, Diabetic Friendly Read More
Gluten and Dairy Free Salmon & Pineapple Pizza Bread
What do you do when there’s no pizza dough thawed? You make Pizza Bread! We’ve gone through a lot of gluten free bread options like many others I’m sure. As of late, we’ve settled on Happy Campers Gluten Free Bread. You’ll notice in the pictures that not all slices are created equally in presentation, however, that hasn’t stopped Kid Two from enjoying it. You may recall that we’ve talked about this bread in the past. He doesn’t love it, and isn’t super excited about sandwiches, but really likes having it when it’s made into something fancy such as garlic bread, cheese bread, open tuna sandwiches/melts, and of course, pizza bread. Oh! And French Toast too. We use to use Udi’s, until we learned about his egg allergy, then simply went cold turkey for a very long time. We knew there were a few others, the brown rice bread, Ener-G bread, and more, but none of them ever came close to a traditional bread. Yet, I am SO thankful there are companies out there trying!
Happy Campers makes a few flavors, but we get the simple one. The quality of the ingredients is great, however, the size of the bread is rather small. It’s the price we pay… figuratively and literally. One of these days, I really am going to try my hand at bread making. Until then, it’s Happy Campers. On to the Pizza Bread.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Diabetic Friendly Read More
Delicious Organic Rice Cookup
This came about for a few reasons, mainly, I didn’t feel like cooking meat, and, I had a variety of various fresh ingredients available. Another big reason is that I like to push myself to omit things like tomato, onion, garlic, and parsley when I can, so people with less common allergies can enjoy a good recipe too. Kid Three is a serious meat eater. He really cracks me up sometimes. However, I think it’s important for people to enjoy eating all sorts of meals, and really focus on flavor, texture, and the joy of the company they’re with. This dish would be great also made with organic quinoa if you’re a fan, or don’t have any rice handy.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Onion & Garlic Free, Corn Free Compatible, Vegan, Diabetic Friendly, Low Histamine
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. If you’re CF and DF, use a safe olive oil instead of butter. Read More
Salmon Cookup (and a funny story)
We have a splatter guard that we like to call the Captain America Shield. We didn’t think to use it. In hind sight, this whole situation was funny because Kid Two was helping me, and we were so excited about the dish we were working on. Once we had everything just right, we got ready to cook. We put the first patty in the oil, and instant fireworks! Bits of maple had ventured off into the oil, causing splatter all over the place. I quickly realized there was no way we’d be able to shape all of the patties and get them into the oil safely, at least, not the way we designed it. So we switched to a ground salmon dish. I don’t think there was really a lesson to be learned, rather, a really funny story to share. We couldn’t stop laughing at the whole thing after.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Refined/Cane Sugar Free, Paleo, GAPs, Diabetic Friendly, AIP Compatible, Low Histamine Compatible
For AIP: Omit the optional seasonings, and review the Braggs Sea Kelp Seasoning. It contains non-AIP items. Create your own safe blend for use with fish meals.
For Low Histamine: Review the Braggs Sea Kelp Seasoning. It contains some high histamine and histamine liberating items. Create your own safe blend for use with fish meals.
For Whole 30: Use Organic Date Sugar Read More
Allergy Free, Organic & Vegan Curried Fried Rice
Around here, Sweet Curry Chicken Fried Rice is everyone’s favorite. People that have come over for dinner (including international guests) all LOVE this dish. Knowing that it has chicken, and we have a lot of vegan followers (by medical reasons or by choice) that enjoy the recipes we create, I decided to adapt the meal to come up with an equally delicious vegan version. For those of you that have followed us for some time, you know how hard we try to create meals for all sorts of allergy combos and diet types. In my own way, I pride myself on not having a label for our blog, books, and business. We don’t want to be known as the GF company, or the Vegan company, or anything else of that nature. Instead, we’re the everything company. We want to be Free and Friendly for everyone that may need us.
Have time for a story? Great. So many years ago, I was watching Red Dwarf. They were always talking about having a good curry. I had only eaten Indian food once in my whole life (and it was beyond delicious), but I don’t think I ever had a good and proper curry. Now, there was this one time at a Vietnamese place where I had a coconut curry chicken dish and WOW. Just WOW.
Having these thoughts floating in my head, I wanted to create a curry dish the kids would enjoy, but at the time, they were very young. Enter sugar. Yes, you heard me right. I opted to make them a sweet curry and they were in love with it. If you have kids, you know that phase where you’re trying to get them to try new things… we were knee deep in that phase when the original recipe came about, and thankfully it did. Well, that was the original. Since then, we’ve created different versions of the meal, mainly a low/no sugar version for our kid that needs it. Over the years, I’ve made additions, subtractions, and have had fun experimenting, and we are long overdue for this dear friends, a vegan version. Enjoy!
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast & Garlic Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan, Low Histamine Read More
Allergy Free, Organic Chicken & Apple Rice
A while back, we had a fun exchange of samples with San Francisco Salt Co. They got to try the Free and Friendly Foods top 8 free, vegan cupcakes. We received a beautiful box full of all sorts of salts to try. The hand written note was what really got me. This will be the first of many recipes that features one of their unique salt flavors. Up first, Cherry Smoked Salt. When the kids and I smelled the salt, we were in love. But wait! There’s more! The best part of this meal was right after the sampling. As you know, I can’t eat the food, so the kids sample it once I think it’s ready, and they let me know if changes are needed. Kid Three was the first to sample. He took a bite, and his eyes went wide as he chewed. He shouted “Oh, there are so many flavors! I love it!!” Yes dear friends, that made my day. So here’s the recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as the kids did.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Onion & Garlic Free, Refined/Cane Sugar Free, Diabetic, Low Histamine, Paleo Compatible
For Paleo: Use the appropriate thickener of choice in the sauce, such as arrowroot or cassava. Read More
Pineapple Chicken Pizza
Did you know we’re working on a pizza book? With that in mind, the poor kids have to eat homemade pizza creations on a regular basis. I know right? This is one that I thought may not be as great as I had dreamed up, but then they told me it was really good. I’ll probably make some more tweaks to it before I deem it book ready. You should give this a go if you’d like to have something different.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Refined Sugar Free, Diabetic Friendly Read More
Did you happen to catch our post yesterday? You know, victorious and wonderful gluten free, beef free, corn free, corn dogs? Well, we had extra batter, and I was like, hey kids!! What if… They were a bit grossed out by the thought of fried cookies, until they ate them, hehe. Interestingly, no one seemed to mind that there was parsley and pepper in the batter. We did get around to making another version later that was simplified, and added maple sugar for the fun of it. Either way, if you miss carnival food (which I’ve never actually eaten), hopefully this will give you some fun ideas!!
Just a little note. We also tried to try Vegan Mozzarella Cheese by Miokyo’s Kitchen. It was a no go. The cheese kinda over fried and popped hot oil everywhere and we were running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get the splatter guard on to the pan. We had a good laugh once danger had been adverted.
The fried dough balls are really great. It’s simply a scoop of the batter directly into the hot oil. The cookies are Kinnikinnick Creme Cookies. These do contain soy. We dunked them in the batter and placed them into the hot oil. You can find the batter recipe on the Corn Dog Post.
Recipe: Gluten Free, Beef Free, Corn Free, Corn Dogs!!!
Do you hear that friends???!!! It is truly the sound of success!!!! You see, back in the day, before we knew about the wheat allergy, the kids would often eat corn dogs. There’s a gluten free one made by Applegate, but, it’s beef based. So, our allergy kid hasn’t had corn dogs in may years. So, on day, I was online and saw a Tasty Video, and that’s when it hit me. I could make him a corn dog. It was like the clouds above had opened and angels were singing. I kid you not, there was so much singing and dancing and giddy all around joy in the kitchen when we made these. In addition to this post, we’re working on a video for the Youtube Channel 🙂
Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free*, Low Histamine, Diabetic Friendly, Corn Free Compatible
*The Hain baking powder uses potato starch instead of corn starch.
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. You may need to shape safe meat into a hot dog shape for frying. Read More
CORN FREE Chocolate Pancakes
Remember the collaboration with Hannah from Purely Positive Foods last month? Well, in addition to making an apple pancake, we also made Chocolate Corn Free Pancakes. I for one am so excited about these, and everyone who tried them was more than happy to gobble them up. Are they like a traditional pancake? Not even close. Are they safe to eat? Yes, and that’s what I focused on for this recipe.
I feel it’s important to say that sometimes, when crafting allergy free food, especially corn free, you have to forget what you know about taste and texture, and learn to revel in the safety of the food first. From there, start tweaking and enhancing until you find what you like. The journey is long, but the reward is great.
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Diabetic, Paleo Compatible
For Paleo: Baking powder is optional. If you omit, add a little organic apple cider vinegar to help with lift. Read More