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Free and Friendly Foods Kale & Bean Stew

Kale & Bean Stew Recipe

I hope that those of you who need this info sure do find it helpful. The funny thing is, I sometimes think the kids find this blog more helpful than any of the readers. Since we’ve been blogging, I’ve come up with more ways to reinvent the wheel than I ever thought I could. It’s not to say that I wasn’t creative in the kitchen before the blog, but now, I feel like there’s even more people to feed! And of course, I mean that in the best way possible. I figure, if I can’t eat it, I sure hope someone else out there finds this yummy.

So, kale and beans? Think I’m crazy… don’t knock it until you’ve tried it 🙂 And don’t skimp on the kale. The cool thing about this dish is that it masks the kale. ANNNDDDD Kid Two is happy to report that it tastes like Sloppy Joe. He says that the texture of the beans tricks his brain into thinking it’s turkey, yet, he’s not “tired of the same old Sloppy Joe.” I was so excited to hear his stellar report. Kid Three (not to be left out) wants you all to know that it’s very warm and filling.

With this dish, I would say use it as a guide. Get bold with your flavors. Even try a cream sauce instead of a red. I’m sure I’ll be doing that at some point in the future. Enjoy!!

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan, GAPs Compatible

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Free and Friendly Foods Vegan & GAPs Baked Beans

Vegan & GAPs Baked Beans Recipe

I’m officially crowning these Corn Free!!! Please take a moment to do a victory dance with me. I’ve been eating these without a problem, almost daily (which is unheard of) for a couple of weeks. In fact, at one point, it was pretty much all there was to eat. That, and some frozen peas. I know… Beggars can’t be choosers.

I didn’t realize how much I missed baked beans until I made these, and was stuck by how much the tasted just like the baked beans I remember. On a side note, I eat them cold from the fridge 🙂

Before you jump in, be warned that this recipe is in a large batch format. Feel free to scale down (or up) as needed. This is how I prefer to cook for myself given how busy our household is.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, GAPs, Vegan

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Free and Friendly Foods Lamb and Beans

Lamb and Bean Stew Recipe

This is a simple, yet delicious, lamb dish many will enjoy. When dealing with food allergies (especially if you’re newly diagnosed), start with simple meals. It’s not uncommon to still have reactions (especially when it’s a complex diagnosis) and simple meals will help you confirm if ingredients/sources are safe for you. Be sure you’re keeping a detailed food journal so you can see patterns emerge over time. Simple meals are also key if you’re been prescribed a four day meal rotation.

Simple meals are also fantastic if you’re following a special diet such as Paleo, GAPs, AIP, SCD, or Whole 30. hen you make meals that are simple and straightforward, you won’t need to overthink if a meal has hidden/forgotten ingredients you can’t have. Now, on to the tasty recipe.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, GAPs Compatible

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Free and Friendly Foods Taco Inspired Stuffed Peppers

Taco Inspired Stuffed Peppers

I feel like I’ve been on an international kick as of late in the kitchen… I wanted something that had a South of the Border feel, so taco inspired peppers were on the menu.

Fun story: originally, I was going to add sprouted red rice to these peppers, but the rice didn’t cook. It boiled, and when we put the lid on to let it simmer, apparently it did nothing. So the rice was hard and had to be left out. In the end, I think it worked out better. Remind me to tell you about how the stove exploded… I’ve been cooking on a portable induction hot-plate like item for weeks… Back to the recipe.

More than anything, I was SOOOO thrilled and somewhat feeling proud that I had the kids eating OUT OF peppers!!! I asked them to try their first bite with the pepper itself, and as always, they were willing to go along with my crazy idea for a bite or two. Well, Kid Three and Kid Four loved the pepper bowl. Kid Two, not so much, as he’s very sensitive to spicy things. Either way, it was a total win, win, win, and they all went back for seconds, and they were super happy when I pulled out their favorite potato chips so they could eat it dip style if they wanted.

As if that’s not enough, I also had the joy of introducing the kids to ramps. I hadn’t heard of them before this season. I’ve been seeing them on Good Eggs, an online marketplace that delivers in our area. After seeing them for a while with the leaves, then as bulbs only with the warning that this was the end of the season, I decided to make the jump. When they arrived, I couldn’t stop smelling them. Uh-MAZE-ing. Kid two was like, eh. Kid Three, he so totally got me on this one. He was into the smell just as much as I was. What made me really happy though was that after everything was cooked and Kid Two tried a cooked ramp piece on its own, he was in love with them too! What more could I possibly have asked for? On to the recipe and photos!!!

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan, GAPs Compatible
For GAPs: Use navy beans instead of black beans. The flavor will change some, but still tasty.
For Corn Free: Make sure you source safe ingredients. It is possible, but will take some work.

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