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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
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Free and Friendly Foods Black Bean Pasta

Black Bean Pasta Recipe

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 and/or nightshades, in addition to many other things. This recipe is for you πŸ™‚

The original concept of this dish was a cold pasta salad and as usual, it morphed into something unique to us. The great news is that 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 tasty eaten both warm and cold, but I think Kid Three enjoyed it more when it was warm, and it has to do with these particular noodles. Once most gluten free noodles are cold, they’re not nearly the same. Friendly remember, these Non-Traditional Pasta recipes are designed to be guides, and to get your creativity flowing, as many of you have quite limiting dietary options.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free*, Sesame Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan Compatible, Onion & Garlic Free

For Vegan: Use maple syrup instead of honey, or Bee Free Honee.
*The allergy friendly mayo we use has a small amount of added cane sugar. You will need an alternative brand, or use homemade aquafaba mayo.

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Free and Friendly Foods Cranberry Tuna Pasta

Cranberry Tuna Pasta (Sauce) Recipe

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 πŸ™‚

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, Legume Free, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, GAPs, Vegan Compatible, Onion & Garlic Free

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 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. Yellow Barn and Bio Naturae are safe tomato sources at the time of this writing. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Calzones

Calzones! Gluten Free, Top 8 Free Recipe

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 πŸ™‚ He also likes to say that these are short for “calorie zone”.

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

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

For Nightshade Free: Use a cream sauce instead of red sauce, and homemade seasoning without paprika (all seasons salt contains paprika).
For Corn Free:
Source safe ingredients, and make pizza dough at home. Make a ton of extra for freezing.
For GAPs, Yeast Free, & Cane/Refined Sugar Free: Make a fresh pizza dough at home with safe-for-you ingredients.
For Vegan: Use a meat substitute of choice, or only fill with cheese, and vegetables (such as peppers, extra onion, mushroom, and tomato chunks) Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Lobster & Mushroom Pasta

Mushroom & Lobster Pasta Recipe

This is another foodie dream of mine. Thanks for allowing me to dream πŸ™‚ 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 have no idea what it actually tastes like.

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, Legume Free, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, SCD Compatible, AIP Compatible, Vegan Compatible

For Paleo, GAPs, SCD: 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 lobster all together. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Chocolate Cashew Cookies

Chocolate Cashew Cookies & Freezer Fudge Recipe

Here’s another quick and fun way to make a few cookies in a jiffy. I’m excited about this Nut Butter Cookie Series, well, simply because I like series. So why not? To date, I think these have had the highest raves and reviews from the kids. I won’t keep you waiting any longer.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Corn Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, SCD, Vegan Compatible

For Vegan: Use organic maple syrup instead of honey. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Festive Tuna Salad

Festive Tuna Salad Recipe

Did I tell you we sent Kid Two to summer camp? Well, we did, and it worked out so well. 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 AMAZING EGG FREE VEGAN MAYO 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 in that moment.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free*, Sesame Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, Vegan 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.
*Cane Sugar Free Note: The Mayo contains a small amount of cane sugar. You will need to use an alternative mayo.

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Free and Friendly Foods Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Paleo & GAPs Maple Bacon Ice Cream Recipe

Did I tell you the kids love bacon? Especially Kid Two. He just loves it. And they all enjoy trying the “fancier” packages 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. 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 much better than cane sugar. I knew in that moment that because bacon would be involved, it had to be Paleo so everyone could have a nice big bowl of it.

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

For Vegan: Use Vegan Bacon Bits such as the coconut ones made by Coracacao Confections.
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients and cook fresh safe bacon.
For SCD: Use Organic date sugar instead of maple. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Ice Cream Topping

Ice Cream Topping – Balsamic Fruit Recipe

If you love stone fruits, balsamic vinegar, and/or non-traditional toppings, please keep reading. In my head (remember, I can’t eat any of this stuff) this recipe is a great idea. It has a fancy title, and seems like something you would find in an up-scale restaurant. Well, needless to say, the kids, and The Papa couldn’t see themselves at an up-scale restaurant. Poor me, I don’t live in a house of people who understand fancy. I’m sure someone out there will appreciate this recipe, make it their own, and give it a try.

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, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, AIP Compatible, SCD, Compatible, Corn Free Compatible, Vegan Compatible

For Vegan: Use maple syrup or date syrup instead of honey
For Paleo, GAPs, AIP, SCD, and Corn Free: Use a legal/safe butter/alternative, but not Olive Oil. Read More

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