5 Things I Learned From Reading Paleo Frozen Desserts

Posted on March 5, 2018March 6, 2018Categories Books, dairy freeTags   Leave a comment on 5 Things I Learned From Reading Paleo Frozen Desserts
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Have you tried to make any paleo frozen desserts? I know I’ve tried them a few times but honestly, sometimes I just feel lazy. While I’m not really a strict paleo, I have been dairy free for some time which is a part of the paleo diet and lifestyle. However, since finding out in January that I have Hashimoto’s, I’ve been trying to go paleo as much as possible. I downloaded the book, Paleo Frozen Desserts: Amazing & Delicious, Quick & Easy, Low Calorie & Healthy on Amazon for free back in 2014 when it was available as a free download, (as of the date of this post in March 2018, it is $2.99), but had never really taken the time to read through it and use some of the recipes. However, lately, I’ve been experiencing sticker shock over the high cost of dairy-free ice creams. The average cost is about $5 for one pint depending on where you buy it, the brand and if it’s on sale or not. So it’s about 3 times more costly than ice cream made with cow’s milk.

So I recently took some more time to read through Paleo Frozen Desserts: Amazing & Delicious, Quick & Easy, Low Calorie & Healthy and found that making your own dairy-free ice cream, isn’t as difficult as it might seem.

Here are the five main things I’ve learned from reading this book:

1. You can use many of the same ingredients with dairy free ice cream as you do with ice cream made with cow’s milk. In fact, in most cases, all you need to do is change the cow’s milk for almond, coconut, cashew or other dairy free milk. You can also use the same ice cream maker you would use for regular ice cream.

2. Honey is a great sweetener and can be used with paleo frozen desserts just like you would sugar or other sweeteners.

3. You can use a blender to make dairy free ice cream and it makes it so easy. You just mix all the ingredients and then freeze for 5-6 hours.

4. 5-6 hours is the standard amount of time needed to make dairy free ice cream so the best way to make these paleo frozen desserts, is to plan ahead and make them at night so they can freeze while you are sleeping. Then in the morning, you will have delicious ice cream ready for you to eat and enjoy.

5. Almond flour can be used to make great cake pops. These are also really simple to make with just a few ingredients.

Which paleo frozen dessert do you want to try first?

Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegetable Soup

Posted on December 29, 2016August 18, 2017Categories Cooking/Recipes, dairy free, Gluten FreeTags , ,   Leave a comment on Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegetable Soup
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Do you struggle to cook gluten free dairy free vegetable soup? While it’s true that many recipes for soups call for things like cream of chicken soup, or tomato soup that have wheat flour in them and therefore aren’t gluten free, it really isn’t too difficult to cook a gluten free dairy free vegetable soup. Most of the time when I’m cooking gluten free and dairy free soups and or other recipes I follow an exact recipe. However, once in a while I will experiment and see what I come up with. I made with my mom for dinner this really yummy gluten free dairy free vegetable soup last week and it turned out too yummy to not post.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegetable Soup
Serves 3
This is a delicious gluten free dairy free soup that I cooked with my mom while using whatever we had in our fridge. It turned out so good I decided to post it here.
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Chicken Broth
  2. Carrots
  3. Onions
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Zucchini
  6. Cheyenne Pepper
Instructions
  1. Shop vegetables into small pieces.
  2. Cook until about half cooked.
  3. Add in 1-2 cans of chicken broth in pan.
  4. When done sprinkle in a small amount of Cheyenne Pepper.
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What do you think? Do you want to try and cook this recipe? Do you have other recipes for gluten free dairy free vegetable soups that you enjoy?

Special Diets for Special Kids

Posted on December 26, 2016Categories Autism, Books, dairy free, Gluten Free  Leave a comment on Special Diets for Special Kids
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The book “Special Diets for Specail Kids” is a nice big book with over 350 pages. Updated a couple of times, the most recent edition was published in 2011 however, the information is still very relevant.  This book is based on the idea that the Gluten Free Casein Free diet is the best one for children with autism, sensory issues and or ADD/ADHD.  The book starts with a very thorough introduction about why diet changes can help special kids as well as explaining the various ways to get tested for allergies and food sensitivities. The next chapter talks about nutritional support including an overview of the various vitamins and nutrients and the role they play in health. The next chapter is called How and What to Feed Your Child. This chapter talks about how to start the gluten free casein free diet and what exactly to feed your child.  The rest of the book is divided into chapters based on meals and types of food including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Also included are recipes on how to make dairy free milks, gluten free breads and recipes for holidays including Christmas and Thanksgiving.

The book also includes a CD at the back with the recipes in PDF format on it. While I’ve read a lot of books on special diets for special  kids I have to say this is one of if not the best one. The recipes are for the most part simple and made with ready to find ingredients. The book is made with pictures and bigger print making it easier to read and follow along. In fact, even some children may be able to follow the recipes if they are old enough and can read.

The biggest disadvantage to the book “Special Diets for Special Kids” is that the focus is exclusively on the Gluten Free Casein Free diet. While this is great for parents who are trying out or using this diet with their kids, there are other diets such as paleo and this book does not take these diets into account at all.

Buy a copy of the book here. Special Diets for Special Kids, Volumes 1 and 2 Combined: Over 200 REVISED and NEW gluten-free casein-free recipes, plus research on the positive … ADHD, allergies, celiac disease, and more!

10 Delicious Healthy Dairy Free and Gluten Free Christmas Holiday Drinks

Posted on December 13, 2016August 18, 2017Categories Cooking/Recipes, dairy freeTags ,   Leave a comment on 10 Delicious Healthy Dairy Free and Gluten Free Christmas Holiday Drinks
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Believe it or not Christmas Holiday drinks can be full of gluten and or dairy if you buy them at the store or eat them at a restaurant. However, making your own delicious healthy gluten free and dairy free Christmas Holiday drinks can actually be quite easy. Here are 10 recipes.

1. Gluten Free and Dairy Free Eggnog with coconut milk This is easier than you think to make and is quite delicious. You can also buy it at the store. One brand that I have seen is the So-Delicious brand of dairy free ice creams. They make a dairy free eggnog too.

2. Eggnog with Almond Milk- You can try the recipe above in number 1 but with almond milk.

2. Apple Cider While apple cider usually doesn’t have gluten or dairy in it, it does often have more sugar than necessary.

3. Cranberry Smoothie

Put Coconut or almond milk, vanilla trim shake or other vanilla protein shake, cranberries, chia seeds, and stevia and blend in a blendtec or other high speed blender.

4. Pumpkin Smoothie
Put Coconut or almond milk, vanilla trim shake or other vanilla protein shake, canned pumpkin, banana in a blendtec or other high speed blender and blend.

5. Pumpkin Spice Tea. You can buy it above from Amazon or you could add clove, cinnamon, and or pumpkin spice to another kind of tea.

6. Raw Cocoa- Hot Chocolate- blend- warm coconut or almond milk with raw cocoa powder and stevia. Use about 1-2 tablespoons of raw cocoa per 8 0z. of coconut, almond or rice milk and 2-3 drops of stevia. If you want to stick with the chocolate flavor, then use chocolate stevia.

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Smoothie- chocolate trim shake, coconut or almond milk, peanut butter, cinnamon or 1-2 drops of cinnamon essential oil.

9. Apple Cinnamon Water- boil an apple in water- then drain the water and add cinnamon and honey.

10. Pumpkin flavored kambucha. I haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds delicious.

Which one of these Christmas Holiday drinks is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

12 Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes Recipes

Posted on November 22, 2016August 19, 2017Categories Cooking/Recipes, dairy freeTags ,   Leave a comment on 12 Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes Recipes
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Do you love mashed potatoes as much as I do? I know mashed potatoes are one of my favorite Thanksgiving and really anytime recipes. Yet ever since I had to give up dairy products, I’ve had to experiment with various ways of making dairy free mashed potatoes. Here are 12 of either my own recipes, or of those I’ve found online.

1. Mash potatoes with a pinch of salt, 1 cup of coconut milk per 2 cups of potatoes and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

2. Use the same recipe as number 1 only use almond milk.

3. Mix and mash potatoes with coconut oil and a pinch of salt. You want to use just enough to get the coconut flavor without overdoing it. Usually about 1 tablespoon per 2 large potatoes is a nice amount.

4. Mix and mash potatoes with olive oil and 1 teaspoon of nutritional yeast per 2 large potatoes. This makes for a nice twist on a “cheesy” dish of dairy free mashed potatoes.

5. Use cauliflower instead of potatoes and blend them in a blender with a pinch of salt and coconut or almond milk.

6. Use half potatoes and half cauliflower and make the same recipe as in number 5.

7. Mix potatoes with olive oil and garlic spice mix. You can use a straight garlic one, or one that has garlic and a few other spices.

8. Make a rosemary and thyme version by mixing the potatoes with coconut or almond milk, a pinch of salt and some sprinkled rosemary and thyme herbs.

9. Make a version of dairy free mashed potatoes with chicken broth.

10. Use vegan butter with black pepper and chives.

11. Combine garlic, thyme and almond milk in these dairy free mashed potatoes.

12. Mix potatoes with olive oil and herbes de provence herb mix.

Got a favorite dairy free mashed potatoes recipe that I forgot? Please share in the comments below.