The milk alternatives episode: Alternative Milk Recipes

Posted on July 26, 2016August 19, 2017Categories Allergy Free Recipes, dairy freeTags ,   Leave a comment on The milk alternatives episode: Alternative Milk Recipes
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If you or your child has a dairy allergy, and you’ve been avoiding dairy milk for any length of time, then you probably already know how hard it can be to cook with and or to make alternative milk recipes. Yes you can buy coconut, almond, soy, or rice milk at the store, but it’s expensive, often has additives in it and you still probably crave cheese, yogurt and other milk recipes. I know for me cheese was like a second religion and having to give it up was very hard and every once in a while I still cheat and eat it and then wish I hadn’t. (confession.) So I was really excited when I found out about this blog and cooking show from Australia called the Alternative Chef. They have chefs who cook meals that don’t include the things that many of us allergic people can’t have.

I particularly enjoyed this episode on alternative milk recipes.

Check out more episodes of this cooking show at Alternative Chef Kitchen Cooking Show

Note: If you are also gluten free you will want to avoid make oat milk or use gluten free oats.

What I really like about this video is that it not only shows you have to make your own milk alternatives like many other videos, but it also shows some recipes that are quite clever and delicious variations.

Have you made your own milk alternative at home? Share how you did it and how it turned out in the comments below.

Simple Healthy Eating for Kids Made Easy

Posted on May 2, 2016May 2, 2016Categories Allergy Free Recipes, Healthy Eating for KidsTags ,   Leave a comment on Simple Healthy Eating for Kids Made Easy
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Does trying to do healthy eating for kids drive you nuts? It does a lot of people and it can be difficult, unless you know a few tricks. However, simple healthy eating for kids can be really easy once you know what to do. Watch this video presentation below and let me share with you all about simple healthy eating for kids made easy.

What did you learn from this video? What will you implement right now? Questions? Comments? Post them below or use my contact me page.

Allergy Friendly Snack Recipes The Even the Pickiest Eater Will Love

Posted on July 29, 2015March 26, 2018Categories Allergy Free RecipesTags ,   Leave a comment on Allergy Friendly Snack Recipes The Even the Pickiest Eater Will Love
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Allergy friendly snack recipes can be a challenge. It’s even worse if you are working with children who have food allergies and who are picky eaters and who need to have healthy allergy free snacks that they can eat. Furthermore, if you are like most people including me you are on the go a lot and need to have healthy allergy free snacks that you can take with you as a grab and go. Personally, I really like to keep nut packs with me in addition to the following recipes but some people and especially children are allergic to nuts, so here are some ideas for people who are gluten free, dairy free, sugar-free, and nut free.

1. Hummus and carrots and celery sticks. You can buy and make your own hummus that is either plain or flavored. Personally I really like red pepper or avocado flavored hummus as well as plain.

2. Ants on a log. This is celery sticks with either peanut butter, almond butter, or if you cannot have nuts, sun butter is a great alternative to raisins.

3. Gluten free crackers with hummus, or sun butter.

4. Coconut or almond milk yogurt. More and more stores are starting to carry this.

5. Organic fruit snacks. These are usually much healthier and many times don’t have the additives and allergens that regular ones do. I love Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks Variety Pack 0.8 Oz (24 ct)

6. Apple slices with sun butter.

7. Enjoy life bars, cookies and other products. Enjoy Life Cookies review All of these companies products are top 8 allergen free and they taste delicious.

8. Crispy Rice Treats This recipe calls for peanut butter but you can change it to almond butter, or sun butter if peanuts are an allergen for you. These do not have any gluten, dairy or sugar in them.

5 Fat Free and Allergy Free Spices that Add a Lot Of Flavor

Posted on June 24, 2015April 24, 2017Categories Allergy Free RecipesTags , 1 Comment on 5 Fat Free and Allergy Free Spices that Add a Lot Of Flavor
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Just because you need to eat gluten free, dairy free and sugar free and you want fat free choices as well, doesn’t mean your food can’t have a lot of flavor and taste delicious. Here are 5 of my favorite fat free and allergy free spices that add a lot of flavor and are versatile for cooking a variety of meals.

1. blackpepperandlemon

Lemon and black pepper. I love this because of the flavor but also the versatility. It tastes great with any chicken or fish dish but is also really good with eggs and egg and vegetable dishes. It also tastes great with rice, quinoa and butter.

lemon and black pepper

2. herbesdeprovence

Herbes de Provence. This is a spice combination that originates in France. It is really good with fish and beef dishes. Although chicken and potatoes taste great with it as well. I’ve also made ham and rice dishes that were really good with herbs de provence.

Simply Organic Herbes de Provence, 1 Ounce

3. balsamicvinegar

Balsamic Vinegar- This is great for your digestive system as well as for use in a variety of cooking. It is especially good mixed with olive oil and used as a healthier salad dressing. I also really like it with egg and vegetable dishes although you can use it with almost anything. One of my favorite recipes is to add 1-2 drops of wild orange essential oil and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and then saute chicken, and Brussel sprouts in it.

Mantova Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, 17 -Ounce Bottles (Pack of 4)

4. nutritionalyeast

Nutritional Yeast. I discovered this stuff about a year ago and I absolutely love it. It has an orange color which makes it look like cheese. It’s used in a lot of vegan recipes in place of cheese and the funny thing is that it actually tastes a bit like cheese even though there is no milk or dairy what so ever in it. It has a lot of good vitamins in it and is really healthy for you. I used it when I created my gluten free and dairy free macaroni cheese recipe and I also use it to add flavor to eggs, soups, vegetable dishes and more.

Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning, Premium, 4.5 Ounce

5. parsley

Parsley. Even though there are lots of spices that I could have included on this list, I chose parsley because it is so versatile that there really isn’t anything you can’t add it to. I’ve used it in my green smoothies, eggs, rice recipes, quinoa recipes, vegetable stir fry, chicken, fish and so on and so on.

McCormick Gourmet Parsley Flakes-2.5 oz

Which one is your favorite? Leave me a comment below and tell me.

How to prepare a month’s worth of healthy and gluten free snacks in under 2 hours

Posted on April 22, 2015June 20, 2020Categories Allergy Free Recipes, Gluten FreeTags ,   Leave a comment on How to prepare a month’s worth of healthy and gluten free snacks in under 2 hours
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Do you struggle to find healthy and gluten free snacks that you can eat? The reality is that this can be a challenge if you do not prepare ahead or you can end up spending a lot of money on gluten free crackers, granola bars, etc.? However, with just a couple of hours of work you can prepare a month’s worth of healthy and gluten free snacks and be prepared for on the go snacking or meals. Here are some tips to make this happen as well as my favorite healthy gluten free snacks.

1. Buy a package of snack sized plastic baggies and another larger one. Make sure that you always have these on hand for preparing your month’s worth of healthy and gluten free snacks.

2. Buy your favorites ahead of time. I recommend Amazon since they sell many of these things in bulk at for a lower cost. However, for some things like nuts, Costco or Sam’s Club usually has better deals.

3. Commit to spending the 2 hours or so that it will take to get ready. I like to do this on a Sunday night. I layout everything on the kitchen counter and put them all together.

4. Have one storage place for keeping everything. I recommend a couple of large tupperware containers for most of it, although I few of my favorites do need to be kept in the fridge.

Here is a list of my favorite healthy and gluten free snacks.

1. Humas with carrot and celery sticks. Wash, slice up and put in baggies the carrots and celery ahead of time.

2. YumEarth Organics Gluten-Free Fruit Snacks with Real Fruit Juice, 40 Count I don’t recommend most other brands as they are not organic, may have GMOS and are sometimes even not gluten free.

3. Sun Maid Pitted Dates, 8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 5) These are significantly cheaper on Amazon than anywhere else.

4. Mixed nut bags. I like to combine almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews.

5. An apple- yes this makes a great snack.

6. Enjoy Life Soft Baked Cookies Variety Pack, 6-Ounce (Pack of 6) Yes these can get expensive and you don’t want to eat too many of these but if you get these on Amazon, they aren’t too expensive.

7. Peanut butter with celery sticks. I recommend only organic or Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter Crunchy (2x16oz) This kind has coconut oil added in and is very good.

8. An avocado

What is your favorite healthy and gluten free snack. Share with me in the comments below.