Monday, April 27, 2015

Chocolate Delight (Gluten and Top 8 Free)

 Allergy friendly and easy to make.  Chocolate Delight is the perfect dessert for any occassion.

If you are a chocolate lover like my family, this is for you.  Here is a quick and easy dessert that calls for only 5 ingredients.  That's right.  F-I-V-E ingredients!  And the fifth ingredient is optional.

Beware, though.  This is very decadent and rich, so enjoy with caution!

Allergy friendly and easy to make.  Chocolate Delight is the perfect dessert for any occassion.

Ingredients:

1 package chocolate cookies (I used Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies)
1/4 c dairy-free butter, melted (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)
1 c culinary coconut milk (I used So Delicious)
2 c chocolate chunks (I used Enjoy Life)
Strawberries

Instructions:

Crush cookies in a food processor. Mix in melted butter. Press into pre-sprayed dish. Freeze while you make the ganache (chocolate and cream filling). Warm the coconut milk over medium/low heat for 5 minutes. Pour over chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until melted. Pour over chocolate crust. Press strawberries into ganache. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Slice and enjoy!

Allergy friendly and easy to make.  Chocolate Delight is the perfect dessert for any occassion.

Allergy friendly and easy to make.  Chocolate Delight is the perfect dessert for any occassion.

Allergy friendly and easy to make.  Chocolate Delight is the perfect dessert for any occassion.

Allergy friendly and easy to make.  Chocolate Delight is the perfect dessert for any occassion.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Beef Stroganoff? (Gluten and Top 8 Free)

"What's for dinner?"  They never stop asking this question!  And I don't usually have something in mind.  I'd love to be a better meal planner, but lately I've resorted to winging it.

For some reason, beef stroganoff came to mind tonight.  It's not something I've ever made before, or even knew where to start to make it safe for my kids.  I was even more lost after looking up recipes online.  Mushrooms?  We don't keep those on hand.  I needed to make do with what was in my pantry and fridge.

Here's what I came up with.  I'm not sure it actually qualifies as beef stroganoff, but that's what we're calling it tonight.  All four kids ate it up and asked for seconds, so it is definitely blog post worthy.

 Need s a quick and easy dinner for your busy weeknights?  This is it.

Ingredients:

Gluten-free noodles (cooked and drained)
1 lb ground beef, cooked (I used grass-fed only beef) 
1 c dairy-free yogurt (I used So Delicious vanilla yogurt)
1 c beef or chicken broth
2 Tbsp dairy-free butter (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp parsley
1-2 Tbsp corn starch (or enough to make sauce as thick as you want)

Instructions:
While noodles and beef are cooking, mix together yogurt, broth, butter, and seasonings over medium heat.  Whisk in corn starch as needed until sauce is desired thickness.  Mix sauce into cooked beef.

I mixed the noodles and beef together, but you could easily just top the noodles with the beef mixture if you so choose.

I also added a few shakes of nutritional yeast for a little cheesy flavor.  You can really use any seasonings you'd like.  This list just happens to be what I grabbed from my spice rack.  Also, measurements are approximate.  I really just dumped things in a pan and hoped for the best. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bird's Nests (Gluten and Top 8 Free)

This Easter I was looking for something quick and easy to make for the kids to eat at our family gathering.  One of the aunts was planning on bringing some Rice Krispie "eggs" filled with jelly beans inside.  Of course, this traditional treat wasn't going to work for my kiddos, so I took that idea and spun it. 

Scrolling through Facebook these past few weeks, I have come across several Easter-y ideas for treats, and I'm sure this idea is a combination of several pictures I have seen.

These bird's nests were really easy to make.  Simply whip up some safe Rice Krispie Treats and place into greased mini muffin tins using buttered hands (I used Earth Balance Soy Free butter).  Make a divot in the middle of the "nest" to create space for the chocolate and jelly beans.  Then pour melted safe chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips with a dab of coconut oil) into the hull of the nest.  Top with safe jelly beans (I used Surf Sweets jelly beans since we are avoiding artificial colors).  Place in refrigerator until set.  Pop out of muffin tin and enjoy! 

An allergy friendly treat that is easy to make.