Basil Pesto ( Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Paleo)

Two flavours that I absolutely love together are basil and garlic! They seem to enhance the flavour of so many recipes. After I had to be dairy free, I realized that Pesto was definitely something that I would figure out how to make. Now I enjoy it all year round!

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto ( Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Paleo)

2 c. basil leaves (I have gone half parsley)
3 cloves garlic
1/4 c. pine nuts or walnuts
1/4-1/2 c. olive oil

Put basil, garlic cloves and pine nuts into the food processor; pulse, adding olive oil a little at a time.
Add enough oil for paste consistency.

I freeze in ice cube trays; then keep in a ziploc bag. ( Have a separate tray because it will take on the garlic flavour)
Then I just use a cube or two in recipes.
* I have used half basil and half parsley and it works great.
*I have usually use walnuts in place of pine nuts; much less expensive and tastes fine.

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Simple Shortbread (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Egg Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Shortbread is an easy to make treat, that can look like you spent hours making many different kinds, when you didn’t. If you are having a nice cup of tea with a friend, you would still like to be able to put out a simple, yet satisfying treat.

Shortbread can be made up several ways. I have made it simple and healthy. You can put you own unique twist on it.

Simple Shortbread

Simple Shortbread (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Egg Free/ Vegan/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 3/4 c. gluten free flour mix
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 c. palm sugar (xylitol or other granular sugar)
1 c. coconut oil (or butter if tolerated and not vegan)
1 tsp. vanilla
**Toppings
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream coconut oil, sugar and vanilla. Whisk together flour xanthan gum. Add flour mixture to creamy mixture. Blend thoroughly.
Press into a 9″ by 13″ pan.

**Here’s the fun part. You can leave in plain, press an almond or other nut into each 2″ by 2″ square, top with chopped nuts, dark chocolate, or chopped dry fruit. Press nuts or fruit in a little.

Bake for 20 minutes for softer, 25 minutes for crispier squares. Let cool them cut into 2″ by 2″ squares.

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**If desired you can melt one ounce of dairy free chocolate and drizzle over squares.

Makes approximately 30- 2″ squares. Freeze well 🙂

Cinnamon Loaf (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Cinnamon is a wonderful flavour!! It is also full of health benefits!

Isn’t it wonderful that it can make foods taste so delicious and be healthy for us.

You can take this cinnamon loaf to anyone house, and they would never know that is was gluten free. I remember the first time I took this over to a friend’s house. She couldn’t believe that I could eat it, because she thought that it was a regular loaf. She was pleasantly surprised!

Cinnamon Loaf

 

Cinnamon Loaf (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Topping:
2 Tbsp. palm sugar (or other granular sugar)
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. unsweetened apple sauce

Loaf:
2 c.gluten free flour mix
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1 c. palm sugar (or other granular sugar)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. butter milk**
1/4 c. coconut oil (melted) –  or other mild oil
1/4 c. unsweetened apple sauce
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients together in another bowl. Then mix dry ingredients into wet and beat for about two minutes. Pour into greased loaf pan. Sprinkle topping on top of batter, then using a knife swirl in topping giving a marble effect.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when testing loaf.
Let sit in pan for about 15 minutes before removing loaf from pan. Let cool on rack.

**To make buttermilk, put 1 Tbsp. lemon juice into cup and add enough almond or rice milk to make 1 cup.

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Chocolate Cream Pie (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/Refined Sugar Free)

So today I decided that I really wanted Chocolate Cream Pie. Now for me to do this I would not only have to figure out a crust, but also figure out the pudding for the filling. Oh my goodness. It turned out great!
I even had it before my dinner… Tee Hee(don’t tell)
I didn’t even wait to make my coconut cream to go on top the first piece.

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Crust:
1 1/2 c. almond flour
1 Tbsp. coconut flour
1/2 c. palm sugar (or desired granular sugar)
1/2 c. coconut oil (melted)

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees

Stir almond flour, coconut flour and palm sugar together. Mix in coconut oil.
Press into 9 inch pie plate. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until starting to brown on the edges.
Take out and let cool.

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Chocolate Filling:
2 c. plus 2 Tbsp. coconut milk
3/4 c. palm sugar
1/3 c. cocoa
1/4 tsp. sea salt
2 Tbsp.  tapioca starch
2 tsp. vanilla

In a small bowl, mix together the 2 Tbsp. of coconut milk and the corn starch; set aside.
Whisk sugar, cocoa and salt together in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in the 2 cups of the coconut milk.
Put pan on medium/low heat, continuously whisking. (Believe me if you stop, you’ll get lumps)
As your mixture starts boil, add in corn starch mixture. Let pudding thicken, then remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla.
Pour chocolate filling into baked pie crust. Put into the refrigerator for at least two hours to cool.

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If you would like to, you can top off your pie with Dairy Free Coconut Cream!

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This recipe is definitely a favourite of mine!

** I have even made this pie and frozen it. It works great as a frozen dessert!!

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Baked Pasta Zeti With Beef (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

I love pasta zeti! I was scrolling through my old recipes and realized that I had not made it allergy free yet. I also want to make it much healthier.

Its still so good! I have taken it to many pot lucks and everyone loves it and it always sounds so fancy.
Enjoy!!

Baked Pasta Zeti with Beef

Baked Pasta Zeti With Beef  (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

2 c. dry gluten free penne pasta

Tomato Meat Sauce:
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 medium onion- diced
2 tsp. basil
2 cloves garlic- minced
1- 20 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 5 oz. can tomato paste

Bechamel:
2 Tbsp. Butter or coconut oil for dairy free
2 Tbsp. brown rice flour
1 1/2 c. desired milk alternative
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Cook pasta for 5-7  minutes or until al dente. Don’t over cook the pasta because it is still going to bake in the oven. Rinse and set aside.

In a medium frying pan brown ground beef and drain fat from pan. Add onions and saute for five minutes.
Then add basil, garlic, tomatoes and tomato paste. Let cook for about ten minutes. In a deep 9″ by 9″ casserole dish mix together pasta and meat sauce.

In a small pot on medium heat, melt margarine; mix in flour and let cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in milk and nutmeg. While cooking, whisk and let thicken. Pour on top of meat/pasta mixture.

Put into 325 degree oven for 30 minutes

 

 

 

 

Sweet Beef And Veggie Stir Fry (Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I looked in the fridge a few weeks ago trying to decide what to make for dinner…
Isn’t it funny how we have such a struggle trying to decide what to make every day…
My daughter and I would ask each other, what are we making for dinner, and we’d say “Oh ya, that meal that just keeps coming over and over again”. Sometimes it seems difficult to come up with new ideas. You just keep having the same things over and over,

So as I said, I looked in my fridge… What did I have?  Well I had beef, cauliflower, red pepper.
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Hmm, what to make? I could make a regular stir fry, but I wanted something a little different. I decided to play on the sweet side of things a little more.
My husband automatically wanted to add soy sauce to it. I had to tell him to try it first…
He loved it as is!

Now I’ve made this several times. Love it when a plan comes together!

Sweet Beef & Veggie Stir Fry

Sweet Beef And Veggie Stir Fry

1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 lb. beef sliced into strips
1 medium onion sliced into strips
1 medium red pepper sliced into strips
1/2 medium cauliflower cut into small pieces
1 carrot cut into thin strips
2 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. mustard powder
1 tsp. roasted garlic (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
cooked brown rice, pasta, or quinoa

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This delicious meal serves four…

Shared On: Get Him Fed Fridays, Food on Friday

Living With Multiple Food Allergies

Starting Out:

I have had environmental allergies all my life.  In the spring of 2010 I ended up with a severe asthma attack with the effects lasting more than three weeks. After being put on far too many medications and inhalers to try to control the symptoms, I was beyond exhausted.  A friend sent me to see a wonderful allergy analyst/homeopath, so in the summer of 2010 I found out that I also have food allergies. Some are worse than others.

I avoid wheat/gluten, dairy, refined sugars, and yeast. With the yeast allergy also goes vinegars (other than raw organic apple cider vinegar), as well as cutting my sugars considerably.

At the beginning I had panic attacks wondering what I would be able to eat. Since then I keep studying allergy websites for information and recipes. I have had many recipes that just did not work, but have had much success on others.

The more people I talk to, the more I realize that many people have issues with food. You don’t have to have hives or have your throat swelling to know you can’t eat a food. Whether it’s called an allergy or intolerance, if eating a certain trigger food gives you a negative reaction you may want to avoid it.

Since avoiding my trigger foods I have felt considerably better. My asthma is much better, I have far more energy, no more taking tums, my blood work that was keeping me close to needing medication is now completely normal, and the migraines I had constantly are gone.

I love to cook and love to eat and many people keep asking me for my recipes. That is why I have decided to post them. I have gone on many, many wonderful websites for recipes. Some I have just made up myself.  So I’ll post and give everyone the info I have found…

I hope that you enjoy my recipes! Just know that there are many more people these days that can not eat certain foods. You are not alone!

Have a great day!!

Gluten Free Flour Mix

If you buy a commercial gluten free flour mix, check to see if it already as xanthan gum in it. If so, do not add extra.

Basic Gluten Free Flour Mix

4 cups Brown Rice Flour
1 1/2 cups Potato Starch
1 cup Tapioca Starch
Mix together and keep in cool dry place.
Always mix dry ingredients together really well before adding wet ingredients.With gluten free flours you need Xanthan Gum. Its the “glue” that keeps everything together. Each individual recipe has the amount of xanthan gum that is needed.You can buy it at the Bulk Barn or health food stores. 

Raspberry Jam Squares (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan/ Egg Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Do you ever get frustrated when you want something that tastes great and you have food allergies?

I used to… It seems that I can’t even go into the stores and buy treats, because even if they are gluten free, they still seem to be filled with dairy products or sugar… That gets really frustrating!

Why not just make these simply delicious squares. They are simple to make and tastes great!

Raspberry Jam Squares

Raspberry Jam Squares (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)
1 3/4 c. plus 1/3 c. gluten free flour mix
3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
3/4 c. palm sugar (or other granulated sugar)
3/4 c. coconut oil (Melted) (Or butter if dairy is tolerated)
1 1/2 c. gluten free oats (I use Only Oats)
1 1/2 c. sugar free raspberry jam (I use ED Smith No Sugar added)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

In a bowl mix together 1 3/4 c. flour mix, xanthan gum, oats and palm sugar.
Mix in coconut oil. Set aside 3/4 c. of mixture.

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Press the remaining mixture into a 9 by 13″ pan that is lined with parchment paper.
Spread jam evenly over base.

Take reserved 3/4 c. mixture and stir in the 1/3 c. flour mix to make a crumbly topping and spread evenly onto squares.

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Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool completely, then cut into squares.

You need to keep an eye on your squares!

When your back is turned someone might sneak in….

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And steal another one….

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Until they are all gone!
That must mean that they are good, right?

Let me know what your little thieves think of them…

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