Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

To make this warm comfort meal you need:

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium bell pepper, any color; diced
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed and finely diced (optional)
  • 6 cloves garlic. minced
  • 2 ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. Dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. Chili powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or use homemade– easy and really makes a recipe stand out)
  • 14 oz coconut milk (original recipe calls for a can, I used it out of the carton because I had it at home)
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

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The Best Pancakes You Will Ever Make- Allergy Friendly

This is another recipe I have been making for years.  It was easy to adapt to an egg free version, and no one noticed!

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs or 2 flax eggs (2 T ground flax seed + 5 T water)
  • 1 tsp vanila
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or MELTED coconut oil
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup flour (I use whole wheat)
  • Frozen blueberries (optional)

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Banana Muffins – Allergy Friendly

I know we have a lot of families with various food allergies in the group and so I thought I would share one of my absolute favorite recipes. These muffins are egg and dairy free. Please, don’t be intimidated by the flax. Its super easy to find at any grocery store and its a great egg replacer in baking (you typically use very little per recipe and if you store in the freezer it will last you a good long time!). Also, you do not have to use whole wheat flour but it gives it a nice flavor. All of my littles love these. Typically I bake these on the weekend and use a mini muffin tin so they can be a quick and easy breakfast or as snacks in lunches throughout the week.

Super Moist Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

Vegan (and soy free) Birthday Cake and Frosting

For my son’s first birthday, I wanted him to have the smash cake experience.  With his allergies, I set out to make the perfect cake. It turned out better than I ever could have imagined.  My family and friends all thought the frosting was incredible. Continue Reading →

Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi Friends! It has been a while.  SORRY! But I’m back! I just made these cookies, and had to get it to y’all ASAP.  I have been making this recipe for years, and never thought about how it was dairy free.  It is delicious. Tonight, I tried making it using flax eggs and it was delicious! The batter was great, and you could enjoy it without worrying.   Continue Reading →

The Very Best (non sweet) Cornbread with Dairy Free Option

Y’all, I love cornbread. I really do. Well before I was dairy free, I tried recipe after recipe trying to find the perfect one. My Godmother gave me her church cookbook from Troy, Alabama and I had a feeling I was onto something. In my humble opinion, I have found the very best cornbread recipe. My step-mom also makes incredible cornbread, but she uses beer. So, I had an idea, what if I made dairy free cornbread. I took my favorite recipe and subbed the buttermilk for beer. The result was delicious, I really did not notice a difference! I hope you enjoy! Continue Reading →

Vegan and Soy Free Pumpkin Bread and Muffins

I tried these pumpkin muffins and I was really happy with how they turned out. My three year old daughter loved them! My husband, brother and his girlfriend also really liked them! Hope you enjoy them also. They are quick and easy.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 Tablespoons Canned pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice  (or shake of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger)
  • 1 Tablespoon Agave Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 cup strong coffee

Here’s what you do:

  1. In a saucepan mix pumpkin, spices, agave, vanilla and almond milk.  
  2. Whisk together until it is warm and well combined.
  3. Brew one cup of strong coffee.  
  4. Mix pumpkin mixture with coffee.  Drink and Enjoy!

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Product Spotlight – Dave’s Killer Bread

I had a really hard time finding a bread that was dairy, soy and egg free.  Most store bought bread has soy in it.  The fresher breads tend to have dairy.  I am SO happy a friend recommended Dave’s Killer Bread.  It is SO GOOD! I have shared it with so many people who do not have allergies and they all think it is amazing.  My husband loves it.  We recently bought the bagels and they were incredible.  It is fresh so it won’t last that long in the pantry.  I keep it in the freezer and just toast it as I need it.  We love it.  My three year old eats it up.  Another bonus is that it has a lot more protein in it than regular bread.  The downside is the price.  One taste, and you will think it is worth every penny! We usually get the 21 Whole Grains and Seeds (pictured) and I actually like it more than the white bread.  

In Springfield, you can find Dave’s at Giant, Whole Foods, Shoppers and Safeway.

Dave’s Killer Bread also has a cool story.  Dave learned to bake bread while in prison.  Their company now strives to provide jobs for people with criminal records.

For more info on products check out their website.  You can check it out here!

The Easiest Mug Brownie and Thoughts on Treats

My sweet friend Anna has been a huge help to me learning the allergy ropes.  When I texted her about SJ’s issues she immediately sent me the recipe for this amazing mug brownie. And it has been a “life-saver.”  Allergy or not it is the perfect sweet treat! And there are no leftovers, which is key for me.  Because if it is in the house, I will eat it.

I will never forget the first party I went to after I learned that I was dairy free.  There was literally NOTHING on the table that I could eat. I never thought of myself as a person who had self-control with food, especially sweets.  But to walk away from that party and not cheat felt very empowering.  (NOTE:  I ate dinner, this was a late football game and a dessert party.) This process has made me realize that I can make healthy choices, I can turn down the endless dessert table at parties and church potlucks.  I can give myself good, healthy food that gives me energy rather than fill up on junk.  But, it is not easy.  Some days I get mad that I cannot eat these foods.  Sometimes, I am resentful.  I have found that it is much easier mentally to go into these situations knowing I will make myself a treat when I get home.  It is easier to resist knowing I get something well portioned and delicious at home.  And I don’t have to spend all night making it and then have the leftovers tempting me all week or hanging out in my freezer.

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