My daughter, Jazlyn, is anaphylactic to egg, dairy and nuts. When she was first diagnosed, I found it very difficult to find recipes and foods that didn't taste like "allergy" food. Over the last 11 years I have had a lot of fun developing and changing recipes so that they are safe for her. I love to share my recipes so that other families can realize how yummy "allergy" foods can taste. You don't have to sacrifice taste or your favorite foods, you just have to rethink how to make them. I made a promise to Jazzy that I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try. So far I have been able to keep that promise. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as we do.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Egg Free, Dairy Free Simple Chicken and Rice a Roni Bake

This meal is so fast to put together and bakes into a yummy casserole. The chicken is moist and flavorful and the rice is tender and perfect. Baking the casserole this way tastes so much better than just cooking the chicken and Rice a Roni separately.

Simple Chicken and Rice a Roni Bake

2 boxes chicken Rice a Roni
4 cups water
1 can turkey gravy
1 can corn
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

Combine the Rice a Roni, water, gravy, and corn in a sprayed 11x15 baking dish. Place the chicken on top of the mixture. Cover with foil then bake at 375 for 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked through.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Rhubarb Oat Crisp Cobbler

My brother gave me some rhubarb so I decided to try something new with it. I loved the slightly tart bottom and the amazing topping. The oat topping has a wonderful flavor and perfect textured top that is a cross between a crisp and a cobbler.

Rhubarb Oat Crisp Cobbler

Rhubarb Mixture
4 cups rhubarb, cut into 1" pieces
3/4 - 1 cup sugar, depending how tart or sweet you want your rhubarb
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Oat Topping
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats
1/2 cup dairy free margarine, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients for the rhubarb mixture. Transfer the mixture evenly into an 8x8 baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the oat topping. Spread the mixture evenly over top of the rhubarb.  Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender and the topping is golden.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Egg Free, Dairy Free Flattened Drop Biscuits

These biscuits are perfect for topping with chicken and vegetables, creamed sausage, chili, etc.

Flattened Drop Biscuits

2 1/4 cups all purpose baking mix (I use Bisquick)
1 1/4 cups soy milk

Thoroughly combine both of the ingredients. This batter will be thin and spread when dropped by spoonfuls onto a sprayed foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.
*  This recipe makes about 16-18 biscuits, depending on the size you make them. However, you can easily double or triple this recipe.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free No Bake Sunbutter Oatmeal Balls

We love our No Bake Sunbutter Cheerio Balls, but we wanted to try something with oats instead. These Sunbutter Oatmeal Balls are very simple to make and are a yummy, healthy treat. We prefer them refrigerated, but they are also very good eaten right away. You can omit the powdered sugar coating if you prefer. If desired, you can stir in some safe chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, flaked coconut, or anything that sounds good to you. We decided to make this batch plain.

No Bake Sunbutter Oatmeal Balls

1 cup instant oats
1/2 cup oat flour (I blended 1/2 cup instant oats in the blender)
1/2 cup corn syrup or honey
1/2 cup Sunbutter
1/4 - 1/2 cup safe chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, flaked coconut, etc. - optional
Confectioner's sugar for rolling - optional

Thoroughly combine all of the ingredients except for the confectioner's sugar. Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Coat with confectioner's sugar if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Egg Free, Dairy Free Microwave Baked Acorn Squash

A friend gave me some acorn squash. This is a simple way to prepare it that takes only 10 minutes. I love the brown sugar flavor with the squash.

Microwave Baked Acorn Squash

1 acorn squash, cut in half and seeds removed
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp dairy free margarine

Place the squash, cut side up in a microwave safe dish. Cover with wax paper or plastic wrap then microwave for 7 minutes. Fill the center of the squash with the brown sugar and margarine. Cover then microwave an additional 3 minutes or until tender.
*  As an alternative, you can microwave for 10 minutes or until tender. Then remove all of the squash from the shell. Smash it with the brown sugar and margarine. This is the version that my daughters like the most.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Homemade Pinata

We make pinatas for my daughters' birthday parties. They are very simple and fun to make, but they are time consuming. Tayana made this fish.

Homemade Pinata

2 cups flour
3 cups water
Balloon blown to size and shape needed
Newspaper, torn into 1" thick strips
Construction paper, torn into pieces
White school glue
String to hang the pinata

Combine the flour and water until it creates a smooth paste. Dip the newspaper strips into the flour mixture, coating completely. Slide the strip between your fingers to remove any excess paste. Place the strips on the balloon until it is covered, leaving a hole at the top just big enough to fit the candy. If you are planning on keeping the pinata as a decoration, you do not need to leave the hole. Allow the balloon dry overnight. Repeat the steps to create a 2nd layer, making sure that you leave the hole at the top. If you would like a stronger pinata, you can repeat the steps to create a 3rd layer, but this is competely optional. When the layers are completely dried, pop and remove the balloon. Dip the construction paper pieces in the glue to coat both sides then smooth the construction paper onto the newspaper. Continue until all of the newspaper is covered. Punch 2 small holes in the top near the opening and string a large piece of ribbon, or thick string through the two holes so that you can hang the pinata. Fill your pinata, through the hole at the top, with the candy, toys and/or any other fun surprises. Cover the opening with more glue covered construction paper pieces.Tie your pinata in the air (or use a broom handle to hold it away from you) with the ribbon and have fun!
* If desired, you can paint your pinata instead of covering it with the construction paper pieces.
* If you need a shape other than the round or oval shape that balloons create, you can use cardboard. At the beginning, use masking tape connect the cut cardboard to the balloon. When you start covering the balloon with the newspaper strips, wrap them also around and covering the cardboard. For example, to create the fish, we cut a large triangle out of construction paper then taped it to the balloon. For the butterfly we chose to do something different. We used a long balloon for the body then created the wing shape out of the cardboard. However, we did chose to not use the newspaper and paste for the wings. We just covered the cardboard with the construction paper pieces then glued the body to the wings.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free 2 Minute Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

I love our 2 Minute Microwave Chocolate Cake so much that I decided to make a 2 Minute Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. It had a wonderful flavor and texture. I added a few too many chocolate chips (I know, I didn't realize that was possible either). This recipe is very good, but it is also dangerous since it is so easy and fast to make. Tayana and her friend had fun making them for a sleepover because they are so simple, fast, and yummy. Jazlyn even took one as her dessert for a cookout.

2 Minute Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

2 tbsp dairy free margarine
2 tbsp soy milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup flour
1-2 tbsp safe chocolate chips

Place the margarine and soy milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 35-45 seconds or until the margarine is melted. Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Stir in the flour. Stir in the chocolate chips. Microwave for 2 minutes or until set. Cool for at least 5 minutes before eating.
*  Using sugar in place of the brown sugar does not work well for this recipe. The cookie cake does not rise and the flavor isn't as good.