6.30.2016

Banana Bread {gluten free + vegan}

In the past I was never really a big fan of banana bread, probably because it traditionally contains walnuts (which I strongly dislike). My boys used to eat bananas like they were going out of style. However, they usually decide at some point that they're banana'd out and just stop eating them. Annnd, it's almost always just after I've bought a bunch for the week. I typically try and wait them out for a few days to see if they'll change their minds, but when they start to get over-ripe, I just toss them in the freezer to use later on. 

I've used our frozen, ripe banana stash for all kinds of recipes from cinnamon rolls to no-churn ice cream ("nice" cream, I suppose). I am not sure exactly at what point I realized that banana bread doesn't have to contain walnuts. But praise the Lord I did because now I love banana bread! If you are like me and just want to savor the warm, cinnamon-y, enveloping aroma and flavor of banana bread, this recipe is for you!  

(Note: I've edited this recipe from its original version to remove the eggs and added peanut butter. You could totally omit the PB if you prefer. Both ways are equally delicious.)


6.27.2016

Grilled Marinated Salmon {dairy + gluten free}

I love quick and easy grilling recipes that taste so good it's hard to believe they are healthy too. We have been super busy lately and our evenings are hectic. I've been missing sitting down to dinner together as a family and enjoying good food and each other's company. We're nearing the end of baseball season so hopefully we'll have a bit of a break in the activities for a few weeks or so.

Our boys have started to become a bit pickier lately, but thankfully they still enjoyed this salmon, as it used to be a favorite. Buying salmon, especially wild-caught instead of farmed salmon can get really costly here in the midwest so I don't tend to make this recipe too often. But every time I do, it never fails that someone in the family wishes we'd have it more often!



6.26.2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies (top 8 + gluten free)

These chocolate chip cookies are ones that I've been making for a few years now. I took a favorites recipe of my mom has had since I was a child and modified it slightly to be gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. As an added bonus, they're free of the top 8 allergens (they do have coconut). They are a definite family favorite! 

They're slightly crunchy on the edges and soft in the middle. I like to make a double batch and freeze half so I can bake up a few whenever we want a sweet treat. Bonus, if you have this dough in your freezer, you can bake up just enough to use the cookies in my Chocolate Chip Cookie Mousse Cups, or even some awesome Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

6.25.2016

Pineapple Coconut Dessert Cups (gluten free + vegan)

We've had 100 degree temps around here lately (as I'm sure is the case about everywhere) and everything on our menu is getting lightened up a bit. While we love our desserts, this heat calls for light and refreshing choices.

This dessert is so simple, doesn't require any cooking, and is made with a few easy ingredients. Perfect for satisfying a summertime sweet tooth without an overload of sugar or calories!




6.24.2016

Summer BBQ Dinner Party

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One of our favorite things to do when the weather warms up is having our friends and family over, grilling out, and enjoying good food and each other’s company. It has been a usual occurrence since my husband and I began dating, with me making a last minute plan to have everyone over and him putting up with agreeing with me. I always seem to have a theme in mind also. We've done many a seafood boil and we host a pumpkin carving party every fall.

No matter the theme or my vision, we're usually firing up the grill for some delicious dishes. One bonus about grilling out is not heating up the entire house with a hot and overworked oven! One of our recent favorites is ribs. It all started last Labor Day weekend when my husband wanted to try and cook some ribs the day before our little man was due to arrive. Not only were the ribs delicious, but little baby Dawson must've thought so too because I went into labor just a few hours later! :)

Since then, my husband purchased a smoker and we have enjoyed delicious ribs and other meats many times since then. One perk of living as near as we do to Kansas City is all of the delicious food options nearby. Kansas City is famous for its BBQ and we sure do love it! Even so, it is nice to be able to easily recreate that delicious BBQ in the comfort of our backyard at times.


6.20.2016

Easy Homemade Waffles {gluten free + vegan}

Have you heard of the phenomenon that is aquafaba? I suppose it isn't really a phenomenon, but it's a pretty sweet discovery, that I'm sure has probably been around a lot longer than I personally realize. Aquafaba is basically the starchy liquid left from a can of chickpeas or other beans, and it can be used as a replacer for egg whites. It whips up into this light and airy fluff that seems to be a perfect meringue-like texture. 

I'm in awe every time I see a new recipe created using it and have been intrigued for awhile now. I finally tried it and it is everything it's cracked up to be! All I did was pour the liquid into the bowl of my stand mixer, add a pinch of cream of tartar (not sure if this is even necessary), and turned the speed up. A few quick minutes later and I had a giant bowl of this amazing stuff! 

I wasn't sure exactly what my plans were at that point, but it was early morning so I decided to fold it into waffle batter to make the texture like it would be if you were to fold in whipped egg whites. My waffles were light and airy with a slightly crispy edge, just the way I like them. I also used Namaste Foods Raw Goods Quinoa Flour for an added protein punch. I've also used their gluten-free all purpose flour blend with spectacular results.

6.16.2016

No-bake "Cheesecakes" {gluten free + vegan}

One of my favorite dessert before going gluten-free was cheesecake. I used to love creating different flavors of cheesecakes for special occasions. Of course, they weren't dairy-free either so once we started managing Mason's milk allergy, cheesecakes have been a thing of the past.

While we have since found a scrumptious dairy- and gluten-free cheesecake made by Daiya Foods, it is still not the healthiest thing to eat on a regular basis. In order to have a healthier, guilt-free option to enjoy anytime I had a cheesecake craving, I created this no-bake, individual serving version. This recipe makes four individual servings.



6.10.2016

Lemon Layer Cake {gluten free + vegan}

Last month we had a little guy baptized at the church where I grew up. It was a nice, intimate family gathering and we had everyone who was able to make it join us at my parents' house for lunch afterward. My dad grilled burgers and my mom had prepared the side dishes. I brought an allergy-friendly pasta salad and dessert.


6.04.2016

Peanut Butter Filled Brownies {dairy + gluten free}

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy dessert that can be thrown together in just a few steps. I always try to keep some of our favorite boxed cake, cookie and brownie mixes on hand for a gluten- and dairy-free dessert in a hurry. We always seem to need things at the last minute (ah, the life of a food allergy family).


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