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Feb 18, 2016

Homestyle Potato Soup {dairy + gluten free}

While we were just recently blessed with a few 60-70 degree days (in January!) I knew it wouldn't last long. February always seems to be the most brutal month here in the Midwest. You'd think after 30+ years now I would be used to it and know it isn't worth complaining about. Nope. Still complaining.

About this time of year is when I break out all of my tried and true soup recipes. There is nothing like a warm, hearty bowl of soup to make you feel cozy in an otherwise bleak and blustery season. Potato soup has always been a favorite of mine, but as you can imagine it typically is chock full of dairy and gluten. My version is so creamy and full of flavor, you won't be missing a thing.

Homestyle Potato Soup {dairy + gluten free} by Making it Milk-free

Homestyle Potato Soup {dairy + gluten free}

  • 6-8 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 2 whole carrots, sliced lengthwise and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (or cornstarch)
  • 2 cups chicken stock 
  • 2 cups dairy-free milk of choice
  • 4-5 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped parsley, optional
In a large pot over medium heat, brown the diced bacon until crispy. Remove from pot with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain the grease. Reserve the bacon grease in the pot. Add onion, carrots and celery and allow to cook a minute or two until translucent, then add garlic. 

Whisk in the gluten-free flour and allow it to cook for one minute. Add the chicken stock and continue whisking until lumps are gone. Stir in the dairy-free milk, then add the potatoes and the cooked bacon. Turn temperature to medium low and allow soup to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally. 

For added creamy texture, mash some of the potatoes in the soup. I like to leave about half the potatoes in bite-sized pieces. Stir in the cultured coconut milk yogurt and season to taste with salt and pepper. Just before serving, sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve alongside your favorite gluten-free dinner rolls.  

Feb 14, 2016

Berry Bubbly Gelatin Bites

I really enjoy finding fun treats for the kids to enjoy that I feel better about during these candy-filled holidays. When I know they can have something healthy that is delicious and an out of the ordinary treat, it is a win-win for all of us! I created my Berry Fizz Mocktail recipe and then decided to make these gelatin treats to go along with our Valentine's brunch. 

Not only were they amazingly simple to make ahead of time, they're also super easy to modify for any holiday and flavor you want. You can also make them a grown-up treat by replacing the sparkling grape juice with champagne! :)

Berry Bubbly Gelatin Bites by Making it Milk-free

Feb 13, 2016

Valentine's Brunch and Berry Fizz Mocktails

It is funny how different Valentine's Day is now that I'm a mother. I have always found it difficult to know what gift to give my husband. Some say Valentine's Day is a holiday for the ladies, but I disagree. I've also struggled a bit with feeling like there should be a day set aside to recognize loved ones, as if every other day it isn't important, as well as the over-commercialization of the day in general. I mean, who really wants to think about Valentine's Day before Christmas is even past?

Valentine's Day Brunch by Making it Milk-free

Feb 8, 2016

Strawberry Cupcakes {dairy + gluten free}

As a little girl with a birthday less than a week before Valentine's Day, I recall always wanting a strawberry birthday cake. I loved the pink Funfetti frosting that came with coordinating sprinkles and my mom even had the heart-shaped pan to make it super festive.

Although my tastes have changed some over the years, strawberry is still in my top five. I almost always end up making a cake or dessert of some sort for my own birthday (a blessing and a curse when you love to bake and a have restricte diets). Previous front-runners have included Strawberry Lemonade and Orange Creamsicle cupcakes. This year instead of trying something new, I decided to go back to basics and make one of my all-time favorites.

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream {dairy + gluten free} by Making it Milk-free

Feb 1, 2016

Double Chocolate Cookie Cups {dairy + gluten free}

What is it about the month of February and Valentine's Day that always seems to sneak up on me? Maybe it's the too short break after all of the holidays before that gives me just enough time to pause and take a breath, then suddenly Valentine's Day is here. We don't make a very big deal about V-day around here. I always pick up a stuffed animal and maybe some (safe) chocolate for the boys, but besides the celebrating at school it flies by fairly quickly. 

Because of the chaos that is our life in February, I always like to come up with creative treat ideas. Due to our food restrictions, we cannot just head to the store and pick out festive sugar cookies or other fun, pre-made treats. Coming up with something I can easily throw together is part of the fun! That is where these Double Chocolate Cookie Cups came from.  

Double Chocolate Cookie Cups {dairy + gluten free} from Making it Milk-free
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