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Showing posts with label gluten free. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gluten free. Show all posts

Dec 19, 2016

Turtle Cheesecake Bites {gluten free + vegan}

Before kids (and before food allergies), my favorite dessert to make was cheesecake. I would experiment with flavors, topping, you name it. One of my favorite cheesecakes was turtle, with crunchy pecans, sweet caramel and rich chocolate. It has been years since I have made it, but I still think about making that recipe frequently.

Dec 16, 2016

Soft Caramel Candy {gluten free + vegan}

I've been loving homemade caramel lately. Being able to make a delicious, dairy-free version to add to recipes like my caramel apple crisp or my caramel apple blondies, plus a couple of new recipes coming very soon, has been fun and exciting. I know, I'm kind of a nerd for thinking food is exciting, but as a food allergy parent, sometimes that is a part of this life. Do you ever get excited and do a happy dance in the grocery store when you discover a new, safe product to feed your child? I certainly do. More often than not, I do the same thing in my kitchen when I create a new recipe!

Dec 5, 2016

Banana Cream Pie Cake {dairy + gluten free}

While banana cream pie might not be what comes to mind when you think of holiday recipes, but around Thanksgiving, we were looking for a yummy dessert idea that was different than your usual pumpkin and pecan pies. I decided to mix it up a bit with this banana cream pie cake, and I was not disappointed. Soft, fluffy cake, vanilla pudding, sweet bananas, and cool creamy whipped topping was a perfect detour from the usual fall desserts. I am definitely going to be making this recipe during the spring and summer too! 

Nov 21, 2016

Overnight Mashed Potatoes {gluten free + vegan}

Thanksgiving is officially two days away. I would imagine most of you already have your menu planned, if you are doing the cooking. But if you're at all like me, I often find myself scrambling to throw things together at the last minute. I also like to put a spin on traditional recipes whenever possible. This recipe solves both of those issues for me.

Nov 18, 2016

Sweet Stir-fry Chicken + Veggies {dairy + gluten free}

Do you ever feel like you make the same three meals on repeat and need a menu revamp? I feel that way frequently and find myself trying to come up with loads of new meal ideas and then blow my budget on all of the ingredients to put just a few of them together. 

When I can sit down and make a meal plan, then make my grocery list from that, I feel like my life is so much more organized. But I have learned through the years that I really need to pick one new meal idea each week or even every other week, then stick to tried and true, easy to throw together, family favorites the rest of the time. This revelation has truly changed the way I grocery shop, and even the way I cook. I can easily swap certain ingredients for others which mixes it up just enough to feel different and not blow my budget. 

Some of our usuals that are easily interchangeable:
  • Mexican (soft or crunchy tacos; fish tacosshredded pork quesadillas, nachos or taco salads)
  • Italian (spaghetti, lasagna, goulash, chicken alfredo, pizza casserole, pizza bites)
  • Meat/Veggie/Starch (all roasted on a pan in the oven, or slow cooker meals are my fave!)
    • chicken/brussel sprouts/sweet potatoes
    • chicken/broccoli and cauliflower/rice
    • smoked sausage/peppers and onions/roasted potato wedges
    • pork loin/green beans or asparagus/mashed potatoes
  • Sandwiches (pulled pork, shredded chicken, sloppy joes, or burgers)
  • Grilled kebabs/kabobs in warmer weather (Hawaiian pork, shrimp boil, chicken fajitas, steak)
The best part about any of these meal ideas is that you can really just pick up whatever protein, vegetable, and starch or sauce you feel like having, and make any one of these meals on a whim. I like to stock up on marinara sauce, gluten free noodles, rice, tortilla chips, and any other ingredients that I use for sauces to just have on hand at any moment. Then I pick up meat when it is on sale and throw it in the freezer. Then I really just have to make sure I have fresh produce to go with everything else. 

Having this plan in place has really helped to cut back on the amount of money I spend at the grocery store, as well as the number of trips I have to make. I usually make one monthly trip to specialty stores to pick up all of our dairy free cheeses, butter, and specialty gluten free products that aren't sold at every store. I make one trip to Aldi or shop the sales at my regular store for pantry items and meat. 

Then I just have to make a run for produce and anything that I feel like grabbing on my weekly/bi-weekly shopping trip. I also build days into our menu to go out for dinner, or when we're just sticking with leftovers or doing a "fend for yourself" night to give myself an occasional break from cooking. 

One of the other easy ways to switch up flavors is to add a sweet and savory sauce to your meat and veggies. This Sweet Stir-fry Chicken and Veggies recipe has been a family favorite for many years. It's fast and delicious, and the kids just love it. Most of the ingredients are things I always have around and can just throw together quickly on a weeknight. 


Nov 16, 2016

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Almond Buttercream (gluten free + vegan)

When you have food allergies or intolerances, it's imperative that you have a good, go-to cake recipe that it easily thrown together. It seems like we are always having to prepare a safe dessert or treat for impromptu parties. While I love trying to come up with new ideas, sometimes I don't have the time to plan ahead and am scrambling to come up with something in a pinch. 

Nov 11, 2016

HBD to Us! Caramel Apple Crisp {gluten free + vegan}

Guess what today is!? It's the 4th Anniversary of Making it Milk-free! I cannot believe I've been blogging here for this long. When I think back to when I started and all that I have learned these years, it is so amazing! It truly is a labor of love here, and while we have moments of struggle (like the nine months I simultaneously was pregnant and had writers block), the exciting moments are just that much more rewarding and fun. This little love of cooking-food allergy advocacy-turned hobby of mine has been such an adventure. If you have been following along this whole time or if you found us just recently, THANK YOU for your support and for checking out our recipes!

In honor of this special day, I'm sharing one of my favorite (new) fall dessert recipes. This is the time of year I start to plan for upcoming holiday treats, desserts, meals, etc. While pumpkin-everything seems to steal the show more often than not, apple flavors are everywhere as well. I always have grand plans to make a caramel apples or other apple-flavored treats this time of year, and this was no exception.


Nov 8, 2016

Hazelnut Cookie Bars with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache {dairy +gluten free}

I'm taking a break from all things pumpkin for the time being. The time to prepare for Thanksgiving meals is quickly approaching, but I was in the mood for something different. This recipe is exactly that!

Oct 19, 2016

Chai Spiced Zucchini Bread with Cardamom + Vanilla Bean Glaze {dairy +gluten free}

There isn't much I love more than relaxing on a cool fall morning with a steaming cup of coffee and a slice of freshly baked bread for breakfast. Whether it's pumpkin bread, banana bread, or this amazing cinnamon apple bread, I don't discriminate. I just love the slightly sweet, but mostly spicy and comforting fall flavors. 



Oct 17, 2016

Halloween Treat Round-up | 20 dairy-free + gluten-free recipes


As if it wasn’t already abundantly obvious from the slew of posts that happen during the month of October over here, Halloween, and Fall in general, are my favorite parts of the year. There are so many fun, creative, unique snack ideas that can be made allergy-friendly with ease. I'm sharing this compilation of some of my absolute favorite Halloween-themed recipes that are dairy free and gluten free, and are perfect for parties or just a fun treat for you own kiddos. Enjoy!


Oct 15, 2016

Pumpkin Roll Cake with Whipped Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling {dairy + gluten free}

Making a Pumpkin Cake Roll has been in my to-do list every fall for as long as I can remember. Not only because I love pumpkin and other flavors the season brings, but because they're simply beautiful. They look elegant and elaborate but are actually not as difficult as they seem.


Oct 14, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies {gluten free + vegan}

I love to make my roll-out sugar cookies for the holidays. Halloween and Christmas are the two holidays that stick out in my mind as ones that my mom would make her sugar cookies and we would get to help frost them. I loved the pumpkins and black cats the most. 



Oct 12, 2016

Coffee Creamer Combos: Caramel Coffee Cake | Latte, Frappe, or Iced Coffee Drinks

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If you know me at all, you know I'm an equal opportunity coffee lover. Hot, iced, blended...just as long as it's caffeinated, that is about my only requirement. I do however, have certain times of the year that I prefer my coffee one way or the other, depending on the weather and my mood. For this reason, I love it when I can create a variety of coffee drinks to suit my mood using the same ingredients any way I make it.

Oct 9, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkins {dairy + gluten free}

This recipe is another fun Halloween or fall treat that I came up with while I was waiting for my Halloween Chocolate Bark to chill. I had some leftover chocolate and white chocolate/peanut butter, and I had picked up this really cute silicone pumpkin ice cube tray from Dollar Tree. It was pefect! 

Oct 5, 2016

Halloween Chocolate Bark {dairy + gluten free}

This recipe was my favorite Halloween treat creation last year. I was on maternity leave, at home with my littlest, and had so much fun creating treats for the older boys to enjoy after school. I decided to mix it up a bit this year by doing a swirl instead of solid chocolate. But it is so delicious either way! 

Sep 17, 2016

Scarecrow Crunch Trail Mix {dairy + gluten free}

It may not quite be fall here yet, but I'm in the mood for fall flavors, colors, and some much cooler weather. Our Dollar Tree store stocked our favorite allergy-friendly candy corn and mellow-creme pumpkins (unless you have egg and soy allergies...sorry!), so I stocked up on several bags. This snack mix is one of the easiest to throw together and satisfies that sweet + salty craving. 

#dairyfree #glutenfree #allergyfriendly #trailmix #fall #halloween

Sep 10, 2016

Mini Pizza Bites {dairy + gluten free}

Easy, kid-friendly, on the go foods are one of my favorite things. There are so many times when we have to grab dinner in a hurry in order to get to one activity or another on time. Our freezer is usually stocked full of corn dogs, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, etc. as convenience foods for those nights when I don't want to cook and our boys can just make themselves something. But I don't like to resort to that too often if I can help it.

Sep 7, 2016

Pistachio Lime Zucchini Donuts {dairy + gluten free}

We are back to school and our old daily routines are going in full force! It's been a crazy few weeks around here getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully we'll find our way here soon and I'll stop feeling like I'm forgetting everything every single day. Gah! I'm ready for a relaxing vacation any time now.


Aug 17, 2016

Fish Tacos with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli {dairy, gluten + egg free}

The best fish tacos I've ever had were in Florida, made with fresh fish straight from the Gulf. Living in the midwest, it can be hard to find really fresh, delicious fish without paying a pretty penny for it. I have been able to find some really decent, wild caught fish at our local grocery store and it is perfect for these amazing fish tacos! 

Aug 13, 2016

Baked Turkey Quinoa Meatballs {dairy + gluten free}

I started making these meatballs over three years ago when I ended up cooking entirely too much quinoa and needed to find a use for it all. What I love most about these is how easy they are to make ahead and freeze. You can either freeze them before baking and then just take out what you need and let it thaw, or you can bake them all up, freeze them, and remove them to reheat a few whenever you need a quick and healthy meal.

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