What’s for Dinner? Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Spaghetti

Dairy Free and Gluten Free Spaghetti

Spaghetti is on my easy and inexpensive dinner list. I used ground beef in this particular spaghetti dish, but I also like to use ground turkey and spicy sausage as well (I have found some dairy-free sausage but I have not checked to see if it is gluten-free). It is easy to find dairy-free noodles at the store, but for this dish I used gluten-free noodles, Glutino elbow noodles, and I cooked them according to the directions on the package.

I don’t ever measure anything when I’m making spaghetti, I just add things to my big pot until it looks and tastes good. I drained the water from my noodles (the gluten-free noodles make the water opaque and a little thick), then added in the ground beef, diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. If you are buying spaghetti sauce from the jar it is important to read the label, a lot of sauces contain dairy. I always add in extra seasonings until I get the perfect taste; I know I have mentioned this in a previous post, but cinnamon is one of my secret spices that I add to tomato based dishes, you add enough to add a new dimension to the flavor profile, but not enough that it tastes like a cinnamon roll.

Now on to my toddlers dinner…

 

Dairy Free and Gluten Free Toddler Dinner

To go along with his dairy-free and gluten-free spaghetti, I added a little salad on the side with chopped spinach, tomatoes and avocado. A really great salad dressing that I have been using lately is Annie’s Light Natural Raspberry Vinaigrette. You can’t have spaghetti without garlic bread, am I right? I took some Organic whipped Earth Balance and mixed in some garlic and Italian seasonings and spread it on top of Franz Gluten-Free 7 Grains bread and stuck it under the broiler until it was golden brown.

A nice Italian-style dinner without dairy or gluten, can it get any better than that? I didn’t think so either.

Happy Cooking 🙂

Green Smoothie

I’m back! I don’t really have an excuse for not posting sooner, but have no fear, I have been making new things that I will be sharing with you! I love smoothies and it is such a great way to get in extra veggies and fruit, especially for the kiddos. I came across this recipe on Pinterest (gotta love it!) the other day and it sounded yummy but needed to be adapted a smidge to be dairy-free. Oh, and it is also vegan and gluten-free too!

 

Dairy Free Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Serving Size: Just enough for momma and toddler 😉

1 frozen banana, cut into pieces

1 Tbsp peanut butter or an alternative

1/2 cup dairy-free yogurt, Greek style if you can find some

1 cup unsweetened dairy free milk

4 cups baby spinach

Stick all the ingredients in the blender until desired consistency. When freezing your banana(s), it is easiest to peel and cut BEFORE freezing, peeling a frozen banana is a pretty mind-numbing task. You could use any type of dairy free milk and yogurt that you prefer but I used coconut milk and yogurt and it was so yummy, it had a coconut-y taste with a hint of peanut butter! I love adding spinach to smoothies because you really can’t taste it but you know you are getting great nutrients. This smoothie is definitely grown-up and kid approved!

Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free: Butternut Squash French Toast

Butternut Squash French Toast DF GF

Sunday’s always seem like a special breakfast kind of day, so I made some delectable butternut squash french toast.

You can make this french toast dairy-free or you can make it gluten-free too, it all depends on the bread you use. I know I am always raving about Dave’s Killer Bread, but recently I bought a Trader Joe’s brand bread that was good and hearty, it was Organic Sprouted Wheat Oat Bran- that was a mouthful- that would be great for making this dairy-free french toast. I actually used a gluten-free bread this morning, Franz Gluten-Free 7 Grain, and it worked really well.

 

Dairy-Free/ Gluten-Free Butternut Squash French Toast

Serving Size: 4 pieces

2 eggs

1/3 cup dairy-free milk

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup pureed butternut squash

4 slices of bread (DF and/or GF)

Topping Ideas:

Dairy-Free butter

Nut butter

Seed butter

Maple syrup

Mashed or whole fruit topping

Mix all of the ingredients together. Heat a skillet to medium and grease it with oil or a dairy-free butter. Dip your bread in the egg mixture until its good and coated and add it to the skillet. When the french toast is done, add whatever toppings you wish and enjoy!

I didn’t have a chance to snap a picture of my toddler’s plate, but I topped his french toast with some nut butter and cut it into bite size pieces and added some sliced pear on the side. As a side note, I personally don’t add syrup to my toddlers food because the extra sugar seems unnecessary, and he is perfectly happy with out it!

Happy Cooking 🙂

 

Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Toddler Breakfast: Waffle and Eggs

I have done some research on a gluten-free diet, but I am not an expert or a medical professional; I thought I would share some of our dairy-free and gluten-free meals that we have been trying. Believe me, I know it can be hard to find foods to feed a toddler, let alone a toddler with allergies or sensitivities…especially if you also have one that is picky or has texture aversions like mine. I’m hopeful that this will help some of you!

My toddler and I often eat meals very similar to one another, but I will usually add extras to mine so I will be sure to include what I am eating if it differs. This morning we had toaster waffles from Van’s that were dairy-free and gluten-free, I know what you’re thinking…

Seriously? A toaster waffle? Yes, a toaster waffle!

Van's Waffles

These are actually really good, they are quick and easy and most importantly they aren’t filled with junk! Van’s actually has a few dairy and gluten-free products that we enjoy. So anyways, back to the waffle, I topped it with crunchy peanut butter and banana slices. I made some scrambled eggs to go alongside, for the eggs I peeled a zucchini and grated about half of it into our eggs (I don’t normally peel my zucchini but I wanted to make sure it was soft like the eggs). I think eggs make a great canvas for adding in extras, I’ve made eggs with shredded zucchini, carrots, finely chopped cauliflower, meat, peppers and onions, the possibilities are almost endless!

Viola, an incredibly simple and delicious dairy and gluten-free breakfast!

Dairy Free Gluten Free Toddler Breakfast

Happy Toasting 😉

 

60 Dairy-Free Halloween Candies

Hello All!

Can you believe that it’s only two more weeks until the END of October…and of course, Halloween? Me neither!

Halloween can pose for some difficulties as a parent, especially a parent that needs to keep Halloween Dairy-Free! I remember being so excited to get candy on Halloween, I didn’t care too much what I dressed up as, as long as I got a big stash of candy. Looking back though, I’ve been some interesting or should I say, embarrassing things. One year my mom had me dress up as a purple crayon, that picture is sad and hysterical all in one.

First off, Halloween is a bit creepy to me, I’ve never been one to go all out; like I said, its was always about the candy, ha ha! It’s a little unnerving to go to strangers houses and ask them for candy, and then of course trust that they didn’t do anything funky to it. Once you get past that, you have to deal with you and your child(ren) wanting to eat all the candy, but most importantly you have to worry about all the typical candies in your child’s stash that contain dairy! That means, NO Snickers, NO M&Ms, NO Butterfingers, NO Tootsie Pops, and the list goes on…

So to make your life a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of 60 dairy-free candies that you and your child can enjoy on Halloween. BUT always remember to double-check the ingredients, because companies will change things on you without notice!

60 Dairy Free Halloween Candies

      60 Dairy-Free Halloween Candies

  1. Amanda’s Own Confections
  2. Annies Organic Halloween Fruit Snacks
  3. Brach’s Candy Corn
  4. Brach’s Fruit Slices
  5. Brach’s Lemon Drops
  6. Brach’s Mellowcreme Pumpkins
  7. Chocolate Decadence
  8. Chuao Chocolatier
  9. Clif ZBar Sppoky Smores Bars
  10. College Farm Organic
  11. Divvies BingGo! Chocolate Bars
  12. Endangered Species
  13. Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Bars
  14. Gummy Bears
  15. Gummy worms
  16. Hershey’s BreathSavers
  17. Hershey’s Bubble Yum – Original Bubble Gum, Original Sugarless Bubble Gum & Cotton Candy Bubble Gum
  18. Hershey’s Good & Plenty
  19. Hershey’s Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
  20. Hershey’s Twizzlers Bites – Cherry & Black Licorice
  21. Hershey’s Twizzlers Nibs – Cherry & Black Licorice
  22. Hershey’s Twizzlers Pull N’ Peel – Cherry & Watermellon
  23. Hershey’s Twizzlers Sweet & Sour Filled Twists
  24. Hershey’s Twizzlers Twists – Strawberry, Cherry, Rainbow & Black Licorice
  25. Jolly Ranchers
  26. Laffy Taffy
  27. LemonHeads
  28. Lolly Pops (plain pops without fillers)
  29. Mamba Fruit Chews
  30. Mike & Ike
  31. Nestle Wonka
  32. Nestle Wonka Bottlecaps
  33. Nestle Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper
  34. Nestle Wonka Fun Dip
  35. Nestle Wonka Gummies
  36. Nestle Wonka Kazoozles
  37. Nestle Wonka Nerds
  38. Nestle Wonka Pixy Stix
  39. Nestle Wonka Runts
  40. Nestle Wonka Shockers
  41. Nestle Wonka Spree
  42. Now and Laters
  43. Pez Candy
  44. Premium Chocolatiers
  45. Rock Candy
  46. Smarties
  47. Smarties Gummies
  48. Sour Patch Kids
  49. Spangler Candy Chewy Pops
  50. Spangler Candy Circus Peanuts
  51. Spangler Candy Dum Dum Lollipops
  52. Spangler Candy Saf-T-Pops
  53. Surf Sweets Snack Packs
  54. Swedish Fish
  55. Wrigley Starburst Fruit Chews – Original, Tropical, FaveReds, Sweet Fiesta & Flavor Morph
  56. Wrigley Starburst GummiBursts – Original, Sour & Flavor Duos
  57. Wrigley Starburst Jelly Beans Original
  58. Wrigley’s Skittles – Original, Blenders, Riddles, Sour, Tropical & Wild Berry
  59. Yummy Earth
  60. Vegan Sweets Gourmet Caramels

Happy Haunting 😉

Sources:
Label Reading Mommy
Go Dairy Free

Cheeseless Pizza

It’s Friday night and it seemed fitting to have pizza while we watched Ice Age 3. I decided to make homemade pizza so that I could ensure that it was dairy-free. There are several pizza crust recipes online that don’t contain dairy like this one. Some grocery stores, like Safeway, sell a homemade type pizza dough ball for a reasonable price that doesn’t contain dairy.

I don’t know about your kids, but my toddler goes through phases where sometimes he likes to eat certain foods, like veggies, and sometimes he refuses them so I added extras into our pizza sauce. I used a small amount of sauce since our pizza was small, but I’ll give you my recipe below and you can double or triple it if you need!

Veggie Pizza Sauce

2 Tablespoons tomato based pizza sauce

2 Tablespoons pureed sweet potato

1/8 cup veggies, sauteed

I sauteed a small handful of spinach and some red and green bell peppers, I then added the veggies, the pureed sweet potato, and tomato sauce into a blender and blended it until I got a smooth consistency.  It doesn’t seem like a lot of veggies, but it makes me feel better knowing they are in there 😉

I greased my pizza sheet and flattened my dough until it was uniform. I spread on the sauce and then added some toppings, I chose turkey pepperoni, red and green bell peppers and some olives. I know it seems like cheese is a staple for pizza but it is actually good without it. If you can’t live with out cheese there are some dairy free cheese shreds on the market you could always add on top.

Cheeseless Pizza

Get creative and make your own homemade cheeseless pizza!

Happy Baking 🙂

Chicken Noodle Soup

I was a little nervous making this soup, because it was my first time ever making it from scratch…can you believe it? Me neither. It was so simple and turned out so good!

I kept it simple with chicken breast, frozen peas and carrots, chicken stock, bay leaves and a little seasoning. You can easily cook this on the stove but I used my crock pot (5 Qt). If you are really handy in the kitchen you can make your own stock, but I bought mine from the store. I like to make sure my stock is low sodium and I also make sure there aren’t any funky ingredients in it as well. I prefer stock over bouillon cubes because the cubes often contain some form of dairy and/or MSG.

I added my chicken stock, bay leaves, seasoning and my chopped chicken breast into the crock pot and cooked it on low for approx. 3 hours to let the flavors meld together. I fished out the bay leaves and then added the noodles and the frozen veggies to the crock pot, they don’t need to be in there long (approx. 15 minutes) until it is all ready.

Dairy Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

64 oz chicken stock

1 lb cooked chicken breast, chopped

6-8 oz noodles, I used egg noodles

10 oz package of frozen carrots and peas

1-2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp salt

1/2-1 tsp pepper

2 bay leaves

3 cloves of garlic, minced

Oh, and if you are like me, you can’t just have a bowl of soup, I enjoyed mine with some Ritz crackers. Always make sure to check the ingredient list of what you are purchasing but I have found that the original Ritz and Saltine crackers don’t contain any dairy. You could also make yourself a grilled cheese sandwich with dairy-free cheese. Yum!

Happy Cooking 🙂