Homemade Southwest Chicken Soup; gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free recipe

Happy St. Patrick's day! Do I care about it? Not really.  Long gone are the college days of waking up early to drink chemical and gluten laden green beer and eat complimentary bowls of lucky charms.  Annnnd who am I kidding? I never woke up early back then anyways. Most St. Patrick's days that I can remember I didn't roll out of bed until after noon - then I showered, popped on my "mini hat" (a St. Patrick's day tradition within my group of friends from college) and went to the bar, where I … [Read more...]

The “I’m Getting Sick” Immune Boosting, 3 Day Healthy Meal Plan

Usually, when someone in our house starts to get sick, I go grocery shopping and get all of the stuff I need to make our "I'm getting sick" meal plan. The meal plan started out as a convenience thing (basically, making a whole chicken to have broth and leftovers for soup) but has, over the course of each sickness, been modified to add additional dishes that are easy to prepare and full of nutrients to help boost the immune system. Three days ago we spent 2.5 hours on the way home from Colorado … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Crepes with Strawberries; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free recipe

I totally forgot about the strawberries that the little man and I picked last June until I reorganized my chest freezer a few weeks ago.  I had frozen these to make a batch of strawberry jam but never got around to it. They are a great reminder that you don't need to turn your fruit harvests into sugar filled jams and jellies if you've got enough freezer space!  We're approaching the end of winter, so the freshness of these sweet tiny berries was surprising. I just heated them in a saucepan, … [Read more...]

Garlicky Spinach; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free

So, I've been working on a post about my "I'm getting sick" meal plan for about a month now - Yes, a month! Hopefully I'll have it posted within the next week or so.  Until then, I wanted to share this recipe for garlicky spinach that is a part of the meal plan. Once you go gluten free, dairy free, and soy free,  it seems like all of the really easy side dishes go out the window (think, things that come in a box, bag, or packet)! We've been eating this quite a bit lately, mainly because it's … [Read more...]

Roast Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Sunflower Seeds, & Honey Vinaigrette; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

I'm constantly creating new recipes with butternut squash- The main reason, it stores for months in the pantry, so pretty much always have one or 2 on hand. The second reason, my husband doesn't like it, and I'm determined to find a recipe that he'll eat! The verdict is out on this one because he wouldn't try it - I swear he would like it though! On top of storing well, butternut squash is also really good for you, it's super high in vitamin A (1 cup has over 200% of your daily value), and … [Read more...]

Ginger & Cinnamon Spice Cookies; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

These cookies are sugar, spice and everything nice! Like nearly all of the cookies on this site, these start with my gluten free, dairy free (option), soy free, nut free, egg free (option) basic sugar cookie dough (also known as the "Master" dough). Just add a few teaspoons of spices and you have a totally different tasting, sweet, fragrant, to-die-for with coffee (seriously, I make extra batches of these and my gingerbread versions to freeze and pull out with a nice cup of coffee as a treat) … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

These are quite a treat! So good in fact, that I have been known to sneak a few leftover pancakes as "dessert" - cold - right out of the fridge.  If you visit my blog often you probably know about my "Homemade GF, DF, SF, NF Pancake mix". I use it ALL the time to make not only pancakes but also breads and cakes. I usually have about 10 cups on hand in a container stored in my pantry, not that it's hard to make, but when you have a 2 year old who loves to help "mix", it does tend to make a … [Read more...]

Lemon Caper Chicken Breasts over Spaghetti Squash; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

I guess this is kind of like an allergy friendly chicken picatta. I've recently learned (from a quick visit to wiki) that the picatta style of cooking means cutting the chicken breasts in half, then pounding them flat. Then frying and covering in a sauce. Kinda similar. I first made this for my mother who is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nightshade free *meaning no potatoes, tomatoes, or peppers*, onion free, garlic free, and black pepper free - OMG something free of all of those things … [Read more...]

Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef (Cottage Pie); Gluten free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Recipe

Allergy friendly comfort foods can be hard to find. I hate to say it but I think even harder to find in America. Why? Well, for me personally, many of my "comfort foods" growing up incorporated a  "cream of something" soup. You don't find that in Italian comfort food, or French comfort food, or Mexican comfort food. It's winter, it's cold, and I want MORE comfort food! Because of that, I'm reaching out to other countries and learning how I can modify their comfort food recipes for myself. Which … [Read more...]

Allergy Friendly Homemade Mashed Potatoes; Gluten Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free Option Recipe

Mashed potatoes....yum. I think I was gluten free, dairy free, and soy free for 2 or 3 years before I decided to make myself some homemade mashed potatoes.  Why? For some reason I thought they were a pain to make because my step mom always made them for the holidays and complained about how time consuming it was.  What!? They're super easy! I have no idea what she was talking about because these also aren't time consuming at all! Maybe now because I cook allergy friendly I'm used to making … [Read more...]