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

Roast Butternut Squash with Sunflower Seeds Title

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...]

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

Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

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...]

Braised Red Cabbage; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Side Dish Recipe

IMG_20151122_151932

Years ago when I was visiting Chicago, probably like 2 years before I moved there (and years before I changed my diet) I went to a restaurant on Michigan Ave called Bandero. The food was good, not Michelin star or anything but but higher quality than most.  Oddly, years later I would work less than a block away at the newspaper there.  Years later, when I moved to Chicago, I walked past the restaurant and remembered the delicious sweet braised red cabbage, topped with goat cheese, that I had … [Read more...]

Apple and Celery Root Puree; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

IMG_20151122_153351

Do you like celery root? I LOVE it but oddly, I never ate it until a few years ago.  Now we eat it all the time.  This is one of my favorite side dish recipes. I started making it a few years ago when my husband decided to go primarily nightshade free (although he still eats tomatoes and peppers occassionally - apparently potatoes effect his joints the most). We were looking for a "mashed potato" substitute that was not only nightshade free, but also gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut … [Read more...]

Parsnip and Celery Root Puree; gluten free, optional dairy free, soy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free side dish recipe

IMG_20151124_172325

Whenever we go to a nice restaurant around harvest time it seems like every meat is accompanied by a root vegetable puree. I love the apple and celery root puree I modified from Ina Garten’s recipe here, but it’s a bit too sweet to pair with some dishes so I decided to combine my celery root with another underused in my kitchen vegetable – parsnips! I chose the combination simply because I had them left in my refrigerator prior to leaving for vacation (we actually packed them all up and brought … [Read more...]

My Favorite Allergen Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Cranberry Sauce (1)

Eek! Only 3 more days until Thanksgiving! Yikes! I’ve been down in Florida for a wedding so it didn’t even dawn on me that it was only 3 days away! Just in case you’re still planning, here are my favorite gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free (many are also egg free) recipes for Thanksgiving.  Some are remakes of old favorites (like green bean casserole). Some are new favorites, especially great if you have some guests who are nightshade free. Allergen Free Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

How to Roast Winter Squash Seeds; Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, Delicata

Roasting squash seeds

Halloween was last week so we did the usual pumpkin carving and making pumpkin seeds....unfortunately I left the pumpkin seeds in the oven too long (we were getting ready to head to Grandpa's to go trick-or-treating) and they ended up burnt.... I have never been so upset in my life! You see, I have an obsession with pumpkin seeds that will probably never disappear because you really only get them once per year....or do you? Well, how about a substitute? Roast winter squash seeds (or even the … [Read more...]

GF Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Cake

This pumpkin spice cake recipe is a hit! It was loved by everyone at my son's 2nd birthday party, even those who aren't gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and nut free so I figured it would be great to make again less than 2 weeks later for my grandpa's 90th birthday that was being attended by both gf and non-gf diners... We had my son's 2nd birthday party a few weekends ago and he had a BLAST (I promise I'll have a post dedicated to it)! As always, I have to make everything from scratch for … [Read more...]

Healthier Green Bean Casserole; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free Recipe

Healthy, GLuten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free  Green Bean Casserole

It's a few days before Christmas and I still haven't made any of the allergen free Christmas cookies that I make every year (a great basic recipe can be found here), I still haven't posted the Maple Sweetened Cranberry Sauce that I created for Thanksgiving, and I'm just now getting to posting this....luckily, like the original 1950s recipe, this gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free Green Bean Casserole recipe has only a few ingredients! Looks yummy huh? I'm constantly experimenting to … [Read more...]

Allergen Free Pumpkin Pie; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

Allergen Free Pumpkin Pie; Gluten Free Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

I told you I was going to make pumpkin pie! Okay, I've been saying it since August - sorry! I figured it's now or wait another year so here's my second "Allergen Free Thanksgiving" post - my gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut free pumpkin pie. This doesn't include the crust recipe. I'm sorry! I haven't found one that I love yet and keep resorting to store bought. If you have a great recipe feel free to post it below! I have a lot of pumpkin. This is a modification of the traditional … [Read more...]