Leek and Cauliflower Soup

Leek and Cauliflower Soup (4)

This soup is so light and flavorful. It's great as a starter, a snack, paired with a salad for a light lunch, etc. It freezes perfectly! I freeze mine in pint sizes mason jars for single sized portions that I can reheat quickly on the stove. We've has quite the week here at our house....I'll spare you the details but will tell you, we were all pretty under the weather (I actually think this is the first time in our 10 years that my husband has had a fever).  After a week like that I'm left with … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Hawaiian Shredded Pork Over Rice; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe

It has been absolutely FOREVER since I last posted and we're now to the point of the year where it gets really hard to get good photos of the food I'm making for dinner because it's dark at like 5pm - booo! However, because I haven't posted at all during the summer I have a whole folder full of the fresh, healthy, gluten, dairy, soy and nut free meals that I made, photographed and LOVED throughout the sunny months.  First up, this Crock Pot Hawaiian Shredded Pork, it is delicious over rice, the … [Read more...]

Caribbean Salmon with Fresh Strawberry, Pineapple Salsa; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free

Salmon Strawberry Pineapple Salsa

This is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free, Spring cooking at it's finest! I made this Caribbean Salmon with strawberry pineapple salsa for the second time 2 nights ago and posted a picture on facebook - everyone was claiming that they were actually drooling :). Let me tell you, it's something to drool about for sure!  Strawberries are just about to come into season here in Michigan so I can't wait to go pick some and then spend the week making interesting strawberry themed dishes! This … [Read more...]

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

Garlicky Spinach; gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free recipe

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

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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

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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...]

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

Allergy Friendly Lemon Caper Chicken over Spaghetti Squash

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

Shepherds Pie

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...]

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

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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

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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...]