Leek and Cauliflower Soup

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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...]

Roast Zucchini & Yellow Squash with Thyme

Roast Zucchini and Yellow Squash with Thyme; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Recipe | anotsosimplelife.com

My poor mother is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, corn free, garlic free, nightshade (aka tomatoes, potatoes, peppers) free, black pepper free, and onion free. What does she eat? Not a ton, which is why I'm happy when I can cook her something that she really enjoys!  When we were up in Glen Arbor at her log cabin over the Fourth of July we cooked tacos for everyone (using this Frontera Chicken Taco Sauce Pouch over sliced chicken, and Frontera Beef Taco Sauce Pouch over ground beef) She had … [Read more...]

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

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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

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...]

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

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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

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...]

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...]