Salad – Thanksgiving Slaw (Serves 6)

Using a little bit of cranberries as one of the ingredients, the following easy recipe for slaw makes a great addition to Thanksgiving dinner. Paleo food and easy paleo recipe
Slaw Ingredients
6 cups of shredded coleslaw
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh parsley (minced)
Sprinkling of slivered almonds
½ cup of mayonnaise ( egg free)
2/3 cups cranberries (dried)
–Mix the above ingredients in a bowl. Cover the bowl and refrigerate before serving.

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Vegetable Side Dish – Butternut Squash (Serves Six)

Vegetable Side Dish – Butternut Squash (Serves Six)
A Thanksgiving classic, the following recipe is simple to make and will appreciated by all the guests at your Thanksgiving table.
One big squash (butternut)
1 tablespoon of dairy free butter ( earth balance butter)
Dash of salt
Dash of nutmeg
–Slice the squash lengthwise in two. Place each half face-up in a microwave-safe dish in a little bit of water and cover. Microwave for approximately ten minutes.
–Take the squash out of the microwave and allow it to cool before taking out the seeds and throwing them away.
–Remove the pulp and put it in a serving dish, mixing in the margarine.
–Mash the vegetable until it has a smooth consistency.
–Sprinkle on the nutmeg and salt and microwave again for five minutes before serving.

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Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving

You can have a hearty and healthy feast for Thanksgiving, even if you don’t make turkey or meat the mainstay of the meal. The following dishes can be included in the festivities and will all be well-received by all of your Thanksgiving guests. After the meal, take a walk and don’t forget to bring your safe, reusable water bottle for hydration purposes.

Main Dish – Corn Pie – (makes 6 servings) – This entrée, similar to a recipe that was contrived by Native Americans, is an appropriate as well as delicious vegetarian dish for the Thanksgiving table.
Corn Pie Ingredients
2 cups fresh corn
2 cups pinto beans
2 cups tomatoes
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Dash of salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 chopped onion
1 diced red bell pepper
2 minced cloves of garlic
Topping for Pie
1 ¼ cups cornmeal
1 cup cheddar cheese (daiya Cheese)
5 cups of water
Dash of salt
–Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the chopped onion and sauté it while adding the diced bell pepper and minced garlic. Sauté the mixture until the onion becomes a light brown.
–Add the corn, pinto beans, and tomatoes to the above mix and sprinkle the chili powder, dried oregano, and ground cumin over the vegetables. Stir and leave on low heat for approximately ten minutes. Add the salt before removing the mixture from the burner.
Topping Directions—
–In a large saucepan, bring the water to a vigorous boil. Carefully dispense the cornmeal into the water, and stir the mix so it’s free from lumps. After you’ve added all the cornmeal, add the salt and let the pan sit, covered, for approximately 15 minutes on low heat, stirring the cornmeal every now and then.
–Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
–Add the olive oil to a fairly large baking dish (1 ½ quarts) and cover the inside of the dish with half of the prepared cornmeal.
–Pour the mix of vegetables from the skillet into the dish and add the cheddar cheese before topping off with the rest of the cornmeal.
–Bake the pie for approximately 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool for about 15 minutes. Cut the pie into squares for serving.

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Dairy free pizza recipe ( gluten free, soy free, egg free as well)

Last night I made this amazing gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, vegan pizza.

Dough– cheated and used Bob’s red mill pizza dough gluten free/dairy free

Toppings: red bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini, tomatos, tomatoe sauce

Cheese: Daiya Cheddar cheese! I love that stuff!

Make the dough according to directions, we substituted the eggs for egg replacer

Then spread the tomato sauce on put the veggies on and top with lots of daiya cheese and wa la!

You have the best dairy free, gluten free pizza!

Now a word about the Daiya cheese, I buy mine in 5lb bags. The shipping is very expensive to S.Texas but we freeze it and use it for a few months.

I also made the whole packet of dough and made a big pizza so the kids would have lunch the next day!

Living with allergies is challenging but I actually love it in some ways.  We get to spend quality time cooking and we get to experiment with new recipes. Plus we are a ton healthier :-)

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Oh yum! A nut free way to do apples & no peanut butter

In our family we are nut free. Not that we are allergic but since we have so many other food allergies, I just like to live on the safe side :-)

Here is the best nut free peanut substitute on the market:

Sunbutter! Oh goodness I live by that stuff. You can buy it at target or my favorite on line shoppe is

Here is the simple recipe:

Take 1 organic apple

and 2 tsp of sunbutter

dip the apple and enjoy!

A healthy gluten free-dairy free-tree nut free but not taste free snack!

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Yummy Ginger cookies, dairy free, egg free and gluten free

Last night I got the yearning for some ginger cookies. So we pulled a recipe from dairy free cooking and modified the recipe.


2 1/4 Gluten free flour mix. I used 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup brown rice flour both Bob’s Red mill

2 tsp of egg replacer ( mixed with way too much water as my 5 year old helped! we only added what was needed)

1/4 tsp xanthum gum ( bob’s red mill)

1/2 tsp baking soda ( bob’s red mill)

1 cup brown sugar

3 tsp molasses

1 tsp clover

3 tbs ginger powder

1/2 cup vegan organic shortening by spectum

dash of salt as we do low sodium in our lifestyle

1/4 cup granulated sugar for dusting cookies

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line wax cookie sheets with wax paper

mix all dry ingredients together.

Mix sugar, shortening, egg replace together until nice and fluffy. Then add the dry ingredients

using 2 medium size spoons, spoon a cookie unto the sheet. Using the back side of spoon press the cookie down then sprinkle with a dusting of granulated sugar.

Bake 12-15 min at 350 depending on oven.   Remove was harden, place on wire rack and enjoy your gluten free, dairy free, super easy to make ginger cookies!

Prep time: 20 min ( more if doing with kids but well worth the time and experience)

Bake time: 12-15 min

Eat time: 1 min or less! my kids loved them!

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Milk allergies- stay encouraged

Hi All,

It’s been over 1 year since I mysteriously developed milk allergies and I have to say that it was a tough hard year but I really enjoy living dairy free.

The Food allergy was a total surprise.  At the age of 30 to develop such a life threatening food allergy seemed strange.  But I am glad that I did and here is why:  It gave me a chance to slow down and think about my life.

I’ve learned to cook new and exciting dishes, which in turn has made me and my family healthier people and a closer family.  I’ve learned a ton about nutrition and how our bodies worked and I’ve discovered and enjoyed dairy free chocolate ( lots of it.)  The other great thing is that I don’t even have to try to lose weight! the only down side is that it’s not easy to eat out and my guest think it’s a little strange but I don’t care.

Dairy free living has opened up my world, even though on the onset it seems like my world would have gotten smaller.

Ironically, my allergies have been medically “cured” I had a baby ( was trying for a year) and after her birth I went to my allergiest who did 2 skin test, a Rast test and had me drink milk in his office to proof that I was no longer allergic.

I didn’t go back to dairy, although I took more liberties in my diet and added goat milk.  a few months into a looser lifestyle I began to have reactions again.

My nutritionsit says that there is hope. As it is rare for some one with life threatening allergies to ever go backwards, meaning that my cyclic allergies are trying to heal it’s self.  So with some more work and prayers  I believe that the dairy allergy that appeared can go away ( and has.)

Even when I am totally healed I won’t put dairy back in my diet. Not when there are so many fantastic alternatives.

3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

I will write more post about what I have done to be restored of food allergies

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Easy Chicken & Chili bean -Gluten & dairy free

This is a super easy Chicken and Chili bean gluten and dairy free recipe. I made it with left over chicken.

1-Garlic clove

1 can of Northern white beans ( gluten and dairy free)

6oz of chicken, cubed ( I used left overs)

3 tsb of gluten free flour( love bob’s red mill all purpose)

6 tbs of oil-I used olive oil can use Earth’s best vegan butter sticks

8oz of chicken broth ( used beef and it was just as tasty)

1- green zuchinni

1-yellow zuchinni


2 tbs of agave syrup

2 tsp of cumin

2 tbp of Chili powder

In a frying pan saute the onion and garlic in oil for about 4 mins.

Then add the flour, cumin, chili powder and beans and broth.  Stir the flour in first until it begans to thicken then add the powders, beans and broth. Allow to boil and stir frequently.  Lower the temp to simmer and add the chicken.

I then started the rice ( brown rice) but I recommend starting this first as it takes longer.

Once the rice is ready the food is ready to serve!

We topped ours with Salsa and tofutti sour cream! yummy!

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Thankfully living with Milk allergy?

In an odd turn of events, I presented with an anaphylactic reaction to milk in early oct.

 I was eating a piece of wheat bread with a slice of cheese on top and all of a sudden my throat began to close ( a symptom of milk allergy) and I was scared.   Being 30 and never having experience any sort of food allergies this was perplexing ( not to mention scary & terrifying event.)

General MD’s will tell you that it’s not uncommon to present with a milk allergy but I don’t believe. I think it’s an underling cause that creates milk allergies ( to be discussed later.)

Regardless, a month later and a few trips to ER ( it took awhile to figure out that it was the milk causing the allergy) I’m ready to move forward.

 With Epi-pen in hand I am learning to explore the world with Milk allergy and dairy free living.

 Step one: I have to learn what is dairy free living and how to I do it.

 The interesting thing is that milk or milk by products are in EVERTHING… Chicken from the grocery has  it, chips, chocolate, anything prepacked . It makes it difficult for someone with Milk allergies to eat out or buy prepackaged foods.

The first thing I did was lol- to research chocolate! I mean less face it everyone woman needs a source of chocolate.  I’ve sampled a few but my favorite is Amanda’s own.

Those people are great! They absolutely have no milk products in their facility ( I asked, repeatedly)

 Step 2:  Figuring how to avoid cross contamination.   

In my house, we have a 3 yr old, my husband and grandma.  So that means lots of mac n’ cheese, bottles of milk, half & half for the coffee and cheese on every piece of meat that my husband touches, which makes the kitchen a danger zone for someone with Milk Allergies.

The first thing I did was explain to each of them how just a little bit of milk sends Mom straight to the ER.   Once I washed my hands with a milk and rose soap, ate some carrots with my just washed hands and had an reaction- so this milk allergy is serious for me.

We eventually worked out a system of color coding plates and utensils that and I wear gloves when I touch or fix food for my family. 

Step 3:  Learning how to eat dairy free. What Can I eat now with dairy allergy?

Because we live in rural South Texas there are no super cool whole foods or trader joes’ or even local health food stores so I hit the net looking for recipes.

Really living without butter is not as bad as it seems, olive oil works great.

I even made my own Rice milk !  ( not difficult as it seems.)  

Living & eating with an acute Milk allergy is tough for certain, but I have a wide selection of fruits, vegetables & lean meats.   

To be continued….

milk allergy, milk allergy symptoms, what can i eat with a dairy allergy

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