Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Dairy Free Pudding Pie

We are a peanut free household however, we do use certain almond products because my son is not allergic to almonds. I came up with this fast and easy pudding pie recipe and I am sure that this could also be modified using a simple cornstarch pudding or rice milk pudding as well. The marshmallow seems to lessen the "watery" pudding effect from non-dairy pudding. Apologies for my use of throw-away tins and my not-so-perfect crust but it didn't change the taste at all.

Dairy Free Pudding Pie
Crust:
1 Package Josef's Gluten Free Cinnamon Squares
4 Tablespoons Shortening
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Allspice

Pudding:
3 Cups Mini Marshmallows + additional for decoration
1 Package of the Single Serving Size of ZenSoy Chocolate Almond Pudding (use all 4)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a food processor, grind up the package of cinnamon squares.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the ground cinnamon squares, shortening, cinnamon and allspice. If the mixture seems too dry, add just a bit of dairy free milk and mix again.

Line the bottom and sides of either one 8 inch pie tin or 3 (5-inch) pie tins. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the crust is lightly browned. Set aside.

In a medium sized pot, melt the 3 cups of marshmallows until no lumps remain.

Using a medium sized bowl, combine the melted marshmallows and almond pudding. Pour the mixture into the pit tins and top with a few mini marshmallows for decoration.

Let cool completely in the refrigerator, covered. Serve cold.

Makes either 1 8-inch pie or 3 5-inch pies.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Winner of My 2012 Holiday Giveaway

Thanks to all of you who participated in my Holiday Giveaway- I appreciate everyone who is a part of what I do.

And the winner is..........................  HEATHER MOTEN!


You will receive a box that includes a huge bag from Surf Sweets, 4 bags of Enjoy Life Chocolate (2 Mega and 2 Mini), Coupons for Saffron Road Foods and Ad RescueWear and a few other items that I will leave as a surprise!Please email me at info@allergyphoods.com with your address and you will receive this within 2 weeks.



Also a big thank you to the companies that were kind enough to send these goodies out for this giveaway. I appreciate you being so generous and willing to give during this Season and I'm sure Heather is as well.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy and wonderful Holiday season with their families.

~ Tracy
                                              (Darth Maul Santa)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Have You Entered Yet?

Today is the final day for everyone to get in their entry for my Holiday Giveaway- I will accept entries up until midnight.


The winner will be announced tomorrow on my blog and Facebook page. Only one winner will be chosen and will receive a box of great, allergy-friendly products from companies such as Ad RescueWear, Enjoy Life Foods, Surf's Sweets, Saffron Road Foods and a few others.

This contest is open to everyone so please share this with anyone that might be interested in it.

Thanks to all of you who have participated and good luck!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Twelve Days of Christmas- Allergy Style

During the Holidays, we are all under more stress than usual. Please understand that I wrote this to give people a little break from some of the stress and not at all to make fun of allergies. As the mom of a food allergic child, I understand that keeping a sense of humor is sometimes the best way to deal with things as they come. I hope you agree and enjoy the post.




On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.


On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.



On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 4 Lysol Quick Wipes, 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.

On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 5 Nut Free Cookies! 4 Lysol Quick Wipes, 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.
 
On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 6 Eczema Wet Wraps, 5 Nut Free Cookies! 4 Lysol Quick Wipes, 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.

On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 7 Epipen Refills, 6 Eczema Wet Wraps, 5 Nut Free Cookies! 4 Lysol Quick Wipes, 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.

On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 8 Wheat Free Muffins, 7 Epipen Refills, 6 Eczema Wet Wraps, 5 Nut Free Cookies! 4 Lysol Quick Wipes, 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.

On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 9 Egg Free Cookbooks, 8 Wheat Free Muffins, 7 Epipen Refills, 6 Eczema Wet Wraps, 5 Nut Free Cookies! 4 Lysol Quick Wipes, 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 10 Benadryl Quick Melts, 9 Egg Free Cookbooks, 8 Wheat Free Muffins, 7 Epipen Refills, 6 Eczema Wet Wraps, 5 Nut Free Cookies! 4 Lysol Quick Wipes, 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 11 Sunbutter Packets,10 Benadryl Quick Melts, 9 Egg Free Cookbooks, 8 Wheat Free Muffins, 7 Epipen Refills, 6 Eczema Wet Wraps, 5 Nut Free Cookies! 4 Lysol Quick Wipes, 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 12 Whole Foods Gift Cards, 11 Sunbutter Packets,10 Benadryl Quick Melts, 9 Egg Free Cookbooks, 8 Wheat Free Muffins, 7 Epipen Refills, 6 Eczema Wet Wraps, 5 Nut Free Cookies! 4 Lysol Quick Wipes, 3 Dairy-Free Puddings, 2 MedicAlert Bracelets and the Gift of a Pollen-Free Tree.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy Holiday Season from my family to yours~

Tracy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Minnie Beasley's is A Big Surprise



Minnie Beasley's Handmade Cookies was kind enough to send me a tin of their Almond Lace Cookies and a package of their Key Lime Cookies. On first impression, the packages looked a bit on the small side. Don't get me wrong- any samples that I receive I am always grateful to have. Just from a product review point, I like to give all information as I see it. Upon opening up the tin, I noticed that they were several cookies packed into those small packages. I guess what they say is right- good things come in small packages!

Now I do have to say that the cookies are also quite different than I expected. They are not really your typical cookie shape but more of a "dessert straw". But they are also unique in that they have a buttery, crunchy taste very similar to a toffee. And the hard part of eating these cookies is that I found it very difficult to eat only one cookie. I found myself crunching and munching and I was satisfied and yet, they are just the right size to sneak in another without feeling guilty about it.

The Almond Lace Cookies were like a butter crunch toffee that my Grandmother used to give us every year for the Holidays. (May I also say they are a perfect fit for lunchboxes for that "I just need something a little bit sweet" craving.) The ingredients are butter, almonds, sugar, heavy cream, milk, rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, salt and xanthan gum.

The other cookies, Almond Lace Key Lime Cookies were like a crunchy piece of key lime pie. The lime was not overwhelming and there was still the toffee-like taste...almost like a possible key lime creme brulee rolled into a neat little cookie. The ingredients are butter, almonds, sugar, heavy cream, milk, rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, salt and xanthan gum.

I do have to advise that although these items are gluten free, they are not dairy free and they do carry an allergy warning that states "Minnie Beasley's Cookie Company uses good manufacturing practices to segregate ingredients in a facility that also processes wheat and may contain peanuts." So sadly,my son was not able to help me out with this product tasting but this mama doesn't mind having something of her own just every once in awhile.

I want to thank Minnie Beasley's for allowing me to review their product. The fact that they are this delicious and gluten free is fantastic and I appreciate that their company makes such a tasty product.



For more information or to view their complete product line, please visit their website at www.minniebeasleys.com. They have cookies but they also offer specials, a monthly club and gift baskets with some other items in them. This could be the answer to your last-minute Holiday gifts!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

2012 Holiday Giveaway Reminder

There are only 9 more days left to enter my Holiday Giveaway, have you entered yet?



To enter, simply send an email to info@allergyphoods.com. The winner will be announced on December 24th on my blog and Facebook page. Only one winner will be chosen and this contest is open to everyone who enters. If you have previously entered and/or won one of my giveaways, you are still eligible for this contest as well.

The winner will receive a box of great allergy-friendly goodies from Enjoy Life Foods, Surf Sweets, Saffron Road Foods and many more.

Please feel free to share this with anyone who would like to have a chance to win as well. Sharing is caring!

As always, I appreciate everyone for being a part of what I do- I would be nothing without you! Thank you to everyone who has already entered

Monday, December 10, 2012

Saffron Road Food - Perfectly Scrumptious!

A few weeks ago, I was invited to sample some items from Saffron Road Food and I was intrigued. I checked out their website and these were items that I haven't seen or heard of yet. Naturally, I am always excited about being asked to take part in a product review so when the box arrived, it was like an early Christmas present.

Saffron Road Food was kind enough to send me four of their wonderful simmer sauces.
The first simmer sauce that I tried was their Tikki Masala Simmer Sauce. I stared at the package and I read and reread the instructions- oil, add vegetables and meat, stir. Could it be that simple? I am happy to say that yes, it was that simple and this momma was surprised, full and even had some leftovers for lunch the next day. Score! Just a small amount of cooking for two meals! I chose to try the Tikki Masala using some already-cooked chicken, broccoli and carrots. A smidge of olive oil, saute the vegetables, add chicken and sauce and done. It literally took more time for me to prep the vegetables than it did to cook the meal. And as you can see from the photo, the sauce is more than enough to cover a large amount of add-ins and still gives you the ooey-gooey effect...ooey-gooey, I am sure somewhere that is a very technical cooking term. The taste was good- it had a slightly spicy kick to it but not overpowering. I would say it resembles a form of Chinese Chicken and Garlic Sauce perhaps? The ingredients for the sauce are water, tomato paste, sugar, canola oil, cream, salt, modified corn starch, spices, lemon juice concentrate, yogurt powder (cultured nonfat milk), dehydrated garlic, paprika, soy lecithin, natural flavors, lactic acid, turmeric, sunflower oil, xanthan gum and natural smoke flavor. This mix does contain milk and soy.

The second sauce I tried was the Lemongrass Basil Simmer Sauce. Again, just as easy and fast to prepare so I was thrilled. I mixed in some already-cooked chicken, baby shrimp and snow peas. I also tried using coconut butter with this recipe but I do warn anyone who is using coconut to start with This mix does contain soy.
less and add more if need be. I used too much and my serving was just a tad too oily, which then ruins the good taste experience. The Lemongrass Basil was a milder taste but it was pleasant, not too plain. I had mine over some quinoa and (again) still had leftovers for lunch for hubby. After all, I can't be the only one who gets to eat these delicious foods, can I? Well..maybe just sometimes. The ingredients include water, desiccated coconut, green chile puree (green chilies, citric acid), sugar, garlic puree (garlic, vinegar), canola oil, modified corn starch, salt, lemon juice concentrate, lime juice concentrate, natural flavors, soy lecithin, spices, garlic powder, maltodextrin, xanthan gum, dextrose, turmeric, sunflower oil and natural smoke flavor.

My third sauce was the Rogan Josh Simmer Sauce. This sauce was similar to the Tikki Masala but a bit more barbeqey and tomatoey (again, very technical cooking terms). I do have to admit that my preparation may have sabotaged the full flavor as I overcooked my beef. I used grapeseed oil and also added broccoli and green beans and that too, I would rethink next time. I think the green beans didn't do the sauce justice. Still,  I have no complaints about the ease of the sauce and the amount that you get from one packet. The ingredients for the Rogan Josh are water, diced onion, tomato paste, sugar, canola oil, diced red bell pepper, garlic puree (garlic, vinegar), onion Juice (onion juice, salt), modified corn starch, salt, red pepper puree, lemon juice concentrate, diced green bell pepper, spices, soy lecithin, dehydrated garlic, turmeric, paprika, natural flavors, sunflower oil, xanthan gum and natural smoke flavor. This mix does contain soy.

My final sauce was the Moroccan Tagine Simmer Sauce. I have to say, between the four flavors it was a close toss up between this and the Tikki Masala as being my favorite flavor. I personally
thought that the Moroccan Tagine was almost like a mixture of the Tikki Masala and the Rogan Josh- it starts out a bit milder but then sneaks up on you and is just spicy enough to get your attention.  For this mix, I used olive oil, carrots, roasted brussel sprouts and a combination of beef and chicken. This time, I noticed the cooking instructions said to use a tiny bit of the simmer sauce while sauteing the beef to keep it tender and it came out perfect...wish I had paid closer attention for the other dish I used beef in. Live and learn, right? This simmer sauce contains water, date paste (dates, water), sugar, white honey, tomato paste, canola oil, salt, modified corn starch, spices, tamarind puree, lemon juice concentrate, dehydrated garlic, paprika, soy lecithin, natural flavors, turmeric, xanthan gum, sunflower oil and natural smoke flavor. This mix does contain soy. 

Did I mention they also included three of their crunchy chick peas? These little buggers are crunchy, flavorful and very addictive! They come in Falafel, Wasabi and Bombay Spice.


Falafel is like a mini, crunchy version of hummus. The flavor was good but not too strong and still has enough flavor to eat alone. I even got a thumbs up from my daughter who has recently decided that she hates all foods, even those that she has loved since birth. The ingredients are organic chickpeas, expeller pressed canola oil, cane sugar, tapioca dextrin, spices, salt, black bean powder (black beans, sugar), onion powder, garlic powder, lemon juice powder (lemon juice concentrate, maltodextrin), paprika, granulated garlic, turmeric and yeast extract.

Wasabi is listed as a "hotter" product as seen on the heat meter that is on each of Saffron Road's packages on the front. I was surprised that they were not just a bit hotter. Don't get me wrong- they were really, really good and I could eat these by the handful but the hot factor was somewhat mild. Just a heads-up for those who are afraid to try spicy foods- don't skip this one because you will be pleasantly surprised. The ingredients are organic chickpeas, expeller pressed canola oil, cane sugar, modified food starch, salt, yeast extract, dehydrated vegetable powders, onion powder, natural flavorings (horseradish powder,spinach powder, mustard flour, maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavoring), garlic powder, spices and citric acid.

Bombay Spice is (to me) hotter than the Wasabi. This was definitely my favorite out of the three varieties. The perfect combination of crunch, spiciness and flavors. I found myself having to hide them away so that I didn't consume the entire bag in one sitting. Not a pretty site finding your spouse passed out on the couch with remnants of Bombay Spice on her face and two fingers. Yes, two fingers because everyone knows you only use your thumb and pointer finger to pick them out of the bag to get that crusted build-up of taste which you then secretly lick off of your fingers. Ingredients include organic chickpeas, expeller pressed canola oil, cane sugar, salt, spices, paprika, black bean powder (black beans, sugar), onion powder, garlic powder, tumeric, yeast extract, citric acid, extractives of paprika and annato.

The Plus Side- Saffron Road Foods, as a company, is halal  and their livestock is 100% vegetarian-fed, certified humane, antibitoic free and 100% natural. They use milk from cows not treated with rBST (rbST is the acronym for recombinant bovine somatotropin, a synthetic version of a protein hormone that is produced naturally in the pituitary glands of all cattle, including dairy cows. rbST is used to stimulate milk production in dairy cows). They also support local farmers as well as boasting that all of their facilities and workers are right here in North America.They are enrolled in the Non-GMO project and their line of products also include gluten free and vegetarian items.

The Downer- Many of the products contain soy and yeast which have become off-limits ingredients for many. They also have products that contain peanuts, cashews, wheat and dairy which may pose a concern for those who cannot consume foods that are manufactured with allergenic foods. I highly recommend that you contact the company for specific questions or concerns as they are extremely helpful. Their website can be viewed at http://www.saffronroadfood.com/.


All in all, I would definitely recommend these products. They are great tasting and (again) so easy to use with whatever you have. A fast meal does not have to be unhealthy and Saffron Road Foods has proven that.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday's Advent Item

Starting tomorrow, I will be posting the daily advent item ONLY on my Facebook page at  
http://www.facebook.com/124582910952585 with the exception of the winner announcement on December 24th. 
I appreciate all of my blog readers and I don't want to drive you completely insane with too many daily blog notifications. After all, we are all just a little on edge before the Holidays so why make it worse?

Today's item in the Lego advent calendar is-



a Battle Droid
(not sure if it should be one word or two so if I am wrong, have patience with me)
I have had a great response for my Holiday Giveaway!

To enter, send an email to info@allergyphoods.com. Please share the contest information as this is open to everyone.
As always, thank you for being a part of what I do.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday's Advent Item

Wednesday- the middle of the week and so close to Friday!

However, there is a twist in today's Lego Star Wars Advent item....it seems we have come across the infamous "unknown" item.


Is it a part of another item? Is it a strange, alien item that is only recognized by true die-hard Star Wars fans or is it a cruel hoax by the Lego inventors to simply mess with our minds?

Anyone that might know, please leave a comment to unravel the mystery.

I have a very nice box of goodies for my Holiday Giveaway from some really great companies like Surf Sweets, Enjoy Life Foods, Saffron Road Foods and Ad RescueWear. Please be sure and enter for a chance to win by emailing me at info@allergyphoods.com. The winner will be announced on December 24th on my blog and Facebook page. Please share as this contect is open ot everyone.

Thanks to all of the companies that have donated items for this giveaway and thank you to all who are a part of what I do each day, I would not be where I am without all of you ~ Tracy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Advent Item

It's creeping ever closer to the Holidays!
Today's Lego Advent item is a mini spaceship

Please remember to share my Holiday Giveaway information with others.
This contest is open to everyone.
To enter for a chance to win, simply send an email to info@allergyphoods.com
Thank you for being a part of what I do!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday's Advent Item

It's another beautiful Monday. Only three more until Christmas...goodness!
This morning's Lego advent calendar item is a catapult

I have to say...I know my son is enjoying the Lego Star Wars theme but it's just not as festive to me. Oh well, his calendar, right?

Thank you to all who have entered my Holiday Giveaway.
Please remember that this contest is open to everyone so please share with others. Simply send an email to info@allergyphoods.com. The winner will be announced on December 24th on my blog and Facebook page.
Good luck to all!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December 2nd Item

Happy Sunday
Today's advent item is...... (drum roll)
A gungan figure


Please don't forget to enter for a chance to win my Holiday Giveaway. Simply send an email to info@allergyphoods.com.

The winner will be announced on December 24th on my blog and Facebook page. Please feel free to share as this giveaway is open to everyone.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Today's Lego Advent Item

Welcome to December! This is the first Star Wars Lego Advent calendar item-


For those of you who are Star Wars illiterate, I am being told it's a mini gungan sub.

Remember, to enter my Holiday Giveaway, simply send an email to info@allergyphoods.com

The winner will be announced on December 24th. Good luck to all who enter!