Sunday, May 28, 2017

No Tomatoes? No Problem!

I have met many people who cannot consume tomatoes. Since our family tends to look for hearty meals that are both easy and allergy-friendly, I wanted to share my newest chili recipe. Whether it be for topping a hot dog or burger, eating alone or just as one of those meals that you double and freeze for less cooking later, it's a must try!

Mango Chili
(For those who cannot have tomatoes & another easy place to hide pureed veggies!)

2 Tablespoons oil
1 Tablespoon onion and garlic powder 
1 Pound ground meat of your choice (try to use a combination)
1 Teaspoon EACH sea salt, basil and chili powder
½  Teaspoon EACH thyme and oregano
¼ Teaspoon ground black pepper or ground coriander
Cumin & red pepper to taste
2 Cups "safe" beans of your choice, drained and rinsed (black beans)
1/2 Cup - 1 Cup pureed greens of your choice
1 Medium mango, deskinned and pureed
*If it seems dry, add broth starting at ¼ - ½ cup and increase if needed

Prep Time:   5 Minutes
Cook Time:  25 Minutes

  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil  
  2. Add onion and garlic  
  3. Cook over medium heat until brown  
  4. Add ground meat; cook until the meat is not pink anymore 
  5. Add all of the remaining spices and stir well  
  6. Add the beans, greens and mango  
  7. Cover; simmer on low heat for about 10-20 minutes

*This recipe is spicier if you make it ahead of time and let it sit overnight.

Makes approximately 4 servings

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top 8 Free Cream Puffs

I have been a big fan of The Greater Knead (formerly Sweet Note Bagels) for many years. Love their bagels, love their mission to feed all of us and I especially love that they sent me a bag of their All Purpose Blend Baking mix to try out. Could I have just baked some bread? Sure. Did I? No. Instead I recreated a dessert that I have missed for a very long time- cream puffs. And not only are they gluten free but they are also free of egg, dairy and nut. Get your chef hats on, pull on your apron and get your taste buds ready.

Top 8 Free Cream Puffs
Featuring The Greater Knead

1 Cup water
½ Cup butter of your choice (can use Vegan or dairy free)
½ Teaspoon sea salt
 1 ¼ Cups TheGreater Knead All Purpose Blend Baking Mix
8 Tablespoons Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg + ¼ cup cold water
1 Tub SoDelicious Coco Whip (thawed)
¾ Cup So Delicious UnsweetenedVanilla coconut yogurt
½ Teaspoon vanilla

Prep Time:        8 Minutes
Cooking Time:  45 Minutes

1.       Preheat the oven to 425°.
2.       Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside
3.       In a medium pot, bring the water, “butter” and salt to a boil
4.       Remove from the heat and add the flour, stirring continuously
5.       Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes
6.       Prepare the filling by combining all of the ingredients in a large bowl
7.       Cover and refrigerate until needed
8.       Using a large bowl, transfer the cooked pastry items and add the Vegan egg, mixing on low with a hand mixer and scraping the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula
9.       Scoop mounds of the batter onto the baking sheets (a scoop is the easiest method)
10.   Bake for 15 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 350° (do not open the oven door)
11.   Bake at reduced temperature for 20-25 minutes or until the pastries are golden
12.   Remove the pastries, insert a small slit on the top of each pastry
13.   Place them back into the oven for 5 more minutes
14.   Allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack
15.   Once cool, gently cut them in half
16.   Spoon or pipe prepared filling into the cooked pastries
17.   Top with sprinkled confectioners’ sugar
*If storing, be sure to store the puffs in an airtight container (unfilled) and fill as needed.

Makes approximately 18 small puffs

Did you make them?
 Leave a comment & let me know ~

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Made Good Foods Giveaway

Have you tried Made Good Foods yet? I just finished taste-testing the bunches of goodness that they were kind enough to send to me. In case you are not familiar with Made Good Foods, they offer allergy-friendly Granola Bars, Granola Minis and even Crispy Squares (these I did not get to try but it's going on my to-do list ASAP!). They were also most recently mentioned in the news when they partnered with Snack Safely, Enjoy Life Foods and others for the Free-From Sample Program for Schools (read here) - a program that is aimed at sharing both food allergy awareness and information as well as coupons and samples to schools, their staff and others that are typically involved with school meal and snack planning. Talk about jumping into the food allergy community on a positive and delicious note! And I do admit, one of the most difficult products that I have tried to find that contains minimal allergens has always been granola. I am happy to report that Made Good Foods are free from and made in a facility free of peanut, tree nut, wheat, dairy, sesame, tree nuts, soy, egg, fish and shellfish. Plus, who doesn't love that they offer both bars and minis (not sure about most of you but our family typically has some pretty picky eaters when it comes to shapes, sizes and just about anything else).

Speaking of here is one of the things I like most about these bars and minis- do you see the label? Are you seeing the ingredients? Did you catch the part where it says "Vegetable powder (spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, shiitake mushrooms)" - are you thinking what I am thinking? An allergy-friendly, safely packaged snack that also does what we have had to make homemade for I don't even know how long. They went and snuck vegetables into these pocket-sized pieces of yum! And I know what you may be thinking- "But my kids can read labels, they have since they were yay big because we taught them too so they will see the word vegetable". No worries- a couple of little tips from Nutrimom:

A) remove the package and have them taste it first. Often if they don't know the healthy ingredients are in there, the tasting is much easier. Then once they like them, they won't care if they are eating the ingredients that they profusely claim they despise
B) Teach them to read the ingredients but relabel the words. When they ask what the carrots are for, tell them they are "flavor enhancers" it lying? Maybe a tad but is it completely untrue? Nope. All of the ingredients do enhance the flavor so I rest my case as a parent of picky eaters.
 C) Eat them with your children- Tell me that whenever they see you eat it, they don't immediately want to eat it too! As long as they are double-checking with you to see if they are a safe snack for them,all is good.

Size Does Matter Come on, as a parent who packs lunches, plans long car trips or even just needs something to throw into your purse to get out of the door quickly without having to worry about ingredients and everything Made Good Foods definitely has the advantage. And I hate to repeat myself but when you have a house with various types of food allergies, it is life-saving to find products that can be eaten safely by everyone. The fact that you can tuck them away in your purse or coat pocket so that you can actually eat one in secret is also life-saving (just sayin'). You know you have been there too! You know you have hidden inside pantries, locked bathrooms or driven around the block an extra time just to be able to eat one snack all by yourself. It's part of parenting. Well, actually, it's part of human nature, parents or not- we just want to eat our own food sometimes!

The Bar Has Been Raised I admit, initially I tried the Minis and I wasn't sure about them- Made Good Foods granola is not your typical crunchy granola. It is a bit softer, chewier- almost like they hid marshmallows in there somewhere but of course, they didn't. But then I tried the bars, liked them. Asked my kids' opinions, liked them. And I realized it's not that I didn't like them, it's that I am so stuck on my idea of what granola is that I wasn't focusing on the real question - did I like them? The answer- yes. I like the taste, I like the many flavors, I like the fact that they offer bars and minis and I love the hidden veggie factor.

Here's the Giveaway Part Happily, Made Good Foods wants to share with all of you too! Here's what you need to know before we get started-
- Giveaway begins Wednesday May 17th and ends Friday May 19th at 12 Midnight EST
- This giveaway is open to everyone in the US AND Canada (yay!!! Canada always gets left out, not this time)
- 3 winners will each receive the full line of Made Good Foods Bars, Minis & Crispy Squares (10 boxes total each winner)
- Winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter
- No purchase necessary
- None of your information will be used/shared/sold/nada- just need it for the giveaway
- Sharing about the giveaway is appreciated using #madegoodfoods

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to our winners-
Dawn Pierson, Brianna Wolin & Kelly Cory

Find out more! Visit Made Good Foods on their website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Thank you to the folks at Made Good Foods for sending me these delicious goodies to review. As always, never compensation except for the products themselves as my reviews are always honest

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Post Mother's Day GFAF Giveaway

You all know that I am an event geek at heart- I love to attend expos to meet people, try new allergy-friendly products, come home with armloads of "stuff"....but mostly because I truly do love going to these events. In the past, I have attended the Atlanta, GA Gluten Free and Allergy-Friendly Expo and returned with nothing but positive thoughts. This is the largest allergy event that has multiple locations across the United States (check to see if it's near you here). Sadly, I will not be attending this all of you hear me whining?! But what I DO want to do is offer all of you a chance to go and have fun for me. I wanted to make sure that five people would still have a day of fun (and, admittedly, I would be living vicariously through you) to continue to spread awareness about this awesome event. Plus, if you want to really surprise your mom, I know she would love to attend this!

Here's the Plan

  • Begins Monday May 15th and will end Wednesday May 17th at 12 midnight EST
  • Please be sure & share about the giveaway & include #GFAFExpo
  • The winners will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter
  • The winners will receive a free, 1-day event ticket that can be used either Saturday or Sunday
  • No purchase necessary
  • As always, none of your information will be sold, shared or anything else that some others do during contest
Even if you don't win, I highly recommend that you attend the event just because it's a great way to enjoy the day! So get to it- ENTER NOW!!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

- You Are the Winner!

Other Fun GFAF Expo Facts
The event is May 20-21st
Saturday 10 AM - 4PM
Sunday 10 AM- 3 PM
Cobb Galleria Centre- Exhibit Hall A
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA
FREE Parking & Tote Bag

Follow the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo 
on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more details, giveaways, expo schedules and more! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bacon SunButter Rollup

...did I have you at bacon? Or at SunButter?!

In honor of Mother's Day, I am sharing a super easy, 3 ingredient recipe that is also kid-friendly. Often fathers and children don't know what to make for mom or how to work together in the kitchen without making a huge mess. They can't help it and mothers know this. Just to be safe, here are some Mother's Day tips to keep the entire family happy and stress-free.

  • Simple can be everything
  • Simple can be something cooked
  • Simple can be silly
Be sure and read the entire article here.

Now, for the recipe!

(per serving)
1 Slice of your favorite bread
2-3 Teaspoons of your favorite SunButter
1 Bacon strip (uncooked)

Prep Time:   16 Minutes
Bake Time:   36 Minutes

1.       Preheat oven to 375°
2.       Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper
3.       Cut off the crusts from each slice of bread*
4.       Spread SunButter on one side of each of the bread slices
5.       Gently roll the bread up ( SunButter facing the inside)
6.       Wrap the outside with the uncooked bacon strip
7.       Place onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure the end of the bacon is facing down
8.       Bake for 36 minutes (or until the bacon is crispy)

Serving sizes vary
*Save the crusts and make bread crumbs, stuffing and more

Don't Forget this recipe can be for any occasion, not just Mother's Day. Be sure and share it with others but most of all, make sure you make extras.

Happy Mother's Day

What is your favorite recipe on this special day?

Friday, May 5, 2017


We the People - how the United States of America began. We did not fight to become We the Wealthy or We the Privileged and we certainly did not escape being a part of a tyranny just to become one again. In case you are confused, the description of tyranny is “arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. Oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler. Undue severity or harshness. Cruel or harsh act or proceeding; an arbitrary, oppressive or tyrannical action.” [1] Does this sound eerily significant with the recent events of the recent Healthcare Bill?

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.

I am not writing this to make anyone angry or tell them that their political choice is wrong. I AM writing this to tell you that regardless of your political position, you need to step back and begin to consider your position as a human being, a parent, a sibling, a friend- a United States citizen. Are you proud to be a part of this country? I am too. Are you grateful to have all of the freedoms that you do? I am as well.  But there is a civil war happening right now between all of us that should not be happening at all. And unless you are one of the select few members of Congress [2], this WILL affect you (because, YES, they are also voting to have their own policy… which strikes me as very odd if the plan is so very trustworthy).

Follow me or unfollow me, it’s your choice- just know that I fight for more than just my family- I fight for yours too. I fight for your children that I have never met. I fight for your Uncle that needs a transplant. I fight for others because that is what we are supposed to do in this country. I am the mother of one child with multiple food allergies and asthma. I have another child who was born with one non-functioning kidney. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I will not be able to keep my children healthy. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I may not be able to keep my children ALIVE. If this new healthcare is approved, you may not be able to either.  Before you shake your head and insist that I am rambling nonsense, let me break it down as easily as I can.

Pre-Existing Conditions Under the Trumpcare, this will be an area that affects everyone. EVERYONE. Can you get coverage under the proposed plan- yes. Will you be able to afford it? Most likely, not. Will you be discriminated against when you go to seek out said plans- most likely.  Why? Because Trumpcare  will remove the previous law that prevents insurance companies from doing this. It will have nothing to do with what your employed may have to offer either so if you think you are safe in that aspect, nope. Stop and think about it for just a moment- do you have a pre-existing condition? Does your child have a pre-existing condition? Do you know anyone who does not have a pre-existing condition? Are you unsure what is considered a pre-existing condition? Here’s a list [3]-it may surprise you. Now looking at that list, I ask you again- Do you have a pre-existing condition? Does your child have a pre-existing condition? Do you know anyone who does not have a pre-existing condition?

Keep all of this in mind if this becomes our new healthcare system- while Congress is not keeping it in mind because it will not affect them. Under this new plan, I repeat myself- Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I will not be able to keep my children healthy. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I may not be able to keep my children ALIVE.

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.
Will there Be Payment Help? There was a recommended amount of $8 billion over five years to be used by states who require additional funding for those with pre-existing conditions. In all honesty, do the math- number of states divided by $8 billion vs. the price of one major surgery of just one person with a pre-existing condition; let’s just pick one- according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) a kidney transplant is more than $262,000 [4]…. Go ahead, grab a calculator and see how many people would actually get what they need within that five years.  Do you need another number? It is estimated that 130 million American could be affected by this. Under this new plan, I repeat myself- Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I will not be able to keep my children healthy. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I may not be able to keep my children ALIVE.

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.

Insurance A La Carte Currently, under the ACA, there are certain options that must be included in healthcare plans (things such as prescription coverage, mental health care, etc.) but Trumpcare would give insurance companies a way to bend the rules, per say.  Under the new plan, an insurance company could apply to leave these important options out of their plans. If this is the case and you are in need of these options, you may not be able to get them. Consider this the next time you pick up an asthma inhaler or an auto injector- both are life-saving, absolutely necessary but if you do not have prescription coverage as part of your insurance, how will you handle that? There are many families now that already juggle prescription costs. Thinking you can bypass it and use emergency services as a back up? Guess again- emergency services are also something that may no longer be seen as an option that must be covered. Under this new plan, I repeat myself- Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I will not be able to keep my children healthy. Without proper insurance coverage, prescription coverage and affordable plans, I may not be able to keep my children ALIVE.

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.

My very dear friend reminded me that now is the time to make my voice heard and so should you. Am I afraid that I will lose readers or people will think less of me- yes but I am afraid of not being able to keep my children and your children safe anymore even more so. Contact your State representatives, send out letters and scream out loud that you want to be heard. I will not sit back and watch millions and millions of Americans die in front of me and I am ashamed that our President chooses to do so. I am ashamed that the people who voted with him choose to do so. Did they forget that one day, someone they know outside of their own insurance plan will become sick or won’t be able to stay healthy or that one day, they too will be older themselves? One day, their children may be one of the people that they watch die and I am not ok with this. I refuse to be ok with this.

In very plain terms – PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU ARE WRONG.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Aware Flare for 2017

Welcome May!

Most of you know that May is the official month of food allergy awareness and even though most of us probably feel pretty secure and (feel) that we have a bunch of allergy knowledge, I wanted to share some trusted resources to make sure you that you KNOW you are filled to the brim with more of that knowledge. In fact, you might have short-term A.A.O. (allergy awareness overload). As I always say, it's better to have too much information than not enough. Here is just a tiny fraction of some of the wonderful ways to enjoy May, get your information geek on, support, shop and even win great goodies.

Events & Expos

Asthma & Allergy Day
Allergy & Asthma Network
Information here*
Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.
7 AM - 7:30 PM
*Registration is required

Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo
Read why you NEED to go to this event!
Atlanta, GA
May 20-21st
Cobb Galleria Centre- Exhibit Hall A
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA
10-4 Saturday
10-3 Sunday
* Check their sites for ticket discounts, giveaways & promos

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest
Click here for a discount ticket
Minneapolis, MN
May 20-21st
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue S
Exhibit Hall D
10-4 Both Days

Turn It Teal
Find out which building near you will be showing food allergy awareness in May by turning their lights teal. Better yet, recommend one to join in. The more teal, the more support seen nationwide.

Blogs, Websites & Social Stuff

AllergyPhoods (Me!)
Whether I can help in the way of a food allergy consultation, a copy of my ebook The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies, speaking at an event and much more, I am here year round. Most of my recipes are free of gluten, dairy, egg, peanut and more or they can be safely substituted. I am always just an email away for whatever kind of allergy support you may need. Be sure & sign up for my free bi-annual newsletter as well as subscribing to me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, Alignable and HealthUnlocked

Fearless Dining
This gluten free mom, recipe experimenter and gluten free advocate hosts a blog that is 100% gluten free with a lot of dairy free and Paleo sprinkled in. Social media links: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Tumblr and Twitter

Gluten - Free Palate
Gluten free and (mostly) dairy free- recipes that don't call for extravagant ingredients or labor-intensive steps. They use one or two bowls, require less than 30 minutes and take less than one hour to bake. Her motto: Have fun and keep it simple!
Social media links:
Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter

Vegetarian Mamma
Recipes that are easy to make, taste great and are free from gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, meat and are often dairy free.
Social media links: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest,
and Twitter

Celiac Mama
Mother to a fun-loving 4 year old who has Celiac Disease and a dairy allergy. Her goal in creating this website is to share their knowledge so that other parents of children with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance or other food allergies can benefit.
Social media links: TwitterFacebook and Instagram

My Gluten Free Miami
Being diagnosed with Celiac Disease requires a strict gluten-free diet- it's hard but you CAN live gluten-free and not feel like you are missing out! Recipes, tips and tricks for living gluten-free.
Social media links: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter

Strength and Sunshine
A healthy gluten-free and allergy-friendly food blogger, Celiac advocate, yoga and college student with a strong passion for finding the beauty and happiness in life no matter what hurdles it throws at you.
Social media links: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn

Nut Free Wok
Allergy aware Asian fare. All nut free with suggestions on how to adapt other allergens whenever possible.Recipes, cooking techniques and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues.
Social media links:
FacebookTwitterGoogle+Instagram and Pinterest

Always dairy, egg, nut free and Vegan as well as recipes that are (for the most part) top 8 free. 
Social media links: FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and Google+ 

Boulder Locavore
Easy seasonal gluten-free recipes that make the ordinary extraordinary. Join in on the food adventures to healthy, delicious living. Social media links: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter

Plant based recipes, lifestyle with food allergies. Gluten free and tips to eat more plants and honest motherhood.
Social media links: Instagram and Pinterest

Severe food allergies (peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy and more) and I love to eat. I try not to let my allergies stand in the way of enjoying food and want to share my ways of coping with food allergies and how to eat deliciously without feeling limited by them.
Social media links:FacebookGoogle+InstagramPinterest and Twitter

Food enthusiast. Always gluten free, real whole foods. Often Paleo, sometimes raw or Vegan and mostly dairy free, corn and soy free
Social media links: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter

We bridge the gap between diagnosis and safe inclusive daily life for individuals with disabilities and food allergies from the classroom to the kitchen.
Social media links: Facebook and Instagram
Allergy Awesomeness
Her motto "Give up ingredients, but don't give up awesomeness. I hope those with limited diets or food allergies can find inspiration and see that foods can still taste awesome!"
Social Media Links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+

Go Dairy Free
The largest resource for dairy free living providing recipes, reviews, guides, travel and more.
Social Media Links: PinterestFacebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and LinkedIn

Accidentally Crunchy
Written by a mom to a little boy with multiple food allergies. Adjusting to life with allergies wasn't easy but with a bit of creativity, you can adapt your favorite recipes to be allergy-friendly! Accidentally Crunchy is your source for delicious, allergy-friendly, plant-based recipes.
Social Media Links: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter

Help people with and without food allergies and restricted diets eat delicious food. Cookbooks, workshops and more. Watch for details about the Food Allergy Awareness Expedition coming to a city near you!
Social Media Links:  Instagram, YouTube, FoodandLego, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook

Shop, Save & Support
Use code AWARE to receive 15% off your order in May for Food Allergy Awareness Month. Us it as often as you like in May
Spray oil that contains no soy, additives or propellants- just pure oil. Order using promo code nutrimom15 and save 15%. Unsure? Watch & see why I recommend it.

Nima is donating 1% of all Nima Starter Kit sales to nonprofits that support education and treatment for people living with Celiac Disease.

Now through May 31st, save 15% on your order over $25 using code RB-NM17-SPRING

Dress Down Day- All children attending a private school can ask their principle to raise money with a "dress down day". Approved school campaign students each bring $1 to be "out of uniform" for the day. OR for any public or private school students, ask your principal if you can wear "teal" during Food Allergy Awareness Week. Each student participating will donate $1. All proceeds will be donated to FAACT to enhance their education programs (complete details here).

THE smoothest almond butter ever! Made in an almond-only facility, see why I recommend Barney Butter & use code Tracy20 to save 20% on your order.

DAILY giveaways on bunches of gluten free goodies! Join #CDAM17 so you don't miss out (click here) and share...because sharing is nice any month but especially the month of May.

May 1 - 19th they are hosting an online promotion designed to "give back" to donors. Some of the prizes include a Dyson air purifier, tickets to a block party at Paramount Studios and more! Visit their Facebook page for complete details.

Do you have a favorite resource, 
special food allergy awareness event or something else
that you would like to share? Feel free to share in the comments!