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Left-Over-Chicken Black Bean Soup

black bean soupThe Hubs hates “chicken on the bone,” as we call it at our house. Hates it. His dad doesn’t like it, so he never really had it growing up. Unfortunately, it is much cheaper than buying boneless chicken breasts, so with our ever-tightening budget, I figured out that if I make a bunch of chicken on the bone, he will eat it in other things (once it’s been de-boned, of course!).

I made this soup the other night and it will definitely be one I make again and again. It was fast, easy and delicious. I was actually excited to eat the leftovers the next day for lunch (and that’s saying a lot because I detest leftovers).

Black bean soup chickenIngredients (Please keep in mind I didn’t measure anything, I just eye-balled it):

  • 8 oz shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbl sp cilantro
  • 2 cans prepared black beans (I used the Aldi, “Dakota Brand”)
  • 1 can Mexican Tomatoes (i.e. Rot-Tel — I actually used the Hy-Vee generic brand)
  • 1 box chicken broth (I used the Aldi GF Broth)
  • the juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tbl sp olive oil
  • 1 tsp crushed red  pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Black bean soup saute veggiesPreparations:

Saute chopped celery, onion and crushed red pepper in olive oil until caramelized. Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer until soup is hot and to your desired thickness. Serve with Fritos Corn Chips sprinkled on top for a nice added crunch.black bean soup with Fritos

Weird Birthday Cake and Bad Butter Replacements

Weird Cake 2Z Weird cakeLast week was Lil Z’s birthday. He is off dairy again, so I tried to figure out how to make his cake without butter (while not running back to the store to buy an expensive butter replacement like Spectrum Organic Shortening or coconut oil). One thing any PIC and allergy mom knows is that cooking and baking often is just fits of trial and error.

Using sunflower seed butter instead of butter was definitely an error. It turned the cake green (so weird), and the cake was dense and heavy. Granted, gluten-free baked goods used to be dense and grainy, but not anymore, especially not Betty Crocker GF cakes.

I was able to mask the fact that Z had a friggin’ weird birthday cake by telling him it was a dinosaur cake, and he’s 5, so he bought it.

Z alligator hat

Lil Z wearing his “dinosaur” hat.

How did I pull this off? Well, luckily The Hubs just happened to buy dinosaur cake decorations the night before, and I had gotten Z an alligator hat to wear instead of a party hat (which for some reason Z and I both thought was a dinosaur until The Hubs whispered to me, “You do realize that’s an alligator, not a dinosaur, don’t you?).

Anyway, the weird green cake was turned into a positive and a good lesson was learned: Sun flower seed butter is NOT a good butter replacement. Stick with Spectrum or coconut oil.

Roasted Carrots – Another great, easy Top 8 Free side dish

roasted carrots 2The other day I made Crash Hot Potatoes and pork steak. But when I grabbed for a bag of frozen vegetables from the freezer, I realized we were totally out. I had gone to the grocery store that day and had stocked up on regular, long carrots because The Hubs (a weirdo in my opinion) prefers them to the easy, sweeter-tasting baby carrots. I immediately Googled roasted-carrot recipes and I came across Ina Garten’s recipe on the Food Network Web site. I didn’t follow her directions exactly (I rarely do!), but they turned out well, just the same.

Ingredients

  • carrots
  • oil (Ina calls for olive; I did canola because I really don’t like the flavor of olive oil)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • parsley to taste (Ina also suggests dill – I just used only roasted carrots parsley)

Peel carrots and coat them in oil. Place them on a cookie sheet and sprinkle them with salt, pepper and parsley. Bake them in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until tender and brown.

FREE allergy-friendly cookbook!!!

enjoy life e-cookbookHey, I wanted to share this FREE cookbook that Enjoy Life Foods has put on their Web site. It is a free download that is full of Top-8 and Gluten-Free recipes that I am excited to try.

I already own Enjoy Life’s Cookies for Everyone!: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free Treats that are Safe for Most Anyone with Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities and it not only has great recipes but also tips on things like egg-replacer and how to stock an allergy-friendly kitchen. It is a must for anyone new to gluten-free and allergy-friendly cooking (as well, and anyone who wants good cookies…).

I really enjoy most of the products made my this company because I never EVER have to glance at the ingredients. And that’s a nice change…

Bumps on a Rock & Bumps on a Stump

bumps on a rock

Bump on a Rock

bumps on a stump

Bumps on a Stump

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a play on the great snack from my childhood “bumps on a log” made with celery, raisins and peanut butter. Unfortunately, celery is too hard for Manimal to chew, but I have found a fun solution he loves – and it’s gluten-free, corn-free and top-8 free to boot!

Finding fun, healthy, allergy-friendly snacks for little ones can be difficult. Also, because peanut butter is a no-no for my kids, I often have trouble getting them to eat protein during the day without busting out the leftover meat from the night before.

I love making this snack for Manimal – he loves that they are bite sized, and I love that they are healthy and safe for him (Lil Z likes all three ingredients, but won’t eat it unless it is “deconstructed” because he has aversions to mixing of foods… sigh).

Ingredients:

  • Sliced bananas (the stumps)
  • Rice Chex (the rocks)
  • Raisins (the bumps)
  • Sunflower seed butter (I have been using Sunbutter’s, and it is really good, but soybeans are roasted on the same line and I think it has been bothering Manimal… so I am on a quest to find a new version).

Do I really need to explain how to make it? Just look at the pics!

Manimal enjoying bumps on rocks

Manimal enjoys his bumps on rocks.

What are some allergy-friendly, kid-friendly snacks you make at your house?

Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers – Gluten and Top 8 Free

deconstructed bell pepperThis is a recipe The Hubs created and makes frequently at our house. I love it because it is just as delicious as the original, but you are not stuck with a big bell pepper you have to “power through” at the end.  He loves it because it is faster than the original, and is half the work.

It is gluten and top-8 free; please note that if you want this to be corn free, you must choose a tomato sauce without citric acid. If it is slightly tart at the end, add a tablespoon (or two) of sugar to take the edge off.

 Ingredients:

  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • ½ onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic – minced
  • 1 can tomato sauce (16 oz)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups rice, prepared
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sugar to taste

Brown the hamburger and onions in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. In a separate pot, boil the bell pepper for 20 minutes, drain and shock with cold water. Add the bell peppers and the remaining ingredients to the hamburger and heat in the skillet (about five minutes). Add sugar to taste.