Vegan Pumpkin Maple Bread

This time of year, canned pumpkin seems to be abundant.  One of my kids' favorite pumpkin baked goods is pumpkin bread.  I prefer to bake sweetbread in the form of muffins, mainly to keep me from eating half of the loaf, one slice at a time.  Plus, muffins seem to be the perfect serving size, and more importantly, they're done in 1/3 the time!  This pumpkin bread contains no eggs or dairy and can easily be made gluten-free by substituting your favorite gluten-free flour mix for the all-purpose flour.


Garlic-Rosemary Roasted Tri-Color Potatoes

Trader Joe's is awesome.  I love all of their conveniently packaged produce, one of which I commonly buy is their multi-colored potatoes.  Multi-colors mean more micronutrients, which is a win-win for everyone.  This recipe is a common dinner side served at our house.


Allergy-free Peach Cobbler

It's peach season!  My local Whole Foods and farmers' markets are bursting with fresh peaches. While fresh, sliced peaches are a delicious treat, who doesn't love a homemade peach cobbler?  Even better - an easy peach cobbler!  This allergy-free version requires very few ingredients or work and can be whipped up for your family or guests in no time.

Review: 'Food Should Taste Good' Brown Rice Crackers

Food Should Taste Good (FSTG) is a innovative snack company that makes great tasting products with real ingredients. Recently I received some boxes of 'Food Should Taste Good' new Brown Rice Crackers to try out.  These crackers are 'top 8' free (except for one flavor that contains soy sauce). They come in 4 flavors: Peppercorn Blend, Tomato Basil, Roasted Red Pepper, and Sea Salt.  


Smoky Pork Carnitas

Crockpot meals are handy any time of year, but the trick in the summer is to choose a meal that fits with the season.  Soups and stews are just not appealing when the weather is hot. Pulled pork fits the bill perfectly.  It's a versatile meal that can be served lots of different ways.  It can be served with sauerkraut, with pickles/onions and chipotle mayo, or in a tortilla with some yummy toppings like shredded cabbage, cilantro, and avocado.


Grandma's Paleo Spaghetti Soup

Well, apparently the entire country except for New Mexico is crippled by winter weather.  Don't get me wrong, it's chilly here but we'd like to get a good dose of the snow that seems to be falling everywhere else.  Snow or not, chilly weather is soup weather!  I thought I would share with you a yummy, hearty, satisfying soup I created the other day.  It was a big hit with the whole family.  My kids thought it reminded them of their grandma's spaghetti, so I'm calling it 'Grandma's Paleo Spaghetti Soup.' It's full of vegetables and delicious protein.


Best of 2013

First of all, let me say thank you to my readers and supporters of my blog.  I truly enjoy creating and sharing allergy-free recipes with you!  After looking back over the year, I thought I would share with you my 'Top 5' recipes from 2013.




Vegan Salted Caramel Corn

Do you have lots of people at your house during the Holidays?  How about anyone with a dairy or nut allergy?  Here is a delicious recipe for a dairy-free, nut-free caramel popcorn that will keep everyone happy.



Allergy-free Candy Cane Cookies

Recently, I came across a yummy-looking recipe for peppermint cookies on a friend's blog, and they looked like a perfect recipe to adapt to be allergy-free.  My husband is particularly fond of cookies with crushed candy canes on top.  This simple recipe can be a fun one to make with the kids, who can enjoy smashing candy canes, rolling cookie dough balls, and sprinkling crushed candy canes on top of the cookies.


Sweet Debbie's 'Fudgy Fig-A-Mama-Jig Bars', Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Recipe Reprinted from SWEET DEBBIE’S ORGANIC TREATS by Debbie Adler. Published by Harlequin. Copyright Debbie Adler 2013

Recently, I got my hands on a new cookbook for allergy-free and vegan baking, 'Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery' created by Debbie Adler, owner of Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes in Los Angeles.  Not only is it a beautiful cookbook, but it is full of unique,  allergen-free, refined sugar-free treats that look delicious!

Debbie even manages to include nutrition-packed ingredients like turmeric powder,  mesquite powder, and even parsnips in some of her creations! As I started eagerly exploring all of the creative, recipes such as 'Blondies with Roots,' 'Quinoa Cranberry Cookies,' and 'Saffron and Cardamom Donut Holes,' one recipe caught my eye: her Fudgy Fig-A-Mama-Jig Bars. I thought I would give them a try.