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We’d enjoy these paleo and allergy-friendly recipes from our Culinary Content Member any night of the week
Whether eating a dairy-free diet or a paleo one, this Culinary Content Network member has recipes for you.
Meet Danielle, of Against All Grain, one of our Culinary Content Members. A cookbook author, mother, and blogger, Danielle eats a grain-free diet, and she shares her paleo recipes, along with other diet-focused ones, on her blog and in her cookbook Against All Grain. Whether she's making a dairy-free dessert or a paleo dinner, Danielle demonstrates just how easy it is to cook for your health, and how delicious it can be, too.
This recipe was the result of a recent obsession with Mexican food, and pairs an easy tomatillo sauce with a flavorful beef-and-spinach-stuffed pepper.
Click here to see the Stuffed Peppers with Chile Verde Recipe
Living on a dairy-free diet and thought you could never enjoy whipped cream before? Danielle shows you how by sharing this easy recipe that uses coconut milk instead of whipping cream.
Click here to see the Coconut Whipped Cream Recipe
Creating three flavors in one, Danielle combines prosciutto and pesto in a chicken roulade and pairs it with smoky roasted cauliflower.
Click here to see the Prosciutto Pesto Chicken Roulade Recipe
To add some beef to your side dish, these Korean beef-wrapped asparagus are easy and flavorful, and work great as appetizers.
Click here to see the Korean Beef-Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce
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13 Dessert Recipes That Respect Your Allergy Boundaries
One food group people with allergies especially loath to give up is dessert — yes, we just called dessert a food group. And it’s no wonder! Desserts are a major source of pleasure in life, and we all deserve a treat now and then.
If you’re tired of checking the ingredient list for your after-dinner indulgence, we got you covered. We rounded up 13 desserts that are free of the FDA’s “Top 8” most common food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy. (Not that you’re craving shellfish ice-cream on a regular basis, but you get the idea.)
So grab your dessert fork!
For healthy, easy, and tasty, you can’t go wrong with The Feed Feed’s kiwi in smooth vegan dark chocolate. Just be sure to use dark chocolate that’s dairy- and soy-free to stay allergy-friendly (soy lecithin is often a sneaky ingredient in chocolate). Hemp hearts sprinkled on top of these bite-sized coins add crunch and a boost of fiber, protein, and omega-3s.
Recreating a classic dessert in an allergy-friendly package doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes it’s just a matter of using the right brands and products. Mama Shire’s s’mores use gluten-free graham crackers, allergy-friendly chocolate chips, and Kraft Jet-Puffed marshmallows, which just happen to be free of the Top 8. Ready to sing kumbaya around the campfire?
Impress guests at your next dinner party with these classy little balls of decadence. No one will know you only used two ingredients. This recipe by the Minimalist Baker lives up to her word, just make sure to skip on the optional hazelnut coating.
Unlike other grains, rice is considered a low-allergenic food, and a rice allergy is extremely rare, especially in Western culture. Make the most of this low-risk pantry staple with a tasty rice pudding by Go Dairy Free. Rice milk instead of cow’s milk is a no-brainer substitution to add creaminess.
Cool off and get tipsy with this refreshing dessert that starts with a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon. Made simply of wine, fruit juice, and sugar, it’s totally allergy-friendly — and the perfect follow-up to a spicy meal. Thank you, Simply Scratch!
Um, is it even possible to make cookies without eggs, butter, or flour? This recipe by The Pretty Bee proves the answer is yes. Flax seeds replace eggs, vegan buttery spread stands in for butter (just make sure to get one of the soy-free varieties), and gluten-free flour and oats add bulk to these berry-ful treats.
There may be a dozen ways to slice a watermelon, but we vote for this pizza-esque presentation by Choosing Chia. Kids and grownups alike will enjoy topping flat slices of melon with coconut yogurt, berries, and honey.
Didn’t we promise you could have cake? Get creative with flavors and ingredients in these surprisingly healthy, allergy-friendly chocolate cupcakes from One Green Planet.
If you’ve never tried a dash of savory in your sweets, you’re in for a delicious surprise with a dessert that offers the best of both flavor worlds. Rosemary sprigs bring earthy goodness to sweet lemonade in these easy popsicles.
Don’t let a dairy allergy stop you from giving up creamy frozen desserts. In this plant-based sorbet from Recipe Runner, raspberries, strawberries, and coconut milk come together for a finished product that looks and tastes a whole lot like ice-cream.
This ain’t your grandma’s fruit salad. From Simple Bites, citrus and pomegranate get fancy in this pretty, fruity showstopper.
All hail SunButter, champion of many a peanut-free recipe! This alternative butter by The Fit Cookie made from ground sunflower seeds offers a handy replacement for peanut or other nut butters, adding creamy texture and comparable taste. Try it mixed with chocolate and coconut oil in this rich fudge.
Take an edible trip down memory lane with Allergy Awesomeness’s allergen-free version of a childhood favorite: Rice Krispies treats. If you need to stay wheat-free and gluten-free, be sure to read labels carefully. Some rice cereals, like original Rice Krispies, are wheat-free but not gluten-free.
While finding the perfect dessert may be a challenge if you or someone you love has a food allergy or intolerance, it’s certainly not impossible. With a bit of creativity and practice, you’ll be on your way to making tasty treats you’d choose even if they weren’t allergen-free.
Sarah Garone is a nutritionist, freelance writer, and food blogger. Find her sharing down-to-earth nutrition info at A Love Letter to Food or follow her on Twitter.
Healthy Toddler Meal Ideas
Feeling stressed 😰 about what to serve your toddler? Are you short on time ⏰ and not sure what your toddler might actually eat? Do you need some fresh ideas 💡 for new recipes?
Then this is the right place for you!
I&rsquove compiled over 75 meals that are completely toddler-approved!
That&rsquos right &ndash I&rsquove tested them for you, so you won&rsquot have to! Over the years, I&rsquove tested out hundreds of recipes on my daughters when they were toddlers and preschoolers and these 75 recipes were clearly the winners 🥇 because they still love eating them to this day!
I&rsquom not sure it&rsquos okay to call your kids 👭 your test subjects🧪.. but we are just going to go with it👍!
I used the Great Value Sequin mix. Remember–you can use sanding sugar , or skittles or your other favorite allergy-friendly candies too!
Be sure to watch this recipe video, to see how to make this recipe from start to finish! And lastly, don’t feel stressed to frost it perfectly! The fun is just getting to eat it. I know I’ve felt the pressure with social media to only have perfected cookies. So many people worry about having a million kinds of frosting and toppings. I like to stick to one shape per every time I make it and just keep it simple. It doesn’t have to be magazine worthy to be a memorable experience with your loved ones!
Gluten Free Grilled Cheese with fresh cherries, basil, and provolone cheese is a healthy, fun twist on the original grilled cheese sandwich. Your whole family will love this gluten free grilled cheese sandwich recipe! Kids will love finding this in their allergy friendly lunchbox! Even better in a cast iron skillet! Now get grillin!
Top 12 Allergen-Friendly, Vegan Protein Sources + 6 Recipes
When I blogged about plant protein awhile ago, I got a lot of interesting follow-up questions. One reader’s comment really struck a chord with me and inspired me to write today’s follow-up post. (If you’re curious about protein basics like understanding complete proteins and all that jazz, check out my first protein blog & infographic.) Here’s what this inquiring reader had to say:
Reader Question: “If I’m allergic to soy, grains, gluten, and legumes, can a plant-based diet still deliver the nutrients and protein I need?”
Kris’ Answer: Thankfully, yes! But since I know how smart my readers are and how many of you live with food sensitivities, I want to give you some tips that’ll help you identify protein-rich foods that won’t aggravate these issues. (If you want to read more about food sensitivities, check out this blog.)
First, I’m going to share the soy, grain, gluten, and legume-free foods that are highest in protein with this infographic (perfect for printing and posting on your fridge). Once you’re armed with that information, read up on the tips I’ve included for making these foods easy to prepare, plus some tasty protein-packed recipes.
And for all my readers with nut allergies, let sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds be your new best friends. They can be made into “seed butters” and used in place of most tree nuts in recipes. Pea protein is very easily digested and is appearing up and down the vegan food aisles. Toss a scoop into your green smoothie in the morning to keep you energized until lunch. Now, onto this lovely infographic!
High Protein, Allergen-friendly Tips & Recipes
1. Quinoa quickie. Find convenience in quinoa as a “whole grain”—it’s actually a seed that we eat like a grain. Use it instead of rice, pasta and oatmeal. You can even form it into burgers. Yum!
2. Magnificent milks. For milk alternatives, try hemp milk, flax milk, or almond milk. They can be homemade or found in your local natural foods store.
3. Dip it! Snack on nuts and dunk veggies in dips made out of avocados, nuts, seeds, and nut/seed butters. Some of my favorites are in Crazy Sexy Kitchen.
4. Blend it! Start your day with a scrumptious protein-rich smoothie. For example, use almond milk, kale, frozen fruit, hemp hearts, and spirulina.
5. Seeds-a-go-go. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds on salads and soups for extra crunch and protein pow or top your pasta or salad with a nut/seed-based sauce.
6. Be a chia champ. Chia seeds make a great power-packed dessert.
Sample menu: A day in the life…
I also want to show you an example menu for a soy-gluten-grain-legume sensitive guy or gal (that’s a mouthful!). This will help you start to see how it’s possible to avoid these foods and meet your protein needs without sacrificing variety and tastiness in your diet.
Here’s how a moderately active adult who weighs 140 pounds could meet their protein needs without soy, grains, gluten or legumes (50 grams per day):
Breakfast: Body Builder = 12 g protein
Morning Snack: 1 green apple (0.5 g) + 2 Tbsp almond butter (6.5 g) = 7 g protein
Lunch: Zucchini noodles (2 g) with Dill Hemp Seed Pesto (4 g) = 6 g protein
Afternoon Snack: ½ cup Artichoke Aioli w/ raw vegetables = 11 g protein
Dinner: Vegetable stir-fry (4 g) + 1 cup cooked quinoa (9 g) = 13 g protein
Dessert: Chia pudding = 6 g
TOTAL = 51 grams protein
Some other nutrients to consider
Now that we’ve talked about meeting your protein requirements, let’s also address overall nutrient needs. Whenever you remove large food groups from your diet, it’s a good idea to look at your diet as a whole and identify anything that might need a boost.
Here are some things to be mindful of to make sure you’re still enjoying a nourishing plant-happy menu:
- Lysine is an amino acid that’s responsible for turning fat into energy. It’s the one amino acid that’s less easy to come by in a plant-based diet. But have no fear. Although many vegetarians get tons of lysine from legumes, it’s also found in quinoa, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and pistachios. Plus, complete proteins like spirulina, flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds are also great sources of lysine. Make these a part of your everyday diet and your body will be super energized.
- Calcium is high in kale, chia seeds, collards, and tahini (more info in my blog here).
- Vitamin D is best from the sun and supplements (check my interview with Kenneth Bock, MD for details here).
- Vitamin B12 is only found in animal foods and fortified foods. I recommend that vegans take a B-complex vitamin or multivitamin daily that includes B12.
- Zinc is found in pumpkin seeds and any common multivitamin. It’s another important one!
I know that navigating the grocery store and your kitchen can be tricky when you have food sensitivities, but I hope that these recipes, tips and info will remove the stress and replace it with mouth-watering, plant-based, nourishing meals.
Your turn: What are your plant-based suggestions and tips for navigating food sensitivities?
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This coconut milk whipped cream recipe is super simple to make, absolutely delicious, and a fantastic (healthy) addition to any dessert!
Pro tip: Having a delicious detox water recipe on the counter is a great way to make sure you’re getting in that H20. Learn how in this post!
Easy cake recipes
Baking doesn't need to be hard. Try our easy recipes for fuss-free treats like chocolate cake, lemon drizzle, sangria sponge and even an easy wedding cake!
Easy caramel cake
Need to make a celebration cake at short notice? This foolproof, showstopping caramel cake uses storecupboard ingredients and is quick to whip up
Easy chocolate fudge cake
Need a guaranteed crowd-pleasing cake that's easy to make? This super-squidgy chocolate fudge cake with smooth icing is an instant baking win
Easy lemon layer cake
Indulge in a slice of lemon cake for afternoon tea. With lovely light sponge layers, a citrus zing offsets the rich and creamy soft cheese icing
Ginger & white chocolate cake
Bake our sticky ginger cake in a bundt tin for the wow factor. Spiced with stem ginger and decorated with white chocolate icing, it's a real crowd pleaser
Lemon & buttermilk pound cake
This buttermilk pound cake has a dense, moist crumb and bags of lemon flavour to cut through the richness. Make it for afternoon tea or for a summer picnic
Make the most of strawberry season with our strawberry cake, with light sponge, jam and soft cheese icing. It makes a fabulous centrepiece dessert
Spiced hummingbird cake
This showstopping celebration cake tastes of summer, with pineapple and banana flavours, tangy cream cheese frosting and delicate edible flowers
Chocolate fridge cake
Sophisticated and intensely chocolatey with a hit of juicy raisins and crunchy biscuit pieces, serve this decadent chocolate fridge cake as a teatime treat
Sangria is transformed into a deliciously decadent cake in this recipe, boasting all the summer fruit and red wine flavours of the classic Spanish cocktail
Easy pound cake
Bring a smile to your friends and family with a slice of our vanilla pound cake. It's the perfect partner to a cuppa for elevenses or afternoon tea
Easy carrot cake
Top this classic carrot cake with moreish icing and chopped walnuts or pecans. Serve as a sweet treat with a cup of tea any time of the day.
Lemon drizzle cake
It's difficult not to demolish this classic lemon drizzle in just one sitting, so why not make two at once?
Ultimate chocolate cake
Indulge yourself with this ultimate chocolate cake recipe that is beautifully moist, rich and fudgy. Perfect for a celebration or an afternoon tea
Delight friends with an afternoon tea that includes this easy carrot cake. You can bake the cake, freeze it and just drizzle over the icing on the day
Raspberry bakewell cake
This simple almondy cake is a great way of using up pick-your-own raspberries
Lemon curd & orange cake
Enjoy a slice of lemon curd and orange cake for elevenses or afternoon tea. Top with flaked almonds and lemon zest and serve with a cuppa
Classic Victoria sandwich recipe
The perfect party cake, a Victoria sponge is a traditional bake everyone will love. Makes an easy wedding cake, too
Chocolate brownie cake
Get kids cooking at the weekend by baking this yummy brownie cake, much better than shop bought
Sticky stem ginger cake with lemon icing
Try this moist and gooey stem ginger cake
Carrot & soft cheese cupcakes
This crowd-pleasing recipe turns the ultimate afternoon tea favourite into delightful cupcakes
Easy vanilla cake
A moist cake drenched with vanilla syrup. Use as the basis for a range of fabulous celebration cakes
Brilliant banana loaf
A cross between banana bread and a drizzle cake, this easy banana loaf recipe is a quick bake that can be frozen. It's great for using up overripe bananas, too.
Cherry bakewell cake
If you know someone who likes bakewell tart, then they will just love this cake – it’s full of almond flavour and sandwiched with cherry jam
Blueberry soured cream cake with cheesecake frosting
The blueberries in this recipe will burst in your mouth as you bite into your slice. The cake is delicious with a cup of tea, or served as an impressive dessert
How to Make Allergy Friendly Holiday Buckeyes
I prefer to make my own sunbutter, but if you just want to buy some, the Maranatha brand sunbutter is the most natural. It is just sunflower seeds and a little sea salt. No extra oils, stabilizers, or sugar added. If you’re using something that has more than just sunflower seeds and salt, you’ll have to play around with the salt and sugar amounts in this recipe for the right taste and consistency. Just taste as you go along – you are looking for a stiff cookie dough consistency.
The chocolate choice is also keeping in mind our kids with allergies. For those with true nut, gluten, and eggs allergies, reactions are serious. Even being in the same factory line as a different product containing peanut can send a child with severe allergy into anaphylactic shock. The chocolates from the Enjoy Life brand are in dedicated allergen friendly buildings. That is so comforting to families with loved ones with life threatening food allergies.
If one of your kids has a food allergy or you are bringing these to a party with someone with a food allergy, then this recipe is perfect for you! If not, then you can make these with peanut butter and regular chocolate and they are still SO amazing.
I WOULD LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK! If you make this Holiday Buckeye recipe, will you leave a comment and star rating below? Your feedback is super helpful for SHK parents and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. Thank you!