Friday, October 29, 2010

Overstuffed Baked Apples

This recipe is free of milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish

  • 4 large apples, cored (I used Organic Granny Smith...Whole Foods has Organic Honeycrisp on sale today only for $1.49lb)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar OR local honey for a "healthier version"
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (can find Gluten Free oats)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, a healthy grating
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons safe butter, cut into pieces (I used Earth Balance...can buy soy free if needed)
  • 1/8 cup, regular or golden raisins


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Sprinkle cored apples with lemon juice. Mix next 7 ingredients and over-stuff apples. Bake 20 minutes in a small oven safe dish. Once cooled, I removed the skin (for my boys) and cut it up into pieces. They loved it!
Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend with your family and make lots of memories!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

An Allergen Free Cheese That Tastes Good?

I just got a phone call from my good friend who just finished eating homemade english muffin pizzas with her food-allergic child with cheese that tasted good! Non-dairy cheese that tasted GOOD? I listened up....she got my attention on this one. I had to share this!

I remember when we first started this food allergy journey, I looked for non-dairy cheese and then figurred out that some of the brands have casein in them. Really? Doesn't make much sense to me.....most people who are looking for non-diary cheese might want to be avoiding casein...hmmm....

After trying several types of dairy free/casein free cheese (there weren't too many choices), I decided that I would rather live life without it. I did attempt to give it to Brody, I thought, "He doesn't know what real cheese tastes like, so he won't know the difference"....he refused it. I didn't blame him. I ate my pizza cheese free with just sauce and lots of veggies. As Brody is getting older (almost 2), I would love to make him a pizza that looks like a pizza and maybe even tastes like a pizza ;)

I am very excited to try Daiya Vegan Cheese (oh, and it is SHREDDED!!!!). I remember trying to shred my non-diary/casein free block of cheese and even the texture (rubbery) grossed me out! This could mean homemade pizzas with shredded mozzarella at the house! That would be so fun! They also have shredded cheddar (think...chili, casseroles, etc).

Daiya Vegan Cheese is free of the common allergens including dairy (casein and lactose), soy, gluten, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.

I guess I will be grabbing some at Whole Foods and checking it out ;)

Remember that Whole Foods has a wonderful return policy. If you do not like the product you are trying (because I know sometimes you might not want to try a product because of the cost and then would hate to throw it away if you don't like it). If you bring in your receipt, they will refund your money OR if you do not have your receipt, they will give you a store credit.

Let me know what you think!
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