Holiday Favorites, School Safe List, Snacking

Grocery store nut-free cookies!

It fills me with utter GLEE when I stumble upon new nut-free items at the grocery store! Lofthouse Bakery makes sweet treats in a nut-free facility. The two we decided to try for Easter are sugar cookies with sprinkles and chocolate layer, and lemon meltaway cookies. 

These sweet treats are so good and I actually prefer the lemon cookies. They melt in your mouth and have a very distinct 🍋 flavor. So if you’re out and about looking for a “safe sharing snack” for school church, or play group, or just a desert among friends, Lofthouse Bakery is 100% nut-free!
Lofthouse Bakery items can be found at Target and Metcalfes Sentry. 

Happy spring!

Uncategorized, Weeknight Dinners

Chickpea Curry with Rice

Tonight’s meal is a no-brainer.  Curried chickpeas and rice is fast, easy and packed full of flavor (and it’s NUT-FREE!).  A friend of mine on facebook mentioned this recipe once and I have never forgotten about it!

Plus, it’s meatless Monday, so this recipe fits perfectly into the plan. I found this particular recipe from my new favorite Foodnetwork Foodie, Ree Drummond, she’s also known as Pioneer Woman. Kinda like her stuff right now.

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Today was our busy day (aren’t they all?!). We had:

  • morning school drop off at both schools
  • grocery shopping + unpacking + organizing
  • birthday + Easter meal prep + packaging
  • cleaning out the fridge
  • dish washer
  • cleaning out the van and backpacks
  • lunch for ME (a microwaved burrito that I inhaled in 10 minutes….these burritos are amaze!)
  • picking up little man from school
  • driving home again
  • putting him down for nap
  • binge eating dove mint chocolates (in my pantry because you’re supposed to hide when you eat naughty) to make my work-out “worth it” (I’m crazy, I know, right?!)
  • 30 minutes of cardio
  • packing little man up to get sister
  • picking up sister at her school
  • visiting her school’s scholastic book fair
  • packing up new books and school stuff
  • heading home for a potty break and snacks
  • packing up again
  • drive to little lady’s PT appointment
  • PT
  • packing the kids up again to go home + making more appointments
  • hitting rush hour traffic
  • driving home to make THIS DINNER!

I feel like a zombie right now. Luckily, I had the recipe saved to my desktop and all the ingredients and pans were already on the kitchen counter. Just mix all this stuff together and make some rice! So easy. Here it is. Sorry for the ramble…it is SUCH A MONDAY today!

For some color – I microwaved a bag of edamame and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper. Kids love edamame.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups basmati rice/jasmine rice
  • 2 tbsp evoo
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 (15oz) cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (13.5oz) can of coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 1-2 tbsp sriracha (the “rooster” as my dad calls it!)
  • nann bread
  • cilantro for garnish

Directions

Cook the basmati rice according to the package instructions.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook until the onions are dark brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the vegetable stock and stir to scrape up all the brown bits in the pan. Add the chickpeas, coconut milk, honey and a squirt of sriracha. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Warm the naan in the microwave. Serve the curry over the rice with the warmed naan. Garnish with the cilantro.

 

Uncategorized, Weeknight Dinners

Weeknight Chicken Wraps

My Instagram has this weeks menu posted if you need some weeknight meal inspiration! Quick and easy stuff! The Chicken Wraps are a new favorite – we recently had them at a St.Patrick’s Day party and they were a (surprise to me!) huge hit with the kids, too.

I’m so grateful for these two mamma friends in my life – the three of us have been friends since our girls were born 6 years ago. They know our nut allergies so well, and always do such a wonderful job of talking about food and labels in advance of our get-togethers. Sometimes, it is almost like they are reading my mind about this stuff, then beep beep boop bop, I get a text message with menu items and ingredient labels. I absolutely love it, and it’s so nice for all the kids to be included at meal time and it’s never a “thing” – we just all have a great time and there are no worries. I’m so grateful for these get-togethers because they are not full of stress and anxiety around meal times, it’s easy, and lovely and good. Just a little shout out to my ladies on this one, THANK YOU, Jill and Christen, for being amazing, caring, loving and inclusive. It truly means the world.

The recipe is easy and very weeknight friendly. But first, have you seen this weeks episode of Big Little Lies?! My new favorite show. It’s SO good – I can’t get enough of this show! Ok, focus focus focus. Here it is….

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Chicken Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups broccoli slaw
  • ½ carrot, shredded
  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • ½  teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 18 ounces meat from a rotisserie chicken
  • 6 whole wheat tortillas
  • Spinach

Directions

1. Mix broccoli slaw and carrots together in large bowl.
2. Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, olive oil, sugar and pepper in a separate medium bowl.
3. Pour this mixture over the broccoli slaw and carrots and toss to coat thoroughly.
4. Refrigerate until you are ready to make your flatbread fold.
5. Add ½ cup of the broccoli slaw mixture to center of the flatbread when ready.
6. Top with 3 ounces of rotisserie chicken and finish by adding baby spinach leaves.

You can also serve with your choice of salad dressing!

Yum yum! Yield is 6. Have a great week!

School Safe List, Snacking, Uncategorized

Allergy Free Popsicles!

As I was scouring the shelves at the newly renovated Pick N Save on Fish Hatch, I came across these popsicles in the freezer section.

I’m very cautious about ice cream and popsicles since we had an anaphylactic reaction to Chocolate pudding pops last May. The popsicle was made in a facility where nuts were also processed, and that information was NOT on the box.

These popsicles, their formal name is “Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit” are wonderful. They are non-dairy, GF, vegan, kosher and non-GMO. While the box does not say anything about nuts, they are nut-free. Originally I bought them as a joke, since my daughter’s name is Chloe as well. Turns out, they are amazing and contain three simple ingredients.

  1. Dark Chocolate Puree (🍌 banana, cocoa with alkali, natural cocoa)
  2. Water
  3. Organic cane sugar

Super simple. Very fast, no weird funkiness. love them!!

Uncategorized

Nut-free Easter 

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my Easter basket ideas for a nut-free fun Easter! I ordered these jammies a few weeks ago from Chasing Fireflies. Yes, they were a small fortune, but I just love watching my two bunnies come hopping down the stairs on Easter morning to find their baskets in matching jim-jams.