Allergy Friendly Recipes

How to Get Your Kids to Give Up Junk and Eat Healthy Food

Please welcome Becky Mauldin, N.D. of Pure Vitality!  Becky is passionate about helping others regain their health and stay healthy.  Becky knows first hand what it’s like to deal with chronic illnesses and allergies and she want to help people overcome them.  You can read her inspiring story of how she overcame a life threatening illness through prayer and alternative medicine here.


Is your family protesting your new healthy way of eating? It can be difficult to transition to a healthy diet when you have children. As you may already know, changing your whole family’s eating habits overnight is likely to cause loud opposition. No one likes having their favorite foods snatched away. Instead, proceed gradually with just small changes at a time. I have had to learn these things the hard way, so here are some tips to make your transition easier.


Homemade Ranch Seasoning (Dairy-Free)

Have you ever read the ingredient label on ranch mix?  Just for fun, I checked the ingredient label of Hidden Valley Ranch mix.

Ingredients: maltodextrin, salt, momosodium glutamate, dried onion, dried garlic spices, modified food starch, less than 3% of: buttermilk, calcium stearate, natural flavor (soy)

Not only is that not allergy-free, it is disgusting! Have no fear!  I have a recipe that is a fraction of the cost but tastes multiple times better. This recipe is so easy and so good, you’ll never buy that HiddenValley stuff again!

This ranch seasoning works exceptionally well on Bacon and Ranch Roasted Cauliflower.


Bacon and Ranch Roasted Cauliflower

I have found myself in a vegetable rut.  I can fix some mean green beans and summer squash, but other than that, my veggies are fairly boring.  I am determined to spice things up!  Last week I made some awesome Brussels Sprouts, and this week I am bringing you Bacon and Ranch Roasted Cauliflower.

Every now and then I come up with a good idea.  Let me tell you, this recipe  is one of those ideas!  I mean seriously, who doesn’t like bacon and ranch?

My husband says bacon and ranch roasted cauliflower tastes like  loaded fries.  That’s a good thing!  The first time I made this, he and I ate the whole pan without sharing with the kids.


Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Pieces


I never liked brussels sprouts growing up.   Even now, when I see them swimming in some kind of butter sauce at the local buffet, I pass them up.  No, thank you!

I am determined to eat more veggies.  So when I heard about caramelized Brussels sprouts, my ears perked up.  I mean, I can eat just about anything caramelized.

After googling a few recipes, this is what I came up with: caramelized Brussels sprouts with bacon pieces.  It’s really good.  At first bite, it tastes sweet and smokey.  While there is a mild cabbage after taste, you hardly know you are eating Brussels spouts.  In fact, because the Brussels sprouts are sliced into ribbons, it doesn’t even look like you’re eating Brussels sprouts.

The ultimate recipe test is always whether or not my kids eat it.  I am happy to report, two of my kids ate their sprouts without too much complaining.  In my opinion, that’s a win for Brussels sprouts! (more…)

Allergy-Free Donuts in 5 Minutes!

Check out these allergy-free donuts Sure Foods Living cranked out in 5 minutes.  She used her new donut machine that she received for Christmas.  Do you have one of those donut makers?

Mojo Chicken Soup

I considered calling this “Seriously Good Soup.”  This Mojo chicken soup is full of flavor.  It’s like nothing I’ve had before.  The chicken is savory, the peas are sweet, the lime is zingy and the cumin is, well, cumin-y. (more…)

How to Have Crispy Skin on Your Crockpot Chicken

Rosemary Chicken - Recipe coming soon!

One of the many reasons I love cooking chicken in the crockpot is because the meat always turns out moist and juicy. Unfortunately, the skin also always turns out mushy and unappetizing. Is it possible to have juicy chicken and crispy skin? I have found that yes, you can have crispy skin and juicy chicken! (more…)

Mojo Chicken in the CrockPot

Who can resist a recipe with “Mojo” in it’s name?  I found this flavorful Mojo chicken recipe at Run DMT and had to try it.  I’ve tweaked the recipe for the slow cooker and added some veggies to complete the meal.  Cooking the whole chicken in the slow cooker guarantees it’s going to be juicy, plus you don’t have to worry about the chicken drying out or burning.  You can still have crispy skin by following the direction here.  I hope you’ll try this chicken with pizaaz!

Don’t forget to save your bones and make stock in your crockpot!  Mojo chicken stock makes an absolutely delicious Mojo Soup (recipe here).


How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

I cannot cook bacon in a skillet.  I don’t know why, but I can never get it to cook evenly.  I hate standing over the hot skillet and being hit by flying bacon grease.  Plus, it takes forever to cook a whole pound when you only have one skillet.

Several years back, I found the perfect solution.  Cook the bacon in the oven!  The oven does a much better job of cooking the bacon evenly and cooks a whole pound at the same time! No more standing over the hot skillet and dodging hot grease.

What I really like best about this method is that I can stick the bacon in the oven to cook while I finish the rest of the meal.  For instance, I can put the bacon in the oven while I fix protein packed pancakes, or I can put the bacon in the oven while I make dairy-free potato soup.  It saves me a lot of time! (more…)

Gallo Pinto Recipe

This is our go-to beans and rice recipe.   Gallo Pinto is a common dish served in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  The Worcestershire sauce and ginger give this beans and rice dish a unique smokey flavor.  The Costa Ricans are known to serve Gallo Pinto aside eggs or meat.  We typically enjoy it as a main dish.   My kids like to garnish their Gallo Pinto with cheese and sour cream.