Dairy, Egg and Gluten free dinner ideas: Venison with crunchy thyme potatoes and garlicky herb sauce
Finding it difficult to come up with new and interesting Dairy,Egg and Gluten free dinner ideas? Venison has been a life-saver in our house with everyone allergic to beef and 2/3 of my children allergic to lamb as well. It isn’t the cheapest, but it’s so yum and really tender if cooked right. We generally have it once or twice a week and my eldest daughter who is wheat ok loves it cold on homemade crackers with hummus underneath which is great if we have leftovers…which is pretty much never haha.
Happy Australia Day everyone! My daughter really loves lamingtons any day of the year, and we sometimes make them by substituting sponge with a dairy and egg free cake but it is a bit stodgier than true laming tons…so I thought I would have a play around at making a sponge from aquafaba. I was super pleased with the result and the whole plate disappeared pretty quickly! For anyone who doesn’t know what aquafaba is, it is usually made from the brine of tinned chickpeas…but due to someone clearly making enough aquafaba meringue to make pavlovas for all of Australia, there were no tins of chickpeas left at the supermarket so I used tinned cannellini beans..and it worked just fine 🙂
Allergy friendly Chocolate Mousse with a chocolate coconut crumb and raspberries GF DF EF NF Paleo and low sugar diet friendly
It is ridiculously hard coming up with recipes that suit all the different allergy friendly camps: gluten free, egg free, dairy free, nut free…then the Paleo, no sugar….AAAAARRRRGGGHHH brain freeze! So usually I just choose a couple and try and fly with it. Today I got a bit brave and tried to come up with something that would suit a whole lot of people…just to be nice 🙂 Oh and mostly because I wanted to eat something with chocolate. So this is completely dairy, egg, nut, and gluten free. It is also free of refined sugar (other than the minute amount in the very dark chocolate I used), and seems to fit for most Paleo diets. It is quite bitter, which I love, so if you don’t like that, you can use a chocolate with a higher sugar content 🙂 Big apologies in advance to the coconut allergy brigade!
*Disclaimer! I’m not doing Paleo or no sugar diets so don’t know heaps about it: this recipe has a small amount of honey and dark chocolate, the general consensus online is this is acceptable in very small quantities but obviously up to you!
**2nd disclaimer! It’s obviously not a real chocolate mousse. But it tastes yummy anyway.
My middle daughter is my one daughter who takes up most of my mental space when it comes to allergies. I feel like I spend hours every day planning something for her to eat or worrying about what the future holds for her. I try not to think about it too much and just live in the moment but its a losing battle sometimes. She has an insanely small list of foods that don’t cause a major allergic reaction or intense bouts of itchiness which end up in weeks of eczema and staph infections. Of course she is allergic to nearly all the antibiotics too so the infections are hard to clear!
I happened to stumble across an awesome looking salad recipe on Pinterest yesterday:http://www.littlebroken.com/2014/10/19/butternut-squash-and-cranberry-quinoa-salad and thought with a few additions and removing a few unsafe items, it could work for my most allergic 3 year old. Whether she ate it or not is a different story haha! I may or may not have later separated off the ingredients and fed her those 🙁 3 year olds are definitely a special breed….Anyway, so this is what I ended up with, and it was really yummy. I gotta say, very healthy too which is rather unlike me! I’m back studying at uni in a few weeks and I think this would make a perfect lunch to take.
One of my favourite things to do at home with my girls is to set up a station of play without telling them what it is or what they are supposed to do with it..then just watching what unfolds. Today was a nice-ish day after a couple of rainy days so I set up an old baby bath with lots of different sized containers of coloured water. I actually had in my head that I would set it up so it was ready for my 13 month old when she woke from her nap, but it was completely hijacked by my 3 and 8 year olds!
If you are anything like me, you probably think Xmas leftovers are pretty much the best thing ever…because it’s free obviously and also means I don’t have to cook! I mean, I love cooking, but not 3 times a day..every day, for ever-so-slightly-ungrateful kids. Actually my eldest is awesome and loves trying out new things but she is over Xmas Ham. In a major way! So we dreamed up this salad concoction together and it was a big hit, yay! Even my baby thought it was pretty fab:
I bombarded more of my allergy networks to get a feel for what advice they would give to people just starting out on an allergy journey…and the responses came thick and fast! I’ve tried to condense it all into one post…so here goes!