Easy Dill Sauce Recipe with a Quinoa & Brown Rice Family Dinner with Path of Life

I'm always looking to make dinner prep time a little easier. One of my life savers is the brand Path of Life. I love short-cuts, but I still want to eat "clean," natural + simple. Here, I'm sharing how this brand can help make your meal prep simpler. Plus, keep reading for a really delicious Fresh Dill Sauce to round out a full dinner for your family .

Easy family dinner with a fresh dill sauce recipe

Path of Life offers 6 organic + natural microwavable side dishes. I used the Brown Rice & Quinoa variety here. But, there are some other really delicious dishes, like: Southwest Quinoa, Mediterranean Quinoa, Superfood Pilaf + more. They are all ready in 4 minutes. Just pop in the microwave, chop some veggies or throw your sauce ingredients in the blender + multi-task while this dinner side is cooking. 

Dill sauce recipe with quinoa and path of life

I have grown to love cooking. But, I do not love all the dirty pots + pans. Honestly, I often need to clean my stock pot from the night before just so it's ready to make dinner again. I love that the Path of Life microwavable pouches help me have less dirty dishes. Sometimes my dirty pots + pans are my biggest pains. The struggle is real with the dirty dishes in my house day in + day out. 

Easy family dinner recipe. Microwave dinner with fresh dill sauce.

My baby Bridger loved this Quinoa & Brown Rice Blend so much, he was eating it as I took the photos!

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Fresh Dill Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Cup Fresh Dill

1/2 Cup Chopped Leeks

1/2 Cup Macadamia Nut Oil

Juice of 1/2 a Lemon

2 Tablespoons Hemp Seeds

2 Tablespoons Brown Rice Syrup

1/2 Teaspoon Truffle Salt

Modifications: For a tree nut allergy substitute Macadamia Nut Oil for Avocado, Grapeseed or Olive Oil

Fresh Dill Sauce Directions:

Wash + rince 1 cup of fresh dill. Hey, grab it from your windowsill if this is a herb you grow! Place the dill in your blender. Chop 1/2 cup of leeks, rinse + add to blender. Measure + pour 1/2 cup of macadamia nut oil into the blender. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into the blender. Measure + pour into blender: hemp seeds, brown rice syrup + truffle salt. Blend on medium for 30-60 seconds, then pour into a small serving dish. 

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Easy Dill Sauce with Quinoa & Brown Rice Family Dinner

Ingredients:

1 - 2 bags of Path of Life Organic Quinoa & Brown Rice

1 batch of Fresh Dill Sauce

1 can of Garbanzo beans, strained

1/2 head of cabbage, chopped

Optional: sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts or sunflower seeds for topping

Optional: dairy or non-dairy cheese for topping

Directions:

Microwave the Path of Life Organic Quinoa & Brown Rice pouch, while blending the Fresh Dill Sauce in the blender. Open + strain 1 can of garbanzo beans. Chop 1/2 head of cabbage. After the pouches are microwaved, let stand. Then, place in a sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of the fresh dill sauce + lightly sauté. Or, just stir the sauce in and forget that dirty pan! Plate your dish with the quinoa & rice blend, topped with chopped cabbage, garbanzo beans tossed in the fresh dill sauce + a side of the fresh dill sauce. Top with optional toppings such as: sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, parmesan cheese or cashew cheese. 

Enjoy!

Easy family dinner. Quinoa and rice with dill sauce

If your kids are still learning about some of these foods, present the foods in small quantities at first. Allow them to dip the cabbage, garbanzo beans + Quinoa & Brown Rice into the Dill Sauce as they explore the foods. 

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This post was sponsored by Path of Life. I only share products that I truly use + that are in our fridge + in our bellies. Thank you for supporting the companies the support this blog + bring you easy new recipes. 

Easy family dinner with fresh dill sauce and quinoa and brown rice

 

Photography by: //  © Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Lunchbox Ideas: 3 Ways to Create an Allergy Friendly Lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

It's back to school season + that means it's time to start packing the lunch boxes again. It can be easy to get in a lunchbox rut. But, Enjoy Life Foods has new Chewy Bar flavors that can spice up any lunchbox. I'm sharing 3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox

These 3 lunch boxes are kid-approved, contain healthy foods + are easy to prepare. Each lunchbox contains a new Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bar. They are each tasty + a great addition to any lunch. The perfect grab + go bar for a lunchbox that helps to put more into the lunch for the kids + takes a little off of mom's plate!

Lunchbox Ideas: 5 tips to create an allergy friendly lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

My family lives with food allergies, so we are very familiar with the Enjoy Life Foods brand. We trust them + rely on them. However, many schools, preschools or nurseries may have an allergen policy or may be peanut-free or tree nut-free. I realize that finding free-from food may feel overwhelming + confusing for a non-allergy parent. The Enjoy Life Foods bakery is certified gluten-free + a dedicated nut-free facility. All of the products are free from the eight most common allergens: peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, eggs, dairy, fish + shellfish. Plus, Enjoy Life goes above + beyond to keep some other allergenic foods out of the products like: sesame, sulfites, casein + potato. So, if you are ever looking for an allergy friendly snack, Enjoy Life has many options for you!

Lunchbox ideas: 5 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox with Enjoy Life Foods

The new Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bars

  • are 15% bigger than the original 4 flavors.
  • are Vegan (in addition to following the brand promise of gluten-free, top 8 free, Non-GMO, Kosher, Halal, and made with no artificial ingredients)
  • Feature the new Pure Life Balanced Dry Blend™ flour, which is made from sunflower kernels, cassava flour, sorghum flour and quinoa flakes.
  • Feature real inclusions such as
    • Caramel Blondie - Dairy–Free Caramel Bits and ELF Mini Chips
    • Carrot Cake – shredded carrots, raisins, pumpkin seeds
    • Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed – lemon juice and blueberries
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Here are 3 lunchbox ideas that are allergy friendly + are perfect for the kids and parents alike!

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1. The Lemon Blueberry Poppyseed Chewy Bar Lunchbox:

3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox

2. The Carrot Cake Chewy Bar Lunchbox:

  • Enjoy Life Foods Carrot Cake Chewy Bar
  • Seed Mix
  • Dried fruit, such as mullberries
  • Tri-color carrot slices
  • Freeze dried pineapples + peas
  • Carrot dipping sauce: Olive Oil + dill + garlic salt + black pepper
3 ways to create an allergy friendly lunchbox

3. The Caramel Blondie Chewy Bar Lunchbox:

  • Enjoy Life Foods Caramel Blondie Chewy Bar, sliced into small pieces, topped with Sunflower seed butter + sprinkles
  • Tri-colored carrot slices
  • Guacamole (mashed avocado + garlic salt + fresh lime juice)
  • Cucumber slices
  • Toasted coconut flakes (For a coconut allergy, substitute Plentils)
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Happy lunching! What is your favorite chewy bar flavor? Let me know in the comments below!

Excited to try the new Chewy Bars?! I have a discount code for you here. Enjoy 20% off single boxes of the 3 new Chewy Bar Flavors with Code: CHEWYBLOG until September 15th. 

This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. Thank you for supporting brands that bring new content to this blog. As always, I will only share products that are really in our bellies + in our pantry. 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

 

Cheers, 

Vegan Cherry Coconut Popsicles with So Delicious Dairy Free

Maraschino cherries are my favorite vegan ice cream topping. Rather than just having the cherry on top, these popsicles are filled with super sweet marachino cherry juice. I'm sharing this vegan cherry coconut popsicle recipe with So Delicious Dairy Free with you here on the blog.  

Vegan cherry coconut popsicles

Ok, I need to be honest with you. These popsicles are so good that I got a straw + tried to drink this melted juice off of the cutting board. I know, that sounds desperate. Desperate times call for desperate measures + I just didn't want to see this sweetness go to waste. 

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I love feeding my family So Delicious Dairy Free products because they use state of the art allergy testing to make sure each batch is free of major allergens that aren't included in the ingredients. My son, Bowan, has multiple food allergies + I like to know what I'm feeding him. Trace amounts of allergens could cause him to have a reaction. I want to enjoy our ice cream rather than worry about his safety based on a brand of food I chose to buy. Also, we don't go out to ice cream shops because... peanuts, everywhere... The last time I was in an ice cream shop, two years ago, I looked back at the counter + floor + there really were peanuts all over the place. So, we use trusted So Delicious + enjoy our vegan ice cream at home. 

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Vegan Cherry Coconut Popsicles with So Delicious Dairy Free

Ingredients:

2 Cups So Delicious Coconut Milk Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert

3/4 Cup Maraschino Cherry Juice

1/4 Cup Confectioner's Sugar

1/4 Cup So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Beverage

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Vegan Cherry Coconut Popsicles with So Delicious Dairy Free

Directions:

Measure all ingredients + pour into blender. Blend on high for 1 minute. 

Next, drink it straight out of your blender pitcher. Just kidding. Well, actually, I really did do that. 

Next, pour into popsicle molds. Place in the freezer. Freeze for 15 minutes. Then, add popsicle sticks + place sprinkles on the top opening of the popsicle. Freeze overnight. 

Enjoy!

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I created this recipe as part of the So Delicious #frozenfridays recipe contest. There are a lot of incredible bloggers that are also entering this contest, you can find their blogs here. All of the recipes are dairy free, many are nut-free, gluten-free + top 8 free. I hope you find lots of great recipe inspiration here

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So Delicious provided me with products to create some new recipes. I only share what I love, what I actually use + what really is in our freezer + in our bellies. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co. 

Go Organic for Our Environment + Our Kids with Finn + Emma

Organic cotton is better for our kids + our environment. When I can, I go organic. I love the organic clothing line by Finn + Emma. It's adorable + environmentally friendly. Plus, turquoise.... It's my color!

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Organic farming has lots of benefits for our environment. At times, it can be hard to remember our clothing actually is derived from plants or crops. Organic cotton is grown alongside food that feeds our farmers + neighbors. Planting, growing + harvesting organic cotton produeces up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional cotton. 

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Three reasons to choose organic:

  1. Save precious water.
  2. Combat climate change.
  3. Help farmers feed their families.

Read more reasons to go organic here

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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better do better. -Maya Angelou

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I love cuddling little Bridger, the days are long + the years are short. Holding him + wearing him in soft clothing makes the moments even more special. Finn and Emma's® garments are made with buttery soft, G.O.T.S. certified organic cotton + non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes. The adorable garment snaps are lead + nickel free + feature real coconut inserts. The clothing line is made to accommodate cloth diapers + they fit so well on Bridger with a cloth diaper. 

 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

Let Them Eat Cake! With Allergen Free Bakes

Allergen Free Bakes is a new bakery in Denver, Colorado that is free of the top allergens + serves up inclusion, joy, safety + of course, cake! As a mom of a child with food allergies, it sure can take a toll on me to provide a safe treat for my son for every party, event or outing. Food is included at almost every event + sometimes food even feels like the main attraction. I was so excited when Allergen Free Bakes started up in Denver, as our family really doesn't get to do typical things like head out to a bakery, or order a cake or dessert for a party. I'm typically the baker. It's just one of the requirements of us allergy moms.

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Let them eat cake! Is the focus + goal of Allergen Free Bakes. The founders of the bakery, Angie + Steve both have allergies + Celiac Disease themselves. Plus, they have two sons with food allergies. They live the daily struggles of the management of food allergies + auto-immune disease. Because they live it + because they have big hearts, they started a business based on compassion + empathy. 

I was lucky enough to meet Angie + Steve in person at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. Angie + I since have become friends. Angie is an incredibly positive person, yet she is open to sharing her heart that has been broken, yet presses on... 

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As individuals with food allergies, we know how it feels to be excluded. We decline invitations to dine out, or we accept, but only order drinks. Sitting plate-less at a table keeps us safe, but leaves us disconnected. -Angie

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We live in a society where food is so readily available, almost literally on every street corner. Families living with food allergies + Celiac Disease are naturally kind of set apart from the rest of society. Because we can't just grab + go, our time is spent very differently. Planning + preparing safe meals is just part of life with food allergies + Celiac. And, it honestly impacts many other areas of our lives. 

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As parents of kids with food allergies, we know how it feels to watch exclusion. We cook the night before our kids attend parties so they'll have something to eat while the other partygoers have pizza + ice cream. We teach them to keep their food separate, and to not share their food, for fear of cross contamination. That made me tear up. We teach our children not to share. Food allergy life is challenging in many ways. -Angie

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Shortly after our business launched, we were approached by a couple planning an inclusive wedding. We sat with coffee + cake sample + they told us about their family + friends with food allergies. They chose to have us provide all of the wedding desserts, though only a small set of their guests needed food accommodations. This compassionate couple wanted everyone to come to the same table. That's beautiful! -Angie

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I hosted Christmas at our house this year. I embrace the cooking + planning + cleaning I have to do for my family. But, honestly, I get very overwhelmed at times. Sometimes, I even get a little angry about what's required of me. I just want to feel normal. I didn't want to take on everything on Christmas day if I did't have to. I wanted to spend time playing with my kids. That's what they will remember. Plus, I had a three month old baby that still needed to nurse often, so I was surely crunched for time. 

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I ordered a beautiful chocolate cake from Allergen Free Bakes for Christmas. It was double layered with vanilla frosting + topped with ganache. It was stunning + delicious. Plans for Christmas day changed last minute + I was going to have more guests at a short notice. I asked Angie if she made cinnamon rolls that we could have for Christmas breakfast. Of course she did! And, of course they're amazing! Christmas season is a very busy time + she accommodated my request + I was able to place 3 orders of cinnamon rolls last minute. I will always be grateful for her graciousness to likely over-extend herself to fill orders during the busy holiday season.

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Part of our job as allergy-friendly bakers is sourcing the safest ingredients with the lowest risk of cross-contamination. We contact companies frequently, as we know manufacturing practices + ingredients can change with zero fanfare. We disclose all of our ingredients, + the companies we use on our website. It's important for people to know what's in their food, so they can make informed choices. -Angie

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Allergen Free Bakes makes many incredible desserts. Everything in their bakery is top-8 free, vegan, gluten-free, celiac-safe, nut-free, seed-free, corn + yeast-free. This is incredible + so hard to find. Their bakery items include: ganache filled cupcakes, banana breakfast cake, bundtletts, toasted coconut chocolate cream pie, signature cupcakes, cinnamon rolls + banana cupcakes. 

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When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine. Life often has unexpected difficulties + set-backs. Small business owners oftentimes experience many hardships, growing-pains + set-backs on top of "life". Allergen Free Bakes recently had a pipe break + a water-leak in their kitchen, so they are closed for repairs. Of course this is heartbreaking + overwhelming. I believe in them so much. Starting a small business takes bravery. But, even the bravest of creatives can still face discouragement. Can you do me a huge favor? Can you please head over to their Instagram + leave some encouragement for them? It would mean the world to me. You may also spread so much kindness to help change the course of someone's life. Hugs. 

 

We feel honored to provide baked goods for our food allergy community + the people who support their safety + inclusion. Our motto is: Let them eat cake! Together! -Angie

 

Let the beauty we love be what we do. -Rumi

 

Photography by:// Kathleen Peachey        // Please visit Kathleen Peachy on Instagram to see her beautiful work.

Non-toxic Kitchen Organization with The Baby Cubby

An organized kitchen is a dream come true for busy moms. That dream can become pretty elusive when you throw in all of the baby + kid supplies into the cupboards. Recently, The Baby Cubby helped me solve one organization problem I had + now I couldn't be happier. Organization isn't about perfection. It's about efficiency, reducing stress + clutter, saving time + money + improving your overall quality of life. - Christina Scalise

Kitchen organization

My family lives with multiple food allergies, so I am always in the kitchen cooking. That means I'm also in the kitchen cleaning + washing dishes. I mean lots of dishes. I was getting really frustrated with the plastic cups that crept into our kitchen. They aren't the safest option for my kids, with the leaching of chemicals. So, I wanted them out of our kitchen.  I also found the plastic difficult because I like to wash plastic by hand rather than place in the dishwasher at high heat. The kids often broke our glass cups that we had, so that was a whole other difficulty I faced. Nothing like sidelining a day with cleaning up broken glass.  Also, I did I mention water bottles? Can I say ten thousand pieces?! That is a lot of washing. The water bottles are great for soccer practice, but not for everyday in the kitchen.

Kitchen organization sippy cups

I found the Boon SNUG Spout at The Baby Cubby + I thought what a great idea! I got rid of all of those pesky plastic cups + I also bought a case of Ball Mason jars at my local craft store. The glass cups are thick + hearty. Perfect for the dishwasher. Perfect for everyday use + the perfect size for the SNUG Spout. Also, kids + adults can use the Mason jars as cups, so no special cups for anyone, completely interchangeable. Also, if any of the glasses do break, it is easy to replace them so we always have matching cups. We also had the problem that many of our glasses broke so everything was mis-matched. Now we are much more organized + streamlined with one set of matching glasses.

Kitchen organization sippy cups

I love that our new sippy cups are spill-proof, 100% silicone, BPA, PVC + Phthalate free. There are many health concerns over the use of BPA in products, especially in products used for children. To learn more on the effects of BPA, you can read more information through The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

BPA free kitchen organization

The Baby Cubby has a great selection of the best products for babies + children, I'm so thankful I found these safe + stylish sippy cups in the shop. The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. The Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who have been there. They know what it's like + they are passionate about encouraging, reminding + inspiring parents how amazing they are + how important their role is. They find the best + safest baby gear. They price match everything, even Amazon. They offer free shipping nationwide at Babycubby.com + discuss some difficult parenting topics on the Baby Cubby Community Blog. The blog is a great place to find encouragement + inspiration!

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Encouraging words to organize your non-toxic kitchen:

A good system shortens the road to the goal. - Orison Swett Marden

For every minute spent organizing an hour is earned. 

Growth comes from setting your goals high + reaching for the stars. - Spencer W. Kimball

Your home is LIVING SPACE, not storage space. - Francine Jay

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine. -Brian Tracy

This post was sponsored by the Baby Cubby. We love our safe + curated items that the Baby Cubby carries + all optnions are my own.

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Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.  

Vegan Truffles: Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites

In the New Year, we always make resolutions to improve our health. But, sometimes they are unrealistic. So, I'm sharing Veganuary tips on Instagram to help you get more plants in your diet + to stay motivated to eat a healthy, plant-based diet. Go vegan in January. No rules, no tricks, no standards that are unrealistic, just More Plants! Yay! A plant-based diet can be so tasty + can still include sweets. I found Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites, I love them + I'm so excited to share them with you.

Vegan truffle

One myth about vegan diets is that they don't include protein. Like any diet, restricted or not, we need to make balanced + health-conscious choices. And, there are many plant-based sources that provide protein. Like, sunflower + pumpkin seeds that can be found in the ProBurst Bites. These truffle-like bites boast 6-7 grams of plant-based protein per serving + contain a creamy, smooth chocolate center.

Vegan snack

The Pro-Burst Bites are ideal high-protein snacks, post-workout eats + easy snack bites to get more clean plant-based protein in your diet. As a mom of 3 little boys, it can be difficult to find time to cook everything my family + I eat. That's what I love about the Bites, grab and go. Can I get an, Amen? Now, can I just clap my hands + my house will clean itself? Probably not, but at least I can have a delicious high-protein snack before I go scrub those floors.

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My favorite flavor is the SunSeed Butter ProBurst Bites. They are also available in Cinnamon Spice, Mango Habanero + Cranberry Orange. The truffle bites are nutrient rich, yet taste delicious + indulgent with a creamy, smooth chocolate center. I love that the servings are pre-portioned  for protein on the go. 

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The ProBurst Bites are made in a dedicated allergy-friendly facility, so there is no guessing or de-coding the nutrition label for families like us, with food allergies. The Bites are certifies Gluten-Free + Non-GMO Project Verifies + are free from the 8 most common food allergens. The Bites come in a resealable pouch, so they are so easy to take anywhere. They will be available in stores this spring, but are currently available on the Enjoy Life Foods website.

Vegan truffle

Which Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites flavor would you like to try? What's your favorite way to get plant-based protein into your diet? Let me know in the Comments.

 

This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. The views here are my own + I'm so happy to have this high protein vegan snack available. I love them! Plus, no dishes for me! Double win!

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If you'd love some ProBurst Bites, you can use the code: PROBURST369 for 10% off your new snack!

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

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Vegan Truffle Protein Bites with Lindsey Lee and Co. Gluten Free, vegan, plant based protein bites for on the go meals.

Gluten Free Gingerbread House with Enjoy Life Foods

It is so much fun to make a Gingerbread house during the Christmas season. But, most Gingerbread house kits in the stores contain gluten, wheat, eggs + often warnings that the treats may contain peanuts, tree nuts + other allergens. Well, that can take all the fun out of gingerbread making for families with food allergies. So, I created a gluten free gingerbread house recipe with more nutritious ideas for the decorations as well.

gluten free gingerbread house

My kids love to snack while making a gingerbread house, which is really fun. But, honestly, I aim for nutritious snacks over sugary sweets. They had their fare share of powdered sugar intake during the making of our gingerbread house, but the Enjoy Life Foods Seed + Fruit Mix was a big, nutritious hit! We went for a cottage look + covered our house with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds + dried pineapple. All of the Enjoy Life products are certified gluten-free + free-from the top 8 most common allergens as defined by the FDA (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (including coconut), fish and shellfish). They are also all verified Non-GMO, certified Kosher and Halal, and are made with no artificial ingredients. The Seed + Fruit Mix was not only nutritious, but I love giving my family food that I know is free from our allergens.

Enjoy life foods gingerbread house

My Gingerbread recipe centers around the Enjoy Life Foods Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. Did you know all 5 of the Enjoy Life Foods Baking Mixes (Brownie, Pancake + Waffle, Muffin, Pizza Crust + All-Purpose Flour) are also certified vegan? They are made with a blend of ancient grains (teff, buckwheat, millet + quinoa), contain 5g of plant-based (algal) protein per serving, and contain the probiotics strain Ganeden BC30! You can find full ingredient + nutritional information here.  

Gluten free gingerbread house

Gluten Free Gingerbread House Ingredients:

1 Box Enjoy Life Foods Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (4 cups)

2/3 Cup Rice Milk

1/2 Cup Molasses

1/2 Cup Vegetable or Palm Oil Shortening

1/2 Cup Cinnamon Applesauce

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Tablespoons Baking Powder 

1 Tablespoon Fresh Ground Ginger

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

1/4 Tsp Allspice

1/2 Tsp Salt

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Gingerbread House Decorations:

Enjoy Life Seed + Fruit Mix

Cranberries

Cinnamon Sticks

Candy Canes (Organic, nut free, kosher)

Sugar + Confectioner's Sugar for dusting

Non-food Decorations:

Wreaths

Bottle Brush Trees

Beaded garland or Mini Christmas Lights

Cardboard

Gingerbread House Frosting:

1 Cup Confectioner's Sugar

1 Tablespoon Water or Rice Milk

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Directions:

Melt shortening in a saucepan. Add sugar + molasses + mix well, with sugar fully dissolved. Sift together in a mixing bowl: flour, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, salt + ginger. Gradually stir 4 cups of the dry ingredients into the melted shortening mixture. Mix in rice milk + applesauce. Mix thoroughly. Transfer to a bowl + refrigerate for 4 hours or over night.

Place baking sheet on workspace. Line with parchment paper. Roll out dough. You may put a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough for ease of rolling. Cut Gingerbread house pieces. I found this Gingerbread cookie cutter set on Amazon, just search "Gingerbread cookie cutter." Trim + smooth up sides with a knife. Remember to cut your doors + windows prior to baking. Remove excess dough + roll out to cut additional pieces. Bake at 350 for 10 - 12 minutes. Cool on baking rack.

For the frosting: mix 1 Cup confectioner's sugar to 1 Tablespoon water or rice milk. When creating your Gingerbread house, you can apply your frosting with a knife, spoon, piping bag, Ziplock bag with the corner cut off, or generic ketchup bottle from a cooking store or The Dollar Tree.

Place a piece of cardboard on your workspace to build your Gingerbread house. With your frosting, glue your house directly onto the cardboard. Glue the walls, one at a time + let it dry for a few minutes before adding the next piece. You can use cans of vegetables to hold up your walls while drying. 

To re-create this design, line the bottom edge of the house with fresh cranberries. Then, start from the bottom + work your way up + spread the frosting on the wall then place in the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds + dried pineapple to look like a cobblestone or brick wall. Work in small sections until complete. Decorate the roof + let dry before adding it to the house. For the roof: spread with frosting + sprinkle on candy cane crumbs + fine sugar. Add wreaths + trees as you wish. Sprinkle confectioner's sugar + fine sugar on your cardboard to create snow. Cheers! 

Gluten Free gingerbread house

What are your favorite accents on a Gingerbread house? Have you cut doors + windows out of your Gingerbread house before? Let me know in the comments. Merry Christmas!

 

DIY Gluten Free Gingerbread House

This post was sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. All opinions are my own. My family has allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, soy + sesame, plus I am a vegetarian, so Enjoy Life is a brand we truly do enjoy. 

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

Allergy Friendly Halloween: Snack Freely Chocolate

Halloween is all about costumes + parties + trick-or-treating and......... Candy. For an allergic child this holiday + community event can often feel isolating. Candy + chocolate, of course is a huge part of Halloween. But, Enjoy Life Foods has a new product that is perfect for Halloween! And, perfect for anytime, really.

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Enjoy Life Foods now offers new Baking Chocolate Snack Packs! They are perfect for snacking on the go. The perfect amount to top yogurt, oatmeal, add to a smoothie or sprinkle on top of a cupcake. Sweet chocolate is always the perfect treat!

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The snack packs are available in both Semi-sweet Mini Chips + Dark Chocolate Morsels. Enjoy Life's entire line of products are vegan, gluten-free, free of the top 8 allergens, Non-GMO Project Verified, as well as Kosher + Halal. Enjoy Life goes above + beyond to keep their products safe for customers. Food allergies can produce life-threatening reactions + families want to eat safely + snack freely. Some people choose to follow a vegan diet for many reasons including environmental + animal rights concerns. People with Celiac Disease need to strictly avoid even the most trace amounts of gluten to prevent damage to the intestines. Kosher + Halal certified is very important for religious practices. Non-GMO foods are made without the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology. You can read more about Enjoy Life's Free From Living here.

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Did you know that most of the chocolate found in stores contains one or many of the top 8 allergens?  Much of the chocolate available is also made on shared equipment with multiple allergens. Also, did you know that snack or fun size chocolates often have different allergen warnings than the full size products? This means reading labels becomes ever more important + can often be confusing + overwhelming when looking for a safe snack option. This can all make snacking freely on Halloween difficult. One more reason to find a product that is free from allergens + produced in a safe + trusted way. 

allergy friendly halloween

I'm so excited to have this new snack option that I've teamed up with Enjoy Life to give one lucky winner two packages of the 12 individual snack packs. You can snack freely on Halloween + share some with your trick-or-treaters. You can enter the giveaway on Instagram. You can also leave a comment below with what your favorite childhood Halloween costume was. Best wishes!

allergy friendly halloween

Comment below with your favorite childhood Halloween costume for an extra entry in the giveaway.

Photography by: // Lindsey Lee & Co.

SunButter Puppy Chow

Here's a quick allergy friendly recipe for the next time you're looking for something sweet. This SunButter puppy chow is free of the top 8 allergens, so it can be a great go-to for families with food allergies. Sometimes families without food allergies are looking for allergy friendly treats to bring to school, parties, or maybe even potlucks. This is a quick 15 minute recipe that can also be easily made with the help of your little ones.

SunButter Puppy Chow

Ingredients:

10 cups gluten-free rice cereal

1 cup Enjoy Life semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup SunButter Sunflower Spread

1/4 cup margarine

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar

Quick SunButter recipe

Directions:

1. Gather kitchen supplies: 1 large bowl, 1 large microwave safe bowl, mixing spoon, measuring cups + spoons, knife, wax paper.

2. Measure gluten free cereal, set aside in the large bowl.

3. Set out microwave safe bowl. Measure chocolate chips, SunButter + margarine. Pour each ingredient into the bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute on high, uncovered. Stir. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Or, until stirred smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour the warm mixture over the cereal.  Stir until evenly coated. 

4. Slowly pour powdered sugar over the coated cereal. Continue mixing + pouring the powdered sugar until evenly coated. 

5. Lay out a sheet of wax paper.  Spread the SunButter puppy chow onto the wax paper to cool. 

6. Enjoy your allergy friendly treat! 

I hope you enjoy your allergy friendly treat.  If you make it + snap some pictures of your finished treat or your fun process with your kids, tag your photos on Instagram #beallergyfree to be a part of the conversation.

If you are making this treat to share with friends that have food allergies, please remember to not cross contaminate your ingredients or cooking utensils.  FARE, Food Allergy Research + Education, has great resources for avoiding cross-contact of allergens in the kitchen. Please feel free to read if you are looking for ways to help or include your friends with food allergies.