Dairy Free Recipes

Explore the World with Your Palate + Gluten Free Tabbouleh

By | 2016-04-15T18:44:14+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Culture has always been synonymous with food for me. Being from a large city with countless inhabitants whose people originate from far away places is as exciting as it is delicious. As a child, I loved to try new foods from different countries. It told me about what was important to that culture, which is usually family. It is also a great lesson in sustainability. A quick glance at any culture’s food teaches about what is local to the region [...]

MUDDLED STRAWBERRY + ROSE SPARKLING GIN COCKTAIL

By | 2016-04-14T18:59:12+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Dairy Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , |

This post was originally on the lifestyle company, The Eternal Child.  Make sure to follow them.  I have always preferred to jump into these posts, as if we were already in mid- conversation.  Like we are old friends, who have sat across from each other over many lattes or shared one too many glasses of champagne at one too many dinner parties, but for the sake of this, I will quickly introduce myself.  My name is Valerie, I am a [...]

Birthday Reflection + Red Juice

By | 2016-04-12T14:50:09+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week I turned 30. Yes, 30. Depending on your age, 30 might sound like I have the rest of my life ahead of me; like I am still very young. Or, 30 might sound mature and experienced, like I am now firmly on the side of adulthood and no longer in the fun-loving years of my 20s. Either way, 30 is a major milestone. I am no longer in a decade of life where I finish multiple major life [...]

Sustainability + Slow-Cooker Carnitas

By | 2016-04-11T17:33:28+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This month, I’ve been thinking about the word “sustainability.” Yes, sustainable means what you think it means. Merriam-Webster defines it as “able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed.” But it is also  comprised of two separate words: “sustain” and “able” –something that is able to sustain. Ok, so maybe this isn’t a massive revelation, but before you roll your eyes, let’s pursue this idea. Sustainability is a big part of my community’s vernacular, and we’ve ignored [...]

Easy Rice Pilaf

By | 2017-08-12T11:55:02+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Food Education, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

What is rice pilaf? Rice pilaf simply means that rice was cooked with broth, not water. It is different than a risotto for few different reasons, although both of them use broth in the preparation. In this easy rice pilaf, we add some common spices to give the pilaf extra flavor. As with most basic dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to a meat or hearty vegetable dish. Sometimes, we just eat it plain. If you are like us, you [...]

Luv Cooks + Coconut Cacao Raw Energy Bars

By | 2016-04-04T10:34:55+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , |

Luv Cooks is sharing with us again with these wonderfully delicious Coconut Cacao Raw Energy Bars! Make sure to follow her on her blog  and instagram  I will be the first to tell you that I luv a Mounds bar. Sweet coconut dipped in rich dark chocolate- sign me up for that. But ever since I have been in on what I like to call a “cleaner” eating plan, the truth is that I am constantly on a quest to find chocolate options [...]

Discovering new flavors + Indian Dal

By | 2016-05-18T15:16:47+00:00 April 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|Tags: , , |

Making food that is not native to my culture intimidates me. I get scared that I am going to offend an entire ethnic group with my attempts at recreating one of their prized dishes--but luckily that is not the case. If I think about it, all of the meals that I prepare have originated from somewhere; they have a history. For instance the hamburger pie I would eat as a child is really Shepherd’s Pie, which is a staple menu [...]

How to Divide a Whole Chicken

By | 2016-03-30T12:02:35+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Originally posted on April 2014. I began buying whole chickens a few years ago when I was doing a little cost comparing while grocery shopping. Fear overcame me because I did not know how to cut a chicken! And it felt gross! But after watching this video a few times, and practicing on a few chickens, I saw how easy it actually is. After a few weeks, I realized the my ethics had shifted, and I wanted to buy whole chickens because [...]

And We’re out like a Lamb + Banana Coconut Pudding

By | 2016-04-03T22:51:39+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Peanut Free, Recipes, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |

Does anyone else feel like the days are speeding past? Maybe it's the time of year, but it seems like I blink and another day is finished or another week is about to wrap up. In the midst of the mind-numbing speed with which the days and weeks are passing, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the month that is ending. This month has had the lion's share (like what I did there?) of challenging days, tempered [...]

Gluten-free Challenges + Mango Lassi

By | 2016-03-30T12:09:58+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Corn Free, Dairy Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Recipes, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I first started dating my husband, I received a cookbook for gluten free meals from my mother, who has always loved making food for other people. She had learned from me that he was, and is, intolerant of gluten. For him, this means that if he has more than one serving of something with wheat/gluten every week or so, he begins to show some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Thankfully for us, his reactions aren't anaphylactic shock, [...]