You know it’s fall when the search for pumpkin recipes quickly increase. I love cooking with pumpkin. Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie… it doesn’t get any better than this. These pumpkin muffins are based off of this recipe, but made to be egg, dairy, soy, nut, and of course gluten free.
Ice cream is one of those thing you really miss being dairy free. There are a ton of dairy free ice cream recipes, but they all call for soy – or egg. Now I do have to say if you don’t like bananas, you may not like this. We are going to experiment with this and see if a different fruit would work as the base. We use out 1 1/2 quart ice cream freezer, but I’m sure you could just freeze it in a freezer safe container as well.
A while back Brad was in the mood for scalloped potatoes. Being allergic to both dairy and soy made all the cheese sauce substitute recipes I found impossible. I tried some using nutritional yeast, many say that it adds a cheesy taste to a “cheese” sauce. We never got that. The craving for scalloped potatoes also came around the same time as my discovery of Daiya Cheese Shreds. Though pretty expensive, I fell in love with them as a cheese substitute. We only use them every once in a while because of their expense. The “cheese” sauce I was able to create using the Daiya Shreds was very yummy and actually tasted like a comparable dairy filled counterpart.
My mom had the idea to use this sauce base for a macaroni and cheese – using gluten free noodles of course. The result was delicious! We added cubed ham as well. My next “project” is creating a bread crumb topping for this….
We had a visit with Landon’s allergist today. He’s doing good, and getting close to his “anniversary” of his testing where he’ll be re-tested for his allergies. I’m trying to not get my hopes up, but am very anxious to see if he’s outgrown any of his allergies. It would be nice to have a few foods back. Tomatoes, soy or wheat… those would be on the top of my list (like I have a say in the matter…).
On a much happier note, we have a new addition to our family!! Riley was born on September 6th. I was a bit fearful nursing him the first few days. So far there is no sign of any food allergies, at least through my breast milk. I’m hoping and praying that it stays that way. It has been an adjustment having two small children – Landon is in total love with “his” baby brother, and has been a great help so far.
So on to the “good” stuff!! I’ve been wanting blueberry muffins for the last week. Though I could have the allergy filled kind, I would have to eat it in hiding. Blueberry muffins would make a great addition as a breakfast option as well. I found a recipe here and tweaked it to be allergy free for us. They were yummy!
We have longed for an easy way to make good and cost effective ice cream for our whole family to share. With our Cuisinart 1-1/2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream Maker it is very easy to experiment, because in 20 min you can taste your result without cranking!