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I made these Toy Story themed cupcakes this weekend for my FA son to take to his friends Birthday party! The recipe for the frosting and cakes will be up soon! Just wanted to share the cuteness. Have a lovely day! :)

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Ooey Gooey Apple Dumplings! {Recipe} ~ Allergy-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free!

This dish is yummy on it's own, for a brunch side dish , or it would be delicious with dairy free vanilla ice cream!
These dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free dumplings taste like warm gooey cinnamon rolls, with a soft apple pie filling! A delicious comforting dish for breakfast, brunch or for dessert.

Watching food network the other day I saw a segment that Trisha Yearwood did for Apple Dumplings (found here). I was automatically inspired by her recipe. So I decided wanted to come up with a variation that would be safe for our family to consume!

Main Ingredients:
  • 2 Apples (I used granny smith)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) Earth Balance margarine (or your favorite safe margarine)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • Lemon Water or Lemon to keep apples from browning while you prep
Dough Ingredients:
  • 2 2/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup + 3 tablespoons (safe) Shortening
  • 1 1/3 Cup Soy Milk (I used vanilla because I was out of regular, either one works)
  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Prep Apples by peeling, coring, and slicing each apple into 8 pieces. So there have a total of 16 slices. Put slices in lemon water, or cover with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. In a medium pot combine main ingredients: 1 cup water, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 Cup margarine, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. Next onto the dough. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Once combined, cut in the shortening with pastry blender (OXO Good Grips Dough Blender with Blades) until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal.
  4. Gradually, stir in the soy milk in 1/4 cup increments until the dough begins to pull away from the bowl. (mine used just shy of the full 1 1/3 cups soy milk)
  5. Put the dough ball onto a floured surface and knead about 20 times. The consistency should be about the same as the store bought refrigerated biscuit dough. (If it's too sticky add a little flour, if it's too dry add a little soy milk) 
  6. Roll dough out with a floured rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut 16 circles with a small glass or with a 3" biscuit cutter. (RSVP International 4-pc. Endurance Biscuit Cutter Set.)
  7. Place the pot filled with main ingredients on the stove over medium heat. Bringing it to a boil while wrapping the apples in dough. Once boiling turn off heat.
  8. It's time to wrap the apples! Remove one apple and dab off any excess water with clean towl (the dough wont stick if it is too wet). Use rolling pin to gently roll out one cut dough piece, just enough to where it will wrap around the apple slice. Pinch together edges well, and place in a 9"x12" baking dish seam side down. Finish with the remaining apples. Making two separate rows, 8 dumplings per side.
  9. After all apples are wrapped and placed into baking dish, pour the pot of main ingredients over the top of the apples. Then in a small bowl combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top of all the apples. Don't let the amount scare you, trust me pour it all on. :)
  10. Last place the baking dish in the middle rack of a 375*F pre-heated oven. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove, serve warm and enjoy! (The liquid will thicken into a gooey sauce as it cools). Store any left overs in airtight container in refrigerator, and warmed in microwave when serving.

Dairy Free & Egg Free - Easy Baked Chicken Tenders {Recipe}

  • 1 lbs Chicken Breast Tenders
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Safe Oil (I like canola)

  1. Mix flour with seasonings in a small bowl
  2. Lay chicken in large bowl, and sprinkle flour on top. Toss chicken in flour to coat well.
  3. Pour oil over chicken, and mix to coat lightly. You may not need the full 1/4 cup.
  4. Bake in preheated 450*F oven, flipping half way through (about 10 minuts in). Bake until chickens internal temerature reaches 180 degrees and the outside is crispy golden brown.
Check out our recipe for Chicken Broccoli Penne Pasta!

SUPER EASY Allergy-Free Chocolate Covered Caramels >> that anyone can make! {Recipe}

It's almost Valentine's Day! The other day I realized my FA son, has never had caramel! I feel like that it is an absolute crime! So I got to thinking how fun it would be to make safe caramels for him as a Valentine's gift! I immediately began to scour the web and found a few promising recipes that I could convert. So this weekend I worked in the kitchen and with some swap outs, I created these super easy and delicious chocolate covered caramels! Please don't be intimidated by this recipe. It is a simple recipe, that a cook at any skill level can successfully create! If you can use a microwave, then you can make these caramels. You can do this, I promise! ;)

Ingredients for Caramel:
  • 1/4 Earth Balance (or safe) Margarine
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk (I love this recipe.)
  • Non-Stick Spray
  • Greased heart shaped candy molds. Picked mine up for $1.99 at my local craft store (optional)
How to prepare:

Put all ingredients into a large bowl (contents will triple when cooking), and stir. Cook in your microwave for 6-8 minutes, stopping every 2 minutes to stir. Be careful not to touch caramel. After the caramel is thickened it is ready to be poured into greased candy molds, or into a greased 8x8 baking dish. If you want salted caramels, put a touch of kosher salt on top after it is semi-set. Let cool completely at room temperature. Then cut into squares and wrap in waxed paper! Store in an air tight container. They are perfect to place in sweet Valentines themed boxes or tins! If you want to earn bonus points with your Valentine, cover these morsels of pure deliciousness in chocolate!

Please note: My microwave is 900 watts and it took 8 minutes. If yours is a higher wattage I suggest cooking it for less, around 6 minutes. Still stopping every 2 minutes to stir.

Chocolate Covered Caramels

  • 1-2 cups of safe chocolate chips (Half batch of caramels takes about 1 cup chocolate, Full batch of caramels will take about 2 cups of chocolate)
On a double boiler, or in microwave melt your chocolate and add about 1 tsp of corn syrup per cup of chocolate. (If you want to get really technical follow these directions for tempering your chocolate.) But honestly, it is not a must and I didn't in the picture shown above.

Dip caramels one at a time into melted chocolate allow excess to drip off with fork, or use a butter knife to smooth off. If this is your first time, after a couple you will get the hang of it! I find keeping the bowl over the pot of warmed water helps keep things smooth. Place chocolate covered caramels onto parchment paper to harden at room temperature. As an extra special touch, sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt on top of unset chocolate. Then after they harden use as you wish! Colorful candy wrappers found at a craft store, mini-cup cake liners arranged in a pretty box are just a couple of great ideas. These chocolate covered caramels are sure to please whom ever you share them with, enjoy! :)

(Original recipe before modifications from

Check out our recipe for Easy Chocolate Ganache!

Easy Allergy-Free, Home-Style Pork Chops!

Growing up my mother cooked a lot of country style comfort food. These pork chops were inspired by hers! A hearty meal that feeds the soul! My family goes crazy over them, and I think yours will too! Even better they require minimal ingredients, are quick to prepare and are a pretty inexpensive cut of pork. An excellent source of iron and protein! They are delicious paired with mashed Potatoes and your favorite vegetables.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: About 20 Minutes
Total Time: About 30 Minutes
Yield: About 2 Pork Chops per Adult

Ingredients: (always be sure to check labels, and use products that are safe for your family to consume)
  • 6-8 Thin Cut Boneless Pork Chops
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • Enough oil to just cover the bottom of a large frying pan
  • 1 Clove Garlic (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • Deep Dish (Pie Plate) For flour mixture
  • Glass Cutting Board or Large Plate
  • Fork or Whisk to mix flour
  • Large Fry Pan or Cast Iron Skillet
  • 2 sets of tongs or different spatulas (one designated for raw chops, one designated for cooked)
  • Oven safe dish to keep pork chops while you cook each batch

Step 1: Preheat oven to lowest setting Usually 175-200 degrees. 
Step 2: Then prep a large frying pan by placing it on the stove, and adding just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan (generously). Turn burner on to medium-high heat to start preheating your pan. It is important that the pan is already hot when pork chops are added.

Step 3: Add flour seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a deep dish and use whisk or fork to combine thoroughly.

Step 4: Season both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper, and then add chops to flour. Wiggle the chops around being sure to coat well, and flip using tongs being sure to coat all sides of the meat well. Lightly shake off any excess. Place onto glass cutting board or large plate. (Why Flour? The flour helps hold in the moisture of the pork during cooking, while seasoning it and adding a slight crunch)

Optional Step 5: Right before cooking season hot oil by smashing one clove of garlic, removing skin and adding it to pan. Cook clove 1-2 minutes being careful not to burn it. Remove with tongs and discard. This will give your oil a light garlic flavor. It is not required for recipe, but it does make a big difference in flavor. It adds that special touch, that little somethin' extra. ;)

Step 6: Place two or three chops into the hot oil (being careful to not over crowd) and cook About 3 1/2 minutes, flip chops then cook another 3 1/2 minutes. Tip: I find it helpful to set a timer so I can work on the rest of the meal while they are cooking. Always cook pork chops to a safe temperature shown on package label.
Step 7: When one batch is done, remove from pan with clean tongs (just a different set that haven't touched the raw chops) and place chops on oven safe rack or dish and then place oven to keep warm while you prep the rest of the chops. 
Step 8: Continue process until all are cooked.

These Pork chops are delicious served with gravy on top, and paired with homemade Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Both recipes coming soon! :)

Check out this weeks tip: DIY Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Oatmeal Packets!

Tip of the Week! Diy Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Oatmeal Packets

DIY Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Oatmeal Packets
A great make ahead safe menu option, to speed up your morning routine! Or, if you have children a great option to make over night visits with friends/relatives a little more simple. Each packet costs pennies!

Ingredients & Materials Per Packet:
  • 1/4 Cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar (a little less if you don't like it as sweet)
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Desired # of Ziplock bags or Small Reusable Containers
Note: These measurements are about equivalent to the Name Brand Prepared Packets. Consider doubling this batch per baggie if you are making them for yourself, or an older child. Just be sure to remember to double the liquid when preparing as well. :)

Additional ingredients at time of oatmeal cooking:
  • 1/2 Water
  • Soymilk to thin and make creamy after cooked

To Make Packets:

Add 1/4 Cup quick cooking oats to each ziplock bag. Next add 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar to each bag. Then finish off each bag with a dash of cinnamon, zip up them up and you are done! Store in a dry place.

To Cook Packets:

Add one packet to a microwave safe bowl, and add 1/2 of Water, stir well. Microwave for 1 1/2-2 Mins. Remove from microwave, and thin to your liking with Soy milk. (Tip: If you are making some to send with children on overnights, I've found it helpful for their caretaker if you write the simple cooking instructions on the baggie before you fill them)

Want to Jazz things up? Try adding raisins, or other diced dried fruit to your packets. Or to jazz up prepared oatmeal, try adding a teaspoon of Sunbutter & Banana slices! Adding a little extra protein and nutrition :) 

If you like the simplicity of this recipe, then you are sure to like our recipe for Allergy-Free Chocolate Ganache. Check it out!

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Allergy-Free Chocolate Ganache Recipe

A simple and divine chocolate creation!
This Chocolate Ganache is the perfect topping Allergy-Free Cakes & Cupcakes.

Prep Time: 5 Mins
Cook Time: 6 Mins
Total Time: 11 Mins

  • 2 Cups Allergy-Free Chocolate Chips (I like Divvies)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Soymilk

Combine the Soymilk and Chocolate Chips in a small pot, over low heat. Note: We do not want this mixture to boil, just low and slooooww. Stirring frequently with a whisk. It will clump a little in the wisk, but just allow heat to run its course. Heat the mixture until it is completely melted, and the chocolate has a glossy appearance. Remove the Ganache from stove, and use while slightly warm. And whatever you do, don't lick the whisk or you may end up consuming the entire bowl before it reaches your dessert! ;) Bon Appetit!

In the mood for sweets? Check out our super easy recipe for Microwave Chocolate Covered Caramels!

Allergy-Free Worcestershire Sauce

Allergy-Free "Worcestershire Sauce" Substitute
A quick and easy sauce to make any other recipe, Allergy-Free and Delicious!
You probably already have all the ingredients ;)

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time:3 mins
Total Time: 8 mins
Yield: About 3/4 Cup Sauce


  • 1/2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Water
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp. Mustard Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. Minced Ginger
  • Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
  • Dash of Pepper


In a small pot, combine all ingredients turn heat on to medium and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to low, and let simmer for about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Let cool, then transfer into storage container and store in a cool place. Use in place of regular worcestershire sauce, it is equal.. only allergy-free! :)

Need ideas for simple week night meals? Check out our recipe for Allergy-Free Chicken Broccoli Chicken Penne. Easy, healthful and most importantly delicious! :)

Allergy-Free Chicken Broccoli Penne Pasta

Note: Recipe for use with your families favorite allergy-free brands of all ingredients shown.

Chicken Broccoli Penne Pasta

An easy, delicious, allergy-free hearty pasta dish your family will love!
My toddler loves me to use "twirly noodles"!  :)
Author: Allergy Free & Delicious
Prep Time: 15 Mins
Cook Time: 25 Mins
Total Time: 40 Mins
Yield: 6 Hearty Servings

*Tip: Our local grocer makes awesome Whole Roasted Deli Chickens allergen free that make this meal even more simple. Check out your local grocer! Cost wise it's about the same as roasting the chicken yourself!

  • Whole Roasted Chicken (I use a whole deli chicken*)
  • 1 Box Whole Wheat Penne Pasta or Spiral Pasta
  • 24oz Can/Jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 White Onion, chopped.
  • 3 Cloves of garlic, chopped.
  • 2 Nice Heads of Fresh Broccoli, bite size pieces.
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 Tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Optional: Dairy free mozzarella style "cheese" shreds

Heat 1-2 Tablespoons of oil in large skillet over medium heat. Chop onion, and add onion to pan, seasoning. Cooking until translucent (about 10 minutes). While onions are cooking, carve your chicken and cut into bite sized pieces, set aside. Wash broccoli and chop into bite sized pieces, set aside in a pot to boil or steam. Then chop your garlic, 2-3 cloves is what our family likes, you may use more or less. 

Once onions are translucent, add garlic to skillet cook one to two minutes stirring frequently. Add chicken, and season with a little salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Cook for about 2 minutes to let the flavored oil absorb into the chicken and spices to toast a little. Next add the can of spaghetti sauce to the skillet, and bring to a simmer on medium low heat. Stir occasionally, we want all of these flavors to marry while we prep the rest of the meal. Low and slow :)

Bring a large pot of water to boil, add pasta, cooking according to box directions. While the water is coming to a boil, steam or boil your broccoli for about 7 or so minutes (or until it is tender crisp, but not mushy) and blanch in a bowl of ice water or run some cold water over to stop the cooking. Set aside.

Once noodles and broccoli are cooked pour chicken sauce mixture into your pot of cooked and drained pasta, and add broccoli stir everything together and voilla! You have an easy, delicious and healthful allergy-free meal your friends and family will love! Serve immediately, and top with dairy free mozzarrella style cheese if you desire. :) Bon appetit!

Tip: If your pasta is done before broccoli, add a touch of oil to the noodles and stir to prevent clumping.

Interested in converting some of your favorite recipes into allergy free versions with simple substitutions? Check out our recipe for Allergy-Free Worcestershire Sauce! It has opened many doors for our family!