Better-Than-Street-Vendor Hot Dogs Recipe

Better-Than-Street-Vendor Hot Dogs

In most parts of Los Angeles, you can often find street vendors selling some amazing bacon wrapped hot dogs. We never see any in the part of the city where we live, so I decided to make my own version of this greasy yummy mess. Plus, by making it myself, I can make sure it is actually free of my long list of food allergens. I was even able to find some hot dog buns from Ener-G that have no wheat gluten, dairy, soy, or egg! They were surprisingly tasty!

Ingredients:
1 diced green bell pepper
1/2 diced red onion
1 diced tomato
2 very finely chopped cloves of garlic
butter or margarine (I used the dairy-free, soy-free Earth Balance margarine)
juice of two limes
dash each of salt & pepper
bacon
hot dog
hot dog bun

I started by adding some margarine to a pan and cooking the bell pepper, onion, tomato & garlic over medium heat. After a couple of minutes cooking, I added in the juice from two limes, and the salt & pepper. I continued cooking until the onions were cooked through.

Next, I removed the vegetable mixture from the pan and set it aside in a dish. Then I wrapped the hot dogs with the bacon, and cooked them in the pan until the bacon was cooked to my liking.

I heated up the Ener-G buns in the microwave, which helps soften them up a little, then assembled everything together. They tasted even better than how I remember the street dog versions! The recipe above made enough topping for 6 hot dogs. Perfect for summer entertaining!

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Shepherd’s Pie: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, & Egg-free

shephard's pie - gluten, dairy, soy & egg-free

One of our favorite frozen dinners from Trader Joe’s has been their pre-made shepherd’s pie. Unfortunately, now that I have cut wheat gluten, soy & dairy out of my diet for the baby, those frozen dinners are no longer an option for me. I decided to try making my own version, with none of the offending allergens, and we loved the end result! The best part…it made enough for dinner that night, and the other half frozen for another night. It was a little more time consuming than most of the dinners I usually make, but since we love it so much, it was definitely worth the effort.

I started with making this soy sauce alternative, recipe found here. I modified the ingredients a little and used 1 1/2 cups of organic beef broth instead of the boullion cubes and water.

For the shepherd’s pie, I started with the recipe from Alton Brown, found here. However, many of those ingredients listed are on my avoid list. Below is my list of modified ingredients. I used ground turkey instead of ground lamb since that was what I had on hand. I also made a couple of other changes, to add even more veggies into the recipe. 🙂

For the potatoes:
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
1/4 cup almond milk
2 ounces Earth Balance soy-free margarine
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Ener-G Egg replacerFor the meat filling:
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup chopped onion
4 carrots, peeled and diced small
3 stalks of celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 container ground turkey
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free All Purpose Flour
1 can tomato paste
1 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon soy-alternative sauce
2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1/2 cup frozen English peas

I didn’t have to make many changes to the process Alton listed. The only notable change was with the potatoes. Since I added almond milk instead of half and half, they were a little runny. After combining the potatoes, almond milk and margarine, I brought it all to a low boil and cooked for a few minutes until thickened.Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/shepherds-pie-recipe2/index.html?oc=linkback

Turkey, Quinoa & Mixed Veggies Casserole

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One thing that I used to make fairly regularly for dinner before our son was born was a turkey and couscous casserole. Since there are quite a few things that I am now avoiding eating after noticing reactions from the baby via my breastmilk, I am trying to modify some of my old standbys so they are now free of wheat gluten, dairy & soy (as well as no egg or chicken for my own allergies). Since couscous is made from wheat, I decided to try using quinoa instead. Very similar to the couscous I am used to using, but it has the added benefits of being higher in protein and gluten-free!

I started by cooking four servings of quinoa in water in a medium saucepan. In a separate pan, I added some olive oil, two cloves minced garlic and half a package of ground turkey. I cooked the turkey until opaque, then added in about a cup and a half of beef broth. After that, I added in a variety of veggies: red and yellow baby tomatoes, chopped yellow squash (blanched and frozen from the garden), peeled and chopped sweet potatoes, and baby spinach. Once the quinoa was finished cooking, I added that into the mix as well, added salt & pepper to taste, and cooked for a few more minutes. Super easy, and I had extras to save for later!

Snickerdoodle Recipe: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-free

Dairy-free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free Snickerdoodles Recipe

I had never made snickerdoodles until I found a Martha Stewart recipe for them on the packaging for my Martha Stewart Silpats. I modified the recipe to accommodate my egg allergy, and it quickly became a regular favorite in our house. Now I have modified the recipe again to cut out dairy and soy as well (since our baby has been reacting to those ingredients via breastmilk).

Ingredients:
2 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 cup Soy-Free Earth Balance Margarine, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Ener-G egg replacers (3 tsp powder plus 4 tbsp warm water)
For topping:
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp sugar

1. Put margarine and sugar in mixer bowl (use paddle attachment if you have a stand mixer). Mix at medium speed until light and fluffy.
2. Mix in Ener-G egg replacers.
3. Sift together flour, baking powder & salt in separate bowl.
4. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add in flour mixture.
5. Mix topping sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.
6. Scoop dough with cookie dough scoop and roll in cinnamon/sugar mix. Roll into round balls and place onto cookie sheet with Silpat (or lightly greased cookie sheet).7. Bake cookies for approximately 12 minutes and cool on wire racks.

Orange/Cranberry/Almond Biscotti Recipe: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-free

Dairy-free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free Biscotti Recipe

When I was in college, my Italian grandma taught me the basics of making biscotti. This recipe is a new variation of my own original recipe for orange/cranberry/almond biscotti. This new version of the recipe is now allergen friendly, and is free of any dairy, egg or soy. It has been a while, but I like this new version just as much as I liked the original recipe.

Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
8 oz applesauce (I use two snack sized applesauce containers)
1 Ener-G egg replacer (1 1/2 tsp power plus 2 tbsp warm water)
6 tbsp melted Soy-Free Earth Balance Margarine
2 tsp orange zest
2 tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almonds

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Lightly grease 2-3 cookie sheets (or use SilPats, which is what I use) and set aside.
3. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
4. Make a well in the middle of the flour mix and add in the applesauce & Ener-G egg replacer. Mix together.
5. Add in margarine, orange zest, orange juice an almond extract. Mix together.
6. Put cashews and almonds in food processor and pulse lightly 2-3 times. Add nuts into dough and mix together.
7. Knead together dough until it is less crumbly.
8. Put dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a log. Separate dough into three equally sized pieces.
9. Roll each piece into a log approximately 14 inches long.
10. Place dough logs on cookie sheets and bake for 25 minutes (until light golden brown).
11. Remove logs and cool on wire racks.
12. Once cool, use a serrated knife to cut each log into slices, cutting at a diagonal.
13. Place cut cookies onto cookie sheets, cut side down.
14. Bake for 10 minutes.
15. Remove cookie sheet from oven and flip cookies over and bake for another 10 minutes.
16. Remove and let cookies cool on wire racks.

Oatmeal Cookies Recipe: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-free

Dairy-free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Growing up, my mom’s oatmeal cookies were famous with everyone we knew. I missed being able to eat them once I started developing an egg allergy. After a while, I started experimenting with ways to make the recipe without using eggs. Yesterday I made a new modified version of the recipe to accommodate the new list of allergens that I am trying to avoid (I am allergic to egg and the baby seems to be reacting to dairy and soy in my diet coming through in the breastmilk). I was so happy with the end result…they came out soft and amazing, just as I was hoping!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Soy-free Earth Balance Margarine at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 serving Ener-G Egg Replacer (1 1/2 tsp powder plus 2 tbsp warm water)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract, plus an extra splash
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
*handful of lightly crushed walnuts
*handful of white rasins

*These ingredients are optional. You can add more or less according to your taste, or can substitute other items. The ones listed are my personal preference after years of experimenting with variations of this recipe.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix together the margarine, sugar, brown sugar, Ener-G egg replacer, water & vanilla extract.
3. Sift together flour, salt & baking soda.
4. Add flour mixture slowly into wet ingredients, mixing while adding.
5. Add in oatmeal and selected optional ingredients and continue to mix together.
6. Scoop out balls and place on cookie sheets, two inches apart.
7. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
8. Cool on wire rack and enjoy!