June 29, 2009

Free Giveaway

Just in case you missed it, check out the Fruit2Day Post from last week.

Free giveaway- Reply to this post in the comments section and win a coupon for a free Fruit2Day coupon that is good for a free 2-pack of drinks. Just include your city, state, and/or country that you are blogging from. Winner will be drawn at random on July 5th. I will contact the winner via e-mail and mail the coupon then.

June 24, 2009

Fruit2Day

Fruit2Day is a new all natural fruit drink that contains a full 2 servings a fruit. It is sugar free and has only 110-120 calories per drink (6.5oz). They come in four flavors: Strawberry Orange, Pineapple Banana, Mango Peach, and Cherry Grape.

I was able to try all four flavors to review. I shared then with my husband and daughter (18 months) to see what they would think too.


Our reviews


Myself- Very good. Great flavor combinations. I like the fruit chunks in each drink. My favorite flavor was Pineapple Banana.


My husband- He like them. He is normally not a big fruit and vegetable eater and so he was excited that it tasted good and was good for him. His favorite was the Pineapple Banana and the Mango Peach.


My toddler- She loved all of them!. It was hard to determine a true favorite though. She signed and said 'more' after each drink. It was pretty cute!
Free give-away- Reply to this post in the comments section and win a coupon for a free Fruit2Day coupon that is good for a free 2-pack of drinks. Just include your city, state, and/or country that you are blogging from. Winner will be drawn at random on July 5th. I will contact the winner via e-mail and mail the coupon then.
Much like other fruit juice drinks, Fruit2Day is pasteurized on the same equipment that is used to pasteurize milk products.

June 22, 2009

Honey Mustard BBQ Pork Chops

This is any easy marinade for grilled pork chops that I found on allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (contains soy)
2 teaspoons onion powder (I subbed 1tsp onion salt)
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon (I omitted)
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
8 thin cut pork chops


Place honey, orange juice, vinegar, wine, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, tarragon, and mustard in a large resealable plastic bag. Slash fatty edge of each chop in about three places without cutting into the meat; this will prevent the meat from curling during cooking. Place chops in the plastic bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Preheat grill for high heat.

Lightly oil grill grate. Place chops on grill, and discard marinade. Cook chops for 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, or to desired doneness.

June 18, 2009

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June 16, 2009

Amy's Frozen Meals

I love to have a hot lunch while at work. I don't do take-out or fast food and I don't always have leftovers available. My solution has been frozen dinner's by Amy's Kitchen. They are a bit pricey but I love the quality of the meals. All of Amy's meals are vegetarian (so no eggs) and are peanut free as well. They offer many options that are gluten-free and/or dairy-free. Some products do contain tree nuts though.

Amy's website publishes the following regarding food allergies:


Amy’s is sensitive to the dietary needs and concerns of our consumers. At Amy’s Kitchen we understand that 1 in 25 people in the United States suffer from a food allergy.
While some common food allergies include: dairy, soy and tree nuts, several other allergies once thought to be uncommon are on the rise, especially among young infants and children. Amy’s Kitchen clearly posts all ingredients on our box panels and on our website to help you to select the right meals for you and your family.


The dairy-free frozen options that I like include:

Pot pies- Mexican Tamale Pie, Shepard's Pie, Non-Dairy Vegetable Pot Pie


Entrees- Black Bean & Vegetable Enchilada


Whole Meals- Bean Bean Enchilada Whole Meal, Veggie Loaf Whole Meal


Indian Meals- Indian Mattar Tofu


For a complete list of their dairy-free options click here.


This is my favorite option-


I have never given any of these to my daughter though. I frozen meals are just for work.

June 9, 2009

Tuna Salad

I have been craving tuna salad sandwiches. I normally would use Miracle Whip but that product no longer works in our house anymore. So I tried the soy mayonaise called Nayonaise. I think that is tastes more like mayonaise than miracle whip (less tangy) but it did the trick.



June 8, 2009

Raspberry Bars

I found this recipe in the magazine Real Simple. The only modification needed was to substitute soy margarine for butter. They make a very pretty and delicious bar cookie.


10 TBS soy margarine, melted
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1 cup fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 8X8 baking pan with vegetable oil spray. In bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and oats. Add in melted margarine and combine into dough. Reserve 1/2 cup dough. Press remaining dough into baking pan. Spread raspberry jam evenly across dough, leaving 1/4 inch border around edges. Scatter raspberries over the jam. Sprinkle remaining dough over raspberries.

Bake for 25-28 minutes. Edges will be slightly golden brown. Let cool before cutting.

June 5, 2009

I need your help!

My little peanut is currently sick and is on antibiotics for red and irritated sore throat. Because of her sore throat she is not eating well and has lost a little bit of weight. She is already very under-weight and I need to fatten her back up. I am looking for allergy-friendly fattening recipes. Please share!!!

Also, I bought the soy version of 'pediasure' which is a high calorie soy drink. I believe that it is called Bright Start Soy Drink. I has 237 calories/8 oz as compared to regular soy milk which is 100 calories/8 oz. My thought was that I would add some to her soy milk that she drinks right before bed to increase her calorie consumption. She WILL NOT drink it! I have even tried hiding it in her favorite smoothie drink and she won't drink the smoothie. Any creative ways to hide this fat soy milk? Thanks! Maleah

June 3, 2009

Cookies for Everyone

Enjoy Life products are still at the top of my list of favorites. There products are free from the top 8 allergens. I lived off of Snickerdoodle cookies and Carmel Apple snack bars in the early stages of my elimination diet in which I was struggling to find things that I could eat that would not upset my baby's stomach.

Enjoy Life has recently published a new cookie cookbook called Cookies for Everyone!

Enjoy Life's™ Cookies for Everyone! offers allergy-free cookies, brownies and bars that are safe and delicious. Each of the 150 recipes are free of gluten as well as the eight most common allergens, thus taking the guesswork out of determining which recipes are safe—and which are a risk. Co-author culinary expert Leslie Hammond teaches readers how to use naturally allergy-free ingredients and substitutes to add richness, texture, pizzazz and nutritional content to cookies and bars without losing the “yummy” factor. Also, co-author Betsy Laakso, Director of Research and Development at Enjoy Life Foods™, brings her expertise of crafting delicious and safe recipes that are both healthful and allergen-free.

June 2, 2009

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

This recipe is very easy and delicious. I found the original recipe on a blog called 'Cook Now, Eat Later' which has a selection of freezer recipes. The only modification needed was to use a soy- based margarine instead of a milk-based one and to eliminate the nuts.

Link to original recipe.

1 3/4 cups Quick Cooking oats -- uncooked
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
3/4 cup Brown sugar -- firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt (optional)
3/4 cup soy margarine (I used Fleischmans, Earth Balance is also great)
2 cups Fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup Granulated sugar3 tablespoons Water
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
2 tsp lemon juice

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease 9x9-inch glass baking dish.

Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add margarine, mixing until crumbly.

Reserve 3/4 cup mixture; press remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared dish. Bake 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine blueberries, granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil, simmer 2 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.

Combine remaining 1 tablespoon water, cornstarch, and lemon juice; mix well.

Gradually stir into blueberry mixture; cook and stir about 30 seconds or until thickened.

Spread over partially baked base to within 1/4 inch of edge; sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Cool on wire rack; cut into bars.

My own freezer tip- Place cut bars on cookie sheet and freezer for several hours or overnight. Then wrap individually with plastic wrap and store in a plastic freezer bag or freezer container. Bars are good frozen or can be left out to thaw to room temperature.