May 15

Salted Caramel Sauce


Ever since Jonathan’s first allergy diagnosis I have been working to remake things that we can all enjoy—it doesn’t seem easy, safe, or even very fair to keep separate foods just for Jonathan.  David and I do eat nuts when we’re out, and even some at home when Jonathan is napping, although we’ve pretty much eliminated our store of nuts, save for a few bags in the freezer.  I even returned the unopened twin pack of organic peanut butter to Costco—we’ll be doing sunbutter here for the time being.  It feels too much like Russian Roulette to make a PB&J for David and a SB&J for Jonathan and hope they don’t switch their sandwiches!  Not worth it.  Even a little bit.


^^^ I mean, wouldn’t you do anything you could to keep this sweet boy safe?

While I’m grateful that products like Sunbutter (made with sunflower seeds) and Wow Butter (made with toasted soy) exist, they aren’t my favorite, and don’t come close to the taste of real peanut butter.  So I’ve started making my own sunbutter and it is SO GOOD.  I follow directions from Pretty Prudent, and it is key that you follow the directions carefully.  The first time I made sunbutter I just dumped everything in to my food processor and it turned into a gummy paste.  Patience is essential—it takes about 20 minutes in the food processor (inactive time).  I add about 4 T of avocado oil (I like it creamy!) and 3 T of maple syrup to mine where she indicates.  I’ll try to write up my own step by step instructions at some point, but in the meantime follow this recipe! Continue reading →

May 15

Mango Fried Rice


I’m sure I’m not the only one who has days where you don’t feel like going to the store, and you have a pretty odd assortment of foods in the fridge, but are determined to make something yummy for dinner.  This recipe was born out of a day like that.  I had a seemingly mismatched assortment of produce, but they all made perfect sense in a fried rice dish.


It turns out that mango is a pretty good addition to a stir fry.  Years ago, when I was volunteering at my Dad’s company, we would go to this amazing Thai restaurant near his office and I would always order their Mango with Crispy Noodles—they were caramelized with some sort of syrup and it was like half dessert/half dinner!  Mango is a great way to shake things up from the “more traditional” pineapple often found in fried rice dishes.

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May 15

Parma Jonathan—Vegan + Nut Free Parmesan Sprinkles

parma jonathan // fried dandelions

A few years ago I made a vegan parmesan using the typical nut + nooch combo.  David had just turned 2 at the time, and couldn’t say parmesan—he pronounced it “carma john.”  We made it fairly regularly for a long time, and then I got lazy and just made sure to add some extra salt on top of my pasta—not nearly as good!

parma jonathan // fried dandelions
^^^ Bowl by Jeanette Zeis.

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May 15

Big Chickie Kale Salad


Last weekend we were really excited to head down to a huge food truck festival.  There were 35 trucks, and 3 of them were ALL vegan!  We knew it would be crowded so we loaded the boys into the car and headed down on the early end of things—I think we got there within 15 minutes of it opening.  Well, we weren’t the only ones who thought that it sounded fun—it was a mob scene.  We took one look at the crowd and kept on driving.  No way were we going to navigate that kind of crowd with a stroller and two little ones.  Hopefully the event planners noticed how packed it was and will plan more of these events in the future.  It looked like a lot a fun!

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May 15

What I Want You to Know About Food Allergies


On Sunday night I was tagged by @AllergySuperheroes on Instagram, asking what my plans were for Food Allergy Awareness Week.  What?  I didn’t even know there was such a thing, but sure enough, there is.  Today, Tuesday, is #tealtakeover, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some thoughts I’ve been drafting in my head over the past 4 months.

Allergy Fast Facts: (via Food Allergy Research and Education)

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