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Dairy Free Creamy Chicken Soup

As much as I enjoy cooking, some days I have no desire to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Well, I really don’t want to spend a lot of time doing dishes. But, I take pride in cooking my family meals that are nutrient rich and from whole foods.

Creamy Chicken Soup (dairy free)

I like to keep recipes down to as few as pots as possible if I can…call it laziness but it works. ;)

Dairy free creamy chicken soup kind of came around on accident but it is so fast and easy. You can surely make it after a busy day and not feel like you are stuck in the kitchen.

If you are a Trim Healthy Mama this is an E meal. I struggle with E meals, so this one I like to freeze in bags for a quick lunch or dinner.

4.8 from 5 reviews
Dairy Free Creamy Chicken Soup
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Ingredients
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • sea salt (to taste to season meat)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 6 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 15.5 ounces can of great northern beans
  • 4 cups of spinach
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken, salt, onions, garlic and water to pan.
  2. Bring to a boil and turn burner down to simmer.
  3. Cook until the chicken is soft and able to easily shred.
  4. Shred chicken apart with forks and add back to soup.
  5. Drain and rinse beans.
  6. In a blender, blend beans and one cup of broth from your soup.
  7. Blend until smooth.
  8. Add to soup and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Add spinach and cook a few more minutes until wilted.
  10. Add more salt if needed.

While my vitamix is my good to blender, I reserve the small container of my (affiliate link) Ninja for jobs like this.

My kids thought the soup tasted a bit like our potato soup and gobbled it down quickly.

My husband enjoys taking this to work too, he heats it up in his travel crock pot. (Affiliate link)

The white beans are perfect to make for a creamy feel while keeping the dairy away.

Do you have any tricks to make things taste and feel creamy while keeping away from dairy?

This post is linked at New Life on a Homestead for the Homestead Barn Hop.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

“Spanish rice” quinoa

Tacos are a favorite in our home. We probably have some variation of them at least once a week. I love it because while it isn’t extra work, everyone can enjoy them they way they like, picking their own toppings.

My kids love “spanish rice” so I decided to try “spanish rice” quinoa to see how it would go over and it was a success!

This recipe works well on the Trim Healthy Mama plan and is an E meal. (E’s can be difficult for me, how about you?) I love this served on a salad and I use salsa as a dressing.

"Spanish Rice" Quinoa

 

Have you had quinoa yet? I know it was a grain I was totally unfamiliar with until I started my whole foods journey. Quinoa is much more dense than rice so a little goes a long way. It is also contains a good amount of protein so if you are going for a meatless meal, quinoa is a great choice.

Quinoa generally doesn’t take very long to cook, but with the added vegetables and using tomato juice to cook in, it takes extra time.

To chop up my veggies, I love this (affiliate link) tool! It was a gift from my mom and I love it. It is easy to clean and I love that my veggies are all the same size, which is easier for cooking.

 

You can also throw this recipe in the crock pot. Put everything in the crock pot and put it on low for about four hours. It doesn’t get easier than that! (Crock pot meals are awesome!)

Speaking of crock pots, I send this for lunch with my husband when he goes to work…he says it heats up well in his travel crock pot! (affiliate link) ( I LOVE this for him!) It means he gets a healthy, warm lunch with out using a microwave!

5.0 from 1 reviews
"Spanish rice" quiona
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A recipe for a spanish rice using quiona.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 2 chopped green peppers
  • 1 32 ounce jar of whole tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 6 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. If not using a crock pot, steam onions, peppers and garlic in a bit of water until soft.
  2. Add the rest of your ingredients and bring to a boil with the lid off.
  3. Turn back to low and put a lid on the pan.
  4. Cook for 45 mins to 1 hour.
  5. Serve on salad or with your favorite taco toppings.

Another easy peasy recipe. This also freezes well if you want to make a big batch and freeze some for another day.

Quinoa is a fun grain to work with….what is your favorite quinoa recipe?
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This post is linked at Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Dairy and Sugar Free Chocolate Sauce

As I struggle to find the best diet for myself, I’ve been spending time playing with old recipes in the kitchen. So far, I do much better with out gluten, eggs and who would have thought dates? I am also seeing that I’m doing better with low to no dairy.

This is seriously cutting into my dessert habits. (And I’m going through way too much peanut butter as a go to for a quick sweet fix!) However, I’m always up for a challenge. I was flipping through my recipe box and found my recipe for chocolate sauce and I KNEW I could make it be dairy free and still taste good.

THM

This sauce exceeded my expectations because you couldn’t even tell it was dairy free! Woot! You’re welcome. Add this sauce to your coffee and you’ll be making sure you never run out!

My kids were clamoring to try it as I was making it as well. They loved it. In fact, they licked the pan clean and were trying to sneak spoon fulls out of the jar. This was before it even had a change to cool! My oldest asked if I’d make this for his birthday party coming up. There is no way I could say no. :)

5.0 from 3 reviews
Dairy free chocolate sauce
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Ingredients
  • 2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 1 cup erythriol (the Trim Healthy Mama brand is non-GMO!)*
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup full fat coconut milk
  • ½ tsp.vanilla extract
  • *If you are not on the THM plan, ¾ cup of evaporated cane juice crystals is great
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in pan on low heat until everything is melted and smooth.
  2. Stir in sugar and salt.
  3. Add coconut milk and stir.
  4. Stir constantly until it begins to boil, remove from heat and add vanilla.
  5. It thickens as it cools
  6. Makes about a pint.

As far as ingredients, make sure you look at the label of your vanilla extract. It seems like an innocent item but they like to sneak high fructose corn syrup in there. I like this (affiliate link) brand.

For coconut milk I order through Amazon as well, this brand is in a BPA free can and has NO yucky preservatives. (affiliate link)

I’m picky about my cocoa powder as well… (affiliate link) this brand is a favorite.

For a non-GMO form of erythriol, the Trim Healthy Mama brand is a good source. The sweet blend won’t work for this as you need the bulk to help with the sauce.

So, while this sauce is pretty allergy friendly, I’m mean, we’re talking dairy and sugar free chocolate sauce,  it is awesome. :) Seriously.

I know some of you are allergen baking/cooking experts, tell me about some of your creations that took you by surprise. What has been your favorite thing to learn to make dealing with allergies?

This post is linked at Natural Family Today for Natural Family Fridays.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Egg Free Breakfast Skillet for One

Eggs are not a favorite of mine, in fact, for years, I wouldn’t touch one.

As a mom though, I realize how great eggs are…they are quick and so good for growing bodies. Sadly, I am reacting to eggs.

Egg free breakfast skillet for one

 

 

I didn’t think it would be a big deal being as I don’t really care of them, but my breakfasts have been sadly lacking.

Oatmeal and green smoothies were getting kind of old.

So, that is how my egg free breakfast skillet for one came about. It’s so easy. It’s also great for me to make enough to take some out for myself and then add eggs to it for the boys.

On the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this is an S meal.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Egg Free Breakfast Skillet for One
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ pound of ground sausage
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • ¼ cup of grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Fry sausage in skillet until no longer pink.
  2. Add spinach and put a lid over the pan and turn off the heat.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes so the spinach wilts.
  4. Put in your bowl and top with cheese

Let’s talk cheese graters while were are here too. (affiliate link) This grater is great…it works well with a nice handle, but also, the measuring cup at the bottom has a rubber gripper so it doesn’t slip. Love it!

This dish is so easy but so satisfying. It was the first day in a while that I didn’t miss eggs yet felt like I had a ‘traditional breakfast’.

Egg Free Breakfast Skillet for OneTell me some of your favorite egg free breakfasts! I need ideas!!

This post is linked at Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday, The Real Food Forager for Fat Tuesdays.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade Slushie

My blender is getting a work out this summer. My boys play hard…that means those little bodies sweat! Phew. They are always coming in the house looking for a drink.

Most times they get a cold glass of water but I love surprising them with fruit slushies.

Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade Slushie

I’ll make a blender full and they will down it pretty fast. Now, I use a sugar free option for me, but my boys get honey in theirs. It makes this drink so good for them.

We use these (affiliate link) Spiderman cups for the boys. They love them and so do as they are BPA free….but they are great at keeping the drinks cold without the cup sweating.

The (affiliate link) stainless steel straws are a favorite here too. You’ll love them if you don’t have any yet. They really make ice cold drinks feel extra cold.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade Slushie
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • half a lemon*
  • 1 cup of water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp. of Just like sugar**
Instructions
  1. Throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. *If you don't have a high powered blender, just use the juice from the whole lemon
  3. **You can also use a pinch of stevia or if you don't need to be sugar free, honey is great.

 

Strawberry Lemonade Slushie (sugar free)What are your favorite fruits to use in summer drinks? 

 

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*