Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Food Allergy Awareness Week

It is Food Allergy Awareness Week and most people are completely unaware of food allergies, yet alone a week devoted to that very cause. We as advocates have to be very diligent in spreading the news about how dangerous this epidemic has become. If you follow this blog, I challenge you to post something on your twitter page or facebook page to help spread the word this week. That being said I promise to deliver a different post today. Ok, so usually this blog is a way for me to vent about our daily struggles, well in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW), this is just a yummy recipe post. I forget to explain to people that we eat very well. I love food way too much to feel like I am missing out on anything. Let me clarify, all these following recipes are Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Nut free (peanut and tree nut).

Oreo Balls (my new favorite)

-1 package of chocolate oreos (could substitute gluten free oreos)
-1 8oz package of Follow Your Heart cream cheese
-2 bars of Bakers Semi Sweet chocolate (surprisingly dairy-free)

Place oreos in your food processor and grind until pretty fine. Add cream cheese. Mix with your hand until well incorporated (warning, a little messy). Roll into balls and place on a foil covered cookie sheet. Place in freezer. Melt the chocolate one bar at a time. When chocolate is melted, bring oreo balls out of the freezer and dip into the chocolate. Continue with each oreo ball until all are covered. Then take leftover chocolate and drizzle over oreo balls for a decorative affect. Place oreo ball in the refrigerator until time to eat. ENJOY!!!!


Brownies:

1 Box of Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix (always re-read the label b/c sometimes they change but this one just contains wheat...as of now)
1 can of Diet Coke

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and simply mix the two ingredients together-nothing more, nothing less (no eggs, no oil, etc). Pour into a greased 9x9 pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!!!

*also a Weight Watchers Recipe


Banana Muffins:

-1 cup of sugar
-1/2 cup of vegetable oil
-1/4 cup of soy milk or rice milk mixed with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (mix together and set to the side)
2 ripe bananas
2 cups of Self-rising flour
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and simply mix it all together. If you are feeling crazy add chocolate chips or whatever dried fruit you would like. Grease the muffin pan and pour in batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee in the morning or at night :)


These are just a few of my latest/favorite recipes. Hope you try them and love them as much as I do!!!!