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Chicken Lettuce Wraps


This is an easy to make, light meal. The filling is flavored with soy sauce and honey. I use Romaine lettuce in this recipe. The vegetables I used are onions, green pepper and other colored peppers, corn, carrots and green onions but any vegetables can be used.

  • 30 mins.
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
Filling
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion
1 cup chicken, boiled and shredded
1 carrot
1 cup corn
1/2 bell peppers(mixed), each
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 cloves garlic
1 green onion
Seasonings
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon black pepper
salt, to taste
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sesame oil
For Serving
1 head romaine lettuce, leaves separated and rinsed
1 thinly sliced green onions
Chopped cilantro

Steps

1
Done
20 min

Boil and shred chicken, with salt, set aside.

2
Done
5 min

Cut all the vegetables. Add 2 tablespoon olive oil to a pan, on medium heat. Add garlic to the pan and fry for a minute. Now add all the vegetables to the pan and stir-fry for 5 mins

3
Done
10 min

Add all the seasonings and cook further for 5 mins. Now add chicken and mix, take off the heat and add green oinions.

4
Done
5 min

Spread the filling on top of a Romaine leaf, add cilantro and green onions on top and enjoy!

Chicken Corn Soup

Chicken Corn Soup

As the weather turns chilly, I tend to make a lot of soup. One of the soups that I make regularly is Chicken Corn Soup. It is super easy and a crowd pleaser too.

  • 45 mins.
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
8 cups Water
1 tbsp Salt
1 tbsp Black Pepper
1/2 lb Chicken
1 cup Corn
1 tsp Red Chili Powder (optional)
1/2 cup Corn Flour (mixed with cold water)
1/2 cup Soy Sauce, Green Onions, Hot Sauce (for garnish)

Steps

1
Done
20 min

Wash and drain chicken. Add 8 cups of water to a pot, then add chicken and all the seasonings and bring to a boil then let it simmer for 20 mins.

2
Done
5 min

Now take out the chicken and add the corn and let it simmer, meanwhile shred the chicken. Then add the chicken back to the pot.

3
Done
10 min

Now add the corn flour mixture and keep stirring until all of it is mixed, bring the broth back to boil until it thickens.

4
Done
5 min

Adjust seasoning to taste. Garnish with a splash of soy sauce and spring onions and enjoy!

Cook Notes

  • Leave out corn if you are allergic or for any toher reason you cannot have them.
  • Add more water if the soup turns thick.
  • Add more cornflour if its thin and bring it up to your desired consistency.

Chicken & Veggie Rice

Chicken & Veggie Rice

This is a very easy one pot rice dinner, that is delicious and quick to make. you can add any vegetables you like here I used.

  • 1 hr 15 mins.
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
3 cups Rice
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Whole Black Peppercorns
1 lb Chicken
2 Carrots
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
5 Green Chilies
2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
3 Potatoes
1 Green Peppers
1 cup Frozen Peas
2 Tomatoes
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
Coriander Leaves, for garnish
Yellow Food Color, pinch (optional)

Steps

1
Done
5 min
  • carrots,potatoes,tomatoes,green chillies,peas
  • fried vegetables
  • chicken and vegetables dinner

Peel and chop all the vegetables except the chillies. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan, add vegetables fry for 5 minutes and take out all the vegetables.

2
Done
20 min
chicken and potatoes

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same pan. Add ginger/garlic paste, cumin, black pepper, salt and chicken and cook until the chicken is browned. Then add back the potatoes. Now add a little water and let it cook until both the potatoes and chicken are cooked through.

3
Done
10 min
  • gluten free rice
  • allergy friendly rice

Once the chicken is done, add 3 cups water and 2 teaspoon salt and let it come to a boil on high heat. Now add the rice, let it come back to a boil and cook just until the rice is almost cooked through and has absorbed the water.

4
Done
20 min
  • allergy friendly chicken and rice dish
  • allergy friendly dinner

Add back the veggies, chilies, coriander leaves and the color (if adding). Cover and simmer on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until the rice is completely cooked. Mix and enjoy.

Dairy, Egg & Gluten Free Lasagna


Dairy free gluten free egg free lasagna

This is a very delicious and easy to make lasagna recipe that is dairy free, egg free and wheat free. I use both white and pasta sauce. You can use the meat of your choice or go vegetarian. I used Daiya Cheddar style shreds for the top layer of cheese.

I boil the lasagna sheets, just until they turn soft, so that when cooking in the oven they don't stick out and burn. Another trick that I use, if I don't feel like going through this extra step, is making extra sauce and covering the top layer with enough sauce and cheese so that the sheets stay in place and cook properly.

  • 2 hour
  • Serves 12
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 pack gluten free lasagna sheets
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup or as needed white sauce
1 lb ground beef/lamb
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp crushed red chili peppers (optional)
4 cloves garlic , minced
1 onion , diced
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
1.5 cups pasta sauce
1 cup Daiya cheddar style shreds

Steps

1
Done
10 min
Gluten Free Lasagna Noodles

Preheat the oven to 350 oF. Boil the lasagna sheets just until soft then drain and set aside.

2
Done
2 min
allergy friendly lasagna sauce

Heat 2 tablespoon oil on medium heat. Add garlic and onions and cook until soft.

3
Done
10 min
lasagna meat sauce

Add meat cook until no longer brown.

4
Done
10 min
meat lasagna

Now add pasta sauce along with all the spices and herbs, cook until sauce thickens.

5
Done
55 min
  • allergy friendly lasagna
  • gluten free lasagna
  • egg free lasagna
  • dairy free lasagna
  • allergy friendly meat lasagna

Now start layering the lasagna in a casserole dish that is oven safe. First add a little pasta sauce to the bottom, then add lasagna sheets. Add meat, then again lasagna sheets. Add white sauce and lasagna sheets. Next add meat again. Keep reapeating, the top layer should be of white sauce. Then cover with cheese. Now bake for 45 minutes. (see cook notes below, for baking instructions)

Cook Notes

  • Get the white sauce recipe already on the blog
  • the gluten free lasagna noodles do break, they are not as flexible as gluten ones but they will be covered so it's not a problem
  • If boiling the lasagna sheets no need to cover the baking dish with foil.
  • If lasagna sheets are not boiled then cover the dish with foil for the first 30 minutes and take off for the last 15 minutes so that the cheese browns a little.

Mediterranean Salad


Gluten Free Vinegar Free Mediterranean Salad

This salad is a take on fattoush salad, which usually has pita chips on top but here I skipped. I also did not use any vinegar in the dressing.

  • 30 min
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
Dressing
5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp dried mint
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
4 tsps ground sumac
1 tbsp honey
Salad
1 head romaine lettuce
1 tomato
1/2 English cucumber
1 onion
6 green onions
1 tsp parsley
1/2 green, red & yellow peppers

Method

sumac, allergy friendly salad

Soak the sumac in 4 teaspoons warm water for 15 minutes. Then place all the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.

Cut up all the vegetables, in a bowl. Then add dressing as needed.

Homemade Dairyfree 'Bounty' balls

Homemade Dairyfree 'Bounty' balls

Eid is just round the corner, so I thought of making something sweet for the kids. Here is an easy recipe of homemade 'Bounty' balls, all the flavor of the traditional Bounty made dairy free. I used coconut condensed milk for the dairy instead.

  • 1 hr
  • Makes 19 balls
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 tbsp coconut oil or vegetable oil
2 cups desiccated coconut
195 ml coconut condensed milk, as required
1 cup semi sweet, dairy free chocolate chip

Steps

1
Done
20 min
  • Allergy Friendly 'Bounty' balls
  • coconut condensed milk recipe
  • coconut balls

Mix 2 cups dessicated coconut and 4 tbsp condensed milk, or just enough so that you can form balls. Refrigerate the balls for 15 mins.

2
Done
2 mins
dairy free chocolate balls

Boil water on medium heat. Place a bowl on top, add 1 cup chocolate chips and 2 tbsp oil, let it melt. You can simply melt the chocolate in microwave.

3
Done
20 min
  • melted chocolate
  • dairyfree condensed milk
  • chocolate coconut balls

Once the chocolate has melted, take out the balls from the refrigerator and dip them in the chocolate and remove immediately. Once all the balls are coated, place them in the refrigerator for another 15 minutes and then enjoy!

Pakoras


Kid Friendly, Allergy Friendly Pakodas

It has been raining alot here and with rain comes Pakodas. Pakodas are fried potato fritters and are usually served in rainy season in India and Pakistan. This is a quick and easy recipe, made with Besan (chickpea flour), potatoes and spices. A great back to school lunch or snack idea. If your kids love potatoes they will surely love this.

  • 30 min
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
oil, for frying
3 Potatoes
1 tsp crushed red chili pepper
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
water, as needed
1 cup Chickpea flour (besan)

Steps

1
Done
5 min
back to school lunch

Cut potatoes into thin slices

2
Done
2 mins
  • back to school snack

Heat oil on medium heat. Meanwhile, add all the spices and flour together, in a bowl. Add water as needed and mix. The batter should not be too thick or too thin.

3
Done
1 min

Now dip the sliced potatoes into the batter and fry until golden brown and the potatoes are done.

Pakistani Style Allergy Friendly Corn on the Cob


Pakistani Style Allergy Friendly Corn on the Cob

Corn is our family's absolute favourite vegetable to eat, in any shape or form. I remember it being sold as a street food in Pakistan. A man strolling the street with a small cart, on it a makeshift stove for grilling up the corn. After it was cooked up, it was smeared with red chilli powder with the help of half a lemon or a lime.

I have tried to recreate this recipe at home, grilling the corn on a grill pan, as I do not have a proper grill for now. If you have BBQ grill, you can use that to grill the corn. It is a very easy and delicious recipe, a little different from the usual corn on the cob.

  • 1 hr. 5 min
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil
2 Corn on the cobs
1 lemon/lime, cut in half
1/4 tsp chilli powder
salt, to taste

Steps

1
Done
60 min

Boil the corn until done.

2
Done
2 mins

Heat up a grill pan, on medium heat. Place the corn on the pan and pour coconut oil or the vegetable oil on top of each corn. Let it cook until you see sear marks

3
Done
1 min

Meanwhile, in a plate mix up the chilli powder and salt.

4
Done
1 min

Once the corn is done, take half the lemon/lime whichever you are using, dip it in the chili powder mix and rub it all over the corn, squeezing the lemon a little so the juice comes out.

Gluten Free & Dairy Free White Sauce - Roux


Gluten Free & Dairy Free White Sauce - Roux

This is a quick and easy recipe, made with cornflour, coconut milk and dairy free cheese shreds. Cornflour can be substituted for gluten free flour and coconut milk to your choice of dairy free alternative milk. The cheese is added to give substance to the roux. This sauce can be used in lasagna and pastas.

  • 10 min
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 cup dairy free milk
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp corn flour
salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup water
1/2 cup dairy free cheese shreds

Steps

1
Done
5 min

Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil on medium heat. Pour coconut milk and add a bay leaf then let it come to a boil

2
Done
2 mins

Once the milk starts bubbling, dissolve 1 tablespoon of corn flour in 1 cup of water. Mix it into the milk and let it thicken.

3
Done
1 min

Once the sauce becomes thick, add nutmeg and adjust the seasoning to your taste. Take off the heat and add the cheese to give it substance. Sauce is ready to be used.

Cook Notes

  • Always adjust seasoning to your taste
  • Simply change to your choice of dairy free milk
  • Oil can be left out if need be.

6 Simple Food Substitutes for Food Allergies


6 Simple Food Substitutes for Food Allergies

The following are six simple substitutes that I always use, when I do not have a store bought alternative at hand. They are ingredients that are usually in the pantry and let's be honest do not break the bank like the store bought counterpart.