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Baked Chicken Kebab Skewers

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These allergy friendly baked chicken kebab skewers are also called Espetada Chicken. Estepada is a Portuguese term for food that is cooked on a skewer. It can be meat, fish or even chicken. Espetada Chicken is also a famous Nando's recipe, where the chicken is skewered along with vegetables. Here I have recreated this recipe, of course with little tweaks to make it according to our diet requirements.

Marinate the meat with all the ingredients then thread on to a skewer and grill or bake as you wish. I did not have capsicum so I just used onions and tomatoes but feel free to use any veggies you like. These kebabs are usually served with rice but I like to switch things up, so I served with fries. Wedges can be a healthier option as the side too.

  • 1 hour 40 mins
  • Serves 5
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 lb boneless chicken
2 capsicum (cubed)
2 tomatoes (cubed)
2 onions (cubed)
Marinade
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons peri peri sauce
1 tablespoon mustard powder
5 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons dairy free milk
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs

Steps

1
Done
1 hour
adding spices and sauces to chicken and veggiesmixing spices and sauces
Marinate the chicken and vegetables with all the given ingredients for 1 hour.
2
Done
1 min
Preheat the oven to 350o F.
3
Done
15 min
Thread the chicken on a wooden skewer, then a cube of each - onion, capsicum and tomatoes. Repeat till all the chicken and vegetables are threaded.
4
Done
5 min
Place on a baking tray. Brush the remaining marinade on to the skewers, if any leftover.
5
Done
35 min
Bake for 35 minutes or until the chicken is done. Serve with Fries or your choice of side.

Variations

  • Use different colored capsicums to make the skewers colorful.
  • Grill instead of baking to get a smoky flavor.






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Easy Cream Puffs

Easy Allergy Friendly Cream Puffs

These allergy friendly, gluten free and dairy free cream puffs are amazingly easy to make. Usually when I make these kind of baking goods they are a complete disaster, however, this one was very easy to make and turned out quite good for an allergy friendly version, if I say so myself. My kids helped me make these. They poured in the ingredients as I stirred and then made balls. Once the puffs cooled, they filled it with the icing too. I used Cake Mate Cupcake Icing, that comes in a spray can ready to be used, along with icing tips. This icing does not have any of the ingredients that my kids are allergic to. If you find that you can not use it, you can use whipped cream or icing of your own choice or use the puffs in a savory recipe.

  • 55 mins
  • 10 cream puffs
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dairy free butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup gluten free flour
4 tablespoons water or dairy free milk
Topping
1 tablespoon sugar
Filling
1 can spray Cake Mate Cupcake Icing
Cream Puffs on a baking tray

Steps

1
Done
1 min
Preheat the oven to 450o F.
2
Done
5 min
In a medium saucepan combine the 1 cup water, butter, sugar and salt. Bring the mixture to boil, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
3
Done
5 min
cooked gluten free dough in a pan
Add the flour to the saucepan, stir. Keep stirring until the mixture pulls away from the side of saucepan. A ball should form around the spoon. Take it off the burner and let it cool slightly.
4
Done
5 mins.
Add a tablespoon of water at a time and stir to mix after each one.
5
Done
5 mins.
Cream Puff balls ready to be baked on a baking tray
Scoop a tablespoon of dough, shape it into a ball roughly (be careful the dough will be hot). Place it onto a baking tray, repeat until all the dough is used up. Sprinkle sugar on top.
6
Done
45 mins.
freshly baked Cream Puffs
Bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350o F. Bake further for 25 more minutes. Be careful not to overbake.
7
Done
15 mins.
Cream Puffs with icing as filling
Cool the puffs for 15 minutes. Then use a knife to cut the top off of each puff. Fill each puff with a squirt of the icing. Place the top back. Serve and enjoy.

Variations

  • Add a teaspoon of jam before the icing in each puff.
  • Use lemon curd or chocolate pudding as a filling.



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Gluten Free Southern Oven Fried Chicken

Gluten Free Southern Oven Fried Chicken with French Fries

This is a healthy, allergy friendly version of Southern Fried Chicken. Usually frying the chicken takes a lot of time and is a mess. This recipe is no mess and easy to make. The chicken is coated with seasoned gluten free flour and then baked to give it a healthier twist. The servings can be reduced or increased according to your needs. Serve it with fries or my homemade wedges.

  • 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
3 lb chicken pieces without skin
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup gluten free flour
1/3 cup coconut oil (or diary free butter)
Gluten Free Southern Oven Fried Chicken on a baking tray

Steps

1
Done
1 min
Preheat the oven to 350o F.
2
Done
5 min
  • Spices for the chicken coating
  • mixed spices for the chicken in a bowl
In a shallow bowl combine flour, paprika, salt, and pepper.
3
Done
2 min
Coconut oil on a baking tray to melt
Place parchment paper on a baking tray. Put coconut oil on a baking tray, place it in the preheated oven. When the oil has melted, take it out of the oven.
4
Done
10 mins.
Dredging Chicken in gluten free flour & spice mixture
Put the chicken in the flour mixture, turning to coat thoroughly.
5
Done
5 mins.
coated chicken ready for baking
Now arrange the chicken on the baking tray in a single layer.
6
Done
45 mins.
turning chicken half way through baking
Bake for 45 minutes, or until chicken is done. Turn the chicken half way through.

Cook Notes

  • Use oil instead of coconut oil/ dairy free butter.


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Quick, Easy and Dairy Free Swirled Frosting


Swirled frosting on cupcake

Don't feel like choosing which frosting to use on your cupcakes? Make a swirled frosting, this will give you two flavors in one frosting. It is very easy to do and you can wow everybody. You will need two frostings, any flavor you like or use my quick and easy dairy free Chocolate Frosting and Vanilla Frosting. After you have made the frostings, grab a piping bag and piping tip of your choice. Then follow the steps below!


What you will need

2 different flavored frosting
piping decorator tool(shown in picture below) or piping bag
piping tip, of your choice
cupcakes

Direction

two flavors of frosting in a piping tool
Spoon one frosting into one side of the bottle or piping bag. Fill the second side with the second frosting. Place the tip as required. Start decorating!

Cook Notes

  • The two sides in the bottle or piping bag do not have to be perfect.
  • Sometimes one of the frostings might not be at the tip, so you will only get one color. You might need to frost one or two cupcakes before you get a perfect two shaded swirl.


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Spicy Chickpea Salad (Chana Chaat)

Spicy Chickpea Salad

Pakistani Spicy Chickpea Salad or Chana Chaat as it is called, is allergy friendly and delicious. Usually served along with tea as a tea snack. It can also be served as a side with dinner or eaten all on its own. There are a lot of variations to this dish but as usual I have adapted it to our allergic requirements. This dish requires minimum cooking and comes together in less than an hour. The two ingredients that are crucial to this dish are Chaat Masala and tamarind pulp or Imli as it is called. These two ingredients make a world of difference on how your salad will taste. You can make both at home or use store bought. In this recipe I use store bought. Both of these are available at any Indian stores or in the international section of the grocery stores.

  • 45 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
2 cans (398 ml) chickpeas
chaat masala, to taste
1 teaspoon or more tamaraind pulp
2 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed
1 onion
1 tomato
cilantro leaves, for garnish
2 green chilies, deseeded (optional)
Pakistani Chana Chaat

Steps

1
Done
30 min
Boil, peel and cube two medium potatoes.
2
Done
5 min
While the potatoes are boiling, drain and rinse the chickpeas.
3
Done
10 min
cubed vegetables
Cut all the vegetables into cube.
4
Done
5 min
  • spices and vegetables added to the bowl
  • Mixed Spices and Vegetables
Take a mixing bowl. Add chickpeas, all the vegetables, chaat masala and tamarind pulp (you can add more of masala and pulp as needed to suit your taste). Mix and enjoy.

Cook Notes

  • For homemade tamarind pulp: soak about 1/2 pack of tamarind in water. Water should be just enough to make a thick paste
  • When using store bought tamarind pulp, if you are going to add more than 1 teaspoon of the pulp, be careful as it can turn the chaat black. It does not affect the taste though.


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Air Fryer Gluten Free Honey Chicken

Air Fryer Allergy Friendly Gluten Free Honey Chicken over a bed of Rice

This is a healthy, allergy friendly version of Honey Chicken because of no deep frying. I have air fried these to give them a crispy texture, which feels like almost no effort made in the cooking since air fryer does all the job and the sauce comes together in no time. Can be served as a quick weeknight chicken dinner. I have used coconut oil but you can use any oil or dairy free margarine you use. If you have corn allergies simply increase the amount of gluten free flour you are using and leave out the corn flour. I feel when air frying the less flour the better the chicken comes out otherwise all the flour is stuck on the basket of the air fryer.

  • 45 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
Marinate
1 lb boneless chicken cubes
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon gluten free flour
oil (according to manufacture's instruction)
2 tablespoon corn flour
Honey Sauce
2 tablespoon coconut oil or dairy free butter
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1/ teaspoon red chili powder
1/ teaspoon crushed red chili
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon honey
Garnish
green onion, as required
air fried honey chicken

Steps

1
Done
35 min
gluten free chicken fried in air fryer
Marinate chicken with all the given ingredients, fry in the air fryer for 35 minutes or according to manufacturer's instructions.
2
Done
5 min
  • frying garlic and crushed red pepper for the allergy friendly sauce
  • Adding all the sauces to the garlic and red pepper mixture
In a pan, heat coconut oil, fry garlic, add the rest of the sauce ingredients, let it simmer for a few minutes.
3
Done
2 min
Adding the chicken to the sauce
Toss in the fried chicken, mix well so the sauce coats the chicken pieces. Garnish with green onions. Serve over boiled rice.

Cook Notes

  • If you are not using soy sauce, use salt to taste instead.
  • Use oil instead of coconut oil/ dairy free butter.
  • If not using corn flour increase the gluten free flour (add same amount as corn flour).
  • For more sauce add 1 cup chicken stock or water before adding the chicken, let it come to a boil then add the chicken.


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Dairy Free Chocolate Frosting

Quick and Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Frosting on a Cupcake

Don't you feel any recipe you make with chocolate, you can never go wrong, you don't have to worry how it is going to turn out just because chocolate makes everything better. Here is a very quick and easy to make chocolate frosting recipe. It is similar to the vanilla frosting I made earlier, just with added cocoa. It's dairy free and can be made allergy friendly according to your allergies. I have used coconut oil and coconut milk but they can be substituted for any dairy free milk and butter alternatives.

  • 10 mins
  • 12 cupcakes
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 and 3/4 cups icing sugar
1/4 cups unsweetened natural cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut or any dairy free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut oil or any dairy free alternative, softened
pinch salt

Steps

1
Done
5 min
  • Add all the ingredients to the bowl
  • Chocolate Frosting ingredients mixed
Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a whisk or electric mixer until peaks form.

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Baked Corn on the Cob

Baked Corn on the Cob

I was craving corn on the cob but since I cannot grill, I used the next best alternative which is baking the corn. When I did a search on google for baked corn recipes, a ton of recipes came up. I adopted the different recipes to suit our allergies. I have used olive oil instead of butter and kept it simple with just salt and pepper. So the next time, you are craving for corn on the cob, give this recipe a try. Super easy, juicy and sweet.

  • 20 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
2 corn ears
olive oil, as needed
salt & pepper, to taste
foil, to cover the corn

Steps

1
Done
1 min
Preheat oven to 350 o F.
2
Done
5 min
Remove the husks from the corn.
3
Done
1 min
Place foil on a baking sheet, should be big enough to wrap the corn
4
Done
2 min
Brush with olive oil then sprinkle salt and pepper.
5
Done
30 mins
Wrap the corn with the foil. Place in the oven and bake until the corn is done(30-40 minutes)
Allergy Friendly  Baked Corn on the Cob


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Homemade Gluten Free Croutons

Gluten Free Croutons

These allergy friendly gluten free croutons are easy to make. When I made these, my daughter had the whole bowl of them on their own. You can use any kind of herbs and spices of your choice. Can be made with gluten free bread or with regular bread. Use as a topping on your favorite soup or salad.

  • 20 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
2 slices gluten free bread
splash olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon or to taste garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon or to taste onion powder
pizza seasoning herbs or any other of your choice, sprinkle as needed

Steps

1
Done
1 min
Preheat oven to 350 o F.
2
Done
5 min
  • two pieces of gluten free bread
  • gluten free bread cut into cubes
Take two bread slices and cut them into cubes. Place on baking sheet.
3
Done
5 min
olive oil, herbs and spices sprinkled on cubed gluten free bread
Sprinkle olive oil and then the herbs and seasonings. Mix and spread into a thin layer.
4
Done
2 min
Baked croutons until golden brown
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Take out of the oven, cool and use as topping on your favorite soup/salad.
Homemade Baked Gluten Free Croutons



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