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Jhat Pat Chicken


plate of Jhat Pat Chicken

Jhat Pat Chicken is a very quick and easy recipe and a little different from your regular chicken dinner. Ideal for weeknight meal when you are running around for after school activities or come home late from work and have no time for an elaborate dinner. This is an ideal recipe for those nights.

Jhat Pat is an Urdu word which means quickly or promptly, which is what this dish is. It comes together in no time and can be served with bread of your choice or boiled rice. Usually boneless chicken cubes are used but I just used bone-in chicken pieces, which add to the flavor.

Here it is made allergy friendly and healthier by:

  • Vinegar Free: Using lemon instead of vinegar to give a tang to the dish.
  • Using honey powder instead of sugar to give it a healthier twist.

  • 00:45 mins
  • Serves: 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
2 lb skinless bone-in chicken pieces
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 tablespoons lemon juice
8 whole red chilies
1 onion, cubed
1/2 green and red pepper, cubed (each)
1 tablespoon ginger/garlic paste

Steps

1
Done
5 min
Cut all the veggies into cubes.
2
Done
2 min
cubed and stir-fried onions, green and red peppers
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add the vegetables along with the red chilies and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Take out of the pan and set aside.
3
Done
1 min
In the same pan, add the rest of the oil and ginger/garlic paste. Fry until fragrant.
4
Done
30 min
chicken cooking in a pot
Add the chicken and all the spices and seasonings, fry on high heat for a few minutes. Then lower the heat, add a 1/2 cup water and let the chicken cook through until tender.
4
Done
5 min
Add the vegetables back into the pan and simmer for five minutes. Serve with bread or rice.

Cook Notes

  • Soy Free: Leave the soy sauce out and season with salt to taste.
  • Vegetables: use different colored peppers or onion to make the dish colorful.
  • Use boneless chicken cubes for even more faster cook time.




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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas


Spicy Roasted Chickpeas in a bowl

This is a quick and easy recipe of oven roasted chickpeas. It is allergy friendly naturally. You can make it as spicy or mild as you want. It is ideal for snacking. You can pack it easily as a school or work snack or even an after school snack. This recipe was approved both by my husband and daughter, who actually ate the whole bowl that you see. This is also a very healthy snack as it is homemade and does not contain any additives.

Some interesting facts about chickpeas:

  • Chickpeas are the second most widely grown legume in the world
  • They are sometimes used as a caffeine-free alternative to coffee
  • Chickpeas have different colors not just beige, they come in green, black, brown, red and even pink colors
  • Last but not the least, they are a good source of fibre and protein
  • 00:35 mins
  • Serves: 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 can 540 ml chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps

1
Done
5 min
Preheat the oven to 350o F.
2
Done
1 min
Drain and pat dry the chickpeas. Transfer to a baking sheet.
3
Done
2 min
  • adding olive oil to chickpeas
  • adding salt to chickpeas
  • adding cayenne pepper to chickpeas
  • chickpeas with spices on a baking tray ready to be baked
Sprinkle all the spices and oil then mix. Spread into a single layer.
4
Done
35 min
gluten free dairy free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas on a baking tray
Roast in the center of the oven for 35 minutes, until golden, shaking gently half way in between.

Cook Notes

  • Crispy Chickpeas: turn off the oven and let the chickpeas sit in the oven for further 10 minutes.
  • Milder Chickpeas: use less of the cayenne pepper or leave out completely .





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3 restaurants we ate in London England


driving towards on the wandsworth roundabout

Recently, we went to London England for about a month. The weather was pleasant enough with some hot days thrown in, with a whole lot of rainy, gray and gloomy weather, it's England after all. The good thing is I have my family there, so it is always fun to visit. Mostly we ate home cooked meals, some of which were made by my extended family. I am grateful to them for keeping my children's food allergies in mind when cooking, asking me questions and clearing things up, if they were confused, to avoid any disasters. My kids are allergic to dairy, egg, wheat, fish, nuts, vinegar and lentils. Some of them are severe but I have been lucky enough not to worry about cross-contamination. Only when they actually ingest a said allergen or touch it do they get a reaction.

Occasionally, we went out to eat. This is a review of three of the places we went to and what my children thought of each place. When going to eat out, anywhere, I have to keep in mind the following two things to select a place to eat:

  • The place has to be halal
  • Do they offer allergy friendly options or have items on the menu that can be eaten by my kids.

I will not be mentioning cross contamination, since it is not an issue with us. Also all of the places we went to were halal. Those of you who do not know what halal is. Halal is the process of meat preparation as prescribed by Muslim law.

Disclaimer: None of the restaurants mentioned claim to be allergyfriendly. Please consult the restaurant before deciding to go there.
gluten free dairy free egg free burger patty and fries

Red Iron Burger

This restaurant is situated in Uxbridge. It was the longest distance from where we were staying, which was in South London. It took us about an hour's drive to get there. However, the food is worth all that traveling. It is an upscale fast food joint serving burgers and non burger items such as nachos and wings. It also has a few vegetarian options as well as desserts and milkshakes. However, I did not see a kids' menu.

food allergy sign at red iron burger

Most of their menu have the top eight allergens like gluten, dairy etc. They do have a sign near the cashier stating that you should notify the server if you have any allergies or intolerance. So I asked the server and they said they were able to serve the meat patty without the bun along with fries. The patty is only meat and spices. I did not opt for the wings as they are covered in some type of sauce which almost always have vinegar, which my kids can't have.

Kids' Opinion

Kids found the patty a bit bland on it's own and also a bit big to finish off. Offering gluten free buns would be a good idea.

wheat free and allergy friendly chicken strips and fries with fruitshoot juice

SteakOut Meat House

As the name suggests it is a steak franchise, there are various locations around England. They offer a wide variety of steaks from meat to poultry to seafood. They also have some vegetarian options available. There is also a kids menu. I ordered Chicken strips, from the kids menu. This was the only option that did not contain any of the allergens, only chicken and seasonings with a side of fries and Fruitshoot juice bottle. This was also the nearest and cheapest of the three meals. However, I did not see any allergy warnings.

Kids' Opinion

They were able to finish off their plates but did not comment whether they liked it or not.

free from allergens Sirloin steak and fries at affogato norbury england

Affogato

Affogato is located in Norbury in South London. It is more like a breakfast cafe. It offers a wide variety of breakfast and brunch items as well as burgers and salads. They serve an all day breakfast and then lunch from 11 am on wards. It also has a kids menu and also an allergy sign on its menu.

So I was able to discuss with the server and they suggested the sirloin steak as nothing on their kids menu was allergy friendly. My daughter also ordered a Fentimans Rose Lemonade which was ok but there smoothies are a real treat.

Kids' Opinion

My daughter wanted to go back there again as she enjoyed her meal very much.

  • bottle of fentimans rose lemonade at affogato norbury england
  • smoothie from affogato norbury england

So to conclude, we found that Affogato to be the best out of all three, because of the location, their taste and smoothies, even though they worked out to be a little more expensive than Steakout.

Affogato Norbury Red Iron Burger Steakout Meat House
Allergy Awareness
Co-operative Staff
Kid's Menu
Halal


Disclaimer: None of the restaurants mentioned claim to be allergyfriendly. Please consult the restaurant before deciding to go there.






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Quick, Easy, Gluten Free and Egg-less Rainbow Cupcake Cones


Quick, Easy, Gluten Free and Egg-less Rainbow Cupcake Cones

This Quick, Easy, Gluten Free and Egg-less Rainbow Cupcake Cones recipe was requested by my Instagram followers. I actually came across this recipe while my daughter was browsing Youtube videos. She likes to watch recipes that are unusual. She showed the recipe to me and insisted on making it. Of course, it was full of allergens that my children cannot consume. So I adopted the recipe to make it allergy friendly. The recipe is basically similar to how you would make a cupcake but instead of putting the batter in cupcake liners you put them in ice cream cones and bake. Here I used gluten free ice cream cones, which are usually available in the organic section of the grocery store, if you are in North America.

I will let you in on a secret, I am not a very good baker. The things I bake mostly turn out a disaster, especially if I am adapting the recipe to suit our dietary needs and even more if they are deserts. So I stir clear of baking mostly. I also tend to use baking mixes, simply because they are quick, easy and mostly disaster proof. So here I have used a baking mix, which makes this recipe a breeze to make. However, the main part of this recipe is not the cake ingredients but how the batter is used to make it into a cupcake cone. So you can use your own recipe or any white/golden cake mix. For some reason we only use four colors and that gives us enough batter for each color to make 10 cones. If you use more than four colors you might need more cake batter to make 10 cones.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning, I will earn commission, if you click through and make a purchase.
  • 00:45 mins.
  • Makes: around 10
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 pack gluten free cake mix
a few drops assorted food colors of choice
10 gluten free ice cream cones
muffin baking tray

Steps

1
Done
5 min
adding the ingredients to the bowlmixing the gluten free batter
Preheat the oven to 350o F. Meanwhile, prepare the cake batter according to instructions or use your own recipe.
2
Done
5 min
  • divide the batter between four bowls
  • adding color drops to each bowl
  • mixing the colors into gluten free batter
Divide the batter into four bowls. Add a few drops of any food colors you like, a different color in each bowl and mix.
3
Done
2 min
adding gluten free ice cream cones to muffin tin
Take a muffin tray and put a cone in each muffin holder.
4
Done
5 min
  • layering the batter into cone
  • adding orange gluten free batter
  • adding green eggless batter
  • adding egg free red batter
  • filled up wheat free cones
Now take a colored batter and fill each of the cones with a teaspoon of the batter. Repeat with each color until all the cones are filled.
5
Done
40 mins
baked Quick, Easy, Gluten Free and Egg-less Rainbow Cupcake Cones
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the toothpick when inserted into the centre comes out clear.

Cook Notes

  • Make sure to use a different teaspoon for each color.
  • Use your own recipe instead of a cake mix.
  • Use more than just four colors of your choice, adjust the batter accordingly.
  • Use chocolate cake mix to make chocolate cupcake cones.



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Easy Chicken Shashlik with Gravy


plated Easy Chicken Shashlik with Gravy and No Vinegar

Shashlik is derived from Turkish word shish which means skewer. The recipe originates from Turkmenistan, which has Turkish influence in its cuisine. The meat is marinated in spices and vinegar then skewered and grilled, along with some veggies typically onion and bell pepper. The meat can be lamb, chicken or even fish. Overtime, there are various versions that have developed as the recipe has traveled places. This particular recipe is Pakistan inspired. Since it is Pakistani variation, it's got to have gravy in it. This dish is usually served alongside Hakka style Chinese dishes as it has a little Chinese influence due to the use of soy sauce.

For this particular recipe I have used chicken. This Easy Chicken Shashlik with Gravy comes together effortlessly. I did not skewer the meat or grill it even, just simply stir-fried it. I have used lemon juice in it instead of vinegar. To make the gravy for the recipe it usually calls for chili garlic sauce and ketchup. Since we don't use these sauces due to vinegar. I have substituted them with pasta sauce and added chili pepper flakes, green chilies and minced garlic to add the flavor. Serve it over a bed of rice or a salad for a healthy version.

  • 01:00 hr.
  • Serves: 6
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 lb chicken boneless, cubes
1 green bell pepper, cubes
2 tomatoes, cubes
1 onion, cubes
Marinate
2 tablespoons soy sauce (for substitution: see cook notes)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 & 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
salt, to taste
1/2 tablespoon paprika powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
Gravy
1 tablespoon garlic paste
3 tablespoons oil
5 tablespoons pasta sauce of choice
1 & 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce (for substitution: see cook notes)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1 green chili, chopped
salt, to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper, crushed
1 teaspoon red chili, crushed
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chicken stock
corn flour, as required (for substitution: see cook notes)

Steps

1
Done
35 min
adding spices to the chicken to marinate
Marinate the chicken with all the marination ingredients for 30 minutes.
2
Done
4 min
After 30 minutes add oil to a pot, add marinated chicken. Fry on high heat for 4 mins until the water dries. Take out and set aside.
3
Done
2 min
stir frying the chicken and vegetables
In the same pot, add a teaspoon of oil. Add all the chopped vegetables and stir fry for 2 minutes. Take out and set aside.
4
Done
1 min
saute the green chili and garlic
Again in the same pot add the rest of the oil, the garlic for gravy and green chili. Cook until fragrant.
5
Done
10 mins
  • sliced tomatoes cooking for gravy
  • adding spices and sauces
  • tomatoes cooked to paste
Add 3 tomatoes and all the sauces and spices (for substitution: see cook notes), cook until the water dries out of the tomatoes and becomes like a paste.
6
Done
5 mins
thickening the gray with corn flour
Mix the stock and corn flour, (for substitution: see cook notes), together and add to the tomatoes. Bring it to boil. Cook to desired thickness.
7
Done
3 mins
adding the chicken and the veggies back to pot
Now add the chicken and vegetables back to the pot and simmer for 3 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve with rice.

Cook Notes

  • Soy Free: simply omit the soy sauce.
  • Corn Free: substitute for equal amount of gluten free flour.
  • Add more or less of the corn flour/stock, to get the desired thickness of the gravy.
  • Substitute vinegar for lemon juice,if you can.



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Allergy Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs


Allergy Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

I adopted this recipe from The Domestic Rebel to make it allergy friendly. I make both allergy friendly and regular versions of these bombs and everybody loves them. The Allergy Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb has three components.

  • The chocolate chip cookie dough is not baked, so does not have the eggs in it. I substituted it for the gluten free version. Since it did not require eggs, so was perfect for us.
  • The cookie dough is then covered with a brownie layer, which is baked, cooled and uses frosting to mold into a shape of the ball.
  • The outer coating is just melted chocolate topped with either chocolate chips or you can even use Enjoy Life Mega Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks. (see below)
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning, I will earn commission, if you click through and make a purchase.
  • placing enjoy life mega chocolate chunk on top
  • sprinkled mini chocolate chips

I have made these balls from scratch as well as from store bought mixes, both work well. You can make it the following three ways:

You can make these as big or as small as you want. However, the bigger the size the more difficult it is to finish it off and becomes quite heavy so mini bites are ideal.

  • 01:55 hr.
  • Makes: 20
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 pack gluten free chocolate chip cookie mix or use this recipe
1 pack gluten free brownie mix or use this recipe
Dairy Free Frosting - store bought/homemade, as required
melted dairy free chocolate, as required
mini dairy free chocolate chip or chocolate chunks, for garnish

Steps

1
Done
5 min
preparing gluten free and egg free chocolate chip cookie dough
Prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough as per the instructions - DO NOT BAKE.
2
Done
20 min
  • making ball out of the cookie dough
  • a tray of balls ready to go in the fridge
Take about a teaspoon of the dough and make a small ball. Repeat until all the dough is used up. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
3
Done
1 min
Preheat the oven to 350o F.
4
Done
30 mins
gluten free egg free baked brownie
Prepare and bake the brownie as per the instructions. Let it cool.
5
Done
5 mins
mixing the brownie and dairy free frosting
Once the brownie is cooled, add the frosting and brownie together in a bowl and mix.
6
Done
20 mins
  • flattening a piece of brownie
  • covering the cookie dough with brownie
  • made a ball
  • a tray of the balls ready to go in the fridge
Take the cookie dough balls out of the fridge. Take about a tablespoon of the brownie and flatten it on your hand. Place a cookie dough ball in the middle and mold the brownie around it into a ball. Repeat until all the brownie is used up. Refrigerate for 15 minutes again.
7
Done
15 mins
  • melting dairy free chocolate for outer coating
  • dipping the balls into the melted chocolate to cover
Now melt some chocolate, dip a ball in it and roll it around to cover it with the chocolate. Place it back on the tray. Repeat until all are done.
8
Done
20 mins
  • topping with enjoy life mega chocolate chunk
  • topping with enjoy life mini chocolate chips
Sprinkle some mini chocolate chips or place the chocolate chunk on top of each ball. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Cook Notes

  • Adjust the bomb size according to your liking.
  • Use a the chocolate chip/chunk as the melted chocolate too.
  • Do not bake the cookie dough just use it as is.
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