Kids in the Kitchen

The Gluten-Free Lunch Box Blues

The Gluten-Free Lunch Box Blues

It can be a challenge living gluten-free (or with any other food sensitivity).
When Samuel was younger it was much easier because he was not yet subjected to peers that ate differently than him. Once he was in school full time, I had to negotiate with him about the lunch foods that I packed for him. I wanted to send healthy foods such as “green soup” which is a family favorite at our house but the mixture of cruciferous vegetables made his lunch smell sulfurous which then resulted in his peers teasing him. He came home and animately announced that I should never send that green soup in his lunch again.

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Gluten Free | Sweets for your Sweetie

Gluten Free | Sweets for your Sweetie

Holidays can be such a challenge for those following a restricted diet. Avoiding gluten, dairy and soy (present in most chocolate in the form of soy lecithin) is hard enough and now add color-dye and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), such as high fructose corn syrup to the mix, and one can go into overdrive.  The holidays that are coated in red color dye are the most troublesome for us (Valentine’s day, Christmas). I am convinced after five years of observation that color dye is Sam’s number one behavior trigger. I joke during my presentations on “connecting the...

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GFCF (Dye Free) Cake Pops

GFCF (Dye Free) Cake Pops

I always have my eye out for creative holiday GFCF treats. There are so many food items that my son cannot have that I strive to make the most of what he can have. After seeing an infomercial for a cake pop pan and an advertisement for vegan white chocolate chips, I thought I’d give this GFCF cake pop idea a try. For the cake batter, I used Pure Pantry’s chocolate cake mix. I’ve never used Pure Pantry so I was curious about it. I followed the directions on the bag and I can’t believe how beautiful the cake balls turned out. They were perfect and there was no batter...

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Valentine Treats

Valentine Treats

I am on an endless quest for healthier and fun holiday treats for my son. I find it stressful to deal with holidays, birthdays and any other event that offers buffet tables of food my son and I should not eat. As I’ve delved deeper into a healthy eating style, I’ve become so conscious of the toxic junk our children are consuming and its effects on their health that I no longer can even donate my son’s candy he receives at various events. I’m sorry to say that if it makes its way to my home, it goes straight in the garbage. I decided that if I don’t want to...

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Product Review – King Arthur GF Cake Mix…OMGoodness!

Product Review – King Arthur GF Cake Mix…OMGoodness!

In my opinion, King Arthur Flours (KAF) has always been the “Cadillac” of baking products. I used King Arthur flour when I was a “gluten eater” and now that they have a full line of gluten free baking products, I suspect this will continue to remain true. KAF was kind enough to provide me with many samples of their GF products to review. The first box I opened is the GF chocolate cake mix. My son, Sammy, celebrated his half birthday at school this past week and wanted a chocolate cake. Pamela’s brand of GF cake mix has always been my favorite but OMGoodness,...

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Double Choco Chunk Cookies – OMGoodness!

Double Choco Chunk Cookies – OMGoodness!

As you may know, every now and then, a product, restaurant or recipe earns an “OMGoodness” rating from me. Well, this is one of ’em. This cookie is a chocolate lover’s dream. Cybele Pascal’s Allergen-free Baker’s Handbook is my favorite baking cookbook. The Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe was the first to win the approval of my household – even my gluten eaters. Now this Double Choco Chunk Cookie recipe has as well. The cookie plate was clean in no time flat and I have to say that they were not that hard to make. If you’re a chocolate...

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