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Mushroom Quiche, Gluten AND Dairy Free

Mushroom Quiche, Gluten AND Dairy Free

Quiche is so yummy, and so off limits for so many kids in my practice – until this gluten and dairy free mushroom quiche option worked out perfectly! I combed many sites for a way to do this that met my criteria for no dairy or gluten, and, tasted really good. I ended up with this amalgam of my own that worked really well.

You will need a gluten free pie crust for starters. You can buy these in the frozen section of most supermarkets now, but I don’t love those, and I don’t mind making my own. I use Bellas’ Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix for this, and it’s a snap. I have made my own for years but like this product and recipe better for pie crusts. I’ve even cut the back of the box out and tucked it into my recipe binder in my kitchen so I can grab this recipe fast, any time…

 

So, either buy or make a GF crust, bake it for ten minutes while you assemble the quiche ingredients, and let it cool. When your filling is ready, the crust will be too.

Mushroom Quiche, Gluten AND Dairy Free
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No compromise here. Classic quiche taste and texture that will satisfy even the most hardened cheese lovers.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 pieces 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 pieces 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 50 minutes
Mushroom Quiche, Gluten AND Dairy Free
Print Recipe
No compromise here. Classic quiche taste and texture that will satisfy even the most hardened cheese lovers.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 pieces 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 pieces 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50 minutes 50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. Prepare your pie crust per package instructions if you've bought a mix (See product and image above). Whether you'e made your own crust or purchased one, once it's ready, place it in a 400 degree oven and bake for ten minutes. Once it is done, set it aside, but keep your oven ready: Reduce heat to 375.
  2. Slice mushrooms into thin segments and chop onion fine. Heat a skillet to medium and add the ghee (or olive oil, coconut oil, or vegan spread of your choice). Sauté the onions first, for about two minutes, to just soften. Then add mushrooms and reduce heat to low. Sauté until mushrooms are lightly but not completely cooked, about 3 minutes; remove from heat before they spill a lot of water into the skillet. If they do, drain it off before placing in your pie crust later.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, almond milk and spices until frothy and evenly blended.
  4. Spread the cooked vegetables evenly in the pie crust. Pour the egg mixture over all. Lay tomato slices gently on top of the egg and vegetable filling in a ring pattern, around the outer edges of the mixture, working your way in toward center of the quiche. If desired, add cheese substitute shreds and sprinkle on top. You may also use any grated cheese your family tolerates here if desired, like Manchego (sheep cheese) or hard goat milk cheddar.
  5. Place the quiche on a baking sheet to prevent spillage and drips in your oven. Bake at 375 for 45 - 50 minutes or until the top has puffed up and browned, and the quiche is set when given a gentle shake. Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. The top will settle when cooled.
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Paleo Chocolate Tahini Millionaire Bars

Paleo Chocolate Tahini Millionaire Bars

Paleo + Chocolate + Tahini in an easy recipe? I’m in! This is my new favorite recipe, and there are several versions of it around. These are basically classic Millionaire Bars, adapted to fit into grain free, dairy free, egg free, and no cane sugar parameters. Millionaire Bars have been a favorite in Scotland for years, where they may have originated, and where you might see them with names like Caramel Shortbread, or Millionaire’s Slice. They start with a shortbread crust, have a caramel middle, and chocolate layer on top. Decadent!

The recipe I am using here is adapted from this one which happens to be vegan as well as Paleo. Luckily, it’s easy to adapt Millionaire Bars to a Paleo version. The sweet relies on maple syrup here – a lot of it. That brings up the question of whether maple syrup is Paleo. If it is, how much is ok?

This is a recipe that in itself – in my opinion – is too sugary to be valid as Paleo. We know that native North American tribes made and enjoyed maple syrup – there’s even a legend that it made them lazy and less interested in other food – hmmm! It was indeed in the hunter-gather repertoire, at least in the northeastern US.

But, if you’re looking for a sweet treat for kids who can’t eat peanut, wheat, dairy (including butter), or eggs, and you’re avoiding processed sweeteners, this is an good option for a special occasion or happy after school snack.

I haven’t yet tinkered with the maple syrup to tahini ratio in the “caramel” layer, but there may be some room there to reduce the syrup. This will reduce the volume overall of the caramel layer, unless you likewise up the tahini, or other ingredient. Some recipes use dates and less syrup. It may work to blend in an unsweetened additional nut butter (almond or cashew?) if your child tolerates that, and sweeten with some stevia, to make up for reduced syrup.

Changes in my version include adding some flax (technically a seed, not a grain) to enhance the crust, plus a different source for the chocolate chips (I like Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips) – yes they have soy lecithin. In my experience, this is not a deal breaker for IgE soy allergy or for soy exorphins potential.

I also suggest a different timing for firming up the middle layer, which took much longer than the 30 minutes suggested in the recipe I worked from. I found that the “caramel” layer needs a good two hours in the fridge to set. I got even better results when I let it set overnight.

Once you’ve got this easy recipe assembled, keep stored in fridge or even the freezer if you like. The tahini-maple caramel will soften to runny texture at room temperature.


Paleo Chocolate Tahini Millionaire Bars
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Easy to make. Just leave time for each layer to set, and you're good to go. Salty chocolatey caramel-y goodness, without the wheat, dairy allergens, or cane sugar!
Servings Prep Time
12 bars 30 minutes
Passive Time
2+ hours
Servings Prep Time
12 bars 30 minutes
Passive Time
2+ hours
Paleo Chocolate Tahini Millionaire Bars
Print Recipe
Easy to make. Just leave time for each layer to set, and you're good to go. Salty chocolatey caramel-y goodness, without the wheat, dairy allergens, or cane sugar!
Servings Prep Time
12 bars 30 minutes
Passive Time
2+ hours
Servings Prep Time
12 bars 30 minutes
Passive Time
2+ hours
Ingredients
Base Layer "Shortbread" Crust
Middle "Caramel" Layer
Chocolate Layer On Top
Servings: bars
Instructions
For The Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line an 8x8 inch square pan with baking parchment (a 9x9 pan will be too big).
  3. Melt the coconut oil (microwave or stove top). In a medium bowl, mix it with the almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Use a fork to blend it together so it forms a thick crumb texture. Add to pan, and use your fingers or the bottom of a glass or jar to evenly press it down into the pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, and allow crust to cool at least 10 minutes before adding caramel mixture. You can place it in the fridge to speed this part up.
For The Caramel Layer
  1. Add the tahini, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract and sea salt to a medium pot. Place over medium-low heat for approximately 2 minutes. Stir until evenly blended and smooth.
  2. Pour over the cooled crust. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours or longer, ideally overnight, for a firm, evenly chilled crust. Freezing is not recommended to hasten this part. It can change the texture of your caramel to have icy crystals on top that will melt to water on serving.
For The Chocolate Layer
  1. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or on stove top, with the coconut oil. Stir to blend together til smooth. Spread this on your chilled and hardened caramel layer. Place it back in fridge to harden, about 30 minutes or longer.
Recipe Notes

Leave time for each layer in the process to set, and you're good to go. Make the base crust ("shortbread") layer, which bakes in just 10 minutes. Let it cool, then spread on your "caramel" layer. This takes longer to set. Ideally, refrigerate the caramel layer overnight for a good hard set. At a minimum, refrigerate it for two hours before adding the chocolate layer (which is a snap to make in microwave). Though the original recipe suggests placing this in the freezer if you're in a hurry to set the caramel, don't. It will change the texture so that ice can form at the top of the caramel. This will become watery at room temp. Once all assembled and firmed up in your fridge, it's fine to store these Paleo Chocolate Tahini Millionaire Bars in your freezer if you like!

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Favorite Gluten Free Christmas Cookies – with Paleo Option

Favorite Gluten Free Christmas Cookies – with Paleo Option

A shortbread cookie classic, perfect for holiday time. These are adorned with sugar sprinkles, but if you find those objectionable, use any preferred frosting or icing, raisins, grated dark chocolate, or cinnamon. For a sugar free frosting, click here.

Favorite Gluten Free Christmas Cookies - with Paleo Option
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Easy and less sugary than most cookies. Coconut sugar is used here, but brown sugar is excellent too, if your family can tolerate it. Makes a couple dozen cookies, more or less depending on how thick you like them. See notes below for organic and dye free sprinkle ideas. For a Paleo version, see substitutions below.
Servings Prep Time
24-36 cookies 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
9-15 minutes 9-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24-36 cookies 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
9-15 minutes 9-15 minutes
Favorite Gluten Free Christmas Cookies - with Paleo Option
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Easy and less sugary than most cookies. Coconut sugar is used here, but brown sugar is excellent too, if your family can tolerate it. Makes a couple dozen cookies, more or less depending on how thick you like them. See notes below for organic and dye free sprinkle ideas. For a Paleo version, see substitutions below.
Servings Prep Time
24-36 cookies 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
9-15 minutes 9-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24-36 cookies 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
9-15 minutes 9-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease two cookie sheets with coconut oil, and line with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter or ghee (at room temperature, not melted) in a stand mixer and cream until white. This may take a few minutes. Meanwhile, blend the flours, xanthan gum, and salt in a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. When butter is soft and white, add sugar, and continue beating til fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla, and stir in the dry ingredients. Keep mixing til you have a soft cookie dough.
  4. Lightly dust a counter top with GF (white rice flour will work better than brown rice) or Paleo flour (tapioca or manioc will work better than almond flour). Roll the dough out into a round that is 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. If you like a golden glaze finish, brush with egg yolk and coconut milk (or heavy cream). Use cookie cutter rounds or holiday shaped cutters to cut cookies, and place on baking sheet. Dust with your choice of sprinkles, grated chocolate, or cinnamon.
  5. Roll leftover pieces out again, and repeat the process of cutting cookies, placing on sheet, and sprinkling with whatever you like. After cookies are on sheets, you can set raisins in each cookie if preferred.
  6. Bake for 9-18 minutes, depending on thickness. Don't over bake. Edges will be light golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack. Once cooled, you may frost the cookies if you like.
Recipe Notes

Sprinkles are available dye free, organic, or plain old artificial everything - use what works in your house. If kids can tolerate these, an occasional exposure is something to let them enjoy and celebrate with friends and family!

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Tuna Manchego Souffle

Tuna Manchego Souffle

There’s no reason why kids – any kids – can’t eat good, real food. Adapted from a New York Times recipe, this recipe is modified for allergy by omitting all bovine dairy and all gluten sources. Manchego (sheep’s) cheese is the substitute for stronger Parmesan and Gruyere cheeses. The spice is dropped for kids’ palates here too, by omitting Tabasco and using the milder (and less allergenic) Manchego. The result is a pleasing, easy to eat, nourishing meal that kids with feeding or texture issues can enjoy.

Tuna Manchego Souffle
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Your kids can feel fancy and enjoy a truly nourishing, restorative food in this dish. Use straight-sided ramekins for baking; use four 1.5 cup capacity ramekins for four adult servings, or six 1 cup capacity for six toddler size servings. I find that Manchego cheese from Spain is routinely available at my local Costco.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Tuna Manchego Souffle
Print Recipe
Your kids can feel fancy and enjoy a truly nourishing, restorative food in this dish. Use straight-sided ramekins for baking; use four 1.5 cup capacity ramekins for four adult servings, or six 1 cup capacity for six toddler size servings. I find that Manchego cheese from Spain is routinely available at my local Costco.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 Servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using wax paper or paper towel, grease bottoms and sides of your ramekins with ghee. Place them in the refrigerator to chill before baking.
  2. Melt a tablespoon of the ghee in a saucepan, and add onion. Cook on medium heat til softened, 2-3 minutes. Add finely minced tuna and stir til warmed through. Remove it from heat and set aside on a plate or cutting board. Don't let the tuna onion mixture dry out by overheating.
  3. In a 1 quart sauce pan, bring almond and coconut milks to barely a simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
  4. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan and add GF flour blend. Stir rapidly with a wire whisk to smooth, blended texture. Then add warm milk, and whisk rapidly until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  5. Blend the starch (tapioca, potato, or arrowroot) with the water to an even smooth blend in a small cup. Add it to the simmering mixture. Whisk in the mustard, Worcestershire, cayenne, salt and pepper. The mixture should be thick and smooth but not sticky. If it is too thin, remove a half cup of mixture to a small dish and add a half teaspoon more starch. Blend to thicken, then add this back to the pot, and stir steadily on medium high heat until it thickens.
  6. Add egg yolks and continue briskly whisking the mixture for a few seconds, then remove it from heat.
  7. In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  8. Stir grated cheese into the warm mixture, then add about a third of the beaten egg whites. Stir quickly until well blended. Then add the rest of the egg whites and fold them in gently with a rubber spatula.
  9. Fill chilled souffle dishes to about 3/4 full. Arrange dishes on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake 20 minutes, until well puffed and golden brown on top. Serve immediately.
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Bing Cherry Raspberry Sauce (Soup?)

Bing Cherry Raspberry Sauce (Soup?)

I made this soup – er, sauce – as one of many options for my son when he had wisdom teeth removed. He loves bing cherries, but couldn’t eat them. So, remembering a bing cherry soup I had eons ago, I searched for an option he could eat, without cane sugar, coconut sugar, dairy products, or gluten. It was supposed to be a cool summer accompaniment to our (pureed) dinner, but he decided that this was more like a rich sauce than a soup. I decided he was right. It is lip smacking good without being too sweet, perfect for drizzling over melon chunks, Lemon Sponge Custard, or Honey Brownie Cake (both Paleo friendly), pancakes or waffles, or for stirring into your kids’ favorite plain yogurt (goat, cow, coconut, or what have you). Or, just as soup!

Bing Cherry Raspberry Sauce
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Eat this as a warm or cool soup if you're game, with chopped fresh mint sprinkled on top, or just drizzle it on your favorite accompaniments.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 20
Passive Time
15
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 20
Passive Time
15
Bing Cherry Raspberry Sauce
Print Recipe
Eat this as a warm or cool soup if you're game, with chopped fresh mint sprinkled on top, or just drizzle it on your favorite accompaniments.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 20
Passive Time
15
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 20
Passive Time
15
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except coconut milk in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until cherries are soft and raspberries disintegrate, about 8 minutes.
  2. Remove lemon chunks as well as any lemon seeds you may have missed before.
  3. Pour into a food processor or high speed blender and puree.
  4. Place a strainer over the sauce pan. Return the berry mixture back to the sauce pan through the strainer, to capture raspberry seeds. Allow to drip for about 10-15 minutes. Use a wooden or rubber spatula to press the mixture through and scrape it off the bottom side of the strainer.
  5. After as much of the berry mixture has been returned to the pot as possible, stir in coconut milk evenly and serve as small soup servings. You can also chill this to serve as a cold summer soup, or drizzle over fruit, desserts, waffles, pancakes or yogurt.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is modified from a recipe in Saveur Magazine for Hungarian Chilled Cherry Soup.

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