Easy Summer Salad

with watermelon and cucumber

Corn-free / Dairy-free / Egg-free / Gluten-free / Nut-free / Peanut-free / Sesame-free / Soy-free

Easy and delicious Strawberries, watermelon, and cucumber salad
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THE STORY BEHIND THIS RECIPE

Have you already thought of how you will show your appreciation to you mom on Mother’s Day?

Why not this easy summer salad?!

There are hundreds of ways you can make your mom (or any mom) feel appreciated. However, the most meaningful gifts are usually the small gestures and attentions. They don’t cost anything and usually bring you closer together. Continue reading “Easy Summer Salad”

Tofu Scramble

Corn-free / Dairy-free / Egg-free / Gluten-free / Nut-free / OAS safe / Peanut-free  

Tofu scrambled with black beans and tomato
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THE STORY BEHIND THIS RECIPE

As I have mentioned before, one of the things a lot of people struggle with due to their food sensitivities and/or allergies is brunch!

If suffering from an egg allergy or intolerance, one usually has to settle for pancakes, waffles, granola parfait, breakfast meat, and a side of fruit. When that person is also affected by a dairy intolerance, granola parfait is no longer an option, and waffles have to come without whipped cream. What if the same person has to eat vegetarian or vegan for his/her health? or gluten-free? or what if he/she has oral allergy syndrome? Continue reading “Tofu Scramble”

Grape Berry Smoothie

Corn-free / Dairy-free / Egg-free / Gluten-free / Nut-free / Peanut-free / Sesame-free / Soy-free

Glass of Grapes and berry smoothie
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The story behind this recipe

I have to confess something…
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Pecan Banana Bread

Corn-free / Dairy-free/ Egg-free / Legume-free / Peanut-free / Sesame-seed-free / Soy-free / Vegan / Oral Allergy Syndrome safe
Note: contains PECANS and ALMOND MILK (tree nuts), but can be made nut-free

Pecan banana bread loaf just out of the oven
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The story behind this recipe

One thing we love doing on the weekend is to wake up and have coffee with something sweet while watching the news or planning our day. While this is a relaxing and pleasant way to start the day, it usually involves processed food (this girl loves her imported French biscuits!), and therefore those little bits of eggs and dairy that I should be staying away from, as well as added sugar…

Although the amount of eggs and dairy in a single cookie would not get me sick, buying packaged food means that we cannot be certain of everything that has been involved in the making of those cookies. This is very important to me as I have been trying to use more produces and natural products, and minimize the amount of artificial substances that I put in my body. In addition, since we cannot control the number of allergens that processed food has been in contact with, we cannot always safely share this little weekend routine with every friend or family member who might visit us.

So I had been looking for the best of both worlds, sweet while safer and healthier, and decided to give banana bread a try… Continue reading “Pecan Banana Bread”

Stuffed Butternut Squash

Corn-free / Dairy-free/ Egg-free / Gluten-free / Nut-free / OAS safe / Seed-free / Soy-free / Vegan

Vegan gluten-free baked stuffed butternut squash
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Last week, I decided to tackle another cooking challenge:
stuffed butternut squash.

The story behind this recipe

My mom had already made stuffed butternut squash quite a few times before I got to try it. Every time, she had sent me beautiful and appetizing pictures of that dish, even told me how to make it, but I always felt it was too time-consuming and way too much work for just two people. Little did I know that I was depriving us from a delicious picture-perfect meal… Continue reading “Stuffed Butternut Squash”

Purple Blueberry Yogurt

Corn-free / Dairy-free / Egg-free / Gluten-free / Legume-free/ Peanut-free / Sesame-seed-free / Soy-free / Vegan
Note: Contains ALMONDS

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The story behind this recipe

Like most people, I don’t particularly like change. I try something new, realize I like it, do it a few more times and before I know it, it has become part of my routine, and I end up feeling so comfortable with this repeated action that I don’t even think about nor feel like changing it.

For me, this is what happened with smoothies, and consequently my relationship with yogurt!
I had my first smoothie back when I was a junior in college, in Paris, when a smoothie bar opened just up the street, and I discovered the concept of fresh fruits blended together into a smooth, colorful, and delicious drink. I was hooked right from my first sip, and since then I have been “slightly” obsessed with smoothies and always find an excuse not to eat yogurt despite the wide range of non-dairy yogurts available out there.

That was until I messed up one of our morning smoothies… Continue reading “Purple Blueberry Yogurt”