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Recipe: Arepas

I feel kind of silly giving you this recipe, because it is so stinkin’ easy! But if your family doesn’t have any ties to South America like mine does, you may not be aware of this simple, versatile, and delicious food staple.

a stuffed HLW arepa

You can read a history of arepas on Wikipedia, if you like. I’ll just tell you that they are basically…corn flour pita pockets.

I’m sure millions of Colombians and Venezuelans are shaking their collective fist at me for describing their national dish so rudely. But hey, they’re made out of corn flour, and (at least in many places) split open and stuffed full of deliciousness. If they’re not split, then the toppings go on top, which is also like pita bread! So...

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Recipe: Mac & Cheez (vegan)

My nearly-5 year old has become increasingly sensitive to dairy again, over the past few months. I have no idea why, except that she is very sensitive in lots of areas right now, what with all the hormonal and developmental shifts that happen to little kids at this age. That her gut is responding to all the emotional upheaval does not surprise me; our bodies are very complex machines!

She is very sad that she can’t have dairy, so tonight for a treat I whipped up a batch of SusanV’s famous “Cheeze” sauce.

I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go over. Miss Priss used to love nutritional yeast flakes (we call it “Orange Stuff” and she’d sprinkle it on everything!), but in the past year...

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Recipe: Sloppy Joes

As you know, I don’t cook a whole lot of meat. And when I do, it needs to be as hands-off as possible, because I am very squeamish about meat fluid touching me or my workspaces. Mmmm…meat fluid. ;)

This sloppy joe recipe is perfect: you just throw the ground beef into the skillet and push it around a bit with a spoon. If you slide it out of the butcher paper correctly, you don’t even have to get your hands wet!

Plus, it makes the tastiest sloppy joes I’ve had in a long time. The sweet/sour/savory balance is perfect.

Sloppy Joes

(adapted from Dixie Caviar’s version)

1/2 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 carrots, chopped **
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup spinach leaves, chopped very...

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Recipe: Polenta Soup

I made this soup on Monday and posted the link to it on my personal Facebook. When several people made and enjoyed it also, I thought I’d put it up here as well!

Polenta Soup

(a modified version of this Rustic Spinach and Cornmeal Soup from BitchinCamero, a favorite food blogger of mine)

6 cups vegetable broth
3/4 cup polenta
3 tablespoons potato flour (AP flour if you’re not gluten free)
3 tablespoons olive oil (or butter, if you prefer)
4 cloves garlic, peeled
Sea salt
2-3 handfuls spinach leaves, torn
2-3 handful other greens (I used mustard greens and chard)

Bring broth and peeled garlic cloves to simmer in large saucepan; cover to keep warm. Whisk polenta and flour in...

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Recipe: Stir Fried Something with Snow Peas and Peppers

My husband is a huge snow pea fan, but not a huge lover of stir fry (he prefers his veggies raw). However, I figured that this stir fry would appeal to him. The snow peas and peppers are flash fried and then barely cooked with the sauce. I make them just barely tender so they don’t turn into the soggy steamed vegetable mess that he despises!

I used tempeh in my stir fry, but you could use extra firm tofu, steak (like the original recipe calls for) or any other meat.

It’s difficult for me to not add garlic to everything I touch, but the ginger is just fine on its own in this recipe. The sauce is flavorful without being overpowering. Everyone wants seconds!

Stir Fried Something with...

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Recipe: Wheat free, dairy free oatmeal cookies

I invented this recipe when I was still on a very limited diet due to my breastfeeding baby’s allergies. I actually haven’t made this recipe since 2007 and honestly don’t know if it would even be that tasty to someone who hasn’t been sorely deprived of all grains but rice for the better part of a year!

But here you go. Have at it! Feel free to use other add-ins: chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, chopped dates, nuts instead of sunflower seeds…

Wheat-free Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 1/4 c. brown rice flour
- 2 c. quick oats*
- 1 c. Sucanat (or brown sugar, or whatever)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 c. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all...

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Snippets: How (and why) to eliminate dairy (and/or soy)

I’m compiling a list of resources here for anyone who needs to drop milk products from their diet. I run into this question a lot from breastfeeding moms with fussy babies and want to have a starting point for them. I will definitely be adding to this list over time, but I wanted to get it published right away for a mama in need.

Eliminating dairy is one of the first things I suggest for infants with digestive issues or excessive fussiness. Dairy elimination is also a great first step in reducing ear infections in kids.

When removing dairy from your diet, don’t automatically replace everything with soy substitutes. Many babies with milk intolerance are also sensitive to soy (the proteins...

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