Summer Chicken Salad (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free and Nightshade-Free)

I often make sandwich salads.  The kind of salad you put on a sandwich, tuna salad, ham salad, and chicken salad.  It helps to have something prepped to have for lunch or a snack for when days get busy.  I like this salad by itself, with some salad greens from the garden, or on a slice of gluten-free bread.

If you are nightshade-free make sure to check your mayonnaise.  I make my own mayonnaise using sunflower oil, eggs, and lemon juice.  If you are using store bought lok for one without paprika.

Summer Chicken Salad

  • Servings: Approx. 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Salad Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery (I like to use some Lovage leaves also)
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red/purple onion
  • 1/2 can drained mandarin oranges

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (I often use just 1 teaspoon)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine dressing ingredients and mix until combined
  2. Combine salad ingredients and mix
  3. Pour on dressing and mix until well coated
  4. Enjoy!

 

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Denver Sushi Review (Okinawa and Motomaki)

When traveling our safe food is Sushi.  It can easily accommodate for our Celiac needs and food allergy avoidances.  Following are the two restaurants we visited while in the Denver area.

After hiking Dinosaur Trail we headed to the city of Golden.  The town is cute and has lots of shops and restaurants.  We ate at the new Okinawa.  It had some great options and I was excited there was a roll with fruit and greens I could have.

Our waitress was knowledgable and helpful and we had a wonderful lunch.

The next day after hiking around Red Rock we ate at Motomaki in Lakewood.  Motomaki is Sushi Burrito’s and Bowls.  It is much like a Chipotle where you choose what goes in your Burrito or Bowl.  There menu is clearly marked with the gluten-free ingredients and the employees were happy to answer questions we had about any ingredients.   The sushi burrito was good and the bowl looked tasty.

I would return to either of these places to eat.  Thank you to both these Sushi restaurants for making our allergy travels safe.

 

Snacks for flights (Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Soy (Protein)-Free and some Nightshade-Free)

Traveling with Celiac and food allergies always take more planning a preparation.

For the I bought chips, chocolate, and other sweets for the flights.  I bought enough safe snacks for the flight to Denver and the return flight.  I put half in my checked bag for the return flight.

 

For this trip I bought my favorite BoBo’s Bars.  I like the original and the Apple Pie flavors. I like to carry three in my carry-on for flights.  I bought my nightshade eating child Kettle Chips, and for me Heart Keenwah “Herbs de Provence”  .  For treats I had Sunflower Butter Cups Free 2 B, and one mint cup, some Junior Mints, CoComels, and Pumpkin Seed barkTHINS.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to find two of our staples at the Denver airport on the way back.

One thing I learned is that some granola type bars (like my beloved BoBo’s) can cause your bag to be searched.  During one of my last trips the TSA agent (who knew what BoBo bars were!) had told me to put all my food in a separate bag inside my carry-on and have it go through the x-ray machine separately.  When they asked if I had any snack bars I was able to remove the separate bag and send it through on it’s own.

What do you take with you on your flights for snacks?  Do you buy anything in the airport?  Happy allergy travels!

 

Ham Salad (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Tree Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, and Nightshade-Free)

I try to make a sandwich spread each week.  One that I love is ham salad.

Finding a ham that is free from maltodextrin is hard to find.  There is one at Aldi that is Gluten-Free and Maltodextrin-Free (also free of dairy, soy and nuts).  I like to use it for this sandwich spread.

It is also hard to find mayonnaise that is free from paprika.  I usually make my own mayonnaise and hope to get a video up soon of that recipe.

I like to have this with thickly sliced cucumbers that I use to scoop up the ham salad.  In the above photo my lunch consisted of ham salad, chopped kale, cucumbers, and mustard greens from my garden.

Ham Salad

  • Servings: Approx. 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup ham
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 dill pickle spear
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to food processor and blend until desired texture.  I like mine to still be a little chunky.
  2. Transfer to airtight container to be stored in fridge for a few days.

Like most combined salads this is best made a day ahead of time.

As things become ripe in my garden I often add them to this salad – lovage, chives or chive blossoms, radishes, or other herbs.

Enjoy – Susan

Summer party planning….

For my household summer is finally here.

Organizing wise I am washing and packing away the rest of the winter coats.  I had packed away the boots and snow pants a few weeks ago.  My kids are older and the amount of “after school’s out” paper deluge is becoming less and less.  In fact I only have one packet of papers from one child and a small pile from the other. Such a relief.

We are having a few friends over to celebrate the end of school and are planning a super simple menu.  Chips and salsa, fruit, drinks and some yummy baked goods.  (Including the awesome little sugar cookies in the above picture!)

In the garden I have lots of seedlings coming up and have planted plenty of tomato plants.  I know, “but you can’t eat tomatoes”! But I feel a vegetable garden is not a garden without tomatoes. So this year I have 5 different types, and a few pepper plants too.  My favorite part of gardening is letting things bloom and go to seed.

Garden 5/28/2019
Carpet of seedlings.
Garden-2 5/28/2019
Carpet of seedlings.

In part of my garden I currently have a blanket of fennel, dill, cilantro, mustard, and borage seedlings.  It smells heavenly when you walk through them.  I’ll pull most of it up in a few weeks when I plant another round of seeds.

The Nourished Festival is in Chicago this weekend.  If you are new to Celiac/Food Allergies it is a great place to get know companies that truly care about allergy friendly foods.  If you have been living with Celiac/Food Allergies for awhile it is always good to scope out the new finds and sample some of the new products that will be in stores soon.  I shared the event on the Cygnet Organizing facebook page and if you buy tickets ahead of time there is a discount.

Part of being an AllerCoach™ is Auto injector education.  Always have at least two auto injectors with you.

Can you spot the auto injector?
Can you spot the auto injector?

I’m not sure I would be brave enough to not have my auto injector secured inside of something, but this made my day to see this woman biking.  I usually use a running belt to hold my Auvi-q’s and phone while biking, but may need to get a real bike shirt.

I hope summer arrives for your home soon.  -Susan

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad (Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Nightshade-Free)

I love this salad and have made it for multiple potlucks and parties. The dressing is what makes the salad. It is creamy and garlicy and wonderful!

I make it both with chickpeas and without. I often cut up the veggies the night before and make the dressing right before the event. Since the dressing is avocado base it does turn a little gray after 24 hours. Leftovers still taste good!

Enjoy this yummy salad.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

  • Servings: Approx. 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Salad Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups Broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cups Cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup Corn (I use frozen)
  • 1 can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 1/4 cup red/purple Onion, diced
  • 1/8 cup Parsley, finely chopped
  • Chives for garnish

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 cups Avocado
  • 1/2 cup Mayo
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tsp Coconut Aminos
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. To prepare salad combine all salad ingredients.
  2. To make dressing put all dressing ingredients in food processor and blend till creamy.
  3. Combine dressing and salad, garnish with chives.
  4. Enjoy!