Cranberry parfait

I can’t resist Trader Joe’s Cranberry sauce. I by it every year and try to find a new recipe to use it in.

This year it was Cranberry parfaits. A two ingredient recipe, cranberry sauce and yogurt.

It makes a pretty pink color if you mix it up. It was a great lunch addition to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Fun Popcorn for movie day!

It’s the end of the school year and it seems like everyday we need a snack to of with the days theme.  Today is movie day so that means popcorn.  We air pop our popcorn.  Today we melted two tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave to drizzle over the top and then added LOTS of colored sugar sprinkles.  Let’s hope movie day is as festive as the popcorn.

Homemade Unicorn Smoothies…Dairy Free!

Everyone has been abuzz about the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino.  Of course it’s a little scary to get drinks there when you are dairy allergic so…. here is what we did.

For the Pink portion:

  1. 1 cup of ice
  2. 1 cup of strawberries
  3. 1/4 cup mango nectar
  4. 1/4 cup SoDelicious coffee creamer (Plain)

Blend in mixer.

For the Blue/Purple portion:

  1. 1/2 cup blue berries
  2. 1/2 cup SoDelicious coffee creamer (Plain)

Blend in mixer

Fill glass half full of Pink then drizzle Blue down the sides of the glass.  Add some more pink and then top with CocoWhip and sprinkles.

Yum! -SB

Hippeas!

Starbucks is one of our favorite places.  It is always a bummer standing in line looking at all the pretty pastries in the case.  We have shed many tears and had more than one argument about can we have it-NO!

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So it is always exciting when there is something new in the packaged products that maybe we can eat.  This fall it has been the Hippeas.  The Fajita flavored ones are the preferred flavor.  I can even eat the regular flavored ones. (No Nightshades!) And who doesn’t like a product with a pun for it’s name.

We give Hippies two thumbs up! – SB

 

Gluten-free Rice Crispy Treats

I was lamenting at a gluten-free event how I was sad Gluten-free Rice Krispies were no longer being sold in the USA.  The person looked at me like I had been living under a rock.  “ALDI’s Crispy Rice cereal is gluten-free” she said.

 

I went to ALDI that day!  At the time I did not shop at ALDI much.  The last time I had been there there was not much of a selection for my family.  The new gluten-free line of products is good, there is soy flour in the cookies which makes them a “No” for us.  The Crispy Rice Cereal however was a “Yes”!  So were the marshmallows!

Rice Crispy TreatsTo make the treats I followed the directions on the marshmallow bag, and used Earth Balances Soy-free spread in place of butter.

I also used a tricked learned from one of our favorite teachers.  Heat the marshmallows and butter in a glass (or your favorite Pyrex) bowl in the microwave.  I don’t use my microwave very often, but this is one of my reasons for loving them.  There are no after pictures because we ate them so fast.  Next time I will melt some dairy-free chocolate chips on top.  Yum.

I hope you enjoy this school time treat as much as we do.  SB

Fall Snack

It is that time of year again, everything is PUMPKIN!  I love this combination for breakfast, lunch or just a snack.  Udi’s bagels are a staple.  I love using them for sandwiches and even blitzing to make bread crumbs.  I try to keep all three flavors of Daiya cream cheese in the fridge.  The strawberry is hard to find so when it does run out I pray that the two places that carry it have it in stock.  This is a perfect snack for watching the leaves fall or curling up on the couch on a dreary day.