Monday, January 10, 2011

boom choco boom chocolate candy bar

boom CHOCO boom dairy-free chocolate bar
Score! We could hardly contain our excitement when we found these dairy free chocolate bars at Whole Foods. Opened one right there in the aisle and had the girls taste test. Once I got two thumbs up, we grabbed a handful. I'll be packing these now when we go to birthday parties. It'll be their cake alternative when all the other kids are having cake and ice cream.

Made by Enjoy Life Foods, it's made with rice milk and also happens to be nut, soy and gluten free.

What an exciting day.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

beef stroganoff

diary-free beef stroganoff (missing the baby spinach)
adapted from paul deen's recipe, completely de-dairy-fied.

don't use the typical stroganoff noodle, it has eggs. i used campanelle noodle, it has the same wriggly edges as stroganoff.

ingredients:
• 1 1/2 pound steak, cut into thin strips
• house seasoning* (see below)
• all purpose flour
• 2 tbspn olive oil
• 2 tbspn earth balance buttery spread
• 1 medium onion
• 1/2 head garlic
• 8 ounce fresh mushroom
• 1/4 cup sherry (i used any red wine, turned out fine)
• 2 cup beef broth
• 1 cup tofutti sour cream
• baby spinach
• 1 lb cooked campanelle noodle

*house seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/8 cup garlic powder (original recipe calls for 1/4 cup but this was too spicy for the girls)
store mixture in an airtight container for future use. 

directions:

1. season the steak strips with house seasoning, then dust with flour. heat olive oil and buttery spread in a large skillet and brown steak quickly. remove from skillet.

2. saute garlic and onion in the same pan until onion is cooked. add mushroom, then sprinkle 2 tspn of flour. add the steak back into pan. continue to sautee until flavors are blended.

3. add sherry, mix. add beef broth. cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

4. remove from heat, then add tofutti sour cream and mix. add spinach and cooke noodles and serve.

Friday, January 7, 2011

homemade pizza

homemade dairy-free pizza
not bad for forgetting about it in the oven. see how burnt the cookie sheet is? somehow the pizza turned out fine. an impromptu pizza made with whatever we had in the fridge. really.

crust:
pillsbury pizza crust

pizza sauce:
all out of spaghetti sauce, so i mixed ketchup with a dash of salt, oregano and garlic powder.

toppings:
hot dog sliced super thin to look like mini pepperoni and sliced onion

cheese
vegan cheddar cheese

it doesn't look dairy-free, but it is!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

extreme pizza

Canadian Bacon & Mushroom Pizza
ORDER. PIZZA. WITH. NO. CHEESE. duh, don't know why i didn't think of this before. we scream "pizza night" at our house along with the rest of america now. but be careful, the popular toppings like pepperoni and sausage usually have a milk ingredient. i know extreme pizza by our house doesn't brush their crust with butter. always ask before ordering.

the girls' favorite dairy-free pizza:
1. no cheese
2. canadian bacon topping
3. with tomato sauce
4. repeat, "no cheese"

the photo is our first pizza. i ordered it with mushrooms, but the girls ended up picking it off. i actually took a bunch of pictures at the place of the girls eating the pizza, posing with the pizza, posing with the pizza box... the folks in there probably thought we were tourist.