Burgers and Brownies

Ooh, look what we found at the grocery store today!

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These look soooo good and are gluten-free and dairy-free! Double win! Who doesn’t love a fudgey brownie? My 3 year old son sure does! I primarily bought these to make for him. Darn you, Sugar Control Diet! 😩 Until I’m allowed sugar again, I’ll just smell them. And salivate a little. Man, I miss chocolate.

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Mmm…Chocolate heaven.

I also treated myself to lunch today since I didn’t have anything good for lunch at home and we were on the run. If you’ve never been to Smashburger or there’s not one in your area, you are really missing out! I found out today you can order a burger without a bun. I created my own with lettuce, bacon, avocado and truffle mayo. Served in a bowl with a knife and fork. Yum! I tried the Veggie Frites (flash fried carrot sticks and green beans). I decided to forego the ranch dipping sauce. Soooo tasty! I tried the Mango Tea sweetened with Stevia! All on my crazy diet plan! A greasy meal, but still on my plan and so fantastic! Check it out if you have one close! They also have amazing chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, veggie burgers and salads. We love the Smash Fries too. I so wish I had taken pictures of all that tasty goodness to share with you but I didn’t feel like ripping my smartphone out of my 3 year old’s hand at the time… Getcha some Smash stat!

Egg-Free Food Finds

One of my sons currently has a food sensitivity to whole eggs. He can have egg whites but not the yolk. It took me a while to find alternatives to the foods he had been eating, which were already gluten free and dairy free. I want to share with you what I did find, which he loves to eat (because there are plenty of alternative foods that he won’t eat)! I have a very picky eater.

This first one I give credit to my mother-in-law for finding: Perdue Simply Smart Gluten-Free Chicken Strips

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My son (and even my husband who doesn’t eat gluten-free) loves them! They’re a quick and easy meal when you have as many evening sports practices as we do and need something fast! A great alternative to fast food chicken that is not gluten-free. These are dairy-free and egg-free as well!

Next, we love Glutino Pretzels!

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So yummy! Gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free as well. They come in small twists or sticks. These are easy to send in lunches or to school for a snack. I crushed them up once and breaded chicken strips with them using this recipe from a previous post: Gluten-Free Cracker Chicken
They were even better than using the rice crackers!

My last find is Ener-G Wheat-Free Crackers

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As you can see in the pic it is free from just about everything! Egg-free crackers were the hardest to come across. My son eats them with peanut butter or makes turkey sandwiches (like Lunchables).

Side note: Unfortunately the pretzels and crackers both contain soy. I try to avoid as much soy as possible for my 2 boys (since it’s estrogen which they don’t need). Sometimes you can’t get everything you want in alternative allergy-free foods. I do my best trying to balance our circumstances, special diet needs and picky palates. I try to limit soy-containing products and feed them natural, fresh food as often as possible. Busy lives dictate the need for quick foods sometimes though and Mommy gets worn out cooking 24/7! If you’re experiencing the same struggles, just do your best and don’t feed the “mommy guilt”! (:

Cookie Time!

Yesterday my boys asked to make cookies. They love helping me bake! We chose one of our favorite box mixes:

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It’s a great sugar cookie mix where you can use alternative ingredients depending on your dietary needs. We used dairy free margarine and vanilla almond milk. Of course, my kiddos’ favorite part is putting on the sprinkles!

**This mix is best to make round cookies from my experience versus cut out cookies. If you decide to make shapes, try putting the dough into a cookie cutter (like a mold) to shape them rather than trying to cut them out. Take cookie cutter off before putting in the oven. 😉

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