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”! (:

Sandwich Shmandwich

I have found a new sandwich bread! I’ve been using Udi’s for toast in the morning which is great. My son won’t eat it as a sandwich though so I’ve been on a hunt for some great sandwich bread. Enter Canyon Bakehouse:

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It’s soft (not hard like many g-free breads and no funky texture) and great for making sandwiches or toasting! It is the closest bread I’ve found that tastes like “normal” bread. We’re loving it!

Sandwich Time

On a whim (and a little bit out of desperation since I have not made it to the grocery store this week), I ordered take out from the Jason’s Deli down the street from our house for lunch. I was surprised and delighted to see that they have gluten-free bread for their sandwiches! I love their chicken salad (which has pineapple and almonds I think) so I ordered it on gluten-free bread.

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I was impressed with the bread! I’ve bought g-free bread that is fair tasting, but Jason’s Deli’s bread tasted like “normal” sandwich bread. I will definitely be eating there more often! It’s always nice to find more restaurants that are allergy-friendly!

Deliteful Treats

I have to give a shout out to my new favorite bakery in town! Pure Delite Guilt-Free Cupcakery is one to try if you are in the north Dallas area! I have taken my son (who is not supposed to have wheat or dairy) there a couple of times lately for a treat. I am a true cupcake fan and have tried many a cupcake. This place has hands-down some of the best I’ve ever had! We get the gluten-free cupcakes and cookies. They also have vegan choices as well as “normal” (non-gluten-free and non-vegan) choices.

They use high quality and organic ingredients, no fillers or excess junk. They pride themselves on making truly great quality treats. They also use soy milk in their recipes instead of dairy. They use whole wheat flour in their “normal” treats. They told me you can special order items that are both vegan AND gluten-free. They do custom cakes and cake balls as well as serve coffee. Such a cute place!

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This little jewel was a gluten-free Pink Lemonade cupcake with raspberries in it and an amazing filling. Take a look at that cloud of frosting! Holy moly that was a fantastic cupcake! (Let me tell you, it didn’t taste gluten-free at all!) My son loves their sugar cookies that are decorated so cute! They also have French macaroons which look so yummy! (On my list to try.) Yesterday I devoured an Original flavor cupcake. I wish I had taken a picture because it was beautiful and delicious! It was a gluten-free chocolate cupcake with peanut butter cups baked into it with a chocolate frosting. Oh. My. Goodness. There are no words to describe the deliciousness. You’ll just have to go and see for yourself!

It’s important for us to support places like this! It’s a big deal for those of us who can’t shop at regular bakeries. To be able to take my kids and treat them to something “safe” for them to eat is such a joy! Click on the link above to check out their website! They also have locations in Ohio.

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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