Snacks, Uncategorized

Worry-free School Snack Duty

What do you do when it is your turn to provide classroom snack at your kid’s school? You might choose to run the other way when the Room Parent tries to sign you up for the snack duty role. You might even sign up, but then ask yourself “how do I feed a bunch of other people kids?!?!”. Throw in the many dietary restrictions that could exist in a classroom of hungry kids and your role may now seem like an impossible feat.

Don’t fret. I have snack duty every five weeks at my youngest daughter’s school. Because she has food allergies and eats only halal food, I like to make my snack duty day fun and inclusive. I don’t have anything against the parents who bring those notorious fish shaped cheese crackers, or gummy snacks, or cheese sticks. Those are super convenient snacks that you can easily find in bulk. I just know that I always have to pack my kid a snack from home everyday so that any allergic reactions at school snack time can be thwarted.

Your snack duty day does not have to be dreadful or stressful. Kids like having a break from school work and having something good to eat. So are you stuck for snack ideas? Here are some quick and yummy ideas for that inevitable snack duty day. Please note that these are nut-free, seafood and fish-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and halal snack ideas. If there is an allergen listed below that exists in your kid’s classroom you can adjust accordingly and or make sure to keep separate from the other food items to avoid cross contamination.

1. Carrots, apples, and pretzels with a nut-free dip

2. Popcorn (plain, olive oil, or salted), pumpkin seeds, and raisins

3. Bagels and dairy-free cream cheese (or dairy-free butter), cucumbers, and blueberries

4. Mini quesadillas with dairy-free cheese, carrots, and grapes

5. Graham crackers, applesauce, and carrots

6. Nut-free butter pinwheels, celery, and bananas

7. Corn chips, guacomole, and beans

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Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Ramadan, Recently Discovered, Snacks, Sweets, Uncategorized

Costco Haul: June 2017

When I first heard of the big box stores that sold bulk items, I immediately thought that those stores existed only for business owners or rich people. Then I moved to California when I got married. I became my husband’s plus one (+1) to his Costco account. Since you only get one extra Costco membership card without any additional fees, I felt honored to have access to this store. I couldn’t wait to see what products were sold and what was the big deal (literally and figuratively). Once inside I immediately noticed how there is something for everyone in this huge store. If you are newbie shopper or a frequent shopper at Costco, it can get overwhelming.  I want to spotlight some items that you may not have noticed.

1. Organic non-dairy milk. As you know, an Allergic Halal Foodie is dairy free. Most likely you will drink non-dairy milk when eating your cookies. There is a lot of allergy safe cookie eating in an Allergic Halal Foodie’s life, so why not save time and money by buying your dairy-free beverage at Costco. It has a long shelf life, too.

2. Organic dates. With Ramadan this month, this item is a handy addition to your Costco shopping list. They’re organic and delicious. It is sunnah for the fasting Muslim to break their fast with dates and water. Not interested in sunnah practices of breaking your fast with dates, you have plenty of ways to eat dates like this homemade Twix bar that uses the dates for the caramel. Yum!

3. Organic maple syrup. The uses of maple syrup is vast. In addition to using it to drizzle onto homemade dairy free Belgian waffles, I like to use it for quick allergy friendly barbeque (equal parts of ketchup and maple syrup) and teriyaki (equal parts of soy sauce and maple syrup) sauces. Yes, it is really that simple to make those 2 sauces.

4. Halal Lamb Roast. Sometimes you can’t or don’t want to make an extra trip to your halal butcher. Alternatively, Costco has halal meat! It doesn’t get any sweeter than that…

5. Organic pasta. Most “gourmet” pastas have egg. Costco has an organic pack of pasta that is egg-free. True foodies know that there are endless options with pasta meals. 

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