Snacks, Sweets, Uncategorized

Chocolate Rice Crispy Treat

What happens when you mix chocolate rice cereal, dairy-free and allergen-free butter, and halal marshmallow? You get a delectable classic rice crispy treat.

Ingredients:

  1. Chocolate rice cereal (I chose this brown rice cereal with less guilt)
  2. Halal and allergen free marshmallows (I usually use either one of those two brands) 
  3. Dairy-free and allergen-free butter

Recipe:  

Melt allergen-free butter and marshmallows (in a pot on the stove or microwave). Pour chocolate rice cereal into the melted marshmallows. Pat down and shape with a silicone spatula. Cool in fridge. Eat and enjoy!

**I chose to shape these treats in a casserole dish and then I cut them into squares. I also didn’t list the quantity of ingredients used because you can tailor this simple recipe to your taste. I used less rice cereal than marshmallows because I never had halal marshmallows when I was a young girl. I really don’t need to explain how I subconsciously try to make up for lost times…**

These were my results.

  

You can see the excess of white marshmallows. If this isn’t your desired result, just add more chocolate rice cereal to the melted mixture before the batch hardens and before placing in the fridge.

 

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Recently Discovered

Whipped Cream

I recently discovered dairy-free whipped cream! Rice whipped cream (for those gluten-free or soy-free folks) or soy whipped cream. Whether it is for your hot chocolate or to top off your desserts, it is vegan and halal so indulge yourself! 

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Snacks, Sweets

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I love oatmeal raisin cookies, especially with a sandwich, or with a glass of cold milk, or with a cup of hot chocolate, or as an anytime of the day snack. I am particularly a fan of the chewy, soft oatmeal raisin cookie without nuts. I have mostly gobbled down oatmeal cookies that have eggs and/or dairy butter as an ingredient.  I have tasted a few vegan oatmeal raisin cookies, but those usually contained nuts or weren’t as tasty nor chewy.  I found the best vegan oatmeal raisin cookie and it is located at Trader Joe’s.  Bravo to Trader Joe’s for accurately naming this cookie Chewy, chunky oatmeal raisin cookie. It is a perfect title. Notice how they put vegan inconspicuously on the label, too? It is probably because vegan foods typically have the reputation of not being as delicious as its non-vegan counterpart. 

The additional good news is that the bag contains a very generous amount of cookies for a very low price. Check out the pictures. And yes, the bag is empty less than 24hours after purchase. I really love oatmeal raisin cookies…

  

 

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Snacks

Cheesy snack

Call it however you would like (Cheesy crackers, Cheez-its, Goldfish crackers, Cheese squares, etc), but everyone can appreciate and crave a cheddar cheese snack or binge.  These Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares have succeeded in creating a delicious cheesy snack.  I initially purchased this for my children when I saw this at our favorite expensive natural food store.  Since I don’t have a dairy allergy, I decided that I should have the honor of taste testing and comparing it to the dairy cheese snacks before I offer it to my children. Unabashedly, I ate the whole box.  In my defense the box isn’t that big (based on my foodie standards) and they taste great, without the junk food guilt! Luckily, I had another box and the children loved them, too.

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Dinner, Lunch, Snacks

Fried Chicken Bites

Who doesn’t love fried chicken?!?! If you have dairy or egg allergies, you are used to hearing fried chicken recipes using egg or buttermilk as a binding agent for the flour coating. Even the store-bought fried chicken or restaurants have allergens that keep me away. Believe me, I have looked and am always looking for convenient and good food! Hence my solution is to make it myself. I discovered that cooking up this halal, dairy-free, egg-free dish when I’m craving fried chicken was my best option. This super easy recipe can be easily paired with anything or nothing and it is still delicious. Watch out because you might find yourself eating this more frequently than expected (Ok, maybe that’s just me…).  

Ingredients:

Raw boneless and skinless chicken breasts

Flour

Soy milk (or any dairy-free milk)

Salt (and/or optional multi-seasoning)

Oil

Preparation:

Cut up the chicken breast into small pieces of your size preference. Season the chicken pieces to your taste.  Put flour into one bowl with a dash of salt and stir. Put soy milk (or any dairy-free milk of choice) into another bowl. Pour oil into a frying pan and heat up the oil in the frying pan on your stovetop. Dip each of the chicken pieces into the dairy-free milk then dip into the flour. Dip each chicken piece again into the dairy-free milk and then dip each piece again into the flour. Shake off excess flour of each piece and then place each chicken piece into the hot oil. Fry on each side evenly. When each side has reached the desirable shade of brown, remove from the fried chicken pieces from the hot oil, placing the fried chicken pieces onto a plate with a towel to catch any oil underneath. Then towel blot the top of all chicken pieces to absorb any excess oil. 

This doesn’t taste as delicious when it is reheated in the oven. Tastes best when eaten hot, but then again there usually aren’t leftovers to reheat when you make these chicken bites…
  
 

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Dinner, Lunch, Recently Discovered

Dairy-free mozzarella cheese

I love cheese. I could blame the lasting effects of French colonization and its influence on my heritage or it could just simply be that foods taste so good with cheese. I do have dairy cheese in my house, but because of the allergies in my household, I always stock dairy-free cheese. Which one is best? There are so many choices for dairy-free cheese. I know, because I have purchased and tried most of them. I usually buy Daiya’s dairy-free cheese products. They have a variety of styles  (shredded, slices, block, wedges, etc) and flavors (mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, etc). I typically purchase Daiya products at Whole Foods, but when I saw that Trader Joe’s now sells a dairy-free mozzarella shredded cheese for less than $3.50, I was elated! I still buy Daiya products (which are never less than $5), but love the idea that a convenient, cheaper option exists.

It was almost hidden. I regularly frequent Trader Joe’s and I am always on the lookout for new and edible products. I even check different Trader Joe’s locations, as they tend to stock based on customer demand. Initially, I always only noticed that they have a soy-cheese alternative block style, but it isn’t dairy-free. It has dairy in it. This dairy-free shredded mozzarella package is located among the other packages of dairy cheese shreds.

I use it in a variety of ways like for pizza, manicotti, salad toppings, lasagna, even Alfredo sauce when I don’t have dairy-free parmesan cheese in stock. Enjoy!

  

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Breakfast, Recently Discovered, Snacks

Tasty Dairy-free Cream Cheese

The New Yorker in me couldn’t help but to buy this and of course ate it with…a bagel. I was happy when I found this at Trader Joe’s for less than $3. I was happier (and relieved) that I didn’t have to trek to that very well known, very expensive natural foods store to buy a dairy-free product. This product gets two thumbs up from me and one of my children. I already have plans to make dairy-free cheesecake, dairy-free cream frosting, and…

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