Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Vacation

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The Tasty Alternative is on summer vacation.  

We will return at the end of August.  

 

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 120: June 4, 3014

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 118: May 21, 2014

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Friday, May 16, 2014

5 -Ingredient Chocolate Free & Sugar Free Frosting

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My son turned 5 years old yesterday!  My kids are starting to look VERY BIG to me these days. I’m loving the independence each year brings, but I would love to hold them each again as a baby (until they start crying and pooping – the fantasy ends there).  The teenage years will be here before we know it so I am ever reminding myself to treasure small moments and not let the silly stuff feel so big.    

This year for his birthday, Ethan asked for chocolate cake.  That sounds great, however, I don’t give my kiddos chocolate after dinner and so close to bedtime (I don’t even eat chocolate right before bed)!  So we compromised.  I am going to make chocolate cupcakes for his birthday party this weekend, but for his birthday yesterday I made a vanilla cake with strawberries and a NEW frosting that looked like chocolate.  I was thinking a lot about the frosting, as I have several different recipes for frosting (both vanilla and chocolate) but they both include a lot of coconut and require refrigeration.  I have to share that it was 100 degrees here yesterday and I didn’t want to make the usual coconut based frosting that melts all over the place in the warm temperatures.  So I called upon my friend Ricki’s recipe for inspiration.  I’ve made her chocolate buttercream frosting many times and it’s one of my absolute favorites.  So I used 2 ingredients from Ricki’s recipe (sweet potato and a nut butter) to make a nice chocolate alternative frosting that actually has only 5 ingredients and free of any added sweetener.  This would be the perfect frosting for a one-year-old’s cake.  It’s full of nutritional ingredients and free of common allergens (use sunflower seed butter in place of cashew butter).  The verdict? My kids loved it.  Even my daughter who is a big chocoholic like daddy said it was great.  It does have a date taste to it, but the carob provides a nice malty flavor.  I am sure this would taste great with raw cacao powder (and maybe a few drops of stevia to offset the bitter). Best part of this frosting…it holds up at room temperature…and held up great in our warm 80 degree house.  It did not melt and did not wilt.  Yay for a fun new frosting!! 

5 Ingredient Chocolate Free & Sugar Free Frosting
 
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Earlier in the day, bake a small sweet potato (you need a total of 1 cup) on 400 degrees until tender (this takes about 45 minutes). You know the sweet potato is ready when it starts leaking out its juices and feels nice and tender to the touch. Set aside and allow the sweet potato to completely cool.
  2. In a food processor fitted with the S blade, add in the soaked and drained dates, the cooled sweet potato, cashew butter, vanilla, and carob powder and blend until well incorporated.
  3. Spread onto cake or fill pasrty bag and top cupcakes.
  4. I made one batch of this cupcake recipe and instead of blueberries, I used strawberries.
Notes
*For nut free, use homemade sunflower seed butter in place of cashew.

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May 2014

Happy birthday to my sweet boy!

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Ethan riding at his horseback lesson

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 117: May 14, 2014

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 116: May 7, 2014

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Grain Free Cashew Thumb Print Cookies

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Okay, these aren’t really thumb prints I guess, more like heel prints (ha ha).  I like lots of filling in my cookies so I make the dips bigger than your typical thumb print width. So these cookies were inspired by a new paleo cookie that has arrived at my local natural foods coop (created by a local bakery called Sugar Plum Vegan).  The ingredients: super simple.  The price: OUCH! One cookie costs $4 – I’m not kidding. That’s a bit outrageous, especially since these cookies are very easy to make with some very basic paleo ingredients.  I bought one to taste test (and I really liked it) so took note of the ingredients and made my own batch the next day. My recipe contains an egg because I like to use egg as a binder and like the way it tastes with the cashews (vegan option in notes).  The flavor is truly spot on.  I could not justify buying another $4 cookie when I literally had everything at home to make a big batch. These are my family’s new favorite treat.  I try to make 2 or 3 homemade snacks each week for the kiddos to decrease my dependence on packaged food (especially packaged snacks).  And these are super easy to make and low in the sugar department (which is always a plus).   

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Honey Kissed Mint Watermelon Salad

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It’s warming up here in these parts.  A heat wave is moving through right now and pushing temps into the 90s.  Therefore cool, refreshing dishes are in demand.  It will drop back down to cooler temps next week, and let’s hope May is nice and mild. May is usually our last month of decent weather before the searing summer heat blankets our region.  But it’s all good.  I love the summer and I’m no stranger to hot, dry heat.  As a child I grew up in the desert near Death Valley (in Southern California) – so bring it on.  I was at Costco the other day and found organic, fair-trade mini seedless watermelons.  Awesome-sauce!  They are super delicious and so sweet. I’m thinking this would be a great dish for any summer gathering.  

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 115: April 30, 2014

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 114: April 23, 1014

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