Author Archives: Amber

Friday, March 28, 2014

Welcome to the New and Improved Tasty Alternative Blog

Hi everyone.  I’m so exited to be back.  Jeez, that was a long break.  But a very productive one at that. In case you’re wondering about that big ole’ school auction I co-chaired, well I’m happy to say it was huge success…and so much fun (but oh man it was A LOT of work)!  Let’s see…oh yes, I love my new job and that makes working on the weekends not ‘so’ bad, as going to work is actually quite enjoyable. The kids are great, Scott is great.  My health is doing pretty well these days too (yay). Before I keep rambling on here, I should direct you to a few links, especially if you’re new to The Tasty Alternative. You can read all about me here.  And if you’re wondering what this blog is all about, you can read more about The Tasty Alternative  here.   Continue reading

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

I love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins

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I call these “I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins” because I make them especially for my children (Daddy gets a few too of course).  My kids LOVE these muffins—and they love to make them with me (it’s just a big ole’ love-fest).  I’ve included a few pictures of my son, Ethan, helping me one morning before preschool.  These muffins are moist, yet fluffy and have such a nice cinnamon apple flavor.  They make excellent snacks or can be part of a healthy breakfast.  I hope your family enjoys these muffins as much as we do.  Join me over at Gluten Free Easily for my gluten free Cinnamon Apple Muffin Recipe (gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, nut free). I shared these muffins last month on March Muffin Madness over at my friend Shirley’s Blog, Gluten Free Easily.  You can check out the guest post here.  

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Love Cupcakes? Then check this out: Sweet Secrets Cookbook and eBook Giveaway (4 winners)

If you love cupcakes (and come onwho doesn’t) then you must get your hands on a copy of Anna Belle’s cookbook dedicated to all things cupcakes and frosting:  Sweet Secrets!!!  She uses gluten and grain free flours, many dairy free ingredients, and alternative sweeteners.  Get this cookbook just in time for Valentine’s Day!  

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 103: February 5, 2014

Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW).
  AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy-related topics/issues, and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies.
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (dairy free, cane-sugar free, nut free)

This chocolate chip cookie is a grand baking success for me!  Woot-woot.  I’ve been trying to capture that traditional chocolate chip cookie flavor in tasty alternative form for years.  Finally, last week, I did it.  If you’re gluten free, or new to gluten free, this is must recipe in your repertoire.  
Enjoy my friends, enjoy!
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Labels: allergy-friendly, chocolate, cookies, dessert, nut free, snacks.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesday Week 102: January 29, 2014

Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW).
  AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy-related topics/issues, and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Nightshade Free Roasted Veggie Pasta Sauce (SCD, Paleo, AIP, GAPS)

To the average person pasta sauce is a pretty healthy choice.  But if you suffer from an auto-immune disease and trying to decrease pro-inflammatory foods, tomato-based pasta sauces can be quite aggravating on the system.  Some folks find great success and relief by eliminating nightshades from their diets.  What are nightshades you ask?  Good question.  Nightshades are the following foods: Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, tobacco, goji berries, ground cherries, and cayenne peppers (and more).  See this post by the Paleo Mom with a complete list of all nightshades.  
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Labels: AIP, GAPS, main dish, Paleo, sauces, SCD.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fresh Cabbage & Herb Spring Rolls with Sunbutter Honey Dipping Sauce

 About a month after I started blogging I posted a recipe for baked spring rolls and they were my favorite food for months.  I made them over and over againuntil like most things I make over and over againI became satiated (and over it).  I haven’t really made spring rolls in a while.  Last month (in December) I was looking for a recipe to bring to a holiday party.  I thought, “What would everyone like, carnivores and vegetarians alike?”  So I made some raw spring rolls and wowza they are fun to make and super yummy.  I forgot how much I enjoy stuffing those little rice wrappers.  And the sauce, oh the sauce!  The sunbutter honey dipping sauce that accompanies these little rolls has such a delightfully complex flavor.  Sunbutter is a great sub for peanut butter in traditional peanut-based sauces.  Definitely give it a try.

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Labels: allergy-friendly, appetizer, sauces, spring cuisine, summer cuisine, vegetarian.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 101: January 22, 2014

Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW).
  AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy-related topics/issues, and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies.

This is a weekly blog hop hosted by myself and five other fabulous allergy-free bloggers.  Your weekly submissions will be shared on all 6 blogs!  Check back each week for reader favorites and recipe highlights.  

Your AFW Hostesses:

Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
Nancy @ Real Food Allergy Free
Tessa @ Domestic Diva
And me!
What can I link-up on AFW?
  • We welcome allergy-free cuisine in any shape or form
  • Tips & allergy related articles/information are welcome
  • Food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities all welcome
  • Rules & Guidelines *Please provide a link directly to your post (not your homepage).
  • Please provide a link back to our weekly blog hop somewhere in your post.
  • Please provide a description of your recipe, such as DF (dairy free), GF (gluten free), SF (sugar free), V (vegan), etc.
  • Recipes do not have to be free of all common allergens, just allergy-free in some way.
  • TWO weekly submissions max please.
  • Grab yourself a badge and help support Allergy-Free Wednesdays and the allergy-free community.
  • Entries that don’t comply with stated rules and guidelines will be respectfully removed.
Please leave a comment after you link-up and tell us about your weekly submission(s). We love to hear from you!
By linking up, you agree that I may make use of any applicable pictures in my Allergy-Free Wednesday posts, and that, by your entering, you are giving permission to use them and/or re-pin them via Pinterest. You also, by entering, guarantee that the picture is not someone else’s work , or else has a broad license (for example with stock photography put in public domain).
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Featured Recipes & Highlights

Each week AFW features the most most popular recipe from the previous week, and the six AFW hostesses will highlight their favorites.  Please note that your submission must contain a link back to our Allergy-Free Wednesday’s Blog Hop in order to be featured.  

So without further ado

May I present you with the most popular submission (most viewed by readers):

Blueberry Breakfast Scones
From:  Simply 123 Allergy-Free 

And here are my favorite recipes/posts from last week: 

Top Posts on GFE for 2013 and All Time
From: Gluten Free Easily

Essential Oils for ADD/ADHD & Improving Focus and Attention
From:  doTerra Oils

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch
From: Tessa The Domestic Diva

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Thanks for visiting Allergy-Free Wednesdays!

And thanks for being awesome and reading through our guidelines before linking up!
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Allergy-Free Wednesdays Week 100: January 15, 2014

Hello and welcome to Allergy-Free Wednesdays (AFW).
  AFW is a weekly blog hop where folks can share their allergy-free cuisine, gain knowledge about allergy-related topics/issues, and connect with others living or caring for someone with food allergies.

This is a weekly blog hop hosted by myself and five other fabulous allergy-free bloggers.  Your weekly submissions will be shared on all 6 blogs!  Check back each week for reader favorites and recipe highlights.  

Your AFW Hostesses:

Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
Nancy @ Real Food Allergy Free
Tessa @ Domestic Diva
And me!
What can I link-up on AFW?
  • We welcome allergy-free cuisine in any shape or form
  • Tips & allergy related articles/information are welcome
  • Food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities all welcome
  • Rules & Guidelines *Please provide a link directly to your post (not your homepage).
  • Please provide a link back to our weekly blog hop somewhere in your post.
  • Please provide a description of your recipe, such as DF (dairy free), GF (gluten free), SF (sugar free), V (vegan), etc.
  • Recipes do not have to be free of all common allergens, just allergy-free in some way.
  • TWO weekly submissions max please.
  • Grab yourself a badge and help support Allergy-Free Wednesdays and the allergy-free community.
  • Entries that don’t comply with stated rules and guidelines will be respectfully removed.
Please leave a comment after you link-up and tell us about your weekly submission(s). We love to hear from you!
By linking up, you agree that I may make use of any applicable pictures in my Allergy-Free Wednesday posts, and that, by your entering, you are giving permission to use them and/or re-pin them via Pinterest. You also, by entering, guarantee that the picture is not someone else’s work , or else has a broad license (for example with stock photography put in public domain).
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Featured Recipes & Highlights

Each week AFW features the most most popular recipe from the previous week, and the six AFW hostesses will highlight their favorites.  Please note that your submission must contain a link back to our Allergy-Free Wednesday’s Blog Hop in order to be featured.  

So without further ado

May I present you with the most popular submission (most viewed by readers):

Incredibly Moist Carrot Cake
From:  Simply 123 Allergy-Free 


And here are my favorite recipes/posts from last week: 

Cheap and Easy Beef Jerky Strips 
(using ground beef)
From: Allergy Free Alaska

Veggie and Sausage Egg Cups
From:  Sandi’s Allergy-Free Recipes 


Meeting My Microbiome
From: Phoenix Helix 

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Thanks for visiting Allergy-Free Wednesdays!

And thanks for being awesome and reading through our guidelines before linking up!
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