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Friday, January 29, 2016

Chocolate Banana Shake - Kim's Welcoming Kitchen


Even though I don't like bananas, my boys do. When I create banana recipes, I have to rely on them to give a thumbs up. This shake got a big smile from everyone!

This vegan, gluten-free, chocolate banana shake is easy to whip up and is chocolate-y enough to make a great dessert. It makes a great snack, too.

One of my favorite tips is to slice ripened bananas and freeze them on a cookie sheet. I then take the frozen slices and store them in my freezer to use in smoothies, shakes, and even banana muffins. 


Chocolate Banana Shake - Kim's Welcoming Kitchen




Chocolate Banana Shake
makes 2

4 t. cocoa powder
1 1/2 frozen bananas
1/2 c. sunflower seed butter
1/2 c. apple juice
2 c. non-dairy milk

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.



Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.





Thursday, January 21, 2016

If you are lucky enough to live in a place where the sun shines year-round and you are still wearing shorts, consider yourself very lucky.  For most of us, winter means it is cold -- sometimes very cold. 

When you and your family need to warm up after sledding or playing in the snow, or if you have been stuck indoors for days, and need a little pick-me-up, these vegan and gluten-free soups can come to the rescue!

Golden Corn Soup
Golden Corn Soup - Kim's Welcoming Kitchen



Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Hemp Seeds
Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Hemp Seeds - Kim's Welcoming Kitchen



Soup in a Snap (Two-potato Soup)
Two-potato Soup - Kim's Welcoming Kitchen





Love Conquers All - Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup
Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup - Welcoming Kitchen



Creamy Broccoli Soup
Creamy Broccoli Soup - Kim's Welcoming Kitchen



Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.



Monday, January 11, 2016

Vegan and Gluten-free French Vanilla Waffles from Welcoming Kitchen



I make waffles pretty often for my family. When I want to make a special breakfast -- or breakfast for dinner -- I find waffles easier and neater to make than pancakes. 

Recently, So Delicious sent me a whole bunch of their reformulated coconut milk coffee creamers. They didn't ask me to do anything with them, but I knew that they would make spectacular waffles. 

I was right! The French Vanilla coffee creamer adds a sweet, rich flavor to these waffles. They have a crispy exterior and fluffy interior. In this recipe, chia seeds do double duty. 

First, the chia seeds act as the egg replacer, making for light and fluffy vegan waffles. 

Second, the chia seeds act as a binder for the gluten-free flour. Normally in gluten-free waffles, you would need xantham gum or guar gum, but in this case, the chia seeds hold it all together.

You could change the flavor of these waffles by using a different flavor of coffee creamer.

French Vanilla Gluten-free and Vegan Waffles
Makes 10

Ingredients: 
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, gently melted
  • 2 1/4 cups non-dairy French Vanilla creamer (I used So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk French Vanilla Creamer)
  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used King Arthur brand.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Preparation:
1. Combine chia seeds and water in a large bowl and set aside for at least 10 minutes.
2. Preheat waffle iron to medium-high.
3. Blend together chia gel, coconut oil and creamer.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.
5. Mix in wet ingredients.
6. Pour 1/4 cup mixture onto hot waffle iron.
7. Cook until golden brown, approximately 7-8 minutes.
8. Repeat with remaining batter.

FTC Disclosure: I received coffee creamer from So Delicious to try. I did not receive any compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.



Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.





Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Hemp Seeds from Welcoming Kitchen


After the overindulgence of the holidays -- and boy did I overindulge!!! -- I need to get back to healthier eating. With starting my new company, though, (did I mention Windy City Cocoa?), I don't have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen.

How do I get my eating back on track?

I make delicious food that's easy to pull together and full of nutrition like this vegan, gluten-free butternut squash soup with hemp seeds. It's got protein, fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals.


Slow-cooker Butternut Squash - Kim's Welcoming Kitchen



The easiest way to cook butternut squash is in the slow cooker. All you need to do is wash the outside, pop the whole thing in the slow cooker, and cook for 4 to 6 hours. If you're not ready to go forward with the rest of the soup yet, you can keep the cooked squash in a covered container in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

How do you get your eating back on track?

Butternut Squash Soup (vegan, gluten-free, allergy friendly)
Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion (red, white or yellow)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons grated ginger
3 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 cooked butternut squash (skin and seeds removed)
2 cups water

Preparation:
In a stockpot or large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium flame.
Add onion and garlic, and saute until soft, but not brown, approximately 2 minutes.
Add salt, red pepper flakes and ginger. Saute for one minute.
Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Blend with an immersion blender or in a blender until smooth.

Happy Cooking!
Kim

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.




Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Enjoying Holiday Celebrations with Food Allergies from Welcoming Kitchen


As I've told you lots of times, when my son was first diagnosed with multiple food allergies, my mind immediately went to celebrations. 

I wondered, "How are we ever going to have a NORMAL holiday or party again?"

Thirteen years later, I can tell you that we have no shortage of celebrations around here. What have we learned along the way?

1. It is the company that we keep that makes celebrations important. Of course, we already really know that, but in the panic of learning that we can't eat what we associate with the holidays, we might forget it for a minute, so this is a reminder. It is people that matter most.

2. Find traditions that don't have anything to do with food. We make holiday decorations every year. Paper snowflakes, shrinky dinks, hand-painted ornaments all bring that holiday fun, and they're safe for everyone. No allergens there!

Enjoying Holiday Celebrations with Food Allergies from Welcoming Kitchen


Enjoying Holiday Celebrations with Food Allergies from Welcoming Kitchen


3. Instead of a cookie exchange, my friends and I participate in a handmade gift exchange. We get to celebrate our creativity, start the holiday season without consumerism, and have a really fun night out. Although some people bring food, there are so many other things to choose from like spiced coffee, infused vodka, jewelry, knit goods, bath bombs and so much more. It's one of my favorite nights of the year!


Enjoying Holiday Celebrations with Food Allergies from Welcoming Kitchen



4. We bake Welcoming Kitchen-friendly cookies that are free from the top-8 allergens, and are vegan and gluten-free. Cookies that are safe for almost everyone and very delicious are a great holiday tradition!
Enjoying Holiday Celebrations with Food Allergies from Welcoming Kitchen

 
 5. We give food gifts that are safe for almost everyone, like my new Windy City Cocoa -- instant hot cocoa & cake mix that is made without nuts, dairy, soy, or gluten.

Enjoying the Holidays with Food Allergies


Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays!
Kim

My new book,  Super Seeds, is available now! You can also find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes.