Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin season is in FULL swing now with Halloween just behind us and Thanksgiving straight ahead.

Wondering what to do with that pumpkin you painted teal now that Halloween is over?  What about the pie pumpkin you bought for baking at the store last week?

Did you know that the seeds in your pumpkin can be made into a peanut and nut-free protein-filled snack for your family?

Teal Pumpkin

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Vermont Smoke and Cure RealSticks A Food Allergy Find

Having peanut and nut allergies can make life challenging in general.  But one of the things I struggle with the most is how to make sure my constantly on-the-go ten-year-old son gets enough protein in his diet.

If we’re coming home after an hour and a half of hot, sweaty soccer practice, sometimes a glass of ice-cold chocolate milk can be just the right protein to help my son’s muscles recover and repair.

But what about the times when we aren’t at home and we need something protein-packed and safe?  What about when we are traveling and we want a safe and filling snack for the road?  What if we need something that doesn’t have to be temperature controlled so that it’s more conducive to life on the go?

Believe it or not, I may have found the answer!


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Gerbs Granola: Product Review

Granola.  It and my family have a love-hate relationship.  We love granola and hate that we can’t find a safe and tasty granola all of us can enjoy.  I am gluten-free and my son is peanut and nut-free (also chickpea and sesame free).  As most of you already know, it’s not easy to find a granola that meets all of these dietary requirements.

Until I found Gerbs.

IMG_3633The blurry photo is so attractive, I know.  But that’s what happens when you are trying to take a picture and hold the family back from early taste testing.

The company is family-owned and operated and owns all of their own machinery.  Because of this, they are able to guarantee every product they sell is made from all-natural ingredients and is free from the top 8 major recognized allergens:  gluten, peanut, tree nut, soy, dairy, milk, egg, sesame, shellfish, and crustacean.  Continue reading

Homemade Nachos

Normally when it comes to football, I pretty much stick to rooting for the Texas Aggies (can you tell I went to school there), but this weekend I couldn’t help but be caught up in the pro football frenzy.

I’m a slightly crazy HUGE Tim Tebow fan (I could probably dedicate a whole post to that alone) for a number of reasons, so I was really cheering on the Denver Broncos on Saturday.  Sadly, I don’t think I cheered quite loud enough.

I live in Houston so on Sunday, I parked my fanny in front of the tube to cheer on the Houston Texans.  I’m guessing you know the outcome of that game too…we lost.

Maybe I should rethink watching the games of the teams I’m rooting for…

Regardless of who wins or loses, it’s not a party unless you have some yummy snacks to energize the crowd.  One of the things I made this weekend were homemade nachos.

Now I know some of you are already asking why make homemade if you can safely buy food-allergy friendly ingredients at the store.  It’s a fair question, but I think you will have your answer once you try the homemade version.  (Even my non-Mexican-food-loving-hubby, liked this recipe!)

To get the recipe for homemade tortilla chips that are out of this world, visit one of my favorite fellow bloggers, Tracy at Sugarcrafter.  She has amazing creations!  The only change I made in her chip recipe is to use canola oil spray instead of olive oil as it was all I had on hand.

Once the chips were done, I put them in a 9×9 inch casserole dish and added black beans, chopped bell pepper, chopped zucchini, garlic powder, a handful of shredded cheese and nuked it in the microwave for about two minutes.  You could add as many veggies as you like.  These would also be great with fajita meat.

With the Super Bowl coming in a few weeks, consider making this recipe an allergy-friendly, health-conscious addition to your party!