Sneaky Slider Crawlers

Okay, I admit it. I am not a fan of spiders…. PERIOD! However, I do enjoy getting into the spooky holiday spirit with my kids and thought that making some creepy sliders would really get people into the spirit. It is truly a basic slider recipe that you can create into your own fascinating twist. Let your creative spark go wild. For now, lets gather our ingredients.

Sneaky Slider Crawlers

1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey

4 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 cup Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Gluten-Free Rolls

Toppings for Sliders as Desired

French Fries

-Depending on what kind of creature you were wanting to make, you can change the kind of rolls you use for the sliders.

-You can also adapt the toppings and extra pieces depending upon the creature you make

Alright now that we have all of our ingredients together, Let’s get started!!

 

1)Gather up all the ingredients for the sliders.

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2)In a large mixing bowl, combine the Turkey, Worcestershire Sauce, Gluten-Free Breads, Onion Powder, Salt, and Pepper. Mix together thoroughly with your hands.

3)Using a scoop of your desired size, scoop out balls of the meat and place on a sheet pan.

4)Heat up a griddle pan over medium heat. While that is heating up, slightly flatten down the balls of meat to form small patties for the sliders.

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5)Once the griddle is heated up, cook the patties on each side for about 3-5 minutes, or until they are browned and cooked.

6)Once they are thoroughly cooked, place onto a draining rack to help drain off all the excess fat.

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7)Now it is time to assemble your sliders however you would like. Make sure to add any and all toppings to make it extra special that you desire.

8)Sit back and enjoy you Creepy Slider!!

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Spooky Chocolate Cookie Cutouts

Who says that Cutout cookies are just for the Winter Holidays? I absolutely love making character and shape cutout cookies with the kids during the various seasons of the year. Halloween is no exception. What I love most about this recipe is the rich cocoa flavoring that just seems to encapsulate Halloween to me. With a flavor profile that crosses somewhere between a brownie and a shortbread cookie, this recipe is soon to be one of your family’s favorites.

Let’s get together our ingredients.

Spooky Chocolate Cookie Cutouts

2 cups Gluten-Free Cup for Cup Flour

1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1 cup  Vegan Butter, Softened

1 cup raw sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

For the Icing

1 cup Powdered Sugar

1/4 cup Almond Milk

1/4 cup Cocoa Powder

1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

Sprinkles

 

Also need cookie cutters in any shape you want to use.

Now that we have everything together, Let’s get started!!

 

1)Gather together all the ingredients for the cookies

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2)In a mixing bowl, add your vegan butter, raw sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until it is smooth and creamy.

3)Crack the egg into a small bowl and then add to the ingredients in the mixer. Mix until smooth.

4)Add the Gluten-Free Flour, Cocoa Powder, Salt, and Baking Powder into the mixer. Mix until a soft dough forms

5)Once the dough has come together, place the finished dough into a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

6)Preheat your oven to 375F.

7)Remove dough from refrigerator and lightly dust the workspace with some additional Gluten-Free Flour. Roll out the dough to approximately 1/8″thick

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8)Use your desired cookie cutters to cut out the shapes and place gently onto a cookie sheet

9)Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, making sure that they are slightly browned on edges.

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10)Once cookies are done baking, place on a cooling rack to ensure that they cool completely.

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11) Gather together the ingredients for the Icing.

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12)In a mixing bowl, place the Powdered Sugar, Almond Milk, Cocoa Powder, and Vanilla Extract and whisk together until smooth.

13)Using a spoon, spread the icing across the cookie shapes. Finish off with sprinkles.

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14)Share and Enjoy!!

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Stir Fry for All

If you had to ask me what I thought was the most versatile food on the planet, my answer would have to be stir fry. The whole concept is just amazing. You take some meat, veggies, seasonings, and mix them together and serve them on whatever vessel you desire. The versatility and flexibility that stir fry provides is pretty much unmatched. No matter what portion of the Color me Sensible diet you fall on, you can create the perfect stir fry for your liking. This is definitely a dish that you can customize to your favorite flavors and have so much fun doing it. I  have included a recipe here that is a general guideline for how to make a stir fry. Feel free to get your imagination going.

Stir Fry for All

1 pound Top Round Steak

1/2 medium onion

1/2 medium green bell pepper

1 celery stalk

1 medium carrot

1/2 yellow squash

1/2 zucchini

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp olive oil

 

Important Notes

  • You can substitute out any veggies or meat for the ingredients I have listed. Remember my recipe is a guideline only. Get creative and make it your own.
  • Stir fry can be served over rice, noodles, lettuce, or whatever else you would like
  • You can buy precut  stir fry veggie mixes in the frozen food sections if you have a hard time getting fresh produce. Those mixes work really well for a quick stir fry if you need to throw something together real quick.
  • You can also precut your meat and veggies, portion them in bags, and freeze them for quick dinner throw togethers. You can plan out several different types and have them ready for when you need to throw dinner together real quick.

 

Now that you have gotten your imagination flowing. Let’s get started!

  1. Gather your vegetables and make sure that they are washed off.

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2. Cut vegetables into thin strips. Try to make sure that they are around the same thickness and size in order to ensure that they cook through properly.

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3. Place olive oil into saute pan and heat over medium heat.

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4. Take out meat and trim any fat necessary from meat.

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5. Cut meat into thin strips.

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6. Sprinkle seasoning on meat.

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7. Add prepped meat into the prepared saute pan.

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8. Saute the meat until halfway cooked through.

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9. Add minced garlic and continue to saute until meat is almost cooked through.

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10. Add your veggies to the mix and stir often to saute.

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11. Cook together until the vegetables are tender and the meat is completely cooked through.

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12. Serve your stir fry over your choice of base. Whether it is rice, noodles, lettuce, etc.

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13.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

My Unexpected Trip to the ER

So yesterday afternoon started off as just another day of me attempting to try new options for foods, and ended with me being rushed to the ER. I would normally not post about what happened to me yesterday, but i truly feel like my experience and what I have learned from it, could save a life.

Since my gallbladder surgery, my diet has been somewhat limited in order to keep up with my new intolerance’s and make sure that I don’t cause myself unneeded pain and discomfort. My biggest struggle that I have found right now has been varying my options for meats. Let’s be honest, chicken and fish just get boring sometimes. I have heard so much raving about a tree fruit that is being used in Vegan recipes because it mimics pulled pork, it’s called Jackfruit. I have talked about it to my daughter and dad several times, and he happened to pick up a package of “BBQ Jackfruit” that you heat up and put on a slider. So…. yesterday I figure why not. Let’s try this!

After heating up the mixture on the stove, I placed some of it on top of a Gluten-Free Bread slice. I know what you are thinking….. She is sooooo fancy. Right? But seriously, this stuff smelt so good and was begging for me to try it. So I tried a bite and you know what? It tasted fantastic!! So I had a few more bites. Then I noticed my tongue was starting to tingle and I was feeling tight in my throat like something was stuck in it. I immediately decided to stop eating it. Then my original concern turned into panic, because I was having a hard time breathing and was feeling very not normal.

My dad rushes me to the ER, because it is obvious I am having a severe allergic reaction. I take the box of the mix with me to the ER, because I needed to see what happened. On the way to the ER I begin reading the ingredients. I am trying to keep calm doing a preliminary check of what I have and haven’t eaten before to figure out what was trying to kill me. Going through all the ingredients and they all seem like stuff I use daily except for 2: tamarind paste and Jackfruit. I sit here in the car wondering what exactly is tamarind paste and have I possibly ever eaten it. After questioning several chefs and looking up ingredients to items on line, I have determined that I have successfully eaten tamarind paste a lot. So the culprit is down to Jackfruit, as I have never had it before this time.

We get to the ER and they can now visibly see on my face that I am definitely having an allergic reaction, so they get an IV in me and push Benadryl, steroids, and some other stuff I can’t remember because I was trying to concentrate on not rubbing my nose off with steel wool to make it stop itching. Honestly, I was so happy once the drugs started to kick in, because I thought I was going to just stop breathing. Once I am more stable, the doctors ask me more questions and determine that it really had to be the Jackfruit that caused all this and that I should never ever ever eat it again. I wholeheartedly agreed.

Now I am sent home, and really still trying to figure out what caused it and why such a severe reaction. So I start doing all this research online into Jackfruit and what it is. From my research it says that there are like really barely any person ever who has had a reaction to this stuff. So of course my first instinct is to immediately play the lemon card, because my body just seems to want to give in on me sometimes. Yet, after more research I find out that Jackfruit has the same allergen in it as Birch trees, and that people who are highly allergic to birch trees can be highly allergic to Jackfruit. Well that solves the  mystery! I am severely allergic to birch trees, but why on earth would I ever think a food would give me a problem because of this? Then it dawned on me…

There are severe allergens that people have that are environmental or contact based that people suffer from all the time. A lot of these allergens can be found in trace amounts in food items around the world. Latex sufferers have to be mindful that they can be allergic to several fruits because of their latex allergy. With my new found severe allergy I realized that I needed to make sure that people were aware of this situation.

It is so important that when you are trying a new food item for yourself, your family, and especially small children, that it is done in small amounts. You need to give the person time to see if they are going to have an allergic reaction to the ingredient. Especially in children who are young, these severe reactions can be fatal. Pediatricians have guidelines on when to try the major allergens with kids as they develop. It is important that these guidelines are followed. Those guidelines are making sure that children’s immune systems have had the chance to develop to the point that they can accept those possible allergens into their system. Women who are breastfeeding must also be aware that everything you eat, your baby drinks in trace amounts. So if you are eating the major allergens, they can have a reaction to it.

I am going to add a page to the Blog that will list major allergens and their relatives. This will also include allergens such as latex, certain woods, and more. Please feel free to check the page, once it is up, and share with your loved ones. It is shocking how many people do not know the relatives of their allergens, and they could be doing their body harm each day.

Please be safe and stay knowledgeable about your allergies and what they are related to! Remember when trying new food items, do it one at a time, and small bites and wait to see if it is ok.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. I will answer what I can , and find out the answers to what I don’t already know..

Thanks.