Gluten-Free Flour Alternatives

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and we can feel the love in the air. There is a special aura around this day (whether you celebrate it or not) and we love to feel the love in our hearts AND in our stomachs. But instead of eating unhealthy desserts filled with gluten that will leave us bloated with a food baby, we’re looking into flour alternatives that still give a great taste and texture. Many gluten-free recipes may call for a blend of these flours, but here we’ll give you the (honest) down low on our opinions about each flour so you can understand the different components of your recipe. Read on!

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Starting School With Food Allergies

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It’s that bittersweet time! Your son or daughter is finally old enough to start school. Sending your child to school for the first time can be an emotional and hectic experience, especially if they have food allergies. The same goes for sending your child back to school for the second or third time. Releasing your child into the care of others and outside of your full supervision is already a huge change that can feel groundless, and if your child has food allergies, there are that many more things to worry about. 1 out of every 13 American children suffer from food allergies, on average that’s 2 per classroom. The silver lining in that fact is that food allergies are not a completely foreign concept to most schools and many have guidelines in place for dealing with food allergic students.

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Nut-Free Snacks for Back to School

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Did you know that 1 in every 13 children has food allergies? That’s roughly two per classroom in the US. These include severe allergies to nuts, which can result in anaphylaxis and death if not treated. That’s why when one child has a severe nut allergy, their families aren’t the only ones affected. Their communities and their schools are also affected due to the risk of cross-contamination.  As a result, many schools are now nut-free – that means no more PB&J sandwiches, trail mix or honey-roasted peanuts in lunch boxes. But fear not, we’re here to help!

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8Safe Vegan Chocolate Chili

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This week we’ve entered into a special partnership with allergy-friendly blogger My Happy Belly. On the blog, Kelly provides yummy recipes and tips for those living with (and caring for people with) all 8 of the major food allergens in the US: wheat (and gluten), milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish & shellfish. Her recipes look amazing, so we wanted to share one of our favorites for vegan chocolate chili (you heard right, chocolate!) below. Sounds like a great recipe to try for Father’s Day! She’s also doing a giveaway for a Tasteful Pantry Treat Box, so check out her site to enter!

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Easy Chicken Satay with Cashew Sauce (GF, DF)

DSC02639 This easy chicken satay recipe is both yummy and healthy! You just need to marinate your meat a few hours in advance then skewer it and grill. You can make the sauce as you wait for the chicken to marinate. This recipe uses cashew butter rather than peanut butter for a slight twist on the classic peanut sauce, and is safe for people with peanut allergies. It’s a perfect dish to bring to parties and potlucks, or to serve as a fun appetizer to dinner!

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