recipes

mason jars of allergy-friendly granola

When the list of allergies you’re trying to avoid includes eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, sunflower, sesame, and most legumes, breakfast is a complicated meal. We like to start the day with protein and nutrients, but this makes quick, kid-approved options slightly limited. Most cereals are pretty sugar filled and have cross-contamination risk. We’ve actually never found a store-bought granola that is safe for Ollie. After making this allergy-friendly granola, that’s honestly OK with me. We make this allergy-friendly granola at least twice a month. The recipe below makes 4 large mason jars worth. We eat it many different ways: with coconut hemp milk, on

hidden veggie sauce cooking on the stove

I’m here to share one of the most amazing sauces ever. This hidden veggie sauce is my favorite. It packs in tons of nutrients, is filling, easy, and makes your house smell amazing. I also love how versatile it is. We of course put this hidden veggie sauce on pasta but it’s also been a pretzel dip and the base for tortilla bites (recipe coming soon). I will say, the post blender veggies aren’t the most attractive in the world, but man does it make it easy. No need to spend an hour finely chopping veggies. Just add everything to the blender and voila. You

allergy-friendly energy bites

A few weeks ago, a fellow preschool mom reached out as she was making energy bites for shared snack. On top of being really appreciative of the communication, I was intrigued with the recipe she found. It was very easy to make “Ollie friendly.” Even so, our rule at preschool is that Ollie doesn’t have any homemade shared snacks. It’s far too risky with manufacturing and labeling practices here in the US and cross-contamination risk from other kitchens. Parents have a list of safe, prepackaged options and are encouraged to let us know in advance if they’re bringing in something homemade so we can prepare

allergy-friendly crockpot meals are a money and time saver

Fall is officially here. There’s snow on the mountains and our heat is on. For us, that means the crockpot will be out more. We use our crockpot year round, but in the cooler months, I find it is out nearly all the time. Here are my five favorite allergy-friendly crockpot meals. whole chicken This one is so easy. And multi-purpose, which is the main reason it’s an allergy-friendly crockpot favorite. Did you know a lot of boxed broths have sunflower oil in them? I didn’t until Ollie. I love cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot and making broth after. It’s so easy. We

spinach muffins are an easy and healthy snack

I’m always looking for ways to get more vegetables in all of our diets. As an infant, Ollie LOVED veggies. His favorite food was “squishy carrots.” We’ve never stopped offering veggies, but he’s becoming less of a fan. One thing he’s a sure-fire fan of? Muffins. That’s where these spinach muffins come into play. These spinach muffins go by a variety of names too: hulk muffins, green monster muffins, green machine muffins. For us, that doesn’t actually make a difference. Ollie LOVES these, no fun name needed. If your child needs a little more convincing to try spinach muffins, get as creative as you need