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Wheat-Free Treats for the “Kids”

I’ve been reading alot about pet allergies…a by-product of all the research I do on food allergies. There is a growing understanding among vets that many dogs have allergic reactions to not only topical irritants, but food they eat as well. I am a dog lover..actually, every picture of me growing up had at least one four-legged friend in the shot! Allergiesandme.com featured a recipe this month from Judy at NewGrainRecipes.com for Wheat-Free/Vegetarian Dog Treats…and I was itching to try them with some of my ingredients. She did a wonderful job of shaping them into “people”, but the more I thought about it, my dogs eat everything so fast- any cute shapes would be missed by them! I made a couple changes to her recipe and it is posted below.

Ingredients:

1 medium yam, sweet potato or 3 medium carrots (note carrots take longer) I used sweet potatoes
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup cooking liquid from yam
1 Cup Rice flour (brown or white)
1 Cup Oat flour (use gluten free oats for gluten free dog treats)
(note: you can make oat flour by blending rolled oats in a blender or food processor.)
2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder

Instructions:
Cut yam, sweet potato or carrots into 1/2 inch pieces. Simmer in a small pan, in enough water to cover, until soft. Reserve cooking liquid and set aside. In large bowl, mash the yam. Add 1/2 C liquid back to the yam with the peanut butter. Mix the Baking powder together with the flour. Add to the Yam mixture mixing thoroughly.
It should all come together in a dough, pliable but not sticky. If too sticky to roll out, add more flour, if too dry, add more liquid – just a bit at a time – and work together with your hands until it is the right texture to roll out. A good texture is like slightly dry cookie dough.
Roll out on a lightly flour dusted surface. about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into small shapes with a cookie cutter, (bone and people shapes are fun). I took the “easy step” and put dough in plastic wrap, rolled into log shape and refrigerated until cool and set…then just cut off roll.

Place on cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes +/- or until medium golden brown. (The larger the cookie the longer the time.) Cookies will crisp up as they cool. Makes about 4 dozen small dog treats

Vegetarian Dog Treats

Now, don’t freak out…but I tried these myself and I liked them! Here are my official and unpaid ”taste testers”. Try making these for your Best Friend…they will thank you for it!

Thumbs up review with Lip Smack  and  Kitchen Monitor waiting for next tasting…                                                                                                

Rufus lip licking                       Kismet waiting

Gluten Free Pizza Crust from Dad’s

I continue to be amazed at the wonderful products out there that are Gluten Free. At Allergiesandme.com, we carry a pizza crust from Dad’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Company out of Idaho. This crust is free of Wheat, Gluten, Soy, Casein and Egg.

For this dish, I took the vacuum-seal packaged Gluten & Wheat-Free pizza crust and topped it with my favorite roasted tomato pesto sauce and mozzarella cheese(delete cheese or use dairy alternative if necessary). Quick to throw together and bakes in only 15 minutes. Then, for a twist, I cut it into “finger sized” pieces and served as an appetizer. It tasted fantastic with some chilled wine…very fancy!

Here is the “pizza version”  Gluten Free Pizza Crust

And then, my “appetizer version”         Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Sunday Morning Pancakes from The Cravings Place

Sunday morning means many things in my house…sleeping in (as long as the dogs allow), moving slowly with the first cup of coffee and then planning exciting events for the day. It IS the weekend still! These mornings also allow us to make breakfasts that don’t need to be rushed. Today, we tried The Cravings Place All Purpose Pancake & Waffle Mix. We have carried this in the store for a while. I had tried their other mixes, but this was the first for pancakes. Big Bonus Alert – it only requires adding water! Talk about having all your necessary ingredients handy! The process is simple and these really tasted great. My husband declared that they taste just like “non-allergen free” pancakes. The All purpose Pancake & Waffle Mix is free from gluten, wheat, nuts, egg, dairy and beans. It does contain corn.

These were easy, great tasting and left plenty of time for “event planning”. Hope you enjoy them!    Pancakes

Coffee in my Cereal?!

My world is complete now…I love easy breakfasts… and love my coffee even more. I know what you are saying, this really isn’t a recipe, although I did add the milk and the spoon! We just started carrying this organic and gluten free company in our store. Cerealvit is an Italian company that has been around for 30 years. This cereal is called Coffee Flakes and is corn flakes coated with real Italian Coffee. What a concept. If you are a coffee fanatic like me, you will definitely want to try this one. Added benefits, it is low in fat, sodium, Dairy free (if you use soymilk), Egg-free, Yeast-free, Vegan and Cholesterol free. We carry two other cereals from Cerealvit – Benevit Multi Grain Flakes and Corn Flakes. If you are really in a rush, you could even get your coffee fix and breakfast in one dish…

                                                                                                                                                                      Cerealvit Gluten and Dairy Free Cereal

Pasta…Pasta…Pasta

Developed a craving for some comfort food…and not chocolate ( I think I overdosed last weekend!). I pulled out the Organic Wild Rice Penne Pasta from Rozopia and made a quick, but yummy dish. I grilled some italian herb sausages from our local meat market and then just added one of my favorite pasta sauces locally. The Wild Rice Pasta was perfect and a good backdrop for those spicy sausages. Simple, but great! I always keep some pastas in the pantry for quick meals. We carry a wonderful sauce (didn’t have any at home..darn) that is tomato free – Nomato Pasta & Pizza Sauce….next time!                                                                           Rizopia Organic Wild Rice Penne Pasta

Quick side note – the First Annual Allergy Free Food Recipe Contest  has a submission deadline of February 28th…don’t miss the chance to win Fame and Food!