Category Archives: Side Dishes

Italian Roasted Cauliflower

Since I began roasting cauliflower it has become a weekly vegetable.  You can find my go-to recipe here.  However, I found that when my main dish had an Italian flare to it, my regular recipe didn’t quite fit the bill.  So, enter….Italian Roasted Cauliflower.   This really isn’t much of a recipe at all.  I don’t measure or anything like that.  You can adjust the seasonings as much or as little as you want.  Either way, this will be a hit. Also shared at Gluten Free Friday . Italian Roasted Cauliflower From: Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen Ingredients: cauliflower … Continue reading

My Favorite Chunky Guacamole And Soon To Be Yours

Creamy.  Satisfying.  Savory.  Guacamole! Guacamole fulfills that need for something creamy.  And it is nutritious.  Avocados have beneficial monounsaturated fat, high amounts of vitamin K and E, contain folate, potassium, lutein and magnesium, not to mention vitamin C and B6.  I have been making this recipe for several years now.  I prefer my guac chunky so I hand mash and have good sized tomato pieces.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.   If you do, follow me on Pinterest or subscribe (last button on the right in the header) to receive an email every time I add a new post. … Continue reading

Roasted Vegetable Medley

Savor the flavor of earthy and robust mushrooms.  Red potatoes heated to perfect tenderness. Sweet tasting yellow peppers with fresh, spring asparagus that has just a little crunch, roasted to an undeniable sweetness.  All this and more will delight you with this fabulous roasted vegetable medley.   Mushrooms provide many health benefits that you can read about here.  Asparagus is a nutrient dense vegetable high in folic acid, potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, A, C and thiamin.  Sounds like something we could all use a little more of. Even if you tend to shy away from asparagus and the other vegetables … Continue reading

Italian Green Beans

While this recipe would be great in the summer months when green beans are fresh and plentiful, it works just as well in the winter months with frozen green beans if necessary.  Sprucing up your vegetables will take out the boring factor that often accompanies vegetables for many people.  If they are a little more “fun” I think it’s more likely they will get eaten.   So, if you like Italian spices and seasonings this vegetable recipe is just the one for you to take your beans from plain to pizazz! Don’t forget to ‘like’ Allergy Free Test Kitchen Facebook … Continue reading

Leafy Greens and Fruit Salad

Leafy greens plus fruit equals delicious salad!  Make your own dressing and there will be no worries about food allergies.  Plus, this salad would simply not do with a store bought dressing.  This dressing is a hit with everyone; even little ones. So, next time you are thinking of making a leafy salad, go for the fruit!  You will not be disappointed. I adapted this recipe from The Everything Food Allergy Cookbook by Linda Larsen. Also shared at Real Food Wednesday  Wellness Weekend, and Healthy Vegan Friday and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday. Leafy Greens and Fruit Salad From: Adapted from The Everything … Continue reading

The Best Way To Prepare Cauliflower

I’ll be the first to admit that I used to have a strong dislike for cauliflower.  I would rarely buy it, and when I did, I would put off cooking it.  But not anymore.  I found the absolute best way to prepare cauliflower that I think anyone will like.  I now buy it frequently and am eager to eat it!   Prepared this special way, cauliflower is delicious.   It has a mild and a sweet flavor.  We will go through an entire head of cauliflower in one meal.  Cauliflower is part of the cruciferous vegetable family which also includes broccoli, cabbage, … Continue reading

Sweet Winter Squash

I am on a squash kicky lately.  Can you tell?  I never would even attempt this vegetable a few years ago, but after reading the health benefits I thought I should give it a try. It turns out winter squash (available year round), such as acorn, butternut, or spaghetti, can be really tasty and satisfying. Okay, this picture isn’t great, and I generally don’t want to put up bad pictures, but it is dark out at supper time, so picture taking isn’t optimal. However,  I am eager to share this recipe.  I’ve made this recipe using acorn and spaghetti squash.  I think I prefer the spaghetti squash, … Continue reading

10 Good Health Benefits Of Mushrooms And Why You Should Buy Fresh + Simple Recipe

Did you know that canned mushrooms may legally contain up to 20 maggots per 100g?  That’s 20 maggots in a small four-ounce can roughly.  You can read about this here, or here.  Or google the words, “bugs in canned mushrooms” and you will get a lot of information. Now I don’t know about you, but that really grosses me out.  Especially since I cook a lot and use a lot of mushrooms.  I have since gone to fresh mushrooms all the time. The problem is an eight ounce package of mushrooms is usually too much for many of my recipes.  And … Continue reading

Candy Apple Waldorf Salad

In an effort to make salads a bit more exciting at my house I decided to take the Waldorf salad recipe of my youth and make it healthier and allergy friendly. When I was a kid I thought that the name “Waldorf salad” was such goofy name.  So I did a little looking around and found that it is thought to be named after the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC when a salad consisting of red apples, walnuts and mayo was created in 1893. Now taking pictures of salads is no easy feat.  The salad may taste great, but the picture doesn’t … Continue reading

Sweet Potato Fries

Do you have some uncooked sweet potatoes left over from Christmas?  Not sure what to do with them?  Make them into fries!  This is so simple and easy, I am embarrassed to say I have never made this until a few years ago when a friend introduced this to me. You can cut them long.    Or you can cut them short. But, either way, you have a fast and easy side dish.  Most kids like sweet potatoes and for some reason, putting them into stick form seems to go over better with the little ones. For another way to prepare … Continue reading

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