Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes with Pepper and Parsley

February is Potato Lover’s Month.  I am a potato lover.  It quite possibly might be because I am a potato farmer’s daughter, and growing up, no meal was complete without potatoes.  Maybe years of DNA coding has left meat and potatoes running in my veins.  Or maybe it is the never-ending different possibilities of potato dishes.   Continue reading

Easy Fish Patties with Cracked Pepper Tartar Sauce


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Fish Patties

I don’t like fish. My mom tells me that as a child, I used to love tuna until I heard somebody call it tuna fish.  I guess it is in my head, but knowing that doesn’t make it easier to like.  My husband and kids love fish, but since I do almost all of the cooking, they don’t get fish.  I don’t even know how to cook fish, except for this fish patty recipe my mom makes from canned tuna or salmon. Continue reading

Italian Meatballs

These dairy-free meatballs are delicious.  This is a large recipe and perfect for stocking your freezer with healthy, great-tasting freezer meals.

italian-meatballsOn busy days, I often wish we would eat take-out for dinner.  I used to buy Chinese food because it seemed to have less dairy, but now since we have a little one with a soy allergy as well as dairy, Chinese is not a good option either.

Instead, I try to keep some quick and easy meals in the freezer.   Continue reading

Roasted Yellow Summer Squash

I love the end of summer and all the fresh produce and vegetables.  This is a great way to eat yellow summer squash.  yellow squash sticks

Wash and cut the squash into sticks.  Place on parchment-lined baking pan.  Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake at 400º F  for 30 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy.

Roasted Squash Sticks

Jolly Llama Coconut Cream Dark Chocolate Pops

Product Review: Dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and full of “mmmm.”

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Jolly Llama Coconut Cream Pops-dark chocolate

Yesterday, I had the rare opportunity to spend a couple of hours with just my little girl.  We solved jigsaw puzzles, created a count-down-chain for her third birthday, played in the sprinkler, and shared a Jolly Llama Coconut Cream Pop.

sharing the chocolate ice

I saw Jolly Llama products in my grocery store advertisement a few weeks ago, and decided to try them. I like reading about the dairy-free products that Chloe, from pinkiebag.com, reviews.  There is one problem, since I’m not in England I can’t taste them.  So, I was excited to see a new product that I can taste and then share my own review.

The brand name’s play on words, from Dalai lama to Jolly Llama, was very clever.  It makes me want to watch Seven Year in Tibet again.

When I was looking at the nutrition facts, I noticed that it had 44% of my daily recommended amount of iron.  Maybe I could just eat these when I am low in iron instead of buying an iron supplement.  The taste is definitely better.

I was storing the Coconut Cream Pops in my deep freeze, which keeps things a little colder than my regular freezer, and so it was very hard at first. It took a few minutes before it warmed-up enough to push the popsicle up.  The coconut flavor was very faint, and mostly we tasted a nice dark chocolate without being overly sweet.  It was rich with a nice, creamy texture–like real dairy chocolate ice cream, but actually better.

open chocolate pop-up

These are delicious.  I’d definitely recommend them.  It is a little pricey for my regular budget, but if you consider the cost of buying ice cream from an ice cream shop, it is about the same price. Also, it doesn’t taste like your bargain brand ice cream either, it tasted more like the expensive varieties.  I’m excited to try their other flavors.

Did my little one like it?  Halfway through the treat, I asked her if she liked it, she responded “If I eat this, I’ll say mmmm.”   Then she took another bite and said, “Mmmm.”

Polka Dot Popsicles

Blueberries in coconut milk for a whimsical, dairy-free summer treat. polkadot popsicles

This dessert was so simple to make.  Normally, I just fill my popsicle molds with juice.  I feel better feeding the kids something besides flavored sugar-water, and they are happy to have a cold treat on a hot day.  But today, I thought I would try something different.  The coconut milk is creamy and slightly sweet, and the blueberries are slightly tart.   Continue reading