Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles

I surprised my boys this weekend with homemade, freshly baked Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles!

A couple of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles topped with Vegan Becel Margarine and pure maple syrup

Scrumpdelicious!

I couldn’t believe my luck when I stumbled upon a recipe…already void of eggs…that I could easily adapt to meet Michael’s food allergens. (dairy, egg, beef, lamb, sesame, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nuts, mustard and raspberries)

All I needed was a waffle maker. Again, luck was on my side when I discovered Cuisinart’s new product…Griddler Waffle Plates! As I already own a Cuisinart Griddler…the waffle plates were the perfect choice.

The original recipe comes from my Bon Appetit Magazine’s  March 2009 issue. Click here for their recipe. I substituted the 2 cups of buttermilk with 2 cups of Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 2 tbsp of white vinegar that sat in the fridge for an hour. (for a soy free version use Natur-a Rice Beverage) I substituted the 6 tbsp of melted butter for 6 tbsp of canola oil.

The boys hovered near by as the batter was carefully ladled into the waffle plates.  Michael started frying up some bacon to accompany the Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles while both the boys anxiously waited for the waffle batter to bake.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles in the Cuisinart Waffle Plates

Four minutes in the Griddler…perfection!

Topped with Vegan Becel Margarine and pure maple syrup…rave reviews soon followed.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles topped with Vegan Becel Margarine and pure maple syrup ready to enjoy

Crispy and light…definitely a double thumbs up!

I saved a couple of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffles for Michael to toast the this morning for breakfast.

Enjoying a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Waffle

Enjoy!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Toast

At our house, French Toast is reserved for special occasions only…Matthew’s Birthday Breakfast and a Father’s Day Breakfast in bed.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Toast drizzled with Pure Maple Syrup and dusted with icing sugarDairy and egg allergies prevented Michael from indulging in this yummy breakfast treat…that is until I put my ‘thinking cap’ on and came up with an adapted recipe.

It all starts with a great slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Bread.

As much as I love my Black and Decker Deluxe Bread Machine, the loaves that it creates are not quite like a fresh loaf of bread baked in a loaf pan.  Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily has perfected a recipe that combines the convenience of a bread machine and the quality of a loaf of bread baked in a loaf pan. I knew it would be the perfect bread for my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Toast. Click here for the recipe.

Oh my…they are a thing of beauty!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free loaves of bread cooling on rack

The boys and I could not resist slicing a piece…

slices of Dairy,Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Bread

…and slathering it with Homemade Strawberry Jam!

a slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Bread with homemade strawberry jam

Michael was thrilled with his Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Toast! “Is this what French Toast really tastes like? Really?” he queried. As he walked away, full of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Toast he exclaimed, “Man, it kinda sucks…knowing what I have been missing all this time.”

Not anymore!

This recipe is adapted from my all-time favourite cookbook, Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Toast

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Toast being topped with Pure Maple Syrup

1/2 cup Natura Soy Milk or for a soy free version use Natura Rice Milk
1/4 tsp pure vanilla
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 flax egg (1 tbsp of flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp of water and left to sit for 10 minutes and then stirred)
slices of your favourite allergen friendly bread

Preheat your grill. I preheated our Cuisinart Griddler to 450 F.
Mix all ingredients together in a shallow bowl big enough to hold a slice of bread.

All ingredients in a shallow bowl to dip bread into

Dip both sides of a slice of bread in the mixture.
Spray griddle with a canola spray and cook bread on both sides until nice and crispy.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut French Toast on the griddle

Serve with some fresh fruit, pure maple syrup and a sprinkling of icing sugar.

enjoying a piece of Dairy,Egg,Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French ToastEnjoy!

P.S. Matthew came home the other day and wanted French Toast for lunch…think again, my dear. Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free French Toast will also be reserved for special occasions lest it lose its specialness!

P.P.S. My boys have not stopped raving about Carla’s bread! “It makes the best sandwiches! It seems to stay fresher longer!” explains Michael.

All I can say to Carla is…”thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Tip: Stir the ingredients just before dipping the bread as the flax meal tends to sink to the bottom. You may even want to sprinkle in more cinnamon as you go along as it stays on top and disappears after a bit…the cinnamon is the best part!

Question: Do you reserve the right to only make certain menu items for special occasions?

My Boys’ Favourite ‘Flat’ Chicken

This weekend, I embarked on writing on the topic of cross-contamination. As a parent with children with food allergies…it is one of my greatest fears.

The more I wrote, the more I realized how much a factor it plays in my daily life. Cross-contamination touches so many parts of my life the story seemed to take on a life of its own.

I am going to take my time with it and present it as a series. In the meantime, this weeks posts will be a series of simple allergen free dinners that our family enjoys.

To start off the week, I am offering one of my boys’ favourite dinners…‘Flat’ Chicken.
Below is Michael’s finished masterpiece.

Michael's flat chicken dinner with rice and peasNamed appropriately as my boys enjoy flattening the chicken themselves!

This is a great hands on recipe for children to experience a start to finish meal. This recipe also offers children an opportunity to try new flavours by choosing their own spices. I am sure you all have an array of them, like I do, tucked away in your cupboards.

Bring them all out to the counter and let your children familiarize themselves with their smells. I often remind my kids that many of the spices before them they have already enjoyed in other dishes without perhaps even knowing.

Chili Powder in the Barbeque Sauce for the Ribs, Sage in our Dairy Free Stuffing, Thyme on our Roast Pork, Oregano on Pizza.

My boys are not always involved in the preparation of dinner so this recipe gives us the opportunity to share some quality time…I need to incorporate their skills more often!

I hope you will find this a fun introduction to the joys of cooking in your kitchen with your children.

Boys’ ‘Flat’ Chicken

2 chicken breasts, butterflied
enough canola oil for coating chicken
variety of spices
salt and pepper

I use my Cuisinart Griddler for this recipe. Turn the grill to high.
Meanwhile, prep the chicken:
Place a sheet of wax paper on the counter and place butterflied chicken breasts on top and cover with another sheet of wax paper.
As we do not have a mallet, we use an old rolling-pin to flatten the chicken. Kids enjoyed this part!

Matthew using the rolling pin to flatten his butterflied chicken breast

Peel off the top wax paper
Drizzle a bit of canola oil over the chicken and rub it in all over.
Now the fun part! Kids can choose their spices to sprinkle over their chicken.
Rub the spices into the chicken.

Matthew’s chicken breast is on the left and Michael’s is on the right.

boys flattened chicken breasts with spices

Tip 1: I sometimes advise the boys to tap a bit of spice into the palm of their hands and then using their fingers, sprinkle the spices over the chicken. It eliminates the problem of dumping a whole pile of spices in one dose.

Matthew’s spices included: Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, salt and pepper.

Michael’s spices included: Thyme, Oregano, Chili Powder, Italian Seasonings, salt and pepper.

Place the chicken spice side down and cook on high for approximately 3 minutes. Turn and cook a further 3 minutes.

flattened spiced chicken breasts on cuisinart griddler

Tip 2: The boys help with the turning of the chicken with supervision.

The boys enjoyed their ‘Flat’ Chicken with a side of Basmati Rice and Peas. Below is Matthew’s masterpiece. Yummy!

Matthew's spiced flattened chicken breast with basmati rice and peas

Enjoy!

P.S. Is there a favourite recipe your children enjoy assisting with in the kitchen?
How often do your children help out with meals?