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WIAW- Food Allergy Awareness Week 2014

This week is food allergy awareness week, and in honor of the annual event, I am going to dedicate my What I Ate Wednesday post to allergy-friendly meals from some of my favorite bloggers. It can be really difficult to find food that fit all of one’s dietary restrictions, but it’s such a big relief when you come across a recipe that needs minimal adjustments.

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There are up to 15 million people in the United States alone with food allergies (source). We can do our part to help those with food allergies by becoming more knowledgeable in what constitutes allergies, how to ask questions about someone’s allergies, and how to handle food in situations involving those with allergies.

Breakfast

Sweet Potato, Apple and Pancetta Hash — from Gutsy by Nature

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Lunch

German Sweet Potato Salad — from AIP Lifestyle

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Snack

Crispy Curried Turnip Chips — from The Clean Dish

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Dinner

Our Favorite Vegetable Beef Chili — from Oatmeal with a Fork

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Dessert

Ice Cream Bars — from Cook It Up Paleo

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Doesn’t that sound like the perfect day of food to you? Start off with a great egg-free breakfast hash and follow it up with a sweet potato salad jam-packed with bacon. Then munch on some crunchy, homemade vegetables. For dinner enjoy a big bowl of both grain and tomato-free chili, and round out the day with some cold and creamy homemade ice cream bars.

All of the recipes above are free of the top 8 food allergens: peanuts, eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, tree nuts. These 8 foods account for 90% of all allergic reactions (source).

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Thank you to Jenn for allowing me to link-up with WIAW again this week. Check out her blog for even more food inspiration!

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So tomorrow I am heading down for the final details of my next internship. Last summer I was 3 1/2 hours north of home and this year I am about 2 1/2 hours south. I have to pass a final drug test and physical examination before being officially offered the job, but I can confidently say that I think I’m safe in those regards 😉 My main concern right now actually is my living arrangements. I was notified kind of late about the job and only had a week to find an apartment. Nothing is 100% yet, but I’m trying to work it all out come Monday when I start. Yikes. I’ll update you more when things are concrete.

Goodbye for now and happy Wednesday!

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Questions for you:

Have you ever had to move for a job before?

What is your favorite allergy-friendly meal?

Do you, or does someone you know, have food allergies?

Bring on the Heat (Plus WIAW and Recipe!)

Well, summer is certainly not over yet! That much is clear from the absolutely scorching temperatures that we had today. It’s quite deceiving to wake up in my dorm room to probably 65 degree frigid air and try to decide what to wear. A smart person would in fact check weather.com; however today I had my 8:00 am class so all that I was interested in was breakfast and high-tailing it out of there.

What was my clothing of choice? A blue, long sleeve thermal shirt and skinny jeans. I kid you not.

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It was actually this shirt that I got for Christmas. Just swap the pajama pants for real pants. Now that I think about it, I think this shirt might possibly be meant for nighttime use only… Oh well.

For the sake of clarity it’s not really a thermal shirt as in say, oh I don’t know, long johns… But it sure felt that way from the looks that I was getting as I crossed campus later on. My fellow 8:00 am classmates all apparently missed the memo too so I was blissfully unaware of the lurking heat until I stepped outside after class was over.

That and the fact that my Business Communications teacher declared that we were going to be having a heat index of 100 degrees as she laughed out our choice of pants. Yes. Laughed.

I have to say that during my World Cultures Music class today though it was my turn to laugh as while the rest of the students were cold in their short shorts and tank tops I was just right (minus my uncovered sandal-adorned feet).

If you would like an exhibit of the immense heat that was felt by all in a 100 mile radius, check out this little guy that I snapped a picture of:

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Before you ask NO he is NOT dead. I checked.

He was just one tuckered out dude. I would imagine that he could have really gone for a glass of cold lemonade or a nice Popsicle…

Or perhaps some vegan biscuits?

Is that a nod of your head that I SEE sense?

Glad you agree. 😉

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Grain-Free Vegan Biscuits

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free Option, Sugar-free, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Makes 4 ramekins

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (ghee or butter works too)
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (use a seed flour to make nut-free)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasoning, rosemary (depending on taste preference)
  • 1/2-1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease/oil 4 ramekins (you could also do approximately 6-8 muffin tins).
  2. Mix flaxseed and water in a medium sized bowl. Let set for a few minutes to thicken (or microwave to quicken process).
  3. Add the coconut oil and combine well.
  4. Then add the coconut flour, almond flour, sea salt, and seasonings. Mix thoroughly.
  5. At this point you will need to add in the coconut milk. Add in about 1/2 cup to start and increase by spoonfuls until the mixture is beginning to stick together (it should be very thick, but not crumbly/pourable.
  6. Mix in the baking soda.
  7. Distribute the dough evenly between the ramekins and use a spatula to spread out.
  8. Bake for around 30 minutes or until they are golden brown on top. Slice and serve however you wish.

Note: The biscuits are moist on the inside so for something like a sandwich I sliced the biscuits in half, put them open face on a baking sheet, and baked them for about 10-15 extra minutes will I was preparing the sandwich fillings. This made them much crispier but it all depends on your preference!

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For serving ideas, these biscuits would make great bases for breakfast sandwiches (egg, tofu, bacon, cheese, etc.), topped with gravy for biscuits and gravy, or made into burgers like I did:

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Grass-fed burgers topped with sautéed onions in ghee and paired homemade butternut squash fries on the side.

Thanks to Jenn for hosting this weekly shindig, even though she is obviously super busy with her little bundle of joy (Congrats! 🙂 ). Still, why don’t you head on over and give her a big virtual hug. And check out all of the amazing WIAW food link-ups!

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Questions for you:

How has the temperature been for you recently?

What is your favorite way to eat biscuits?

Are there a lot of friendly little squirrels where you are at?

What recipes/food pictures did you share today?

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Edited to add:

I basically forgot that today was September 11. At first I was really angry with myself in forgetting, but it really made me realize that our country has come so far from that day. It used to be when I was younger that people talked about what happened all of the time. Conspiracy theories especially, which did absolutely no credit to the men and women who lost their lives on those flights, or the brave people who lost their lives trying to save them. I just want to take a second to say how grateful I am to be living in this country, and also how thankful I am to all of those who protect and serve us.

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(Source)

I was in Elementary school when planes went down. I remember my second grade teacher turning on the television to the news footage for just a few minutes. I was young and couldn’t really comprehend what was going on. I had no idea that the twin towers ever existed let alone the fact that they were now just rubble. Maybe that’s why I don’t remember that day in an emotional context for me personally.

What I do remember is the emotions from that day forward however and how much it affected the lives of our country. My heart is with all of those who knew someone affected by the events on September 11.

Where were you on September 11, 2001?