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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?

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Usually I make some witty attempt at a humorous/interesting opening for my posts. With recipes like the one I have today though, I like just cutting to the chase. This month’s theme for Recipe Redux is “A Play on Patties.”

While St. Patty’s Day will be over by the time The Recipe ReDux rolls around this month, we’re celebrating the ‘patty’ all month long. We’ve seen images of stacked patties go crazy on food photo sharing sites like HealthyAperture.com; so stack ‘em up! Think healthy tuna burgers, potato patties, or veggie stacks.

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While most people would think of hamburgers or a similar type of savory dish when hearing the word “patties,” my first thought was sweet. This should come as no surprise as I love dessert recipes. Peppermint patties in particular. After a quick google search I found a number of recipes and picked this one to adapt. You will notice that the center of the patties are not white like a traditional patty, but that is because I used coconut sugar as my sweetener of choice which is naturally brown. I promise it is just as pepperminty and delicious. Everyone in my family of mint/chocolate lovers agree.

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Dairy/Egg-Free, Nut/Peanut-Free, Paleo-Friendly

Makes 16 Peppermint Patties

Peppermint filling ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered coconut sugar*
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp milk (I used light coconut but any milk should work)
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint stevia (or use plain peppermint extract to taste- around 1/2 tsp)**

Chocolate coating ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp honey (use maple syrup to make vegan, or stevia drops to taste)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (or omit the honey and use carob powder)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor combine the powdered coconut sugar, peppermint extract, coconut oil and milk until smooth. Dip your fingers in melted coconut oil to prevent sticking. Then taking heaping teaspoonfuls of the peppermint mixture and roll them into balls. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then press them into circles.
  2. Put the baking sheet in the freezer and let harden for about 45 minutes.
  3. Next take the coconut oil and honey and melt them in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Mix in the cocoa powder until completely combined. Take the hardened filling patties and set up a station for dipping.
  4. To coat the patties in chocolate, take one patty and place it in the chocolate. Using a fork, flip the patty to coat the other side. Then place the fork underneath the patty in the bowl and lift, letting the excess chocolate drip off. Place the chocolate-covered patty back on the parchment paper (use another fork to push it off if needed).
  5. Put the patties back in the freezer until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy!

*How to make powdered coconut sugar: Place 1 1/2 cups of coconut sugar in a coffee grinder in 1/2 cup intervals and grind until it turns into a fine powder. If you don’t have coconut sugar, you can also do this same process with cane sugar or another granulated sweetener. Also, if you are able to tolerate it, you can just use regular powdered sugar. 

**Substitution note: While these are peppermint patties, any extract would work well in this recipe. Coconut, vanilla, orange, cherry, raspberry, strawberry… Whatever you like!

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Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

 

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Don’t forget to check out all of the other participants who made fabulous patty creations this month:

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Questions for you:

Are you a fan of peppermint patties? I usually hate the mint/chocolate combo but I LOVED this one.

What extract would you try? I think coconut would be amazing! Or even peanut butter…

What is your favorite “patty” food? Duh, these.

Have you ever made your own powdered sugar before? This was my first time and definitely not my last.