Honey Bran English Muffins

Can you tell I’ve been on a carb kick lately?

These Honey Bran English Muffins started out as an experiment back when I was living in apartments and one of my roommates was going vegan and juicing a lot for different detoxes.  It was fun to see what she was trying and I was also experimenting with making *all* my food from scratch.  To the best of my ability without losing too much flavor.

This was one of those experiments and I have to say is still a favorite I pull out every so often because of How. Delicious. hot-off-the-cast-iron they are.  :]

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Sausage Gravy + Biscuits: Soy/Dairy/Egg Free

This was one of those ah-ha moments.  Twice.  

First when I realized, duh, I can eat meat; I don’t have to abstain from this favorite breakfast meal because I had Rice Milk to sub for cow’s milk.

And, Two, when I discovered Coconut Oil for better vegan biscuits.  🙂 🙂 🙂

Thus was reborn my Favorite Breakfast:

Sausage Gravy + Biscuits

Soy/Dairy/Egg Free Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

1 lb. Bob Evans Sausage roll, original

1/4 cup (give or take) all-purpose King Arthur flour

Rice Milk

Brown the sausage in a skillet – we like to use our Cast Iron skillet – and once it is all cooked, sprinkle on the flour and really coat the ground sausage.  Both the meat and the pan should look pretty dry.  

Then pour in enough milk to cover the bottom of the pan.  Stir the meat until it starts to thicken into a sauce.  If it is too thick, add some more milk, about 1/8 cup of milk at a time.  Stir some more after each addition until you get a nice consistency.  

basic biscuits

Quick Bread Biscuits: Richer Biscuits

2 cups flour (I love King Arthur all-purpose flour)

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

6 Tbs coconut oil

1 cup Rice Milk

Measure out coconut oil and microwave it for 30 seconds or until it is very soft.  Add dry ingredients and “cut in” dry with the oil.  Then mix in the milk.

Drop by spoonfuls onto greased (or silicone mat lined) cookie sheets and bake at 450*F for 12 minutes.  Makes about 20 biscuits.

I haven’t perfected the order of cooking and baking yet, but I’d wager a guess to mix up the biscuits first and get them in the oven before you start the sausage.  That way the biscuits are coming out of the oven and cooling while you are making the gravy.

Serve two biscuits in a bowl with sausage gravy poured over top.  Enjoy!

 

I love to hear your thoughts;  What is your favorite breakfast recipe?  Have you found a way to make it safe for your diet restrictions?  Links to relevant info are welcome in the comments.  
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Basic Vegan Biscuits

These biscuits were my first attempt with coconut oil.  The flaky texture and perfect, delicious flavor had me hooked from the first bite.  Or rather, from the first lick of the batter spoon.

This recipe is adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook with vegan substitutions from my new Substitutions Bible, Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference. 

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Stocking the Pantry: Soy, Dairy, Egg Free

For anyone that knows the struggle — because this seems to be becoming a more regular occurrence which is scary — there are many foods at the grocery store that are on the DO NOT BUY list.

But on the flip side, there are MANY MANY MANY. REAL. FOODS. that are on the Safe List.  So instead of repeating myself for all my friends that ask and more importantly for all those other friends struggling with this new lifestyle, here is my Go-To list of what I stock in my Pantry for our daily meals.

Stocking the No Soy, No Dairy, No Egg Pantry

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Soy Dairy & Egg Free – What Do I Eat??

Early on in our nursing/breast-feeding game, I gave up dairy within the first week or two.  With my first daughter being lactose intolerant/ sensitive, I figured my second daughter would be as well since it runs in my family.  My grandfather had the same issue and since he grew up on a farm, he was in charge of his own dairy goat as soon as he was able to take care of her.

But the soy & egg never crossed my mind.  In fact, I even posted about her horrible “baby acne” that wouldn’t go away.  Well-intentioned friends and family kept saying it was baby acne that would go away or that it was a topical allergy and I needed to use more sensitive soaps/detergents/clothing.

Alice's "Baby Acne" Eczema
My poor baby’s face! It’s been a week now since I’ve been trying to figure out what’s caused it to flare up – because do they really get acne on their ear lobes?? It looks more like hives to me than anything else. Last night and today I gave up peanut butter, one of my favorite treats/snacks/foods, that I had been holding out on – after giving up dairy, bananas, strawberries, eggs, and even my vegan shakeology! 😦 Nothing was working until tonight, and I have to admit, I saw a glimpse on a previous day of no peanut butter till evening, but thought it was due to another fast. Well, her cheeks are less red, and her bumps/ pimples look less inflamed so maybe that means…. No more peanut butter? 😥 Even though it’s a struggle, seeing her beautiful, clear skin coming back makes it worth it a hundred times over. Same for eating dairy free, if it means her tummy isn’t hurting, why would I not give it up?

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Soy- Dairy- Egg- Free: Tried + True Substitutions

There are many google searches in my history for “egg replacer” “egg substitute in muffins” “butter substitute” “how much applesauce equals one egg” and more.  My dad even gifted me this little LIFE SAVER I’ve dubbed the Substitutions Bible that I never thought I’d open more than my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook.  But it has all the beauty of handwritten notes, turned page corners, and creased binding to show it is well loved.

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Busy Mom Automations

Hello friends!  I’ve missed blogging and sharing all the things we’ve found to feed our family healthier meals and save money toward finishing our home additions.  Honestly, we’ve been busy with the same-old around here, implementing everything I talk about and we haven’t added too many new habits in the last year.

But since I’ve been sending so many friends links to previous posts, I thought it was time to get back and publish all these other blog drafts I’ve written.  Because I want this blog to be the easiest, best reference guide possible for YOU.  So I am polishing up all my drafts (with SO many more in-depth topics and tricks we’ve used personally) so you can read and use them as they work for you.  

I hope you had a blessed Christmas and Holiday season with those you love.  And I hope to have many more blog posts for you this coming year.  Thanks for following along!

 

Automating the Everyday for the Busy Mom

All moms are busy trying to keep the family fed, get everyone off to their respective responsibilities prepared and on time, pay the bills, keep the house tidy + organized, and possibly still hold a job herself.  Nevermind squeezing in her own relaxation time so she can feel fulfilled + refreshed (and maybe blog a little).

That’s why I’ve round up my favorite tried-and-true automations that help make my life a little less hectic, keep things rolling smoothly, and allow me to focus on the important stuff of my family’s life before I miss it. Continue reading

Freezing Bananas the Easy Way

This post is written for the new friends I met at Ciolino’s one Sunday afternoon when the bananas were FREE (because the owner had just gotten a new truckload in and wanted the ripe ones out).  

Why do I love bananas?  Let me count the ways… 🙂

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