Warm & Tasty Potato Soup

It is getting cold outside & I was craving a creamy soup (my previous “go-to’s” would have been Cheddar/Broccoli or Cream of Mushroom).  Since potatoes are inexpensive right now, I decided to try my hand at creating a FAILSAFE version of my grandmother’s recipe for Potato Soup.

Warm & Tasty FAILSAFE Potato Soup

Warm & Tasty FAILSAFE Potato Soup

(Remember that what we post here works for our families…if there is an ingredient that you/yours cannot tolerate, either substitute it or eliminate it completely)

Warm & Tasty Potato Soup

Saute until soft:

  2 T            Butter

  2 stalks   Celery, diced

  3              Green onion white tips, diced (separate-save green ends for garnish)

  1 T            Garlic, minced

Add to stock pot:

  4 c            Stock (I used FAILSAFE chicken stock, p.96 The Failsafe Cookbook)

  6 Lg         Potatoes (peeled, diced)

                   sautéed ingredients from above

Cook on med/high until potato is cooked/soft (about 20 minutes or so).  Use immersion blender to “cream up” the soup, but do not blend until smooth-you still want chunks of the potato & celery. 

Add:

  2 c             Milk

  1 T             Butter

                    Salt to taste

Garnish with:

                    green onion

 

Enjoy!

B.

 

GF Crepes

(The recipes we list work for OUR families and are suggestions for yours.  If there is an ingredient listed that you cannot tolerate, simply omit or modify it.)

Ingredients

2/3 C GF Flour (I use Namaste Perfect Flour Blend)

1 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp canola oil

1 C milk

2 eggs

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except the flour into a blender and mix.  Add the flour and blend well.

Heat a skillet or crepe pan over medium heat.  Grease lightly with canola oil if needed.

Pour enough batter onto the skillet or crepe pan to cover the bottom- you may need to lift the pan and gently turn it to spread the batter around evenly.  Let cook for about a minute or until the edges get dry and start to turn up.  Carefully loosen the edges with a thin spatula and flip to finish cooking, about another minute or so.

Place the finished crepe on a plate and fill with sliced pears and a drizzle of maple syrup.   I also like to fill the crepes with custard and sliced pears and top with some homemade whipped cream.  Yummy!!

This makes about 5 crepes in my crepe pan.

K.

Faux Chipotle

Before embarking on the F.A.I.L.S.A.F.E. journey, my family and I loved eating at Chipotle.  I was craving it the other day, so I came up with a safe version for us and it was a HUGE hit!  I lined up the ingredients on the counter, buffet style, and everyone could “order” whatever they wanted.

Here’s our “Chipotle” food line…

Cooked rice with chopped parsley (looked like cilantro rice:)

Cooked hamburger (I sautéed with garlic, green onion and salt)

Beans (I used black & kidney so it was more colorful and looked like more choices:)

Green onion

lettuce

sour cream (I know some people argue whether or not US sour cream is FAILSAFE, but my family is fine with it)

It was delish and the kids loved it.  For lunch the next day (we use a 24 hour period for eating leftovers) we had “taco salad” to get rid of the overage – just used lettuce as a base instead of the rice…

Enjoy!

B.

Healthy chip dip or sandwich spread

Ok, so my kiddos go back & forth between liking things then not liking them…for example:  chicken.  One day we love it, the next we don’t touch it.  Well, I have gotten tired of making the same old meals and decided to make myself a chicken salad sandwich…but “food processed” it a bit too much and it turned into a pate of sorts, so I decided to dip some Kettle chips into it for my lunch.  My kids (of course not knowing the ingredients) wanted to try it…AND LOVED IT!  So, here is the “hidden chicken” chip dip recipe (you could forgo the processing step and have a more traditional sandwich spread)…

1 C       Shredded chicken (I used some from a roasted chicken I’d made same day)

1 pkg   Cream Cheese

1 t         garlic, minced

1           celery, diced

2           green onion, diced

salt, to taste

milk to thin, if needed

Blend up in the food processor until pasty/dip texture…if traditional spread is desired, just stir ingredients together with a spoon.  I have eaten this dipped in chips, on rice cake, with rice crackers, on celery.  Yum.

Enjoy!

B.

Gluten Free Pound Cake

Ingredients:

2 C sugar- put in blender to make superfine

1 C butter, melted

4 eggs

4 tbsp pure vanilla (if you can’t handle vanilla, eliminate this)

3 C gluten free flour (I use Namaste Perfect Flour blend)

2 tsp baking powder

1 C milk

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  spray a bundt pan generously with canola oil spray.

Combine the sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat at medium speed until creamy.  Add 1 egg at a time, mixing well in between each egg.  Add vanilla (if using), blend well.

Sift the GF flour and baking powder in a bowl.  Add the flour and milk alternately to the butter mixture, mixing on low speed until well blended.

Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan.  The batter will be thick so smooth it out with a spatula.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let it cool completely in pan.

K.

Grocery list to keep track of multiple stores

Hello Failsafers!

Excel FAILSAFE grocery list by store

I have a grocery spreadsheet that I use to keep track of which stores carry the products that we need…I am currently balancing 3 major grocery chains plus our Co-Op for all of OUR needs.

Failsafe Shopping List

The way that I use it is this…

1) There are column header areas that I put my personal grocery store names into.

2) I mark an “x” in the box for the food item & corresponding store column so that I know which stores are carrying the item.

I keep a Master list on file.

3) I use a copy of the Master list on my refrigerator to keep track as I run out of groceries…there is a column to the left of the food items that I use to mark quantity that I need.

It is a bit timely compiling the original list, but saves a lot of time & gas trying to drive from store to store to track items down.   As always, we post what works for our families and hope that it can help yours too.

B.

West coast F.A.I.L.S.A.F.E. shopping list by store

west coast FAILSAFE shopping list

This is my work in progress.  I have such a hard time finding FAILSAFE ingredients that I have to go to multiple stores for each shopping trip.  So if I am going to all the stores anyway, I want to buy where I can get the stuff cheapest!!  I’ll be updating this periodically, and adding new products as I find them.  Beth has her own list for her side of the country.  Mine are stores in Scottsdale, so prices may vary depending on where you are located.  BTW, I cannot get Lyle’s golden syrup here.  I had found it at Wal-Mart back in Ohio, but not at the Wal-Mart here!!  I have to order Lyle’s from Amazon I guess.

If you have anything to add, let me know.  I’m always looking for a good deal and coupons for gluten free products, too.  Anything to save some money!

Also please use this list and any information you find on the internet at your own discretion.  Beth and I want to help everyone who is on this journey and is struggling.  We are not dietitians, and we are human.  We make mistakes and if you find a mistake in our lists or recipes, by all means- let us know.  In a nice way, please.

Happy shopping!

K.

School treats rant

This is a rant with a purpose.  It is to inform you all of something that happened to me yesterday.  I hope you will all learn from my mistakes, and maybe offer advice if you’ve been in this situation before.  This is about my DD-9 (High Functioning Autism/ADHD).

Every day I pack a Bento Box with FAILSAFE Gluten free foods for lunch and a little extra for a snack.  If there is a class event, I make sure to bring in a special snack.  But yesterday morning I receive a call from DD’s teacher… she had forgotten to call and let me know that she was rewarding the whole class with doughnuts and orange juice.  OK, so normally, I would rush something appropriate over to the school.  Even in my pajamas.  But, I had Kettle chips in the house and pretty much nothing else DD would eat.  She is super picky and hates most FS foods (but more on that later).   And they were eating RIGHT THEN.  What is a mom to do?

Luckily, DD had told the teacher she couldn’t have orange juice, (excuse me, Sunny Delight) but really wanted the doughnut holes.  My mind racing with the implications- with the biggest one being DD throwing a huge tantrum if she DIDN’T get the treat.  So I tell her that she can give Amelia the doughnut holes, but that by doing so she needs to: a) watch her for signs of tummy issues from the gluten, b) watch her behavior for potential issues from the crap in the doughnuts, and c) make sure Amelia visits the restroom several times throughout the day just in case…

So I get off the phone and beat myself up for the next hour.  It all comes back to ME not being prepared enough with a special treat in the classroom for times like this, ME not having enough food that DD will eat in the house at all times, ME not preparing DD enough for times when she will be confronted with non FS treats.  Ugh!!

K.

F.A.I.L.S.A.F.E. Shopping List by ingredient

printable FAILSAFE shopping list

Hello.

I have 2 shopping lists that I use…this one I use on the refrigerator as a running record of what I need to buy.  It is also a great list to take along if you are shopping at one or two stores.  I have listed some “notes” in () and/or some product names that I have found useful.  Please feel free to comment on any other brands that you may have found in your area(s) and I will add them.  Hopefully this will make a nice US brands list also.

Failsafe Shopping List

****I will be posting another list, later on, that you can use when balancing multiple grocery stores for all of your FAILSAFE shopping.  That one I use to keep track of which stores carry each product…Kim uses it to also keep track of price per store…smarty pants:)

Thanks and have a great day!

B.

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

OK…so this is cheating a bit due to the cornstarch in the Bob’s Shortbread mix, (my kids seem to tolerate a corn in moderate amounts) but is soooooooooo good.  We were going over to a friend’s house for dinner and were asked to bring a dessert…it’s hard enough to find a FAILSAFE dessert that my kids REALLY like, but one that non-FAILSAFE-ers would enjoy too is a tall order.  I cheated by going onto Pinterest to get ideas and found a pie crust cheat using the Bob’s mix.  Here’s what I came up with…

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ice Cream Cashew Pie with Homemade Caramel Sauce

(The recipes we list work for OUR families and are suggestions for yours.  If there is an ingredient listed that you cannot tolerate, simply omit or modify it.)

1pkg   Bob’s Gluten-free Shortbread Cookie Mix, make according to package directions

1pint   Haagen Dasz Vanilla ice cream

1/2 c   Raw cashews

Caramel sauce recipe (below)

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Mix the Bob’s Shortbread recipe according to package directions.  Split the cookie dough in half and press into a round cake pan (I make cookies with the remainder, but you could always make second crust to use another day).  Bake according to package directions and cool.

While crust is baking, I prepare the Caramel Sauce recipe (below) & set out the ice cream to soften (I use Haagen-Dazs vanilla).

When crust is cooled, add ice cream – packing in tightly.

Top with chopped raw cashews & press lightly into the softened ice cream.  Place in freezer to set up – at least 15 minutes.

Serve with warm Caramel Saucehttp://www.thecafesucrefarine.com/2013/09/ridiculously-easy-caramel-sauce.html#m

(Note:  this recipe calls for a dark brown sugar which I substitute in FAILSAFE approved & light brown)

Enjoy!

B.