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Everything-Free Packed Lunches

January 13, 2012
Posted in: Food Sensitivities, Health and Nutrition, Integrating Lifestyle Changes, Living with Health Challenges, The Simple Kitchen

A shorter version of this article was published in my kids’ school newsletter. Here it is in it’s full gory glory.

The cry is nearly universal. “What can I send with my child for lunch that is healthy, but won’t be ignored or dumped in the trash?”

Add on top of that, “And is free of (some combination of) gluten, dairy, soy, egg, corn, grains, sugar, nuts, …”

It’s enough to drive a mama/papa mad.

As a mama of two boys who between them avoid gluten, dairy, grains, sugar (honey excepted), artificial additives, and salicylates (say that ten times fast!), I’ve been mad. In all senses of the word.

Then I feel lucky. After all, they can still have eggs and nuts. And soy, if I liked (which I don’t).

Coconut Ranch Dressing

January 3, 2012
Posted in: Food Sensitivities, Recipes, The Simple Kitchen

Remember ranch dressing? Back when you could eat dairy? It made veggies worth eating. And salad.

You can have it again.

Coconut Ranch Dressing


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup coconut yogurt or kefir
  • 1 – 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • ½ cup chopped fresh herb of choice – parsley, tarragon, dill, or cilantro
  • ½ tsp mineral salt
  • Directions:
    Place all the ingredients a food processor or blender and mix well.