Blessed Little Buggy

I am from South Carolina. In the south, we call grocery carts “buggies.”  Thanks Jamie and Sis for coming up with this blog post title!

I’ve been thinking about doing this for months now- sharing what we buy for groceries.

I think it’s a good thing to share grocery store finds and brands. It took me a long while to get a handle on this food allergy business. Please remember to always read labels in case ingredients change. These finds are safe for us.

Here’s what we avoid due to our food allergies: all dairy, eggs, beef, pork gelatin, canned foods, cinnamon, and kiwi.

Anyway, I buy a lot of the same products every week, so you will most likely see repeats. But every now and then (like today!) we find a new safe food and add it to our list of safe foods/brands.

Today I called Mott’s about their “Fruity Rolls Strawberry Splash.”  We added that to our buggy and SG has already had one and loves it!

So, here’s what we purchased for this week’s menu.

My cart before we hit the produce section.

My cart before we hit the produce section.

SG's little green

SG’s little green “buggy.”

Close ups of my grocery cart.

Close ups of my grocery cart.

More close ups.

More close ups.

My little helper and love bug, SG.

My little helper and love bug, SG.

Here's the produce we purchased today.

Here’s the produce we purchased today.

Here’s my confession: I don’t say buggy anymore. I say cart. I’ve lived in the midwest for too long. However, I refuse to say pop for soda. Hahaha! Have a good Monday, y’all!!!

P.S.  These are mostly phone pics so they will not be the greatest quality.  Oh well!  🙂

“Ranch Chicken” Pizza: Dairy & Egg Free

Yummy!

Yummy!

I have decided that Friday nights are now pizza nights. It’s fun to create traditions and oh yeah, it makes menu planning that much easier!!!

It also means that I have to get creative or we will eat the same pizza every week.

This week I tried my hand at creating a “ranch chicken” pizza.

The quotation marks are because:

The ranch is homemade and dairy and egg free

and

I’m not really using chicken. I’m using Hillary’s Veggie Bites for the chicken.

I found Hillary’s Veggie Bites a few months ago, called about the facilities (dairy & egg free!), bought them and let the veggie bites sit in the freezer for a few months. Why? Introducing new foods to SG is super stressful. She was fine with them. As a matter of fact- she LOVES them. However, she refuses to let me call them veggie bites. She calls them nuggets.

They have a great crunch to them (kind of like Ian’s chicken nuggets.) So the lightbulb went off in my head. No need to use real chicken. Just sub the crispy, crunchy veggie bites!

Here’s how I made our pizza.

Ranch Chicken Pizza:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pizza crust (I use this recipe. I cut the recipe in half, throw it in the bread maker and use the dough setting and make 4 thin crust pizzas from half the recipe. Also, you can have two thicker crust pizzas from half this recipe.)
  • 1 recipe of homemade ranch (Click here to see how I make homemade ranch)
  • 9-12 Hillary’s Veggie Bites
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

Directions:

  1. Prepare and pre-bake homemade pizza crust at 415 for 4-5 minutes.  (See link in ingredients)
  2. Bake Hillary’s Veggie Bites. (takes 20 minutes)
  3. Prepare safe homemade ranch dressing.  (See link in ingredients)
  4. Spoon ranch dressing on pre-baked pizza crust. Eyeball it.  I didn’t use all of my ranch dressing.
  5. Sprinkle the Daiya mozzarella shreds on the pizza. Use more or less Daiya according to your preference.
  6. Sprinkle the green onions on the pizza.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and everything is bubbly.
  8. Cut veggie bites to bite sized pieces. Add to pizza.
  9. Sprinkle Frank’s Red Hot Sauce for the grown ups (or brave kids.)
  10. Serve extra ranch on the side as a dip for the pizza or sprinkle more ranch on top of the pizza.
Ready to go in the oven

Ready to go in the oven

Bake until it looks like this.  It took about 7 minutes with my oven.

Bake until it looks like this. It took about 7 minutes with my oven.

Add the "Chicken"...HIllary's Veggie Bites!

Add the “Chicken”…Hillary’s Veggie Bites!

Add Frank's Red Hot Sauce if you dare...

Add Frank’s Red Hot Sauce if you dare…

Notes:

  • This makes 1 pizza.
  • I make a half recipe of the pizza crust and make 4 thin crust pizzas. We use two crusts per meal/pizza night. I freeze the other two crusts for the next week. This saves me time and work every other week.
  • You can sub real chicken, store bought ranch for the veggie bites, and real mozzarella cheese if your diet allows.

This was a winner in our house and is sure to make more appearances in our Friday night pizza rotation.

Ranch Turkey Burger Sliders on Homemade Dinner Rolls: Dairy & Egg Free

Yummy Ranch Turkey Sliders with Sautéed Zucchini

Yummy Ranch Turkey Sliders on Homemade Rolls with Sautéed Zucchini

Doesn’t this dinner look delish?

Hot, homemade rolls.

Ranch turkey burger sliders made with:

Homemade ranch mix.

Fresh green onions.

Lean ground turkey breast.

Served with sautéed fresh zucchini.

YES, please!

First, the rolls have to be made. I skipped the original directions for making the dough. With any bread recipe, I throw it all in the bread machine and press “dough.” It’s worked for me so far. It takes me less than 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the bread machine.

Here’s the recipe for the homemade dinner rolls.

Homemade Dinner Rolls
(adapted from this recipe from All Recipes)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp Quick Rise Yeast for Bread Machines
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I’ve used SO Delicious Original Coconut Coffee Creamer & SO Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the bread maker.  Use dough setting. This takes 1.5 hours on my bread machine.
  2. Once the dough is ready, divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape into balls. Mine are never perfectly round or even the exact same size. I divide the dough in half using a pizza cutter. Then I cut the halves in half. And cut each strip into three pieces. (12 rolls total)  Roll.
  3. Place in greased 8-inch round pan. Use vegan butter to grease the pan.
  4. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rise in a warm and draft free spot until it’s doubled in size. It takes my dough about an hour to double in size.
  5. When the dough is doubled in size, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Mine are perfect in 18 minutes.
  7. Remove from pan; brush with a small pat of melted vegan butter.

Next, whip up a batch of homemade dry ranch mix (link below). I always double this batch so I have some on hand to make dinners like this a snap.

Once your ranch mix is done, it’s time to start making your ranch turkey burger patties.

I found this lovely recipe on Pinterest. I’ve made a few changes to make it safe for our diet.

Ranch Turkey Burger Sliders
(adapted from this recipe from Laa Loosh)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. The patties are for smaller dinner rolls, so make the patties the size of sliders. I get 8 sliders from this recipe.
  3. Heat a pan on medium. Spray the pan with olive oil spray.
  4. Cook the patties until well done.

To make the Ranch Turkey Burger Sliders with Homemade Rolls:

  1. Cut the rolls in half.
  2. Add turkey slider to bottom half of roll.
  3. Add desired toppings (sliced tomato, lettuce and/or sliced onions).
  4. Top with the top half of the roll.
  5. Serve with a veggie on the side.
Ranch Turkey Sliders ready to be Cooked

Ranch Turkey Sliders ready to be Cooked

Just the right size for homemade dinner rolls.

Just the right size for homemade dinner rolls.

Homemade Ranch Turkey Sliders on Homemade Rolls!

Homemade Ranch Turkey Sliders on Homemade Rolls!