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You Won't "Mousse" The Eggs in This Carrot Mousse

Here is Passover recipe #2.  It can also be made for Easter because Jews don’t have the monopoly on carrots!
This dish is so light it should be called carrot flan, but mousse made a better pun. It has a creamy texture and should probably be labeled as dessert, but it’s a great side dish.  This recipe underwent many changes over the years to meet certain dietary limitations and I wanted to clean it up a little. It is egg, nut, dairy and gluten free (if you use gluten free cake meal) and truly so easy.  
During the year for other holidays, I use tofu in lieu of eggs, and it provides an even airier consistency, but many of us don’t eat soy on Passover so I went back to the kitchen.   I also replaced the margarine, in order to make it low sodium for my FIL-nobody even knew! So now it’s egg, nut, dairy, AND low sodium-but it still tastes great.

Let me know your thoughts.  The picture is courtesy of the Washington Post when it was featured in the paper a few years back.
INGREDIENTS 1 lb carrots …
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This Ain't No Cake of Affliction

As promised here is the first of some of my most treasured allergy free recipes for Passover.  I hope you enjoy them and use them as part of your tradition for a happy and safe holiday.
Chocolate Cake (adapted from Nava Atlas’s Chocolate Cake recipe) This cake is so good, it’s a shame I only make it on Passover. It’s very fudgy and rich, and trust me you can’t eat too much of it at once and yet, the whole thing disappears in minutes. Try it for yourself. It’s super easy and it's egg, nut, dairy and can be made gluten free with gluten free cake meal.
This picture is two cakes stacked with raspberry jam in the middle and a ganache topping-it makes a great birthday cake if your birthday lands on Passover.
Ingredients-for one cake 5/8 cup cake meal (1/2 cup + 1/8) ¼ cup+ 1 ½ tbsp. Potato starch 3 TBSP cocoa powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder (you can use the Kosher for Passover one) ½ tsp. salt ¼ cup oil 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup warm water
Directions Combin…

Cookies for Breakfast-(Gluten,egg,dairy and nut free)

As allergy moms, we have to learn how to re-feed our families from scratch.  Ten years ago, this was not a simple task as we did not have the explosive array of allergy free items we have today.  However, just because we have more extensive choices, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.  In fact, I have noticed that the preponderance of allergy items is snack food, cake mixes, cookies, etc… Moreover, I found it curious that many food allergy parents such as myself, were actually gaining weight, probably because we were always baking for our kiddos so they wouldn’t feel left out at school, family events, birthday parties and playdates.  While I felt good about being able to provide these tasty alternatives, my fitness and nutrition goals were less than stellar and in need of an overhaul.
As a trainer and nutrition consultant with a lot of experience in limited diets, I am constantly trying to create healthy alternatives that won’t break the caloric bank, provide nutrition, and are kid …

Fifty is NOT the New Forty

I am the first to admit, I hate aging. My feet are achy as soon as they hit the floor in the morning, my back sporadically hurts, and my knees sound like a bowl of rice krispies. Throw in some hot flashes for good measure, thinning eyebrows, and more grays than I’d like to admit. Yep, sounds like 50 is off to a great start. Nevertheless, when I backtrack to the shadow of my former, younger self, I realize that 50 definitely has its merits.
The Twenties
 I use to roll my eyes at women in the salon who were getting their hair colored and I adamantly swore I would go natural when the time came. Of course, when the grays started to come a little more fast and furious than I would have liked, I went straight to the colorist. Clearly, my twenty-year old self had no idea what lay ahead.  While the twenties were fun, I always felt like something bigger yet inaccessable lay ahead. Being on the cusp of creating a life for myself was exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. I worried about c…

Dessert Shouldn't Hurt-Allergy Free (gluten, nut, dairy, egg free ) Decadence that Won't Break the Caloric Bank!

No matter if you celebrate Valentines day or not, these desserts won't break your caloric bank and have a nice antioxidant punch from the berries and the dark chocolate. They are great anytime and are dairy,egg, gluten and nut free. 


EASY HEART HEALTHY DESSERTS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY 
Dessert #1-CHOCOLATE STUFFED RASPBERRIES (Approximate Calories 100) 20 Raspberries 20 Dark chocolate chips-roughly one tablespoon DIRECTIONS Stuff individual raspberries with chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Chunks)
Dessert #2-VALENTINE FRUIT SALAD WITH CHOCOLATE SHELL DRIZZLE (ApproximateCalories: 140 per cup) 1 Blood Orange, or Cara Cara 20 Raspberries 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips ½ tsp. coconut oil
DIRECTIONS Divide orange and raspberries equally between two goblets/wine glasses. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave (approximately 1 minute) Stir until combined. Drizzle over fruit. Place in freezer for 2 minutes-chocolate will become a hard shell.
Dessert#3-FROZEN CHOCOLATE CRANBERRIES (Approximate Calories …

A Kinder, Gentler, Lower Calorie Sugar Cookie (Dairy, Egg and Nut Free)

Here is a cookie that is not only safe for those with food allergies, but you won't break the caloric bank with them either (especially if you don't ice them).  No matter what holiday you celebrate, or if you are just in a mood for a really good sugar cookie, try this one out first. 
Here's what you won't get in these cookies! Loads of sugarNo eggNo butterHere's what you get No guilt holidayHealthier cookieGreat taste

Makes approximately 18 cookies
Ingredients 1/3 cup canola oil ½ cup Florida Natural Crystals 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 1-cup whole- wheat pastry flour 1-cup unbleached flour 1 TBSP milk of your choice (I use So Delicious Coconut) ½ tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. nutmeg 1 ½- tsp. pure vanilla 2-3 drops lemon extract
Directions ·Combine oil, sugar and applesauce. You can use a hand mixer or a whisk until it looks creamy and color is uniform. 
· ·Add flour, milk, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and vanilla and mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated (you d…

Thanksgiving Recipe-"Cheesecake Cuties"

Thanksgiving is typically the portal to guilty holiday overeating, resulting in New Year's resolutions which are routinely broken by January 15th. Sound familiar? It's a vicious cycle. Moreover, for those of us with food allergies, these types of holidays are landmines. We are constantly surrounded by string beans almondine, pecan pie, walnut brownies, stuffing with egg, and the list goes on. 

As a writer about nutrition, a recently appointed trainer at ThePerfectWorkout, and a mom with children suffering from multiple food allergies, I am trying to balance holiday consumption and safety-not always an easy thing to juggle especially when it comes to dessert.

This Thanksgiving, try this recipe for "Cheesecake Cuties." They are nut, dairy, egg and gluten free. They are petite,creamy and incredibly easy to make. They won't break your calorie bank (unless you eat all 24) they are safe for those allergy challenged, and they really taste great. There is no reason why you…