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Gluten & Egg Free Swedish Spritz & Shortbread

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A quintessential holiday cookie:  the spritz!  A SUPER simple, buttery cookie that dates its beginnings back to Germany were the word spritzen referred back to the word meaning “to squirt”.  This is of course referring to the cookie press method

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Paleo Pumpkin Pie

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  My whole family was in absolute heaven when I created this recipe…a pie you can swoon over, and not feel too guilty about eating!  My daughter exclaimed, “If all my vegetables tasted like this, I wouldn’t even eat my

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Pumpkin Blondies- Gluten Free & Vegan

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Tis the season for all things pumpkin!!  My family (especially me) gets giddy with all the orange orbs I am pulling form the garden.  You can frequently find cookie sheets full of various pumpkins and winter squashes baking away in

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Skillet Tamale Pie – Gluten Free

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  Long before our kids came into the picture, I found a recipe in a magazine for a tamale skillet pie.  It was instantly a husband favorite. Somehow, the recipe disappeared…and I tried modifying recipe after recipe to recreate this

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Crispy Chicken Fingers – Gluten & Egg Free

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I am not sure what it is about chicken fingers and nuggets that kids go nuts over, but the vast majority of kids seem to relish in this simple meal!  When we first had to cut out so many foods,

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie – A Healthy Before School Breakfast

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With the start of school just around the corner (or here), finding some quick super nutritious breakfast options is forefront on many mom’s minds. Breakfast is so important as a foundation for building a successful learner! Smoothies are a great way

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Paleo Raspberry or Strawberry Ice Cream w/ Chocolate Sauce

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Some of you may or may not know, but I have been a contributing writer over the The Happy Housewife for some months now.  And since my blogging schedule has screeched to a halt with the craziness of summer and

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Gooey S’Mores Blondies – Gluten Free & Vegan

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Here is a recipe I am very excited to share with you! We eat pretty healthy around here, and since cutting out refined sugars….our sweet threshold has definitely gone down.  It was a gradual process…and really I don’t notice except

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Cranberry Orange (Blender) Coffee Cake – Gluten Free & Vegan

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An amazing coffee cake that is just moist with a perfect crumb.  And all in your blender?  Yup!  (Don’t worry, if you do not have a high powered blender, you can still make this!) I saw a recipe via the

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Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tart & The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook #Giveaway

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We have another home run folks!! The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, 3rd Edition is out and better than ever!  (To win your own copy, go the bottom!) It is THE bible of anyone trying to use food to feel well.

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My name is Tessa, and I have learned to cook without almost all major allergens! I have a focus on making family foods as healthy as possible. Real food is my obsession. Gluten free, casein free, vegan, Paleo, sugar free: I have a little of something for anyone with restrictions., Take a peek, you're sure to find something delicious, and if you need any help, I am always willing to help you tweak things to YOUR tastes and dietary needs!
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