Becky’s Simple SSF Salad Dressing

Simple SSF Salad Dressing

Spring is here!  And with it it is time again for fresh garden salads!

If you struggle with salicylate/sulphite sensitivities, you will quickly realize that your vegetable options are limited.  Very, very limited.  BUT … there’s hope!  Becky has created a delicious salad dressings that will spruce up your shredded iceburg lettuce.  Behold … Becky’s Simple SSF Salad Dressing!

In a Blender add

*1/3 cup white sugar,

*1/3 cup malt vinegar,

*1 tsp sea salt.

Turn blender on medium and slowly add 2/3 cup safflower oil. Stir in 1 T of Poppy Seeds if desired. That’s all!

Serve over iceburg lettuce, or toss in quinoa, chopped celery, bamboo shoots or bean sprouts for some variety.  If your tolerance is pretty good, you might even be able to get away with adding in a few pomegranate seeds.  Enjoy!


April 21, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Becky’s Lentil Soup



In my family, the phrase “lentil soup” reminds us all of a running joke about the horror of “bean weeks”.  When my clan ran low on cash, us nine kids were urged on to eat bowls of cheap beans with stories of “Esau selling his birthright for a pot of lentils.”  Trust me.  None of us wanted to sell our birthrights for a pot of lentils.  Esau … you crazy.

In fact, I rank lentil stew as the top #4 grossest food in the world, coming in right behind my personal ranking of 1) Corn Pudding 2) Sloppy Joes and 3) Shepherd’s Pie.  Apologies to Becky and Sarah, who make a Mean Sloppy Joe!  🙂

But BECKY’S LENTIL SOUP … ah, that is another matter entirely!  It has COMPLETELY changed my mind on lentils.  I ate this stuff as fast as I could.  Warm, filling, and the chicken was soft and smooth and buttery.  Yum yum yum yum yum yum yum.

Here is the amazing recipe.  You’ll want to stock up on some Beano (let’s keep it real), BUT sosogood.  I’m going to make a batch later this week — it is that addictive.  And did I mention it helped me lose a pound or two?  Protein, veggies, Bible stories, delicious fall soup recipe, salicylate/sulphite free … what could be better?

The Lentil soup is a three part recipe, here goes:

Becky’s Lentil Soup

Garbanzo (Chick Pea) Beans

Soak a bag of garbanzo beans overnight (or at least 8 hours).  Drain and rinse.  Fill large pot with water and boil beans until tender.  (Scoop off foam to cut down on gas and add water as necessary).  Three cups are needed for the lentil soup recipe — remaining beans can be used in SSF Hummus (recipe to come) or as an add in to pasta (I like mine with orzo).  Can be prepared at the same time as the …

 Homemade Broth:
5-7 lbs Chicken thighs or legs
3 large stalks of celery (or the center of a head of celery including the leaves)
3 Tablespoons sea salt
Water to fill Pot
In a large pot combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Taste broth for saltiness and add more if needed. It just be just a little too salty for use to properly flavor the chicken. Continue simmering for 45 minutes. Strain into another large pot. 
Cover chicken so it doesn’t dry out and let cool until you can handle and then remove all of the bones, skin and fat. Set aside and use in soups and as desired. (DOUBLE MEAL TIP FROM BECKY: We used to eat the boiled chicken as we de-boned it dipped in soy sauce with a side of steamed potatoes and broccoli for dinner all the time growing up.)
Lentil Soup:
8 cups homemade broth (recipe above)
1 1/2 cups red or yellow lentils, raw
3 large stalks of celery, chopped
3 cups cooked garbanzo beans
Yield from 8 boiled chicken thighs (reserved from making broth)
In a large pot combine all ingredients except chicken and garbanzo beans. Bring to a boil and simmer 12 minutes or until celery and lentils are soft. Add chicken and garbanzo beans and salt to taste. 
The best part about this soup is that it freezes really well, so if you portion it out you can have healthy low-sal, low-sulphite lunches (or dinners, or lunches AND dinners) for a week or more!

October 21, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Becky’s Caramel Apple Sticky Buns


(Note the missing sticky buns … this recipe didn’t last long enough for the photo — ha!)

Golden Delicious Apples are one of the only fruits in the entire world that I can still eat — and even then they have to be sweet, ripe, and peeled!  But Becky came up with a deliciously simple way for sulphite/salicylate intolerance sufferers to enjoy the flavors of fall with her amazing Caramel Apple Sticky Buns.  They are soooo yummy, and travel well as a snack when you don’t have time to heat up a meal.

The first step is to make an amazing bread dough — it takes a few hours of inactive cooking to get it going, but the result is WELL WORTH IT!  If done right, you will emerge with two preservative-free loaves of bread (that will last you for lunch all week … sandwich recipes to come in future posts!) AND a slate of sticky buns for a sweet treat or snack.

I must admit, I was a little intimidated to try baking my own bread, but it really wasn’t hard at all, and the sticky buns only took a minute or two to put together once the dough was made.  Worth it, worth it, worth it!  A new staple at my house, for sure!

If you are sulphite/salicylate sensitive, I will warn you that even Golden Delicious apples can sometimes lead to minor reactions (drowsiness and small rashes in my case), so I caution you to enjoy this meal in moderation (although it is so good that it may be too tempting to overindulge!).  Besides, there HAS to be SOME FRUIT in the world we can eat!  Right??  Sigh.

Here you go!  Enjoy!!!!!!

Becky’s Caramel Apple Sticky Buns (and Bonus SSF White Bread Recipe)

Create a full-sized batch of Grandma Vandoren’s whitebread dough, substituting safflower oil for vegetable oil.  Bake 2/3 of the dough into loaves of bread (per recipe).  Congrats!  Sandwiches for a week!
With the remaining 1/3 of the dough, it’s time to make Sticky Buns!  (Or just triple the recipe if you reallyreally love sticky buns — ha!)
1/3 batch of Grandma Van Dorens White Bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 PEELED Golden Delicious apple, grated
1 cup + 1/4 white sugar
1 cup whipping cream
For the sticky buns:
Roll the dough to an approximately 24″ square. Drizzle with melted butter, sprinkle generously (1/4 +/-) with sugar and the grated apple. Roll tightly and cut the roll with a sharp knife into 1 inch rounds. Pour the cream and remaining sugar into a buttered 9×13 inch pan. Mix well. Arrange the rolls in the pan. You can then let it rise for one hour on the counter or refrigerate overnight. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Invert onto a platter and serve! 
If you aren’t salicylate intolerant, you can sprinkle the dough generously with cinnamon and/or chopped pecans as well.  (Salicylate people, cinnamon will crush you!)

October 16, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Seconds, Please! Becky’s SSF Hamburger Hot Rice Dish

Looking for something warm, filling, delicious and nutritious?  Look no further!  Not only did I scoop the bowl clean, but I couldn’t wait for seconds.  And, as an added bonus, this meal makes enough to last for several meals … a great help when you have to make everything from scratch!
Becky’s latest dish is a genius recombination of tried and true sulphite/salicylate-free ingredients that will leave your tummy full, your allergic reactions quiet, and your heart happy.  THANK YOU, BECKY!!!!!!!  And, as an added bonus, she’s thrown in two amazing staple recipes — homemade cream of chicken soup and homemade alfredo sauce!  Sigh of contentment.  Enjoy!
Hamburger Hot Rice Dish
2 lbs ground beef
2 ½ cups Homemade Cream of Chicken soup (Recipe Below)
2 cups water
¼ cup soy sauce
1 cup diced celery
1 cup white rice
Brown meat in skillet.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir well and pour into a 9×13 pan.  Cover and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until rice is tender.
Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup
6 tablespoons butter
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½  cup chicken broth
1 ½ cup  milk
salt to taste
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in flour; keep stirring until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat and add the chicken broth and milk, a little at a time, stirring to keep smooth. Return to heat. Bring sauce to a gentle boil; cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Taste and add salt as needed to taste.
Use in casseroles in place of condensed cream soups.
Alfredo Sauce
1 Cup Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Cup Whipping Cream
1 Cup Milk
3-4 ounces Lake County Cheese*, grated
 Heat first three ingredients until almost boiling, slowly stir in grated cheese until melted.  Add salt to taste. Serve over pasta and sautéed chicken breast .
*Lake Country Cheese is made with sheep’s milk and sea salt, and can be found at your local Costco.  While every cheese has its risks, this cheese is the closest I can find (other than Brie or fresh Mozerella) that produces a low or no reaction.  It is also the only cheese I have found that I can shred, so I use it on pretty much everything!  It has a bit of a sharpness and works well on almost everything.

September 16, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.