Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) | Recipe

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

Who’s ready for another Summertime treat that’s quick and easy to whip up? My second recipe with Nora’s non-dairy ice cream is an allergy-friendly take on a classic: gluten-free, dairy-free cookies n cream ice cream! Over the years our family has looked for an option that’s allergy- friendly with no luck, so having the chance to work with Nora’s on this recipe was the perfect opportunity to create our own version of this favourite flavour.

Just because something is allergy-friendly doesn’t mean it’s not delicious!

For this cookies n cream ice cream recipe, I picked up a pack of dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free cookies, which were the perfect addition to Nora’s plant-based ice cream that’s made with cashews. Use your favourite non-dairy milk and you’re set! See below for the recipe and click here for another yummy recipe with Nora’s.

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

Ingredients

1 pint Nora’s non- dairy Vanilla Bean ice cream

3 allergy-friendly chocolate chip cookies

1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened cashew milk for this recipe)

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

Directions

1.Bring the ice cream out of the freezer and allow to soften for a few minutes. While you’re waiting, use a rolling pin to crush the cookies

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

2.When softened, scoop the ice cream into a blender, followed by the crushed cookies. If needed, add 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.

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3. Blend mixture until the crushed cookies are combined. Pour the mixture back into the pint container or another freezer- safe container and freeze. When ready, serve and enjoy!

I hope your family loves this cookies n cream ice cream as much as mine!

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About Nora’s

Nora’s Non-Dairy ice cream is mixed up in small batches in Vancouver, BC. Available in 4 delicious flavours made with simple, whole foods ingredients. Visit Nora’s Non-Dairy online for a list of retailers + find them on Instagram for updates on new retailers, upcoming events, etc.

Looking for more recipe ideas? Check out OHP’s Recipes page for lots more (including gluten + dairy free)!

  

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad | Recipe

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
Now that we’re headed into the warmer time of year, heavy cooking and turning on the oven for meals is becoming less of a thing. It’s time to make room for lighter dishes and a hearty salad is a perfect option for Summer. Pasta salad is a big hit in my house and it’s even better when made with homemade dressing, so I thought to finish up my 3-part recipe series with reebee this Mediterranean pasta salad would be perfect- and just in time for Summer entertaining.

This Mediterranean pasta salad is great as a side dish or as a meal on its own, perfect for Summer

Thanks to reebee, you can find everything you need for this recipe at the lowest price, just click on the links below to see the best prices on the ingredients in your area. 
 
Great to serve at a BBQ, pack up for a day at the beach, picnic, and afternoons at the spray park, this Mediterranean pasta salad is light and filling. It takes a few minutes to make, and the dressing is well worth skipping buying the stuff from the store. 
 

Find everything you need for this recipe (+ more!) for the best price thanks to reebee!

All you have to do is download the app and enter your location to receive current and upcoming flyers from a variety of stores for your area.  To show you how it works, simply click on the items in the ingredient list below and reebee will do the rest, showing you what ingredients are on sale and where to find the best prices this week. Savings at your fingertips! 

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing

Ingredients

For the salad

2 cups pasta (gluten-free or regular), uncooked

1 large tomato, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 cucumber, diced

1 cup pitted kalamata olives

1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled for topping

For the dressing

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

juice from 1 fresh lemon

2- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tbsp Italian seasoning (or the equivalent of finely diced fresh herbs)

Directions

1. To get things started, boil a pot of water and get your pasta cooking. While that’s on the go prep your veggies and set aside.
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2. When the pasta is ready, drain and allow to cool. You can speed this up by rinsing under cold water. Put pasta into a large mixing bowl and add your veggies and olives. Toss until everything is combined.
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3. To make the dressing: In a mason jar combine all of the dressing ingredients and shake well (if you want to, you can make the dressing a little bit ahead of time to help the flavours develop). Add in the dressing and toss until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with the crumbled feta or put it on the side for people to add themselves.
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Like this recipe? Check out my other recipes with reebee:

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup

Rainbow Vegetable + Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Want to try reebee with your family? Download the app today!

About reebee

Reebee puts finding the best price for everything your family needs right at your fingertips. Simply download the app and enter your area to find the best prices on everything from groceries to appliances, seasonal items, and more. reebeefeatures flyers from favourite stores including Costco, Superstore, Walmart, Canadian Tire, just to name a few.

Features include:

  • Search option to help you quickly find exactly what you’re looking for and compare prices
  • Shopping list- stay organized and create lists within the app to keep track of what you need
  • Sync Reebee across devices for seamless use for everyone in the family

For more information about Reebee and how it works, visit the reebee website and find them on social media: Facebook| Instagram

reebee is available for through the App Store and Google Play.

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Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup | Recipe

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe

Heading into Spring, we’re stepping away from heavier foods and turning to lighter options. This lasagne soup is one of those recipes that is hearty and filling and is a great way to get in a healthy serving of veggies. I’m excited to be teaming up with reebee on this recipe to help you enjoy easy-to-make, healthy comfort food, and to help you whip up your favourite recipes at the best price.

Make it on the stove top or slow cooker, either way this lasagne soup is a yummy, simple recipe.

I based this recipe off of one of my favourites from Liv B’s cookbook, Vegan on a Budget, and adapted it a little for our family. Every time I’ve made this soup it’s been a hit, and I thought I would try making it in the slow cooker for this blog post for the added bonus of extra convenience and it doesn’t disappoint. Her recipe for Famous Lasagne Soup caught my eye when I was first going through the pages and knew it would be one my family would love. Her original recipe is a vegan one so I swapped in a few different ingredients and have made this soup with and without meat, both turning out equally delicious; I also made ours with gluten-free lasagna noodles, but of course this is a simple substitution you don’t have to make if you don’t need to.

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe Ingredients

I love that this is a healthy comfort food option that is simple to make, especially if you’re using a slowcooker, and thanks to reebee, I can help you find where to stock up on the ingredients you need at the lowest price. Our family has used reebee for a few years and it is our go-to resource for finding the best prices for our weekly grocery list. Whether it’s for regular items that we use all the time, or big-ticket purchases, reebee is a great resource right at your fingertips.

Find everything you need for this recipe for the best price thanks to Reebee!

For this recipe, I have teamed up with reebee to show you how to get the best prices on the ingredients you’ll need for this lasagne soup. All you have to do is download the app and enter your location to receive current and upcoming flyers from a variety of stores for your area.  To show you how it works, simply click on the items in the ingredient list below and reebee will do the rest, showing you what ingredients are on sale and where to find the best prices this week. Savings at your fingertips! 

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Ingredients

1 carton or 3.5 cups of broth ( I used chicken, but vegetable or beef also work)

1 jar or 2.5 cups of marinara pasta sauce 

1/2 an onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup dried red lentils

1 cup spinach, rinsed and patted dry

8- 10 lasagne noodles

Optional:

1 package of ground beef

Shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. In your slow cooker, pour in broth and pasta sauce, followed by the onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and lentils. Stir to combine. Note: If including ground beef, brown in a frying pan and add with these ingredients.
  2. Set your slow cooker on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  3. About 15 minutes before you’re ready to serve, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the lasagne noodles as per the package directions.
  4. Add the noodles and spinach to the soup approx. 5 minutes before serving. 
  5. Top with shredded cheese if desired and serve.

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About reebee

Reebee puts finding the best price for everything your family needs right at your fingertips. Simply download the app and enter your area to find the best prices on everything from groceries to appliances, seasonal items, and more. reebee features flyers from favourite stores including Costco, Superstore, Walmart, Canadian Tire, just to name a few.

Features include:

  • Search option to help you quickly find exactly what you’re looking for and compare prices
  • Shopping list- stay organized and create lists within the app to keep track of what you need
  • Sync Reebee across devices for seamless use for everyone in the family

For more information about Reebee and how it works, visit the reebee website and find them on social media: Facebook | Instagram

reebee is available for through the App Store and Google Play.

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For more simple + healthy meal ideas, visit the blog’s Recipes page!

Disclosure: This recipe post is a paid partnership with reebee. I was compensated to share a recipe in partnership with reebee, an app my family loves and has used weekly for several years. All opinions are my own.

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Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

There’s something about a good, warm muffin right out of the oven that’s hard to beat. Even more so when it’s gluten-free muffins that are just as good (if not better!) than the regular version. We’ve experimented with a variety of recipes over the years but this one for gluten-free blueberry banana out muffins has been a hit on many levels: Healthy? Check. Tasty? Check. Liked (loved) by the kids? Check. Easy to make? You guessed it, check!

I’ve made these muffins with both regular unbleached flour and GF flour and you can’t tell the difference, they’re that good

If you’re gluten-free, you know how satisfying it is when you find a recipe that doesn’t taste like cardboard, isn’t loaded with sugar, and is as good (maybe better?!) than the regular version. Whip up a batch of these for weekday breakfasts or snacks, or add them to your weekend brunch selection. Whatever way you make them, I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does! PS for more GF recipes like this one, make sure to check out the blog’s Recipes page!

PPS- if you like this recipe, you’ll also love this recipe for chocolate chip banana bread, which is also amazing gluten-free

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

See below for the easy recipe for these yummy gluten-free muffins!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup gluten-free flour (I used a combination of brown rice and coconut)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup gluten-free oats

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners (silicone liners also work great for these).
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas and add the egg, vanilla extract, and melted butter. Mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and fold into the wet ingredients a  little at a time until everything is added.
  4. Stir in the blueberries until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  5. Scoop batter into liners and bake for 20- 25 minutes (test with a toothpick to check when ready).
  6. Pop out of the oven and enjoy!

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Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

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Frozen Fruit Smoothie with a Boost: Trying out Plant-Based Protein Powder with Botanica | Review + Recipe

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Hands up who wants to up their health game this year? Before you jump to conclusions and think this will be just another blog post about new year resolutions I want to let you in on a little secret: it’s not. This is about rethinking lifestyle choices on an ongoing basis by making incremental changes- such as giving your body a boost with a shot of plant-based protein in a tasty smoothie instead of reaching for that bag of chips, that bag of candy (hello leftover Christmas candy!), or whatever your naughty snack of choice is.
 
One thing we notice in our house is a general lack of energy (in the adults that is, the kids- yeesh can we bottle some of theirs?!). Some days are good, but many are clouded with that not enough sleep/ not enough coffee/ can’t wake up fogginess. I’ve enjoyed Botanica’s products for about a year now (see this post and this post) and we have recently been trying out some of their vanilla Perfect Protein Elevated Protein Powder in smoothies. We opted to try the Adrenal Support blend protein powder in a batch of smoothies as a family and everyone loved them. What I love about this plant-based protein powder is that it’s made with whole-food ingredients (quinoa, vanilla, coconut, brown rice) alongside superfoods recognized to improve/ balance adrenal function (more on those later).
 

Other reasons I love this plant-based protein powder:

  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Soy-Free
  • Stevia-Free
  • Organic
  • Sugar-Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pesticide-Free
I sometimes find that protein powders can be overpowering when you mix them into drinks- smoothies, shakes, etc- but that wasn’t the case with this one. It only made a slight difference to the flavour and texture, definitely not like others I’ve tried where the taste of the protein powder takes over and you’re left with a thick chalky consistency that isn’t very enjoyable. This powder isn’t lumpy or grainy, making it a subtle (and enjoyable) addition to smoothies.

Give your health a boost by rethinking your lifestyle choices.

Botanica has a few protein powders to choose from, but I wanted to try the Adrenal Support blend because both Will and I are working to restore adrenal function in our bodies. So many of us seem to lack energy and/ or suffer from chronic fatigue and blame it on not enough sleep or not enough coffee (who is else is guilty there??), but these symptoms could also be indicative of other underlying imbalances in our body, such as adrenal fatigue. Lifestyle choices such as diet can have a large impact on how our bodies function and the quality of what we put in our mouths plays an important role.

Smoothies are a simple and convenient way to pack in nutrients!

fruit smoothie with Botanica plant-based protein powder

I like smoothies as a quick and healthy snack or breakfast option and admittedly don’t make them often enough. When I saw how much the kids loved the smoothies we made with Botanica’s protein powder it reminded me how great of an option they really are. Even though at this time of year I’m definitely craving warm comfort food, I know I have to make more of an effort in the colder months, because the effort pays off. See below for the recipe we made + find out more about the adrenal-boosting ingredients in this plant-based protein powder.

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Frozen Fruit Protein Smoothie

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Ingredients

1 scoop of Botanica’s Elevated Protein Powder

2 cups of your favourite frozen fruits/ berries

1 banana (fresh or frozen

1 cup milk or non-dairy beverage of choice

1/2- 1 cup of water (add as needed to reach desired thickness/ consistency)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse to help break up frozen fruit/ berries. Blend until a smooth consistency has been reached (Tip: pour into popsicle molds for healthy popsicles!)

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About Perfect Protein

Botanica Perfect Protein is a fermented and sprouted complete plant protein blend packed with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats and fibre. All in light vanilla taste so it’s easy to digest and absorb. Crafted in small batches with just a few simple organic, fair trade ingredients. So good there’s no added sweeteners, not even stevia. Great to add to a smoothie or mixed into milk/ non-dairy beverage. 

  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Soy-Free
  • Stevia-Free
  • Organic
  • Sugar-Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pesticide-Free

fruit smoothie with Botanica plant-based protein powder

Adrenal- support ingredients

Botanica’s Perfect Protein Elevated Protein Powder is made with whole food ingredients selected for their adrenal- boosting qualities:

  • ashwagandha– an adaptogenic herb to support energy levels and immune function as a whole
  • reishi– increase energy and resistence to stress
  • Vitamin C derived from acerola cherries– used by the body in times of stress

fruit smoothie with Botanica plant-based protein powder

To see what other Botanica products our family has tried check out these posts:

Improving Your Wellness Routine with Botanica Health

Heading Into the Holiday Season with Botanica Health + Recipe

Visit the Botanica website to learn more about Botanica and their variety of products.

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