Dairy Free “Caramel” Popcorn

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Welcome back to Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups, coupons, and sales. This week, we’re actually doing a Costco recipe! I’ve been doing a little more shopping there lately, and one thing that’s always a good buy at Costco is this 27 oz Kirkland almond butter at $10.79. This is a staple in our house lately, simply because it is made of awesome. Um. Almonds. But it’s really good, guys! Recently I also impulse bought a very large bag of Skinny Pop — on sale (through yesterday?) for just $2.99, so how could I not?

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Well as I always say: When life gives you popcorn and almond butter, make dairy free caramel popcorn! OK, I never actually did say that before… but I’ll be saying it from now on… I originally ran across this recipe on The Gracious Pantry and thought it looked interesting but that it used an awful lot of honey. Here, I used less and also added in a bit of vanilla to enhance the caramel-like flavor.

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Oh. My. Goodness! This stuff is dangerous. My intention was to scratch some up to have handy for dairy free Junior High Guy, but Mr. 8 and I got into it too and the entire batch disappeared in record time. Oddly, it tastes much more like caramel than like almond butter — and with just four ingredients, Dairy Free “Caramel” Popcorn is super easy to throw together.

Dairy Free “Caramel” Popcorn

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Ingredients

8 cups popped popcorn*
1/4 cup unsweetened creamy almond butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla

* Note: The Skinny Pop I used here was lightly salted — if you’re using unsalted popcorn, you’ll want to add in a little sea salt as well.

Directions

Add popcorn to a large bowl, then bring the honey to a boil in a small pot over high heat. After it bubbles for about 30 seconds, turn off heat and quickly whisk in almond butter and vanilla until well blended. Pour your honey-almond butter mixture over the popcorn and stir with a large spoon until popcorn is coated. Let it cool, then enjoy!

SO GOOD

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Seriously — if you’re dairy free and have been missing caramel corn, give this a try!

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You could probably also make popcorn balls and have other fun with this recipe around the holidays, since it stuck together pretty well once it cooled. I just broke ours apart for easy snacking. :)

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Dairy Free "Caramel" Popcorn
 
Author:
Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • 8 cups popped popcorn*
  • ¼ cup unsweetened creamy almond butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • * Note: The Skinny Pop I used here was lightly salted -- if you're using unsalted popcorn, you'll want to add in a little sea salt as well.
Instructions
  1. Add popcorn to a large bowl.
  2. Bring the honey to a boil in a small pot over high heat.
  3. After it bubbles for about 30 seconds, turn off heat and quickly whisk in almond butter and vanilla until well blended.
  4. Pour your honey-almond butter mixture over the popcorn and stir with a large spoon until popcorn is coated.
  5. Let it cool, then enjoy!

Crunchy Friday 3/27/15 — Organic, green, gluten free coupons + online deals

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Welcome back to Crunchy Friday 3/27/15, rounding up the week’s best new organic, natural, green, gluten free, and allergy friendly coupons and online deals.

  • Note: You’ll find a mix here — not everything here is organic; not everything is gluten free. Pick the deals and coupons that are right for your own family.
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New Annie’s gluten free granola bars $2.85 shipped

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This box of Annie’s gluten free oatmeal cookie granola bars is just $2.85 shipped when you check out with subscribe & save.

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Bee-bim Bop!

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Let me introduce you to one of Mr. 8’s favorite books in the whole world: Bee-bim Bop, by Linda Sue Park. We’ve had this book about making this traditional Korean dish since he was a baby and it’s a perennial favorite — the illustrations are adorable, the rhymes are catchy, and it’s a fantastic read-aloud.

We never got around to making the recipe in the back of the book for all these years, though. Mr. 8 really wanted to give it a try this week, so in the words of Linda Sue Park: “Hurry, Mama, hurry, gotta shop shop shop!” This week’s Sunday Scratchups (your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups, coupons, and sales) features Bee-bim Bop, from the book of the same name.

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The beef will be the most expensive part of this recipe, but it only calls for one pound of tender lean beef (such as sirloin tip). I picked up a little over a pound of sirloin tip steak at $4.89/lb at my local produce market, but this might be a recipe where you’d watch for clearance beef and then construct the rest of the recipe around that. 1 lb bags of Blue Ribbon long grain rice are on sale for $.50 at Jewel this week, baby cut carrots $.99 (or $.49 at my ALDI), and spinach was on sale this past weekend for $.99. Eggs are on sale at Meijer $1.25 a dozen, or 18 ct are $1.99 at Butera.

This is not my recipe; it’s from Bee-bim Bop by Linda Sue Park! My only minor changes were to use baby carrots (all I had), halve the amount of bean sprouts (I was the only one who ate them anyway), and use jarred minced garlic instead of cloves. I also only made one cup rice (uncooked) instead of the two in the original recipe because low carb Mashup Dad won’t eat it and Junior High Guy only ever likes a little.

Bee-bim Bop

Ingredients

For the marinade

2 tsp minced garlic
2 green onions, chopped
5 Tbsp soy sauce (use a gluten free brand such as San-J to make this recipe gluten free)
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1/8 tsp black pepper

Everything else

3-6 cups cooked rice (1-2 cups uncooked)
1 lb tender lean beef (such as sirloin tip)
2 carrots (I used the end of a bag of baby carrots)
1 lb fresh spinach
8 oz bean sprouts
4 eggs
salt
pepper
vegetable oil

Directions

Cook up your rice (I made mine in a rice cooker): One cup rice to two cups of water. While that’s going, mix all marinade ingredients in large bowl and slice beef against the grain into thin strips.

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Add beef to bowl with marinade, stir well, then squish it around with your hands for a couple of minutes. (It should go without saying, but: Wash hands well both before and after this step!) Mr. 8 did this part, and turned out to not be such a huge fan of getting his hands all into raw meat and oil, lol.

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Set beef aside to marinate while you cook up the other ingredients. Crack four eggs into a bowl, beat well, then cook about 1/4 of your eggs at a time in a little vegetable oil. Use a small pan over medium heat  and shake the pan as you’re adding eggs so they spread out into a thin egg “pancake.” Cook about a minute, then flip and cook the other side for another minute. Stack your egg pancakes as they’re cooked, then slice into thin strips and set aside in in a separate bowl.

Peel carrots if using whole, then slice into small sticks. Stir fry in about 1 tsp vegetable oil over high heat until tender, then set aside in separate bowl.

Cook spinach for two minutes in a pot of boiling water. Drain, cool for a couple of minutes, then squeeze some of the water out. Stir fry your spinach in vegetable oil in large pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then remove to a separate bowl, season with salt & pepper, stir, and set aside.

Add 1 cup water and 1/8 tsp salt to a pot. Bring to a boil, add bean sprouts, cover, and cook for two minutes. Drain sprouts, then set aside in separate bowl.

Heat your large frying pan over high heat for about 30 seconds, then dump your entire bowl of beef + marinade into the pan. Spread it out across the bottom of the pan, and stir fry for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Pour the resulting cooked meat and gravy into another bowl.

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Put all your ingredients out on the table along with some hot sauce for topping and a homemade centerpiece. (This was awesome with chili garlic sauce!).

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Add rice to your bowl, then proudly top with veggies, meat, egg, and chili garlic sauce (if desired). Mix it all up madly, then dig in!

This was really good

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This was so good, and a fun recipe to make with kids! The meat was very tender and had a great flavor — you don’t need a lot of it to add the garlicky goodness to your meal, but be sure to add a little of the “gravy” along with before stirring up your Bee-bim Bop. Be forewarned, though: This recipe is time consuming and creates a whole lot of dishes, lol.

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Mr. 8 was so proud of himself, though, and after he ate a huge bowl of Bee-bim Bop he entertained everyone with a dramatic reading of the book. So all in all, awesome: And we’re definitely going to make this again! Good weekend recipe for some afternoon fun cooking with the kids. I highly recommend picking up a copy of the book, too: The recipe as printed breaks each step down nicely while suggesting which parts are good for kids, and the fun story completes the whole Bee-bim Bop experience.

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Yum — such a pretty all-in-one meal, too!

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Bee-bim Bop!
 
Author:
Recipe type: dinner
Ingredients
For the marinade
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 5 Tbsp soy sauce (use a gluten free brand such as San-J to make this recipe gluten free)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
Everything else
  • 3-6 cups cooked rice (1-2 cups uncooked)
  • 1 lb tender lean beef (such as sirloin tip)
  • 2 carrots (I used the end of a bag of baby carrots)
  • 1 lb fresh spinach
  • 8 oz bean sprouts
  • 4 eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Cook up your rice (I made mine in a rice cooker): One cup rice to two cups of water.
  2. While that's going, mix all marinade ingredients in large bowl and slice beef against the grain into thin strips.
  3. Add beef to bowl with marinade, stir well, then squish it around with your hands for a couple of minutes. (It should go without saying, but: Wash hands well both before and after this step!)
  4. Set beef aside to marinate while you cook up the other ingredients.
  5. Crack four eggs into a bowl, beat well, then cook about ¼ of your eggs at a time in a little vegetable oil.
  6. Use a small pan over medium heat and shake the pan as you're adding eggs so they spread out into a thin egg "pancake."
  7. Cook about a minute, then flip and cook the other side for another minute.
  8. Stack your egg pancakes as they're cooked, then slice into thin strips and set aside in in a separate bowl.
  9. Peel carrots if using whole, then slice into small sticks.
  10. Stir fry in about 1 tsp vegetable oil over high heat until tender, then set aside in separate bowl.
  11. Cook spinach for two minutes in a pot of boiling water.
  12. Drain, cool for a couple of minutes, then squeeze some of the water out.
  13. Stir fry your spinach in vegetable oil in large pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then remove to a separate bowl, season with salt & pepper, stir, and set aside.
  14. Add 1 cup water and ⅛ tsp salt to a pot.
  15. Bring to a boil, add bean sprouts, cover, and cook for two minutes.
  16. Drain sprouts, then set aside in separate bowl.
  17. Heat your large frying pan over high heat for about 30 seconds, then dump your entire bowl of beef + marinade into the pan.
  18. Spread it out across the bottom of the pan, and stir fry for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned.
  19. Pour the resulting cooked meat and gravy into another bowl.
  20. Put all your ingredients out on the table along with some hot sauce for topping and a homemade centerpiece. (This was awesome with chili garlic sauce!).
  21. Add rice to your bowl, then proudly top with veggies, meat, egg, and chili garlic sauce (if desired).
  22. Mix it all up madly, then dig in!

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon & Parmesan — Frugal Homemade

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This week’s Frugal Homemade features Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon & Parmesan. I have seen so many recipes for roasted cauliflower lately! So far what I’ve tried has been delicious, but I still have Rachel’s cauliflower rolls on my to-do list… Anyway, it’s been a busy week, so upon discovering a head of cauliflower in my fridge yesterday I decided to whip up what I could with it with the limited selection of ingredients I had on hand. So here you have it, Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon & Parmesan — healthy, easy, yummy!

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon & Parmesan

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees & lightly grease a baking dish.

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Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic (I used crushed)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

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Directions

Rinse cauliflower, pat dry, and cut into pieces. Place cauliflower florets in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and stir. Add salt, lemon juice, garlic, and Parmesan cheese, stirring until the cauliflower is coated. Pour onto prepared baking dish & spread out into a single layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on the level of “roasting” you prefer.

Enjoy!

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Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon & Parmesan -- Frugal Homemade
 
This week's Frugal Homemade feature is Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon & Parmesan. I have seen so many recipes for roasted cauliflower lately! So here you have it, Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon & Parmesan -- healthy, easy, yummy!
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Dinner
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic (I used crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & lightly grease a baking dish.
  2. Rinse cauliflower, pat dry, and cut into pieces.
  3. Place cauliflower in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and stir.
  4. Add salt, lemon juice, garlic, and Parmesan cheese, stirring until the cauliflower is coated.
  5. Pour onto prepared baking dish & spread out into a single layer.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on the level of "roasting" you prefer.

Crunchy Friday 3/20/15 — Organic, green, gluten free deals and coupons

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Welcome back to Crunchy Friday 3/20/15, rounding up the week’s best new organic, natural, green, gluten free, and allergy friendly coupons and online deals.

  • Note: You’ll find a mix here — not everything here is organic; not everything is gluten free. Pick the deals and coupons that are right for your own family.
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  • Join “Generation Good” from Seventh Generation for “a community where you can exchange tips, let your opinions be known, try new products, receive valuable offers, and take on missions that matter!” It also gave me a $2.00 coupon for laundry detergent or diapers for joining and sharing, but says limited time, so not sure how much longer that will be up.

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16-Ct. Gluten Free Larabars as low as $10.85

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Amazon has Larabars for as low as $10.85 for 16 bars right now. Clip the $3.00 coupon found just below the price. Then, check out with Subscribe and Save to pay even less – as low as $10.85! The (linked) chocolate chip cookie dough flavor is the cheapest, with other flavors costing a few cents or a few dollars more.

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Crunchy Friday 3/13/15 — Organic, green, gluten free deals

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Welcome back to Crunchy Friday 3/13/15, rounding up the week’s best new organic, natural, green, gluten free, and allergy friendly coupons and online deals.

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A few gluten free, dairy free Abe’s Market faves + $10 off $40 code

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I’ve mentioned Abe’s Market a few times recently in weekly Crunchy Friday posts and to share their $2 sampling program — but they’re also currently offering free shipping at $29 + $10/$40 with code TAKETEN! So I thought this would be a good time to talk about some of the Abe’s Market gluten free, dairy free products that have received a thumbs up in this house.

First up: Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend, 3 lbs for $9.49. What’s cool about this is that it mixes multiple flours + Xanthan gum so that you don’t have to worry about buying multiple flours — and it measures cup for cup like conventional flour! Other allergies? Perfect Flour Blend is free of corn, soy, dairy, potato, casein, tree nuts and peanuts. All Namaste Foods products are certified gluten free, Kosher certified and all natural.  

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And this is a good price for Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips! Get five bags for $19.96 — so you could really stock up with 10 bags for $29.92 shipped after code TAKETEN, or $2.99 a bag. Enjoy Life products are gluten free, dairy free, top eight allergen free — and the chocolate chips are very good.

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While we’re talking Enjoy Life… Cocoa Loco bars are Junior High Guy’s absolute favorite, and they’re easy to carry when we’re going to an event/party/get together where he likely won’t be able to partake of the desserts on hand.

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Wholesome Chow organic gluten free all-purpose baking mix sells out constantly — and for good reason. It makes excellent pancakes. You can sign up on the Abe’s site to be notified when it comes back in stock.

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And OK… this last one is actually not something we’ve tried, but I just stumbled across it and want to try it. The regular MaraNatha almond butter is darn tasty, so MaraNatha dark chocolate almond spread has to be good… $8.79 for 13 oz.

What are you going to pick up with today’s $10/$40 TAKETEN code at Abe’s Market?