Dairy Free Samoa Cookies

First off, continue to support your local Girl Scouts — Donate boxes of cookies if you can’t eat them or don’t want to eat them.

Here’s a great dairy free alternative to my favorite cookies!

✨ Ingredients ✨

• 8 pitted Natural Delights Medjool Dates

• 4 tsp. water

• 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

• 1 cup Enjoy Life Foods dairy free dark chocolate chips

• 1 tsp. BetterBody Foods coconut cooking oil

✨ Directions ✨

• Put dates and 2 tsp. of water in a food processor and mix until smooth.

• Add unsweetened coconut flakes with remaining 2 tsp. of water and mix until combined.

• Roll mixture into balls, flatten them out, and place on waxed paper.

• Use a straw to poke a hole in the middle of the cookies.

• Place cookies in the freezer for an hour.

• After the hour mark melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together. Melt in 30 second increments so that you don’t burn your chocolate.

• Dip cookies in chocolate to coat the bottom of them and leave them upside down. Place them in the freezer for 15 minutes to let the chocolate harden.

• Flip cookies over and drizzle remaining chocolate over the top.

• Store them in the freezer for up to a week.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

✨ Turkey Sloppy Joes ✨

Ingredients:

• 1 lb. Jennie-O ground turkey

• 2 tsp. minced garlic

• 24 oz. no sugar traditional RAGÚ

• 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

• 1/2 tsp. Cholula Hot Sauce

• 1/2 tsp. maple syrup

• 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

• 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

• 1/2 tsp. ground mustard

Directions:

• Cook minced garlic and ground turkey together until ground turkey is no longer pink.

• Add remaining ingredients {only 1/4 tsp. of ground mustard} and cook covered for 15 minutes over low-medium heat.

• Add remaining 1/4 tsp. of ground mustard and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

• Serve on hamburger buns with Colby Jack cheese.

Chicken Parmesan Sliders

✨ Chicken Parmesan Sliders ✨

Ingredients:

• Frozen chicken nuggets

• Kings Hawaiian Rolls or any 12 piece roll alternative

• Newman’s Own marinara

• 1/2 tbsp. of Smart Balance butter

• Italian seasonings

• Sargento Cheese thin sliced provolone cheese

Directions:

• Cook chicken nuggets according to package and keep your oven on at 400 degrees once your chicken is done.

• Cut bread down the middle so it opens like a giant sandwich. Be careful not to cut the bottom piece too thin.

• Put sauce on the bottom, place chicken nuggets on each section, another layer of sauce + Italian seasonings, and then add cheese slices.

• Close bread and put melted butter across the top and sprinkle more Italian seasonings.

• Cook for 10 minutes.

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Berry Banana Bread

✨ Ingredients ✨

• 2 cups whole wheat flour

• 1 tsp. baking powder

• 1/2 tsp. baking soda

• 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

• 1 tbsp. coconut cooking oil

• 2 eggs

• 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

• 3/4 cup mashed bananas

• 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

• 3 tbsp. honey

• 1/4 cup 2% Lactaid

• 1/2 cup strawberries

• 1/2 cup blueberries

• Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips + walnuts {optional}

✨ Directions ✨

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

• Use a silicone bread pan — it makes life so much easier and I don’t have to pre-grease it.

• Mix your dry ingredients and wet ingredients in two separate bowls.

• Combine them in your mixer. I poured half of my dry mixture in at a time so that it was able to mix together smoothly.

• Mix in your strawberries and blueberries with a baking spatula. If you’re adding chocolate chips and walnuts then add them in at this time as well.

• Pour mixture into your bread pan.

• Cook for 45 minutes and then let cool for 45 minutes before you take it out of your pan.

Chicken Pot Pie

These are amazing as leftovers as well 😋

✨ Ingredients ✨

• 1 tbsp of avocado oil

• 10 oz of frozen vegetables

• 2 tsp of minced garlic

• 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper

• 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth

• 2 cups of 2% Lactaid + 4 tbsp of cornstarch

• 1 lb of cooked chicken {I made mine the day before and seasoned it with McCormick Spice roasted garlic & herb seasoning}

• 1-2 phyllo dough sheets {you’ll need 2 sheets if you’re going to put dough underneath and on top}

✨ Directions ✨

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

• Add avocado oil, minced garlic, and frozen vegetables to a pan and cook over low-medium heat until garlic is fragrant.

• Mix your Lactaid and cornstarch together in a bowl.

• Add Lactaid mixture, low-sodium chicken broth, and chopped chicken pieces to your pan. Mix until everything is combined.

• Let simmer until sauce starts to thicken.

• Pour mixture into your individual pie pans or however you want to make it.

• Cover with your phyllo dough sheets.

• Cook for 30 minutes.

Mini Chili Pot Pies

Chili + Cornbread = Mini Chili Pot Pies 🥧

You can make the chili ahead of time and then just use whatever cornbread recipe you love to put on top.

Scoop a few spoonfuls of the chili into your ramikens and top it with the cornbread batter.

Cook it in the oven according to your cornbread recipe and then let them cool.

Below is the recipe for the chili:

✨Ingredients ✨

• 1 lb. of ground beef

• 1 lb. of ground Italian sausage

• 1 lb. of stew meat

• 2 (15 oz.) cans of kidney beans, drained

• 1 (15 oz.) can of pinto beans, drained

• 1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, drained

• 2 (28 oz.) cans of diced tomatoes with juice (do not drain)

• 1 (6 oz.) can of tomato paste

• 2 cups of low-sodium beef stock

• 3 tbsp. of chili powder

• 1 tsp. of onion powder

• 1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce

• 1 tbsp. of minced garlic

• 1 tbsp. of dried oregano

• 2 tsp. of ground cumin

• 1 tsp. of dried basil

• 1 tsp. of fine sea salt

• 1 tsp. of ground black pepper

• 1 tsp. of paprika

✨ Directions ✨

• Heat a large stock pot over medium heat. Cook the ground beef, ground Italian sausage, and stew meat in the pot and cook until evenly browned.

• Drain excess grease. Return meat to stock pot.

• Put your diced tomatoes with juice in a food processor and blend to your liking {you can skip this step if you want the tomato chunks.}

• Add in the drained beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and beef stock to the stock pot.

• Season with chili powder, onion powder, worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, oregano, cumin, basil, salt, pepper, and paprika.

• Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

• Uncover and cook for an additional 1 hour and 15 minutes.

This makes a large amount of chili so you can freeze leftovers!

Dairy Free Alfredo

Eat carbs.

They love you.

✨ Dairy Free Alfredo ✨

• 1/2 tbsp of avocado oil

• 2 tsp of minced garlic

• 1 lb of fettuccine noodles {Or any noodles of your choice. You can even use veggie or protein noodles!}

• 1/4 tsp of Italian seasoning

• 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper

• 3-4 cups of 2% Lactaid {start with 3 cups and add more if needed}

• 3-4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth {start with 3 cups}

✨ Directions ✨

• In a large pan that’s deep enough for the noodles to be submerged in add avocado oil and minced garlic.

• Cook on low until fragrant.

• Add all remaining ingredients and cover with lid.

• Turn heat between low-medium, cook for 10 minutes, and then stir.

• Turn heat to low or turn off completely if your noodles are done and let it sit for 10 more minutes.

• Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Serve with breadsticks and a salad 🥗

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Beef Stroganoff

How do you feel about beef stroganoff? ⠀

My kids devour it! ⠀

✨ Ingredients ✨⠀

• 4 1/2 cups of egg noodles⠀

• 1 lb. of ground beef⠀

• 2 cups of low-sodium beef broth⠀

• 2 cups of dairy free 2% Lactaid⠀

• 2-3 tsp. of beef bouillon granules ⠀

• 2-3 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce⠀

• 2 tbsp. of unbleached all-purpose flour⠀

• 1/4 tsp. of ground pepper⠀

✨ Directions ✨⠀

• Cook noodles as you normally would.⠀

• In a large pan over medium heat cook ground beef until it’s no longer pink.⠀

• Strain grease from the ground beef. Do not return it to your pan yet. ⠀

• Add beef broth, 1 1/2 cups of milk, bouillon granules, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper to your pan. In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining milk and the flour, add to your pan. Cook over medium to medium/high heat for 10 minutes.⠀

• Return hamburger to the pan and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes.⠀

• Mix the noodles into the sauce and remove the pan from the heat. Let cool for 10 minutes so the sauce can thicken.⠀

Serve with a salad or French bread 🥗 🥖