So Simple Quesadillas

When my son comes home from school he is always hungry.  These cheese quesadillas are quick and so simple to make.  If you have more time you could add diced tomato, avocado or corn.  I serve these cheese quesadillas with salad or mixed raw vegetables.

2 Trader Joe’s handmade flour tortillas

Earth Balance soy free Buttery Spread

Daiya mozzarella style shreds


  1. Spread the soy free butter on one side of each tortilla
  2. Heat up the frying pan till hot
  3. Place one tortilla buttered side down on the hot pan and sprinkle with the mozzarella shreds.  Place the other tortilla buttered side up on  the top and press down firmly
  4. Cook each side for about 2 mins or until the tortillas are golden and slightly crispy

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Nut Free Herb Pesto

As you may know, many pesto recipes often include pine nuts or walnuts as an integral ingredient.  Following is a nut free pesto recipe that my family absolutely loves.  It is based on a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis that I found on the Food Network website.  I modified the recipe by removing the pine nuts, but I promise you you won’t miss the nuts.  This pesto is so delicious…. enjoy!

Nut Free Herb Pesto Recipe

1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 packed cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/2 packed cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon anchovy paste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

In a food processor, combine the basil, parsley, mint, Parmesan, anchovy paste, pepper and garlic. Pulse until chunky. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil until the pesto is smooth.




Dairy Free Daiya

I have been using Daiya products for a number of years because they are dairy, soy and gluten free, and are a good alternative to cheese in recipes.  I use the farmhouse blocks and slices for quesadillas and toasted sandwiches, and the cream cheese style spreads are great on toasted bagels.  Just today I found their new alternative to Greek Yoghurt in our local Stop and Shop.  I bought blueberry and black cherry for my son to try.  Incidentally I also noticed that their Cheezecakes had come down in price from around $10 to $7. Good news if you’re looking for a fancy looking, tasty dessert.  Check out their website for more information.

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Cherrybrook Kitchen Sweet Rewards

If you like baking with mixes, Cherrybrook Kitchen do an impressive range of gluten free and allergen free cakes, cookies, brownies, pancakes and even frostings to help you celebrate birthdays, school events and just for treats.  My son’s favorites are the yellow cake and the chocolate chip cookie mixes.  Don’t forget to cut off and keep the bottom flaps of the mixes so that you can redeem them for a variety of fun products.  I’m trading mine in for free coupons for more CBK mixes!  Check out

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