Healthy Snacks, Lunchbox Friendly Food, Uncategorized

Chicken and Leek Potato Scrolls

(gluten, dairy, soy, egg, yeast and nut free)

These are delicious little morsels, perfect for lunch boxes and little tummies (big tummies as well!). Made with potato pastry, these scrolls are perfect for anyone avoiding gluten, dairy and yeast as well as nuts, eggs and soy. Pretty incredible right? The potato pastry is easy to work with and results in a soft middle and crunchy outside. So darn delicious!

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Desserts, Uncategorized

Carob Mousse

(gluten, dairy, nut and soy free. contains eggs)

This beautiful airy carob mousse recipe is adapted from Quirky Cooking’s blog. If you haven’t checked her out, her recipes are based on the GAPS diet but are wonderfully quirky so can be adapted for the equally challenging dietary requirements of the elimination diet. This recipe has 5 simple ingredients that you may have in your pantry. Intrigued? I’d say you oughta be!

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Baking, Lunchbox Friendly Food, Vegetarian

Amazing gluten free bread

{gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. contains eggs}
This gluten free bread is just delightful. The sheer smell of it baking triggers all sorts of happy, comforting feelings. Its got a delicious crunchy crust and a beautiful fluffy inside…quite unlike any gluten free bread I’ve ever tried. And whats even better is its completely failsafe. No hidden nasties. No vinegar or weird raising agents or preservatives. Simple, honest bread.

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Condiments, Vegetarian

Pear Chutney

{gluten, dairy, soy, nut and egg free}

One of the biggest challenges I found on the elimination diet is not being able to use any tomato products. It’s amazing how much I used tomato in our diet. We grow fresh cherry tomatoes in our garden (they just keep popping up and taunting us with their cheery disposition. Why is it that forbidden foods always seem most appetising?). We keep them alive to give them away to friends. I also have a tray of 24 tins of organic tinned tomatoes in the pantry. Bought just before this diet started. And I simply can’t face throwing them away.

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Easy Dinners, Lunchbox Friendly Food

Sausage Rolls with Potato Pastry

{gluten, dairy, soy, nut and egg free}

These soulful sausage rolls are so tasty, I caught my husband last night, with the fridge door wide open, stuffing the last one into his mouth, covered in chipotle sauce (not failsafe but husband-safe). He looked sheepish, but also thoroughly satisfied. Well, if that’s not a good sign of a recipe done right, then I don’t know what is?

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Baking, Desserts, Healthy Snacks, Lunchbox Friendly Food

Carob Bean Brownies

{gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. contains eggs)

Flourless. Nutritious. Delicious!

When I first bought carob powder at the beginning of the elimination diet, I thought for some reason it would taste like cocoa. It didn’t. I wasn’t really impressed the first time I tried it. Not at all. So if you’re new to the elimination diet and are discouraged that you don’t like carob. You are not alone 🙂

For my kids however, it was love at first taste.

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Desserts, Healthy Snacks

Homemade ice blocks : Pear Sorbet

{gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. contains eggs}

This weather is weird. So warm in the afternoons that the kids go to bed with short summer pj’s and then it gets so cold overnight that I’m getting up to check they have enough layers on. I don’t know why, but I get so worried about them getting cold. I mean what’s the worst that could happen? They’re not actually going to freeze. Our climate is too balmy for that. But I worry none the less. Gotta love those irrational mumma fears ay.

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Baking, Healthy Snacks, Lunchbox Friendly Food

Carob crackles

{gluten, dairy, soy, nut and egg free}

Chocolate crackles remind me of the 90’s. Birthday parties with soooo many lollies, chocolate spiders, fizzy spiders, cheezels  (putting one on each finger and having orange stained skin), red skins and fairy bread. Sugary bread covered in sugar. Nice. And remember those ice-cream cakes from McDonalds. They were the bees knees. The absolute best.

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Easy Dinners, Healthy Snacks, Main Meals, Sides, Vegetarian

rainbow veggie shreddies

{gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. contains eggs}

We got home from holidays a few weeks ago and had nothing edible at home (besides 5kg of home grown passionfruit that Jack can’t eat…wahhh). There were a few {slightly floppy} veggies in the fridge, and a few eggs left. Chuck them together with flour and salt and you have a tasty and colourful meal!

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Easy Dinners, Main Meals, Salad

green tacos with quinoa salad, hummus and crispy chicken strips


{gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free}

Green tacos filled with stuff is pretty much my favourite thing to eat at the moment.

So fresh and fun to make with the whole family and full of flavour and crunch.

I changed up the recipe for green tacos with crispy chicken, slaw and chive mayo as we had cooked quinoa I needed to use. I mixed some chopped chives, parsley and salt through the quinoa to make a herby salad.

Then served the iceburg lettuce cups (green tacos) filled with chopped lettuce and red cabbage, quinoa salad, chopped green beans, crispy chicken strips and failsafe hummus.

It was super quick to throw together as I already had the gluten free crispy chicken strips in the freezer so all I had to do was cook them in a frying pan (no defrosting required) and voila!

You could use anything in these green tacos…cooked rice, tinned beans, any failsafe veg or cashews.

And if you happen to try this recipe and like it or change any of the ingredients…let us know and I can add the variations into the recipe. Just so it can help other readers.


Laura McDonald - Simply Failsafe author and creator

Recipe links

crispy chicken strips 

hummus recipe 

green tacos with quinoa salad, hummus and crispy chicken strips (gluten free!)
Recipe Type: Lunch, Dinner
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Serves: 4
Fresh green tacos filled with yummy stuff that the whole family can enjoy!
  • 2 cups red cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 8-12 lettuce leaves whole (green tacos)
  • 2 cup green beans, chopped into 2cm batons
  • 3 cups of tri-coloured quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped finely (up to 1/4 cup if tolerated)
  • 400g [failsafe} frozen crispy chicken strips (see recipe link above)
  • 1 cup {failsafe} hummus (see recipe link above)
  • Rice bran oil to shallow fry
  • Salt
  1. Heat frying pan on medium heat with some rice bran oil, and cook frozen chicken strips in batches until golden and crispy*. Drain on paper towel.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the cooked quinoa with the chives and parsley and season with salt to taste.
  3. On a platter or large plate, arrange the remaining chopped veggies and green taco lettuce leaves.
  4. Pour the hummus into a small serving bowl.
  5. Place all the bowls in the middle of the table so people can help themselves and choose what they want to put in.
*frozen crispy chicken strips: no need to be defrosted before cooking, just whack them in a frying pan with rice bran oil and cook until golden brown both sides.


Easy Dinners, Lunchbox Friendly Food, Main Meals

lamb koftas

{gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free}

Note: some of the koftas on the top are pale for my amine sensitive son. My husband and I like them brown as we can tolerate amines 😉 Tips for cooking meat without browning in recipe below.

This was a super simple, yummy dinner we had a few weeks ago. Lamb mince, which I prefer over beef mince gives a fullness of flavour to the koftas while the chives and garlic give it a bit of punch. You need this hit of flavour when you aren’t able to add spices or other herbs.

Serve with Lamb Koftas and Eggy Rice with Lentils.

I was going to order some failsafe sausages from my butcher next week (he has a min 5kg) so seeing as these were such a hit all around (especially with Jack) I think I’ll just order a few kg of lamb mince and make a bunch of these and freeze them. They would make delicious burgers too.

eggy rice with lentils.

Interestingly when I talked to my local butcher about failsafe meat requirements, he mentioned that he could guarantee the chicken and lamb date of slaughter but not the beef as it came in boxes rather then full carcasses. He could get me lamb and chicken meat that was only a few days old. So I haven’t bought any beef from him yet, only lamb chops, lamb mince and chicken breast. It’s worth chatting to your local butcher about it as they can be super helpful.

crunchy pear salad with mayo dressing

And it’s kind of cool having my own butcher. Before this diet, I normally just bought meat from the supermarket as it was easier but I do love the idea of supporting local business and actually speaking to someone that knows what they are talking about. I remember asking the lady working behind the seafood deli at Coles once what she recommended and she replied, “I don’t know, I actually really hate fish”. Um, thanks for that. Haha.

This dinner is a winner. Lovely juicy lamb koftas, crunchy pear salad and salty eggy rice. One of my kid’s favourites.

I love putting all the elements in the middle and serving it in front of the kids so they can see what we’re all eating.

If you have a go at making this for dinner, we would love to know how it went.


Laura McDonald - Simply Failsafe author and creator

Recipe links: Crunchy pear salad and Eggy rice with lentils.

lamb koftes
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Serves: 4
Juicy and full of flavour. These koftas make sausages look real silly.
  • 500g fresh lamb mince
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped (omit if sensitive).
  • 2 tbsp chives, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup rice crumbs*
  • Salt to taste (approx 1/2-1 tsp)
  1. Place ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together with your hands until combined.
  2. Divide into 4 large balls, and then in 1/3rd again to make 12 koftas.
  3. Cook on low heat in a frying pan with rice bran oil so as not to brown too much. If you are very sensitive to amines, you could bake them in a medium oven (170c) individually in foil or all together in a baking dish, covered.
*rice crumbs: I used Casalare rice crumbs from Coles but any bread crumbs would work.






Salad, Sides, Vegetarian

crunchy pear salad with mayo dressing

{gluten, dairy, soy free}

A delightful, crunchy salad with a delightful sweetness from the fresh pear and creamy mayo dressing.

Serve with Lamb Koftas and Eggy Rice with Lentils.

Make it, share it, eat it, enjoy it!

It’s delicious served with my lamb koftas and eggy rice with lentils.

If you like this recipe or alter it to suit your own dietary needs or preferences, we would love to know!

Laura McDonald - Simply Failsafe author and creator


Recipe link: old-school mayo recipe

crunchy pear salad with mayo dressing
Recipe Type: Lunch, Dinner, Salad
Fresh and crunchy with a delightful sweetness from the fresh pear.
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 tin lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 ripe pear, pealed, quartered and thinly sliced.
  • 1/4 cup {failsafe) mayo (recipe link above).
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, chopped
  1. Layer red cabbage, lentils, pear, spring onions, and celery in a large bowl.
  2. Mix mayo with chives and a little bit of water to loosen it up a bit to make the dressing.
  3. Pour mayo dressing on salad and top with chopped cashews. Enjoy!


Easy Dinners, Sides, Vegetarian

eggy rice with lentils

{gluten, dairy, soy and nut free}

Eggy rice is a staple in our house. It’s super simple, packed full of protein and kids will love it (adults too)

Great as a side dish or by itself as the ultimate fast food. I usually keep cooked brown rice in the freezer so I can thaw it to make a quick meal for the kids. Great when we come home from the beach late or I’ve run out of food (happens so often! Where does all that food go? It’s meant to last a week and runs out within the first few days…I guess thats what happens with growing kids? either that or I’ve got to check the roof for a hot fingered marsupial).

Great served with lamb koftas and crunchy pear salad.

I normally just do egg and rice but I had some leftover lentils so added them this time, but they could be left out if not tolerated or if the kids aren’t keen.

My husband grew up eating eggy rice and he’s a pretty top bloke…so I’d highly recommend it.

Eggy rice is…


Filling: protein from egg, carbs from brown rice

Easy to make

Great side dish

Let us know if like this recipe or if you change the ingredients so we can share it with others.


Laura McDonald - Simply Failsafe author and creator

eggy rice with lentils
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Serves: 4
Eggy rice. The ultimate fast food. Simple and filling for little tummies and big ones too.
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice, cooled*
  • 3 free range eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 tin lentils, drained and rinsed**
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Nuttlex or oil***
  1. In a small frying pan on medium heat, add nuttlex (or butter) and melt.
  2. Add whisked eggs and stir.
  3. While the eggs are still ‘just wet’, add the brown rice and lentil and using your spoon, break the eggs apart and stir to combine.
  4. Add a pinch of salt. Serve and enjoy!
*brown rice: you could also use white rice.[br][br]**lentils: you could use any type of tinned or cooked lentil or omit if not tolerated or desired. I don’t normally add them but they do add a good punch of protein.[br][br]***nuttlex: you could use any type of oil or butter/ghee if tolerated.



Easy Dinners, Main Meals

poached chicken with garlic and chives

{gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free}

One of the things I have missed the most since starting the RPAH elimination diet is asian flavours and spices galore. I love using tamari (wheat free soy sauce) and ginger. So much ginger. And I made a cracking pepper beef stir fry with oyster sauce. So salty and peppery and delicious. But no more. Alas.

This poached chicken with chives and garlic actually does a great job of pretending to be authentically asian. Hey, it may not have all the additional flavours and depth one is used to when eating Vietnamese, BUT it is really yummy and fresh and reminds me of pork and chive dumpings. Now that is an idea for another failsafe creation (minus the pork which isn’t failsafe).

poached chicken with chives and garlic with rice paper rolls.

This poached chicken with chives and garlic goes with my rice paper roll recipe, but would also be great on a sandwich, in a salad, on top of a veggie stack of some sort, even in a green taco (cause you know how much I love putting things into the blessed green taco aka iceberg lettuce leaf). It would be really smashing with a dollop of old-school mayo too. Yum!

If you’ve never poached anything before. Don’t fear. I had never done it before until about a year ago, when I though “what the heck, I’ll give it a whirl”. It seemed a strange notion to put chicken in water. Weird. Would it go soggy and be water logged?

Well I can safely tell you that it won’t get soggy or water logged. It’s a really healthy (requires no oil for frying) method and is easy to master.

Have a crack at this poached chicken and let us know how it goes. We love to hear feedback, even if you’ve altered the recipe to suit dietary needs or preferences.

Poach you later,

Laura McDonald - Simply Failsafe author and creator

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Failsafe Rice Paper Roles
Easy Dinners, Lunchbox Friendly Food, Main Meals, Salad

rice paper rolls with poached chicken and chives

{gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free}

I’d seen delicious looking rice paper rolls at the shops and decided to make our own failsafe ones for lunch.

Rice paper rolls are good fun…they take a bit of preparation cutting everything up…but it’s so worth it.

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Failsafe Green Tacos
Easy Dinners, Main Meals, Salad

green tacos with crispy chicken strips, slaw and chive mayo

{gluten, dairy, soy free. can easily omit nuts}

I’ve been craving burgers something chronic lately and this little recipe I came up with while we were camping at Christmas and it pretty much ticks all the burger boxes.

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Easy Dinners, Lunchbox Friendly Food, Main Meals

crispy chicken schnitzel/strips

{gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free}

This chicken schnitzel/crispy chicken strips recipe is a keeper. It’s gluten free, dairy free but NOT taste free. Infact, I’m pretty sure it was the crunchiest schnitzel I’ve ever eaten. My son bit down on a piece and the windows nearly shattered…(ok, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration..please excuse me…I’m getting carried away in the excitement).

{failsafe} green tacos with crispy chicken strips, quinoa salad and hummus.

This recipe is great TWO ways…

For schnitzels: serve crispy chicken schnitzel with quinoa salad or potato mash with sautéed brussel sprouts and red cabbage.

For crispy chicken strips: the green tacos and crispy chicken strips with chive mayo or the green tacos with crispy chicken strips, quinoa salad and hummus.

{failsafe} green tacos with crispy chicken strips and chive mayo.

MAKE IN BULK. I’ve been buying 2kgs of fresh chicken breast from my butcher, cutting them into strips, crumbing the whole lot and freezing in family portions. We now have a month’s worth of crispy chicken strips in the freezer. That my friend is a win on this diet!

However you like to eat chicken, this recipe will take it to a crunchier, tastier dimension!

Kids love it too. And on this diet, that’s super important.


Laura McDonald - Simply Failsafe author and creator


crispy chicken schnitzel or strips (gluten free!)
Serves: 8
Delicious, crunchy chicken that is also gluten and dairy free. Makes 2-3 meals for 4 people (eat 1, freeze 2)
  • 1kg free range chicken breast
  • 3 cups of crumb mix * {see note}
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup gluten free flour **
  • 1 free range egg
  • 3/4 cup milk ***
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Rice bran oil to cook with
  1. Place your hand flat on the chicken breast and slice in half horizontally. Continue with each breast. Lay the halves on a cutting board, cover with baking paper and gently bash with a rolling pin until even in thickness ^ (if you would like to make chicken nuggets/strips, cut them to size at this stage).
  2. Place the chicken in a large glass container with ¾ cup of milk and 1 clove crushed garlic. Marinate while you get the rest of the ingredients together (or for a few hours if you have the time).
  3. In 3 separate large bowls, place in 1. crumb mix and salt, 2. egg, 3. gluten free flour.
  4. After marinating, pour the milk from the chicken into the egg bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Pick up a piece of chicken and place it in the flour, coat and then cover in the egg/milk wash, then dip into the crumb mix and press down so it sticks. Place on a plate and continue with the remainder of the chicken.
  6. Freeze whatever you won’t eat for that meal in freezer bags, separating with baking paper.
  7. Heat a large non-stick frying pan to medium heat and add a good splash of rice bran oil. Cook the chicken in batches until golden brown and cooked through ^^
  8. Slice it if you like or leave it whole and serve immediately!
Wipe out the pan after each batch as the oil colours the crumbs and can burn it.[br][br]* gluten free crumb mix: 2 cups rice crumbs (Casalare from Coles is failsafe), 1 cup fresh bread crumbs (I wizz my own up in a food processor using our failsafe gluten free bread crusts) and ½ cup self raising flour. You could use any mix you like including quinoa flakes, oats (if gluten is tolerated) or other gluten free crumbs (make sure they are failsafe).[br][br]** flour: I used gluten free plain flour. You could use rice flour, buckwheat or arrowroot (tapioca).[br][br]*** milk: I used rice milk as we are dairy free. You could use cows, goats, soy or almond milk.[br][br]^ Bashing the chicken with a rolling pin not only tenderises it, but it flattens it ensuring it will cook evenly and more quickly.[br][br]^^ Browning the crumbs won’t increase the amine levels! Crumbing the meat is a clever way to get colour and crunch without browning the meat and increasing the amine levels.


Failsafe crispy chicken schnitzel with quinoa salad
Main Meals, Salad

crispy chicken schnitzel with quinoa salad

{gluten, dairy, soy, and egg free. can easily omit nuts}

This quinoa, cashew and chickpea salad is surprisingly fresh and delicious. I wouldn’t have known it was failsafe cause it doesn’t taste ‘vaguely like something’ (is it just me or does the failsafe diet pretty much take out all the good bits and leave you with the most boring veggies on earth?). It is however a good challenge to use these veggies that are considered ‘boring’ and give them a chance to shine (turning lemons in to lemonade and all that). Anyway, this salad, it’s just good.

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Failsafe Pear Sorbet
Desserts, Healthy Snacks, Vegetarian

healthy pear sorbet

{gluten, dairy, soy and nut free}

Oh this hot weather calls for some refreshing sorbet! What fruit is on the menu…why pears of course!?

I remember when I first looked at the elimination diet list hoping, praying for some fun, summery fruits to be included. Perhaps mango, passionfruit or raspberries (the latter two we are currently growing in our garden. Wahh). The wave of disappointment when I saw only pears (and peeled at that!). That must be the most boring fruit of them all I said.

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Easy Dinners, Healthy Snacks, Lunchbox Friendly Food, Main Meals, Sides, Vegetarian

friendly falafels

{gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free}

Failsafe Falafels. Um, you mean boring balls of veg. Can they be done successfully without all the spice and pomp? Yes, yes they can. What is my measure of success? Both my kids woofed it down for lunch and with a mouth full of hummus (aka falafel sauce), my toddler Jack said “v’ese are so yummo mum!” and then giggled to himself because he said ‘yummo’ instead of ‘yum’. What a kid! For someone who has been more picky than ever lately (I think this whole diet thing is starting to wear thin…I don’t blame him)…this was a wonderful result!

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Failsafe Ice-cream
Desserts, Healthy Snacks, Vegetarian

maple and cashew ice-cream (dairy free!)

{gluten, dairy, soy and egg free. contains nuts}

I have been wanting to make homemade ice-cream for such a long time. I remember my mum getting an ice-cream cookbook when I was about 5 or 6 and I thought that was the best present ever! I used to sit, flicking through the recipes and picking ones I’d like to try. We never got an ice cream maker, so the attempts we made never really worked well.

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Failsafe Marshmallows
Baking, Desserts, Healthy Snacks, Lunchbox Friendly Food

healthy vanilla marshmallows

{gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free}

Hello good lookin’! These beauties are a healthier version of the ones you can buy at the supermarket. They are super, super easy to make and are simply made with gelatin, rice malt syrup, vanilla and rolled in arrowroot flour. That’s it!! Failsafe and healthy…perfect for birthday parties, lunch boxes, afternoon teas, toasting on the fire or melting in a cup of hot chocolate. Mmm.

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Rainbow salad bowel with falafel and hummus
Easy Dinners, Main Meals, Salad, Vegetarian

Rainbow Salad Bowl with Falafels and Hummus

{gluten, dairy and soy free. could omit eggs and nuts}

This rainbow salad bowl with falafel and hummus is pretty much my favourite (failsafe) thing to eat at the moment. It’s full of crunch, flavour, creaminess, protein, veg. It’s so good.

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Condiments, Healthy Snacks, Lunchbox Friendly Food, Vegetarian

hummus dip

{gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free}

Who doesn’t love hummus? It’s just great. Full of protein and flavour.

This hummus recipe is based on Sandra’s genius blog, Cooking for Oscar. What a woman!

The tahini is replaced by pear puree which gives it a smoothness without being too sweet. The lemon is replaced by citric acid for the zing. A hint of garlic makes it feel a little authentic in flavour.

One little tip I’ve added is to pour in a little water at the end. It helps loosen up the hummus a bit and makes it really creamy and smooth.

friendly falafels with hummus.

Simple, tasty and a great sauce to go with my green tacos and crispy chicken, with quinoa salad or rainbow salad bowl with falafels.

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Baking, Biscuits, Healthy Snacks, Lunchbox Friendly Food

Maple Shortbread Biscuits

{gluten, dairy, egg, soy and nut free}

Delicious ‘buttery’ (without the butter), maple sweetened biscuits that will please both failsafe and non-failsafers alike.

This recipe is based on a vegan recipe I found online and must be one of the most simple biscuit recipes out there. With pantry and staple fridge ingredients you can create these delicious biscuits in no time!

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