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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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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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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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, 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.






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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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.


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 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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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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