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, 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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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.



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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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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