Sunday, June 22, 2014

Strawberry Vanilla Canapés for #choosedreams #SundaySupper {#dairyfree}

This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own 

Happy Sunday and welcome another fantastic #SundaySupper event.  This week's event is sponsored by American Family Insurance and I am very excited to be one of the Brand Advocates.  American Family Insurance is a champion of dreams and aims to inspire all of us to pursue our dreams. Learn more about the #ChooseDreams campaign  by following this hashtag and American Family Insurance on Twitter, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook and Pinterest.

Is one your goals to eat healthier? This event has you covered as this week's #SundaySuper theme is Family Favorites Turned Healthy and our gracious host this week is Katie of Ruffles & Truffles.

What does eating healthier mean to you?  Is it eating more vegetables, reducing fat, or is it adjusting to special dietary needs?   Whatever it is just know that it can be done by making a few changes. Add a salad with some light dressing to every meal,  cut up carrots and celery sticks for an easy after school snack, or add some chopped up or grated vegetables in your favorite foods.  For the person that does not really love vegetables you can always add some grated vegetables to any dish.  I have added shredded carrots to meat loaf, diced carrots, turnips, celery to hearty meat sauces turning these dishes even more delicious.

If eating healthier for your family mean adjusting to special dietary needs to due allergies or other food related medical issues know that it can be done.  Honestly, believe me  I can tell you this from experience. Both of our children were born with a rare metabolic disorder called Classic Galactosemia;  neither of them can eat foods containing any form of (ga)lactose {milk sugar}.  When Alena was first diagnosed I was thrown for huge loop.  What will we eat - what about our favorite recipes, desserts…but then looking beyond that I saw the challenge.  I learned to adjust recipes, learned which substitutions work, and which ones do not.  Believe me you get used to working with different ingredients, it is beyond gratifying to know when a meal is prepared that the entire family can eat, plus I absolutely love the challenge.  It is not possible does not exist in my playbook - have fun playing with substitutions, trying them out and finding your favorite ones.  You know, just follow my favorite saying "When live throws you lemons make lemonade" and yes,  lemonade is always delicious.

In our kitchen I like to use almond milk to substitute milk, vegan sour cream standard sour cream, plain soy creamer instead of heavy creamer, vegan margarine instead of butter etc.  It works for most recipes and most guests would never guess that the dishes served at our house are also (ga)lactose {milk sugar} free.

Are you ready to hear about our delicious Strawberry Vanilla Canapes?!  In German we call them Erdbeerschnittchen and it has been one of my all time favorite early summer desserts.  It is a dessert that does not meet the girls diet but how they can miss out such a delicious dessert, right?!  Plus we have picked these strawberries now take a look….

Strawberry Vanilla Canapés
  • 1 pack of puff pastry defrosted {double check label}
  • 1 C sliced almonds plus 1/2 C for topping
  • 1 pack Vanilla pudding
  • 1 C Almond milk
  • 1 C plain soy creamer
  • 1-1/2 - 2 lb strawberries sliced, sprinkled with a pinch of sugar
  1. Prepare pudding according to directions using almond milk together with soy creamer.  Let pudding cool for at least 1-1/2 hr.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Roll out 3/4 of the puff pastry to cover the baking sheet. Roll out the remaining 1/4 of the puff pastry and place it around the edges of the baking sheet forming an edge
  4. Cover puff pastry with 1 C of sliced almonds
  5. Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes until slightly golden
  6. Let shell cool down, then fill it with the prepared vanilla pudding
  7. Top vanilla pudding generously with strawberries, and sprinkle with almond slices
  8. Cover with kitchen wrap and place in fridge for about an hour before serving
  9. When ready to serve cut into slices


Now are you ready for all the other great healthy options we bring you today?  Take a look….

  Angel Hair & Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce by Ruffles & Truffles
  Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls by Curious Cuisiniere
  Beef Stroganoff by Country Girl in the Village
  Buffalo Cauli-Tots by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
  Corn and Crab Chowder by The Dinner-Mom
  Crab Cake Salad by Family Foodie
  Grilled Portabella Mushrooms On Red Pepper Slaw with Cucumber Dressing by Seduction In The
  Healthy Chicken Salad by Run DMT
  Lighter Beef Tacos by Alida's Kitchen
  Meatballs with Vegetable Noodles and Fresh Tomato Sauce by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
  Roasted Cauliflower Mac & Cheese by The Messy Baker
  Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms and Spinach by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Sunday Supper Movement  Superfood Pancakes by girlichef
  Tex Mex Enchilada Skillet Lasagna by Neighborfood
  Zucchini Meat Lasagna by Peanut Butter and Peppers


  Chewy Coconut Granola Bars by Savvy Eats
  Enlightened Southern Banana Puddings by The Weekend Gourmet
  Mom's Fruit Salad by Magnolia Days
  Strawberry Vanilla Canapés by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
  Zucchini Carrot Snack Cake by The Foodie Army Wife

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