Roo's Casa

Gluten-Free Stew
November 2, 2014, 12:02 am
Filed under: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Recipes

Serves 2



1 tbsp. oil

1 tbsp. tomato paste

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp. dried thyme (skipped)

2 cups beef broth

8 ounces cut up red potatoes

1 cup carrots (I used baby carrots)

2 tsp. cornstarch

1 tbsp. gluten-free soy sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 pound stew meat or sliced sirloin


Cook the oil, tomato paste, garlic and thyme in a pot over medium heat for about a minute.  Pour all of the ingredients into a crock pot and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high 4-5 hours.


Hidden Spinach Smoothie
November 4, 2011, 12:49 am
Filed under: Dairy Free, Health, Kids, Recipes, Vegan

Smoothies are a great way to get fruit and vegetables into your kids.  My smoothie is mostly fruit, but I add a generous handful of spinach so that it includes a vegetable that my kids would not normally eat.  Here is a before and after shot of my smoothie.  The secret to hiding the green color is to add some blueberries or some blackberries.


1 cup apple juice

1/2 a bag organic strawberries (I get mine from Whole Foods)

1 banana

handful of baby spinach (my kids are picky about the spinach we get, so it has to be the organic Kroger brand in the container) or kale

5 blackberries or pour in a little bit of blueberries

Blend all of these ingredients and drink.  The only frozen parts are the strawberries and the berries.  We stopped adding ice to our smoothies since the cold made it too hard to eat.

Dairy Free Ice Cream: Joel Fuhrman
June 20, 2011, 8:47 pm
Filed under: Dairy Free, Food, Gluten Free, Recipes

My son is dairy free and sugar free right now due to his c. diff.  He can have sugar in fruit though so I thought these recipes were perfect for an after dinner treat.  Both of these recipes can be found on the Internet, but I will post them here.

Banana Walnut

2 frozen bananas

1 cup strawberries, frozen

1/3 cup soy milk

1 oz walnuts

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender. I used a regular blender and found that I had to carefully mash it all as it was blending.

Strawberry Freeze

1 cup frozen strawberries

2 frozen bananas

1/3 cup soy milk

Blend all ingredients.  Simple.  I found that we liked the bananas when not totally ripe and brown.  We also tried this recipe using rice milk and almond milk.  We couldn’t tell the difference when a different milk was used.


We also made this with banana, frozen cherries and almond milk using the same amounts as above.

Homemade Lemonade
June 6, 2011, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Dairy Free, Drinks, Gluten Free, Recipes, Summer

The kids and I made some homemade lemonade today to see how the taste compared to the kind you buy in the store. We all preferred the homemade kind and it was so simple. The recipe came from  Once we were done, the kids wrote down the recipe to put into their cookbook.

We also only had 3 lemons that when squeezed came out to 1/2 cup of lemon juice, so we had to adjust the recipe to 1/3. Here are the measurements we used:

3 small lemons (1/2 cup lemon juice)

2.5 cups water (1/3 of this amount is put aside for the sugar)

1/3 cup sugar, plus 2 Tablespoons sugar

Directions: Combine the sugar and 1/3 cup water in a saucepan.  Bring to boil until the sugar dissolves. Put this sugar mixture into the refrigerator until it is cool, about 20 minutes.  Mix the sugar mixture, lemon juice and remaining water together in a pitcher.  Enjoy!

*We also talked about expressions like a car being a lemon and “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  I had the kids try the plain lemon first before adding any sugar.

Dairy Free Blueberry Muffins
February 2, 2010, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Dairy Free, Recipes, Vegetarian

I adapted these blueberry muffins from to make them dairy free and egg free.  I just substituted rice milk for the cow’s milk and did 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tbsp. water for the egg. They turned out well, but got gummy after they were covered over night.  I skipped the sugar topping.

Gluten-Free Holiday Treats
December 23, 2009, 1:25 am
Filed under: Christmas, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Holidays

My sister made these cute little holiday treats.  They are all gluten-free too.  Check out her blog to find more details.

Gingerbread Houses
December 13, 2009, 4:43 am
Filed under: Activity, Christmas, Dairy Free, Family, Gluten Free, Holidays, Kids

A few years ago we started making our gingerbread houses out of Rice Krispi Treats.  The treats were a lot easier to work with, tasted better, and most importantly could be made allergy safe (using certain brands)for all of our family members.  We just make Rice Krispi Treats according to the recipe on the bag of marshmallows and then build the walls using a can of frosting.  We found this idea to work a lot better than using the graham cracker on the milk carton. 

*These can be made using gluten free and dairy free ingredients if you check the labels.