Rich & Hearty Mushroom Barley Soup

Posted by on September 15, 2010 | 8 Comments

Hi all. I just entered the Pacific Foods Everyday Chef Challenge with this recipe:

Mushroom Barley Soup

Rich & Hearty Mushroom Barley Soup

The recipe had to use Pacific Foods Broth (which this actually did!) and mushrooms. If you like this recipe, please pop over and click the vote button for it! No registration or otherwise is required, just a simple click to vote once you head over to the page below. Thank you!

Vote Here for Alisa’s Rich & Hearty Mushroom Barley Soup on Pacific Foods


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Quick, Homemade BBQ Sauce

Posted by on September 2, 2010 | 11 Comments

Don’t forget about the new FREE eCookbook with 125 healthy recipes for kid and adult palates alike!

Wow, I am very proud to say that Smart School Time Recipes was downloaded by over 6000 viewers yesterday! It seems to be on track for thousands of additional downloads today and hopefully in the future. Please help to spread the word of feeding ourselves and our kids with whole foods (rather than over-processed packages of Franken-foods) by emailing, sharing, and tweeting about this new Free eCookbook. You can send them to this link – Change through recipes and food ideas; that’s my motto.

I was actually going to post my version of one of the recipes in that eCookbook today, but I realized we are coming upon a major barbecue weekend. A northern hemisphere going away party for the summer if you will. So I’m saving the Smart School Time recipe for next week, and sharing my new go-to homemade BBQ sauce today.

All summer long, my husband and I scoured our local stores for good, natural barbecue sauce. I kid you not, we found only one brand that didn’t have high fructose corn syrup (and usually in the first three ingredients no less!); it was Annie’s. I love Annie’s Homegrown. They are a great little natural food company – but, I’m sorry, their barbecue sauce is the pits. It’s a spiced up tomato-y concoction with flavors that completely do not meld. I definitely do not recommend.

So when I reviewed American Vegan Kitchen and saw the Chipotle BBQ Portobello recipe with homemade barbecue sauce, I thought, “Why not? What have I got to lose?” It is awesome.

homemade chipotle bbq sauce

Tamasin’s version is way, way, WAY too hot for our taste buds, so I have toned my version down a lot. It does use ketchup as a base, but you can use Hunt’s (for the super bargain bbq sauce – this stuff is cheap and no longer contains high fructose corn syrup) or a good quality agave-sweetened brand like Organicville.

I’ve included two versions below: an instant non-fat version (we use this when the sauce will be simmering in a crockpot anyway) or the slightly richer simmered version (still takes just 15 minutes and is low in fat).

Chipotle BBQ Sauce – Almost Original Recipe

The following recipes are Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, and Soy-Free – but be sure to check the label of the ketchup and worcestershire carefully for ingredient concerns. These are adapted from American Vegan Kitchen.

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Finely Minced Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2/3 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons (up to 1 tablespoon) Minced Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce* (omit if you just want a gentle spice)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion, and saute for a few minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and saute for just a minute more. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes. Check in to stir occasionally. If it gets too thick, feel free to add a little water. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. 

Chipotle BBQ Sauce – In an Instant

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced or 1/8 to 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder (optional)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2/3 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons (up to 1 tablespoon) Minced Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce* (omit if you just want a gentle spice)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

Simply stir or blend all ingredients together. For best flavor, add to a dish that is still cooking or in the crockpot to help the flavors meld. But in a pinch, you can use it as is. In that case, adjust seasonings to taste.

*I de-seed the chipotles as much as possible (yes, it’s a little messy, but those seeds can be toooo spicy), and then puree the chipotles in adobo to make it ready-to-use and easy-to-measure. It can be stored this way for a little while in the fridge or freezer.

Both recipes make about 1 cup

homemade chipotle bbq sauce


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Final Summer Giveaway: A Whole Set of Popular Vegan Cookbooks!

Posted by on August 18, 2010 | 279 Comments

First off, thank you so much to the MANY people who have offered to contribute to the Healthy Back to School ebook. I’m still putting it all together, so if you are interested, check out that link.

As for the giveaway … why not go out with a bang right? So I’ m wrapping up the Summer Reading Series of Giveaways here on One Frugal Foodie (don’t worry, there will be some new giveaways in the fall!). I had planned on one more week, but the summer seems to be wrapping up and next week is looking busy. So here we go:

One Winner, All Four of these Fabulous Cookbooks

vegan brunch

urban vegan

ani's kitchen

My Sweet Vegan

Already own one or more of these? Well, then you know they make great gifts too! Go ahead …

Enter to win these books NOW:

1st Entry – Comment and answer the following: What is your favorite vegan cookbook? Or, if you’ve not experienced vegan cookbooks, what vegan cookbook(s) are on your wish list?

2nd Entry – Become a fan of Go Dairy Free on Facebook (or in other words ‘Like’ it), and leave a comment here letting me know you did (or that you already are a fan!).

3rd Entry – For another chance to win, share this giveaway via facebook, twitter, or your blog, and leave a second comment here letting me know that you did.

Entries will close on Monday, August 23rd!


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Sophie-Safe Winners!

Posted by on August 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

Congratulations to:

Comment #52 – Beth
Beth wants this book because, “My son is allergic to 7 of the top 8 allergens, so I would love to have this cookbook and try out some new recipes for him!”

Comment #8 – Megan
Megan says, “I would love to win this book! I’ve had it in my amazon wish list for the longest time! Great giveaway!”

You have each won a copy of Sophie-Safe Cooking! Stay tuned, the next book giveaway starts tomorrow!

For now, other Blog Giveaways:


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Summer Reading Series Giveaway: Food Allergy-Friendly Coookbook

Posted by on August 4, 2010 | 85 Comments

One Autographed Cookbook, Two Winners. I mean, one book for each of you of course, the winners don’t need to share! Moving on …

This week’s giveaway is Sophie-Safe Cooking by my fellow author friend, Emily Hendrix. This is a fun cookbook with very easy, kid-friendly recipes. And when I say kid-friendly, I mean it … the portions sizes are even little-finger friendly. I must admit, I felt a lot less guilty downing three of the scrumptious pumpkin muffins I made from this book since they were half-pint in size. Of course, you can always double the serving sizes for heartier palates.

sophie safe cooking

The entire book is free of the top eight allergens – milk, wheat, eggs, soy, nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish. In other words, the recipes are family favorites that Emily made “Safe” for her food allergic daughter Sophie. It is a great, comfort food collection.

Take note that Emily does use oat flour quite a bit in her recipes (which you can easily make from regular oats or certified gluten-free oats). So the recipes are suitable for many gluten-free consumers, but not those who still can’t tolerate gluten-free oats. Personally, I love that she uses oat flour, because I love oats!

Okay, lets roll …

Enter to win this cookbook NOW:

1st Entry – Comment and answer the following: Why do you want to win this cookbook?

2nd Entry – For another chance to win, share this giveaway via facebook, twitter, or your blog, and leave a second comment here letting me know that you did.

For twitter and/or facebook, you can use the following “Enter to win a food allergy-friendly cookbook @OneFrugalFoodie –

3rd Entry – Sign up to receive One Frugal Foodie posts and/or Go Dairy Free posts via email (see upper right corner of this blog for One Frugal Foodie, click here to get Go Dairy Free updates), and let me know that you did in another comment.

Entries will close on Monday, August 9th!

The Summer Book Series Giveaways will go on every week in July & August, so stay tuned!


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Would you like to win some chocolate?

Posted by on May 28, 2010 | 16 Comments

I am giving away a 14-day supply of Attune Chocolate on Dairy-Free & Fit! It is infused with gut-friendly probiotics and prebiotics, but don’t worry, it just tastes like yummy dark chocolate. You can also read my full review of the product on this post. Enjoy!


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My New Website and Email Subscriptions!!

Posted by on April 13, 2010 | 11 Comments

This is just a quick update – Please pop over (from Google Reader or other browser) to check out! First, I have a new blog/website:

Dairy-Free & Fit

Head over and have a look-see! I am very excited. Go Dairy Free (my main site) and One Frugal Foodie (recipe blog) will still be active, but Dairy-Free & Fit (or Dairy-Free Fitness) is my new more personal addition to the dairy-free family. It will be a food, health, and fitness blog intended for anyone who wants to feel good and feed themselves and their family well.

Though Dairy-Free & Fit will also have recipes, it will address other areas of food and life that are important to me (and I am sure many of you) in living well. I intend to address more of the questions I get from Ask Alisa, and discuss nutrition topics, special diets (dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, and beyond), food and recipe ideas, fitness and exercise, general health issues, daily musings, and other stuff.

It is blog style, so please come on over and join in on the conversation! The first post is up now, but there is much more to come. Let me know what you think – I am very curious.

Also, I have an email subscription service now available for each of my blogs:

One Frugal Foodie –

Dairy-Free & Fit –

You can sign up in the “email subscription” section in the right hand menu bar on those pages, or just click on the links that I have provided above. It sends you an email (no more than one per day) when a new post goes up. Easy huh? I have really been getting into using the email subscriptions myself, very handy.

What is your preferred method for viewing blogs? Do you like Google Reader, Emails, or some other venue?


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