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I am Sarena and I write at The Non-Dairy Queen. I am a graduate of The School of Culinary Arts in Atlanta. I have worked in various fields in the culinary industry since 1995. When I discovered that I am lactose "challanged" (as my husband so lovingly calls it) I was frustrated by having the knowledge of how to cook, but not knowing how to incorporate that into my new diet with food restrictions. Since I started my blog, I have discovered that I have a mild allergy to milk and I am allergic to soy. On top of all of all of that, my husband has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease. My blog is a journal of recipes and products that I have tried and would recommend for others that have the same food restrictions we have.
- Likes: Food favorites: Oatmeal, Apples, Quinoa, Almond Milk, Coffee, Chickpea Flour, Peanut Flour, Beans; Life: Baking, Cooking, Kickboxing, Strength Training, Hiking, Playing Games With My Family, Crocheting
- Dislikes: Food: Avocados, Okra, Liver; Life: Negativity
- All Time Favorite Restaurants: I prefer to cook and have people over than go out.
- Foods I cannot live without: Oatmeal and Apples
- Best Meal Ever: We cook so often here and we love food, it is hard to choose one meal. I think the most memorable meal I ever had was when we did a huge pig pickin' with tons of friends over. We did a whole roasted pig, with baked beans, corn bread, potato asparagus salad, macaroni and cheese and caramel gooey bars for dessert.
When it comes to groceries, the biggest challenge we have met as a family is price. Most people think the price of regular flour, milk and cereal are high, but when family members bought the allergy-friendly counterparts for us when we’ve visited...
Our family has started a seasonal eating challenge with the start of the New Year. My husband came home from the store with this idea after he looked at the prices of fresh produce. I have to say that even though I do most of the grocery shopping and...
I have been doing a lot of research lately. Gluten-free foods that try to mimic their gluten-filled counter parts, can be kind of tricky. There are people out there that have been working with a number of products for quite a while and they know how to...
This version turned out to be a crispy corn flake cereal with oat clusters and a hint of brown sugar sweetness. It goes perfectly with milk (almond milk for me) or as a topping on yogurt. Click here to see the Healthy, Homemade Cereal story.
Sarena Shasteen thinks about seasonal eating and makes this simple roasted vegetable dish with what's in season near her. Try serving it with quinoa and other vegetables like Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, or yams. — Yasmin Fahr
I realize there are about a million and one ways to make chili, so I figured I would make it a million and two. Click here to see the Vegan Pinto Bean Chili for a Crowd story.