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Garlic Bread My Way!(no dairy)

Garlic Bread My Way!

so my kids love garlic bread but as one can’t have dairy

we can’t just buy some from the freezer section and pop in the oven

what we can do is buy a loaf(or in this case two) of french bread

slice almost completely through(or buy pre sliced if you want)

in a small bowl mix together 1/4 cup of light flavored olive oil per loaf of bread

then add in

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

stir together and using a pastry brush

carefully open up and brush on one side of each piece of bread, leaving loaf in loaf shape

anything left in the bowl? brush it over the top of the loaf!

cover with tinfoil

and bake at 350 for 5-10  minutes depending on how crispy you like it

YUM!

(sometimes instead of the above recipe I’ll mix olive oil with a dry Italian dressing mix….they love that too!)

and ….its safe for them! whoot whoot

PAPER PLATES: yes please!

So we are heading into that time of the year

when activities pile up

time available shrinks

and the house rather than spring cleaning becomes

spring piles(piles of clothes that need to be washed, and dishes that need to be cleaned)

to make life easier…once a week(when we are really busy)

we use paper plates.

argh…I said it….paper plates…the environmentalist in me is shrieking in horror

the mom in me

sighing a deep sigh of relief!

no matter how hard I plan

with two growing boys

leftovers are not what they used to be

there aren’t as many

and they

don’t last as long as they used to .

So end up cooking more, and doing more dishes…

how else do I stay sane?

Tyson Chicken nuggets.(or patties, or strips)

one meal a week during busy weeks its fast they can pop it in the microwave themselves!

and….its safe for them!(well…relatively) it contains nothing they are Allergic to YAY!

fresh veggies  washed and cut in massive amounts at the beginning of the week usually last Sunday through Thursday

pasta made in a big batch maybe gets us 3 days tops so if you don’t put anything on it

one kid that hates sauce can eat it plain

the other can top with pizza/spaghetti sauce and with the nuggets have a meal!

its not always fancy

its not always pretty

but we try to always eat one meal a day together(when possible)

and if paper plates and chicken nuggets calm the time constraints….so be it!

whew!

Pumpkin Bread, my way

moist and delic.

a culinary treat

no eggs

no dairy

can’t be beat!

Preheat oven to 350

pre grease 2 loaf pans or 1 9×13 pan

In a large bowl beat together:

2 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup light flavored olive oil

1 1/4 cups soy sour cream

2/3 cup water

1 16 oz can pumpkin

in a separate bowl 

mix together:

3 cups flour

1/3 cup graham flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsps baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1tsp nutmeg

mix the dry into the wet

pour into prepared pan/s

bake at 350 for 50 minutes or till toothpick inserted comes out clean

 

 

enjoy!

 

 

Leckerli as we call it or “Honey Cookies” if you don’t know the language

OK so these are a favorite of mine

but

they call for nuts grrrrrr

which means if I make them

I’ll be the only one eating them

as  2 of the  kids have nut allergies

but tada…substitutes work in this recipe!

so here is the recipe

and my substitutes will follow in bold

11/2 cups whole-unblanched, unsalted almonds( 3/4 cup wheat germ, or oat bran or ground unsalted raw shelled pumpkin seeds)

3/4 cup honey

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp grated lemon peel

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 tbsp brandy

4 cups of sifted flour

dash salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 cup powder sugar

3 tbsp water

Instructions

Grind almonds(or measure out the wheat germ, or the oat bran, or grind the shelled pumpkin seeds) finely in blender

Pour brandy and lemon juice over the almonds(or wheat germ, or oatbran, or pumpkin seeds) and lemon peel

In a saucepan, bring honey, and granulated sugar just to boiling, stirring the whole time – do not boil

Set aside to cool for 10 minutes

Stir in the lemon juice mixture

In a large bowl

sift flour with salt, baking soda and spices.

make a well in the middle of the dry mixture

pour the honey mixture into the well you just made

Work it together

it will be very stiff! VERY

Preheat oven to 350 the powder sugar and the 3 tbsp water

 

get ready and mix together

 

Divide dough into 4 parts, wrap 3 in plastic wrap so they don’t dry out

roll out 1 part between 2 sheets of wax paper to a 6×8 inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick

Bake on a parchment paper lined pan for about 10 minutes or just till golden.

as soon as they come out of the oven use a pastry brush to coat the top of each with a thin layer of the powder sugar mixture

take off pan and allow to cool

repeat with each of the parts of dough

enjoy!

ok so I didn’t use parchment in the picture but usually…I do!

and

tip for

using  the wax paper….USE IT!

the dough is stiff…but very sticky as well

roll it out between two sheets of wax paper

then peel of one layer of wax paper

turn it over onto a fresh sheet of wax paper then

peel off the other layer of wax paper

then using a pizza cutter slice the dough into strips

sounds time consuming but goes fast when you ger in the groove

ps

this dough can also be rolled out and then cut out with cookie cutters!

and did you notice the only substitute was for nuts the recipe already does not call for eggs or dairy!

Food allergies (no its not that they just don’t like the food!)

food allergies and food intolerance’s are two different beasts

and intolerance may make you miserable

while

food allergy can kill you

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It started simply enough….

decide to have a baby

get lucky enough to get pregnant

then

you  notice blood in their diaper

then head to toe itchy rashes that local doctors are not able to control

the baby rubs his heals so much on the sheets the sheets have streaks of blood on them in the morning

their scalp is covered with dermatitis and that too is itched bloody while they sleep.

you try to nurse, adjust your diet stop eating dairy, eggs, and nuts, but the blood in the diapers continues

so its off to a childrens hospital where your child is finally diagnosed with allerigies

not one but 3 Dairy, Eggs, and nuts(all nuts, peanuts and tree nuts)

it is daunting learning to read labels

it is daunting changing how you cook

my middle child as an infant could only tolerate neocate

at close to 35 dollars a canister that would get us through just over two days it was all he ate.

we did try other foods, sweet potatoes worked, many others he had skin reactions to so we were only doing a tsp. or so of new food a week

and finally after appeals, and letters from doctors insurance covered some of what they were trying to not cover

they said it was a supplement(not when its all they eat we said!)

not long after my middle child was diagnosed his older brother had a reaction while eating a cookie and was subsequently diagnosed with food allergies as well, eggs and all nuts(and several years ago was diagnosed with esosinophilic esophagitus…but thats for another post)

the website that we have found the most helpful

is FAAN, the food allergy and anaphylaxis network

the best thing about it is you can get either download or order

sheets that clearly state the foods to look for when reading a label  for various food allergens

although reading labels has become easier over the years…they are now heading into middle and high school(and the worries change)

companies sometimes change formulas so its best to scan through the ingredient labels every time you purchase a product

and from the time your child can read teach them (not in a fearful way) but teach them to read labels have some foods that are not safe and teach them what to look for.

When you can, when necessary …educate others about the food allergies

food allergies and food intolerance’s are two different beasts

and intolerance may make you miserable

while

food allergy can kill you

more another day on the experiments I’ve done, the food substitutes we love and some that failed. as well as sources for recipes we like, and products we enjoy.

thankfully the kids can still have gluten/wheat cause thats a whole nother beast.

 

the thing is it becomes part of your life, much like how a diabetic watches their blood sugar

yes the first years were stressful but you buck up and deal

and you find ways to make your kids own their allergies and realize life goes on and not to dwell (more on how to keep sane later) 🙂

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