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As I open up the betty crocker as an allergy mom…

Yes that is the one I have…but it no longer has its covers attached.

I remember when my second child then my first child were diagnosed with food allergies

My second child was 6 months old or so, and my first was around 4 years.

I wasn’t told “he can’t have dairy” or “NO NUTS” between the two they are allergic to eggs, peanuts, treenuts, and then to boot the second child is allergic to dairy as well.

To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement

then, as someone who likes to cook I knew I had to figure it out.

and it took awhile

hits and misses

winners and garbage can left overs

it has become manageable

(thankfully they can still have wheat…that would be  a whole nuther ballgame)

1.  We learned that soy sour cream works really good as an egg substitiute(1/4 cup per egg called for in recipe)

2.  We learned that there is nothing that works well as an beaten egg white substitute(think meringue)

3.  We learned that ground flax seed also works ok for egg(better for quick breads and cakes) use 1 tbsp ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons water  stir, do for each egg called for.

4. We learned to read labelsevery product, everytime, you never know when a company may change their formula, or which line they make the food on(cross contamination)

5. We learned it is very difficult to eat out in our town…places often have signs saying they cannot guarantee any food is safe.

6.  We learned that some people get it…and some just don’t  it is only important that we know who we can trust.

7.  As soon as the kids learned to read(even the one without any allergies) that they help double check labels.

8.  We learned homemade picnic lunches are just as good as going out on trips..plus healthier

9.  We learned to check ahead before going to parties, or playtimes, and regardless of what they say, bring food from home just in case.

10. We learned life goes on. Everyone has something to deal with, many times those things are invisible and though not necessarily as potentially deadly as food allergies. Life goes on you live, you adapt, you learn what works and doesn’t work and then if you are cool…you share some of that with those that want/need to know.

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!

What would my dinner look like if I took every supplement recommended by Dr. Oz?

Bear with me here

I like Dr. Oz and all his suggestions but seriously if I tried everything he suggested I wouldn’t have room in my belly for food! So todays blog is a song:

No Room On My Plate

sung to Billy Joel’s, We Didn’t Start the Fire(…well..sort of…..)

in case you need a reminder of Billy Joel’s melody….

B-12

Fenugreek

ketones from the raspberry

calcium

vitamin D

extract of green coffee bean

no room on my plate

after all the vitamins

and extracts I ate

no room, its not right

dr oz I think I’ve lost my appetite

take a multi vitamin

calcium with magnesium

don’t forget omega 3

and remember fenugreek

camu camu

ginko

wait that one may injure you

DIM can’t say the name

something that ends with methane

no room on my plate

after all the vitamins

and extracts I ate

no room, its not right

dr oz I think I’ve lost my appetite

capsicum

garcinia cambogia

and a bit of astralagus root

stinging nettle

ginger tea

no room on the plate for beef

red clover

peppermint

dandoline and garlic breath

herbal tonic

rosemary

which of these is right for me?????

no room on my plate

after all the vitamins

and extracts I ate

no room, its not right

dr oz I think I’ve lost my appetite

Baking and Food allergies….and tasty???

You bet!

Ok the taste isn’t always exactly like baked goods with butter/eggs/nuts

 

but the substitutions available make life easy…and…tasty food

If you also need to be gluten free…you’re on your own for that one

 

I am sharing what I have to deal with:

Dairy Allergy

Egg Allergy

Peanut Allergy

Treenut Allergy

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The only thing I’ve yet to find a “real” (ie workable) substitute for is whipped egg whites (for meringue)

beyond that in recipes that call for a whole egg or even two whole eggs you can substitute

1/4 cup of soy product(pureed tofu, soy cream cheese, soy sour cream) for each egg called for in a recipe

or

1/4 cup pureed banana or apple sauce

(if you are substituting fruit for eggs do not substitute fruit for oil as well or your end product will be gummy)

 

for butter I substitute light olive oil or coconut oil(technically coconut is a fruit not a nut at least that’s what the docs at children’s hospital tell us.)

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the other option you have that works especially well for making cakes is to add 1 tsp of baking soda per cup of flour

and for each tsp of baking soda needed add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar to the liquid ingredients

 

this can be substituted into any recipe!

by using the following technique

mix together dry ingredients in one bowl

mix together all wet ingredients in another bowl

preheat oven to recipes temperature

get the pans ready(spray with oil)

then mix the two sets of ingredients together and pour into pans and pop into preheated oven

for a great recipe thats been around years check out

wacky cake(also known as depression cake)

If you are not as daring as I am you may want to check out a book from the library on allergy eating or go to one of the many sites available

Baby Cakes

Baby cakes is a awesome store several years ago we visited relatives in NYC and ate there…it was the first time my then 9 and 12 year olds ever had doughnuts from a bakery…I cried(well…I teared up)

I have checked out their recipe book occasionally and most of the recipes are vegan (no dairy or eggs) as well as gluten and nut free! yay!

but if you, like me don’t need to be gluten free the recipes can be a bit cumbersome as many require multiple types of flour and other ingredients you probably don’t have on  hand

So I give then 8 doughnuts out of 10 for ease of use

Then there is Divvies

a bakery that is allergy free…..major YAY

and a cookbook that is easy to follow my kids absolutely love the “Pick your berry Muffins

The magazine “Living Without” also has some great ideas for food allergy eating

and beyond the three above there is always the Food allergy and anaphylaxis network(which I see has now merged and is called FARE) for ideas as well as other websites and books available to you.

always check labels

always be aware of possible cross contamination

Sign up for food allergy alerts(like when manufacturers label food wrong)

and finally

buy less processed, make more whole foods,

a favorite in my house is shredded bbq chicken

I purchase several packets of frozen or fresh boneless skinless chicken thighs

put it in a roasting pan or slow cooker

top with your favorite bbq sauce

and bake at 350 for several hours or until meat easily shreds

take care

stay safe

eat well!

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