Sunday, August 15, 2010

Testing, Testing

Well, Analise's GI specialist gave us the go ahead 2 weeks ago to relax a bit on the rotation diet, and go ahead and VERY SLOWLY reintroduce milk and soy into my diet and see what happens. Well.... I never would have dreamed it, but she seems to be FINE with milk in my diet!!!! I started with just a splash in my egg beaters, and continued with small amounts cooked in, and eventually progressed to 2 servings of milk, a weight watchers fudge bar, and a dinner out without restrictions on butter or cheese at an Italian restaurant, all in the same day! Totally amazed! I am really fearful of trying soy, though, as all her flare ups were linked to some sort of minimal soy introduction. I am thinking a cookie I made with soy milk that is sitting in the freezer as my test for tomorrow. Then probably nothing for 2 days to see. I am anxious to hear when they will allow me to try eggs, and now yogurt and cheese with her directly!

Also this week, is our annual visit and testing with the Allergist. Both girls are going, Alexis took the day off, and BOTH should be getting tested. May the force be with us! Keep checking back for results! Testing is Wednesday, and results take up to 3 weeks to get back. Some of the nut ones even take longer. I am always so hopeful before testing, but my hopes are always dashed. Prayers said, and everything crossed that this time is different. I am praying that we can schedule challenges for Isabel! Keep us in your prayers this week!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Well, Isabel celebrated her birthday this past month with THREE celebrations, and three cakes! For her first kids party, we ordered a vegan pull apart cake from Whole Foods. THey needed 2 weeks notice because the custom vegan cakes come from the "main store" but we were pleased. Since I am still soy free, I was not able to taste it myself, but everyone told me it was wonderful! Isa chose chocolate cake and white frosting, with orange flowers. Nothing over the top in decor, but safe, tastey, cute, and convenient to just pull the cupcakes out!

I made her a chocolate cake of my own. I will post the recipe soon, but I frosted it with a simple tub of Pillsbury white frosting. Tonight, I begin my own cake decorating classes, so hopefully soon I will be able to post a tastey frosting recipe with it!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Moist Vanilla Cake

After MANY attempts, this is the best non-chocolate milk, egg, nut, soy free cake I have come up with! Still perfecting a frosting, but this will likely be the birthday cake of choice for awhile, unless the spice cake I am making this weekend can surpass it!

2c flour
1c sugar
2t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
1/2t salt
1 1/2c water
1/2c oil
1T lemon juice
1t vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients and wet separately and then combine and stir until blended and large lumps are broken up. Batter will remain lumpy. Bake at 350 for 15-18 min. Makes a 9x13, or 24 cupcakes or a combo of regular and mini cupcakes for shorter baking time.

Sweet Couscous

2c couscous
3c water
1 3/4c raisins
boiling water to cover
2T butter equivalent
chopped onion
1/2c chopped dried apricots
2T cinnamon
1/2t tumeric
1t ginger
salt to taste
3T honey
mandarin oranges, or 2 fresh oranges peeled, chopped, and memberanes removed

Pour water on couscous and let sit while prepping
Pour boiling water to cover raisins in bowl. Let sit 15 min, drain and retain water, adding to measure 2c water

Melt butter in pan and saute onion until golden. Add raisins, apricots, spices, honey, and soaking liquid. Cover with steamer full of the couscous. Steam 25-30 min. Transfer to platter and mix with spicy sauce and orange. Serve immediately.

If no allergies, would be good with 1/4c. almonds!

8 servings!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Probiotics

After a little research following a conversation with another mom last week, we started both the girls on probiotics. Isabel has started Culturelle and Analise is on Bio Gaia. It has only been 2 days but they both seem to be tolerating them well. I am still a little concerned about Analise, as the label on hers reads "may contain a trace amount of milk proteins". She is so sensitive to the tiniest slip in my diet. Our GI doc gave us the go ahead and I am curious what our allergist will think about it in August. Isa's is dairy free.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Picante Pollo

Super easy!
1 lb boneless chicken breasts cubed (or throw in an extra 1/2lb)
1 jar chunky salsa
3T brown sugar
1T dijon mustard
1/4-1/2 chopped sweet onion
2T your favorite allergen free butter
1T wine (or sherry or another alcohol)
Optional-
cayenne pepper if you like it spicy- we don't
brown rice to serve it over
cheese if you can and want to- we can't and don't!
tortillas- haven't tried it, but would make great burritos!

carmelize onion with butter and wine. Add to salsa, brown sugar, mustard and chicken and bake in 8x8 baking dish at 400 deg for 20-25 min
Serve over rice, with or without cheese, or in tortillas

Sloppy Joes

A new favorite in our house, and yes, everything I make is "to taste". I am terrible about exact measurements!
Serves 4

1 lb ground meat (we used beef- chicken might be interesting)
Diced onion (1/4 of a large or to taste)
1/2 diced green bell pepper (I was a little short and threw in some yellow pepper too)
3 cloves garlic
3/4c ketchup
2-3t brown sugar (depends how sweet you like it!)
1/2t dry mustard
1t chili powder (or more to taste)
splash of A1 (worcestershire sauce if you can have soy)
1T tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
Rolls

Brown meat and drain. Add salt, pepper, onion and green pepper and cook until soft. Add remaining ingredients. cover and simmer 15 min

I like with a nice soft bun to let the flavors seep in, but would also be good on a toasted kaiser roll with butter.
Pairs nicely with steak fries or kettle chips