Friday, March 26, 2010

Changing GI specialists

Today we switched specialists for Analise. Good move. This doctor was great at taking the time to sit down and talk, answer questions, explain things, and actually do a physical exam. To summarize, he did confirm that she is bleeding and wants to do a procedure (sigmoidoscopy) to confirm allergic colitis, as opposed to something else causing the bleeding. She has a hemangioma very low on her back, and apparently it is not uncommon for babies with these to have them internally as well. No changes for now, and we will continue to delay solids until we get the results of the biopsy from this test.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Isabel's appointment

Isabel had her regular allergist appointment today. It turned into breathing treatments and steroids! No changes to her diet, and she returns in August with her sister for her first appointment! Both will be tested at that time.

On the down side, Analise is still intermittently crabby and intermittently bleeding. My accidental soy ingestion was on Feb 17, so I called the GI specialist. It really should be out of my system by now. Back to eliminating soy lecithin. Hopefully that works, because I would hate to take soybean oil out again, especially with our vacation coming up to Puerto Rico.

Today's lesson: always second guess everything. Picked up Isabel's prescription and it was for prednisone four times a day. I could have sworn she said only two times. After calling the pharmacist, nurse line, and having the pedi paged, she is only taking it ONCE a day! Never fear asking!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Yum! This is Alexis's favorite! It is enough for a couple dinners, or a larger dinner party. This is from the Food Allergy News Holiday Cookbook.

1t salt
1/2t cinnamon
1/2t cardamom
1/4t black pepper
3 1/2 c sweet potato in 1" cubes
4t olive oil
2- 3/4lb pork tenderloins
3 large Granny Smith apples peeled and wedged.

Preheat oven to 500, and coat large pan with spray.
In small bowl, combine salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper.
In large bowl, combine sweet pot., 1t spice mixture, and 3t oil. Toss well.
trim pfat from pork and drizzle remaining t oil over pork with remaining spices rubbed in.
Place sweet potato mixture on pan and bake 10 min.
Add pork and apples, bake 10 min.
Turn potato, apples, and pork- bake 10 min.
Turn again, and bake another 10 min.

Honey Apple Pancakes

I adopted this recipe from The Food Allergy News Cookbook.
1 1/4c four
2t baking powder
1/4t salt
1/8t apple pie spice (or nutmeg, cinnamon, or your choice)
1/8t baking soda
1/4t cinnamon
3/4c apple juice
2T honey
1T oil
1 1/2T water, 1 1/2T oil, and 1t baking powder; mixed together (equivalent of 1 egg)
1 apple finely chopped

Mix dry ingred in med bowl. Combine wet ingred. in small bowl and add at once to dry ingred and mix until blended, but still lumpy. Let rest 2-3 min.

Makes abotu 8 4" pancakes, or plenty for all of us as dinner during Lent!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Homemade breadcrumbs

This is so painfully easy I don't know why I have never done it. Great if you are working on an allergy diet, if you forgot to buy them at the store, or if you just like your own seasoning better.

I save the ends, or near end pieces of our "safe" breads and throw them in the freezer. It is best not to use stale bread or your breadcrumbs will taste stale (or so I am told). When ready to make breadcrumbs, use fresh or thawed bread, and place in 250-300 degree oven until bread is dried out-40-60min. Then put them in your food processor, and DONE! Add your favorite seasonings. I add garlic powder, basil, oregano, or sometimes parsley. They keep well in a sealed freezer bag!