Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Honey Sesame Chicken

2lbs or so chicken (I like boneless skinless breasts)
2 cloves garlic
2T dijon mustard
3T honey
3T sesame seeds
1/2c. beer

Mix marinade and pour over chicken in crockpot and cook all day on low. Or, mix all together in zip loc bag on shopping day, and freeze. Just take the bag out and bake or put in the crockpot the day you plan to have it! I serve over brown rice (white for my fussy hubby), and with a side of broccoli.

Baby Biter Biscuits

This could not be easier! I don't know why you would buy them!

1c baby cereal of your choice
1c flour
1c juice (I use apple)

Mix into a super sticky dough. Roll out or shape and place on cookie sheet. Bake 350 deg for 30 min, or then turn down to 250 and sit for a couple hours until they dry out. Wrap individually, and freeze!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Confirmation

Today we learned that Analise's biopsies showed increased eosinophils, which means that she does indeed have allergic colitis. It is hopeful that she would be outgrowing it now that she is beyond 6 months, and our doctor would like us to continue nursing as long as possible. I don't think Analise would take any special formulas at this point anyhow. We are starting cereal today, and this doctor has a different philosophy. Instead of one new thing each week, he wants us to rotate 3 different cereals, then 3 different fruits/veggies, etc. to not continue over exposing to the same proteins. Completely different philosophy than anyone else I have spoken with, but at this point, worth a try. Rice today, oat tomorrow, Barley on Wed. Let's see what happens. We follow up with him by phone in 2 weeks.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

And we wait...

Today was Analise's proctosigmoidoscopy. She did INCREDIBLE!!!! It was so odd. There I am trying to occupy her in my lap for over an hour and she is just playing and laughing and having a blast with herself. She was happy to go into surgery with the nurse (is this the same kid that has been having all the separation issues?) and when I picked her up in recovery, she was being held quietly with the nurse. What a champ!

Dr. F said that the tissue looked very healthy and he made it through the descending colon. He took a lot of biopsies, and we don't know anything until we get those results next week. Meanwhile, she is happy and in no pain. Tonight is our first night in many months without Prevacid or Tagamet. Keeping our fingers crossed!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Beef Stew

This is the best beef stew I've ever made. I adapted it from a recipe on allrecipes.com

2lbs cubed stew meat
1/3 c flour
1/2t salt
1/2t ground black pepper
1-2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
1t paprika
1t worcestershire sauce (if this is allowed on your allergy diet- I substituted with A1)
chopped onion to taste
2 c. (or more) beef broth (read the label if avoiding soy!)
3 cubed potatoes
sliced carrots to taste
celery if you like (I don't)

Dredge beef in flour, salt, and pepper and pan fry in olive oil
Add to crockpot
Add butter and onion to pan until onion is soft
Deglaze pan with broth
Add to crockpot with herbs and remaining ingredients
Cook all day on low.
You can thicken with cornstarch if desired.