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.
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
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
Our GI specialist has us using a "rotation diet" with Analise now that she is on solids. It is a bit of a challenge, but possible. I will say it is a good thing I don't mind making my own babyfood, since it can be difficult to find individual fruits or veggies. Mixing them isn't a problem, but working them into the rotation is! Basically Analise eats 3x/day, and is not allowed to repeat a food (fruit, veggie, meat, carb, cereal, etc) within that day, or for 5 days thereafter. Obviously meats and cereals are particularly tough and we just do what we can. I have found the meats to not only be more cost effective, but also more palatable for her. I tried pureeing our dinner one night (pork tenderloin) but she wasn't impressed! The hard part is that she likes variety within each meal. We are also still avoiding berries and citrus. Here is what we are using:
Meats: Chicken Turkey Beef Ham Veal
Veggies: Green beans Wax beans Peas Broccoli Carrots Sweet Potatoes White potatoes (in theory haven't bothered with these yet) Squash Beets (they suggested this, but I still don't see the nutritional benefit) Pumpkin Lima Beans Spinach Cauliflower (if I do a medley)
Fruits: Banana Avocado Peaches Pears Apples Plums Apricots Mango Prunes
Cereal: Rice Oat Mulitgrain
Finger foods: Puffs Plain Cheerios Rice Whole Wheat pasta
I actually have a calendar to plan out her meals each week! I am anxious for her to get beyond the purees already!
I am a full-time wife and mother to two beautiful girls with food allergies. I am a part-time Physical Therapist as well. I was overwhelmed with our initial allergy diagnosis, and I am learning more everyday. I hope this blog can be helpful for others with the same issues or those who are trying to understand them.